Food security and a continuing growth in world population are two mega-needs that interact in a way that they can only become more palpable and not eclipsed by other needs. These two needs require multidisciplinary approaches, such as those that fuse science and technology with socioeconomics. For the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) to impact food security, it must combine S&T, agriculture and social and economic factors. In particular, inclusive growth means among other things equal access to markets, opportunities and resources. The role of the ERDT is to develop not only technologies but also a framework (e.g., intellectual property) by which these solutions can be made available to all sectors of society.
This 20 July 2015, the ERDT will be once again conducting its annual Congress at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Recognizing the pressing concerns of the agricultural sector and the possible contributions that the science and engineering community can provide, the theme of this year’s 4th ERDT Congress is "Agriculture and Science and Technology for Inclusive Growth.”
All ERDT scholars whose statuses are 2nd Year ongoing MS, on extension MS, 2nd Year ongoing PhD, 3rd Year ongoing PhD and on extension PhD are REQUIRED to submit their research abstracts. For more information, please see attached official letter from ERDT Program Leader Dr. Aura C. Matias.