The latest biotechnology applications in the fields of health and medicine, food security and agriculture, and environment will be featured in the 10th Biotechnology Week which will run from November 24-28, 2014.

With the theme, “Edukasyon sa Bioteknolohiya: Pagyamanin para sa kinabukasan natin”, the National Biotechnology Week is an annual event organized by Departments of Science and Technology, Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, Education, Health, Interior and Local Government, and Trade and Industry and Commission on Higher Education as this year’s lead agency.

Hon. Juan Edgardo M. Angara will grace the opening ceremonies on November 24 to be held at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) office, Diliman, Quezon City.

Following the opening ceremonies will be the opening of exhibits; press conference; and forums on biotechnology for the management of growth and health of aquacultured species; molecular markers in some high value commercial crops; and presentation on the biotechnology research program of the Mindanao State University –Iligan Institute of Technology.

The second day will feature forums on nutrigenomics and drug discovery; food and pharmaceutical biotechnology; environment-friendly biotechnology products; science and development communicators; and development and trends in biotechnology. The 6th National Biotechnology Education Conference for Teachers will also be held simultaneously at University of the Philippines Diliman-Institute of Biology.

On November 26, there will discussions titled Experience in Biotechnology Research, Career Orientation towards Biotechnology, and Biotechnology 101 for Consumers. Also lined up for the day are the 4th National Biotechnology Quiz for High School to be held at UP Institute of Biology; 2nd National Nutrigenomics Conference to be held at the Heritage Hotel; and Seminar on the Application of Biotechnology to the National Greening Program of DENR to be held at Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-DENR in UP Los Baños College of Forestry and Natural Resources, among others.

A forum on Pinoy Agricultural Biotechnology, Film showings, and a seminar on crop biotechnology will be the activities for the fourth day, November 27.

The weeklong activity will be capped with announcement and awarding of winners for the Biotech Shorties Contest—a video making contest organized by Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture-Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA-BIC) and the DA Infographics Poster Contest and closing ceremonies. (S&T Media Service)

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