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Rev. Fr. Albert E. Alejo, SJ (PhD), Ateneo de Manila University sociology and anthropology faculty member, will deliver the keynote message for the NRCP’s Annual Scientific Conference and 84th General Membership Assembly, on 22 March 2017, at the PICC Reception Hall.

The Philippine government arm for basic science highlights the roles of ethics and morality for its annual scientific conference and 84th general membership assembly. The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) of the Department of Science and Technology, will convene Wednesday, 22 March 2017, at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The theme “Philippine Development: Foregrounding Ethical and Moral Values” underscores the human aspect in progress, touching on rights, social justice, and basic needs as pillars in governance and nation building.

“The NRCP Governing Board feels it is high time to put the spotlight once again on these topics to recalibrate sense of equity and responsibility among our peers in research,” said Dr. Edgardo D. Gomez, NRCP president and National Scientist.

Over 700 registered participants are expected to attend the NRCP’s 84th annual conference—one of the biggest turnouts since it started in 1933.

A plenary conference will be supplemented by four parallel sessions on various aspects of ethics and development. Rev. Fr. Albert E. Alejo, SJ (PhD) from the Ateneo de Manila University will deliver the keynote, while parallel sessions resource speakers are Dr. Jaime C. Motoya, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development executive director; Dr. Angeles Tan-Alora, University of Santo Tomas medicine professor; Dr. Marita V.T. Reyes, University of the Philippines Manila bioethics professor, and Rev. Fr. Leonardo N. Mercado, UST professor and Filipino philosophy educator. Their respective lectures are Bioethics and the Marginalized Sector: Who Draws the Line?; Duality of Science: Who Calls the Shots?; Value-laden Technology Development and Disclosure of Risks in Science and Innovation; Ethical and Moral Values in Educational, Political, and Cultural Life: A Second Look.

“Ethics remains a big issue today internationally, especially in research, cutting across all disciplines from the natural to the social sciences and to the applied fields as well humanities. NRCP’s 13 academic disciplines are in excellent position to tackle this in a holistic approach, since many of our members use several perspectives from the social sciences and the humanities, while others specialize in the broad area of scientific and research ethics,” NS Gomez added.

DOST Secretary Prof. Fortunato de la Peña, former NRCP president (2002-2007), will also deliver an address before the assembly.

In the afternoon session, NRCP will confer its achievement awards to 11 outstanding researchers in their respective disciplines, and other recognition to members and institutions for their exemplary accomplishments in fundamental research.

NRCP will hold also held a research poster competition, oath taking of new affiliates, and business meeting to be led by the Council president.

For more information about the NRCP Annual Scientific Conference and 84th General Membership Assembly, contact (02) 837-2071 local 2346 or visit http://www.nrcp.dost.gov.ph/.

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