Philippines’ Science Communication efforts cited in new Australian book

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These SciCom efforts of DOST-Philippines have been cited in a chapter in “Communicating Science”. Photos from DOST.

The Philippines’ flourishing science communication efforts have been cited in the Australian National University (ANU) publication of “Communicating Science”.

The SciCom book included the Philippines among the select 39 countries featured in the recently released ANU publication.

The write-up on the Philippines was authored by three SciCom practitioners coming from the academe and industry sectors: Assistant Professor Garry Jay S. Montemayor from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Dr. Mariechel J. Navarro, former director of Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, and Kamila Isabelle A. Navarro, a graduate of Master of Science Communication degree at Australian National University.

The book chapter, “Philippines: From science then communication to science communication” traced the history of scicom in the country from the pre-Spanish times up to the modern period, including efforts of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Among the DOST efforts that were cited in the book chapter are:

  • the annual National Science and Technology Week celebration which showcases the Department’s various S&T “through innovative scicom methods”
  • the digital library-in-a-box called STARBOOKS or Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks, one of the innovative products of the DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII)
  • the Science Explorer Bus and NuLab, DOST-Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) mobile science learning facilities for elementary and high school students. These facilities have interactive exhibits, learning materials, and laboratory equipment which give students from under-equipped schools a hands-on and fun experience in science.
  • Indie-Siyensiya, a filmmaking contest of the science agency administered also by the DOST-SEI. It aims to promote science culture among the youth and use cinema as a way to encourage more people to appreciate science.
  • the official science and weather program of DOST, called DOSTv, which airs science shows featuring Filipino scientists and their works, various programs and events of the Department, local technologies and innovations, weather reports, and science trivia. It is the Department’s way of fighting the “low profile of DOST and science in the national consciousness”, the book chapter reads.

The book was edited by some of the world-recognized experts in science communication like Toss Gascoigne, Michelle Riedlinger, Bruce V. Lewenstein, Luisa Massarani, and Peter Broks. It featured the status of scicom practice in 39 countries, among which is the Philippines. The whole book and the book chapter on Philippine scicom can be downloaded for free on the website.

To learn more about the scicom products and services of the DOST, visit the Department’s information and marketing arm, DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute via http://www.stii.dost.gov.ph/ or follow the Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/dost.stii.

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