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Mention science and people immediately imagine grim-faced savants in lab coats tinkering with serious-looking devices and coming up with formulas only they can comprehend.
“I think people’s concept of science is that it’s done in the ivory tower of academe (and) that its output doesn’t really translate into something that the public feels is good for them,” said University of the Philippines (UP) vice president for academic affairs Maria Cynthia Rose Bautista.
“Our mission is to stress the importance of science,” she added.
On June 20, the UP system and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will do just that in the first Agham Bayan, a science, technology and innovation festival at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, where 44 pioneering researches and innovations will be highlighted.
The one-day festival celebrates the scientific projects and accomplishments of the university’s scientific community that are relevant to improving daily life, Bautista said during Agham Bayan’s launch this week.