Despite the absence of mass gathering and face-to-face interaction, the staging of the first-ever virtual celebration of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) in 2020 became a resounding success, not only for the local scientists and researchers but, for the public who participated and watched it, as well.
Living in a digital era wherein gadgets and social media platforms are new communication tools and content creators become instant celebrities, the access to many relevant S&T information, knowledge, and services by more and more Filipinos has become so easy, thereby paving the way to show how science works for the people.
As people movement is still restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the second year in a row, many Filipinos will continue to enjoy the many offerings of the NSTW right at the comfort of their respective laptops, desktop computers, and mobile phones from November 22-28, 2021.
This year’s celebration carries the theme, “Agham at Teknolohiya: Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon”.
The 2021 NSTW will highlight all the research and development (R&D) outputs as well as innovative products and services developed and offered by DOST agencies and regional offices that helped address the challenges brought about by the pandemic and climate change. Furthermore, the virtual celebration will highlight the many DOST innovations that respond to the pressing needs of various sectors and stakeholders toward attaining development and inclusive growth.
The seven-day S&T virtual festivity will feature lectures and discussions related to agriculture, disaster preparedness and management, science education, enterprise, publishing research journals, and health and nutrition, among others. The final lineup of virtual activities for this year’s NSTW celebration will be announced in the coming weeks.
Before the nationwide festivity kicks off, each region has already started their own virtual celebrations dubbed as the NSTW in the Regions. These regional events give opportunities for each region to highlight their latest local innovative technologies and researches through webinars, technology demonstrations and product and project launches.
In addition, this is the first time that several national government agencies and state colleges and universities will stage their own NSTW virtual celebration. Meanwhile, a series of build-up virtual activities heading to the nationwide celebration in November will be conducted by the different DOST agencies and their partner institutions.
Moving the annual NSTW celebration from July to November
From 1993 until 2019, the NSTW has been celebrated every third week of July pursuant to Proclamation 169. However, in August 2019, by virtue of Proclamation 780 signed by President Rodrigo “Roa” Duterte, the NSTW celebration is now celebrated every fourth week of November. The change of date was meant to ensure maximum participation of schools, students, stakeholders, and the public during the week-long celebration due to the change in the academic calendar of most universities, schools, and educational institutions.
For more information and updates regarding the 2021 NSTW virtual celebration, please visit www.nstw.dost.gov.ph and its official Facebook page or send your inquiries to the 2021 NSTW Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Design by Lanquin Seyer Gacusan, DOST-STII)