Pinoy scholars in Korea hold conference on natural sciences

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Posted at Aug 07 2014 10:30 AM | Updated as of Aug 07 2014 06:30 PM

The speakers were composed of professors from Korea, PIKO Alumni and medical practioners from the Philippines.

MANILA, Philippines - A group of Filipino scholars from South Korea recently organized a Natural Sciences Colloquium in Quezon City.

Pinoy Iskolars sa Korea, Inc., with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea (MOFA), held the conference "Philippines-Korea Knowledge Exchange: Sharing Expertise, Stirring Actions" last July 31 at the Lung Center of the Philippines.

The event gathered more than 60 scholars, experts and practitioners for an academic exchange on medicine, science and technology.

The conference was aimed at advancing breakthroughs in science and technology in both the Philippines and Korea through mutual exchange of experience, education and expertise.

Filipino and Korean scientists gave various presentations on biology, microbiology and biotechnology; regenerative medicine; health and nutrition; and neuroscience.

The conference also provided a platform for introducing leading institutions of higher education and research in South Korea that offer vast opportunities for foreign scholars and researchers, including Filipinos, to develop expertise in their respective fields of study while training under diverse programs.

While recognizing the important role of the growing Filipino-Korean network of experts and professionals in ensuring the continuous dissemination and propagation of scientific information, limited resources and absence of state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure in the home country had been raised as potential challenges to said endeavor.

The colloquium concluded with a positive message that science and scholarship not only transcends disciplinary and cultural boundaries but also opens opportunities to transform lives and serve one’s country.

"This project is part of our organization’s PIKO to the Philippines Program which aims to give back to our fellow Filipinos. We hope that this knowledge exchange will stir actions that will enrich the science and technology field in the Philippines, boost Korea-Philippines relations, and invigorate people-to-people exchange between the two countries," said Ronel Laranjo, PIKO President.

Established in 2006, PIKO serves as the official organization of Filipino scholars in South Korea. Its inaugural colloquium, which focused on the Social Sciences, was held in January 2013 in Ateneo de Manila in partnership with the Ateneo Initiative for Korean Studies (AIKS). - by Sarah Domingo Lipura