Agriculture and Science and Technology for Inclusive Growth
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
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.”
The ERDT Congress is a yearly event where researchers, ERDT Scholars, visiting professors, industry, government, and other experts gather and get inspired by plenary lectures of highly distinguished professors and experts all over the world. It also seeks to provide a venue for ERDT scholars to publish their academic works through poster competition.
In line with this, we would like to invite faculty members, scholars, undergraduate and graduate students, government, industry, and non-government organizations to attend and participate to the 4th ERDT Congress.
Attached herewith is the tentative program. The titles of talks of the plenary speakers will be finalized before July 2015.
For attendance confirmation:
Faculty members and scholars of the ERDT Consortium Universities:
Please sign with your respective ERDT Project Staff on or before 19 June 2015.
Faculty members of UP Diliman:
Please sign with your respective Institute or Department Administrative Staff. The Reply/Reservation Forms have already been disseminated which will be collected on 19 June 2015.
ERDT Scholars of UP Diliman:
Please confirm through Ms. Joy Bolina.
Government, industry, non-government organizations, and non-ERDT universities:
Deadline of confirmation:
For ERDT Consortium: 19 June 2015
For Government, Industry, Non-government organizations, and non-ERDT schools: 10 July 2015
Also, we would like to inform you that the ERDT has experienced participants who signed the reply form but did not attend the past Congresses. The 4th ERDT Congress can accommodate 750 RESERVED SEATS. To avoid wastage of slots, please do not sign the reply/reservation form unless you are totally sure that you are attending.
Upon signing the reply form, you MUST attend the Congress.
We would also like to inform you that the 4th ERDT Congress is one of the official pre-event activities of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) 2015 which is conducted annually by the Department of Science and Technology. This year’s NSTW will be held on 24-28 July 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City with the theme of “Philippines: A Science Nation Innovating for Global Competitiveness.”
For more information about the NSTW 2015, please visit this link www.nstw.dost.gov.ph.