The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) will conduct its 39th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on July 12 – 13, 2017 with the theme “Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Philippine Fisheries and Other Aquatic Resources 20/20”.


This year, the agency has adopted the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) to be its overarching theme, while focusing on the science-critical “fisheries” aspect and how those in the sector will impact the achievement of SGDs in the Philippines.


Through the activity, the academy aims to convene a conference to determine how the Philippines will achieve the SGDs. It serves as the leading forum for the presentation of scientific and policy research results.


In preparation for the ASM, NAST PHL conducted Regional Scientific Meetings (RSMs) in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao earlier this year, with the most recent meeting being in Baguio City, from the 15th to the 16th of May.


Listed below are the invited experts and the topics that they will discuss during this year’s ASM:


Dr. Vachel Gay B. Paller

Associate Professor at the Institute of Biological Sciences of UP Los Baños

Topic: “Fish Health and Its Implications to Food Security”


Dr. Maria Lourdes San Diego-McGlone

Professor at the Marine Science Institute

Topic: “Water Quality Issues Linked to Fish Production”


Dr. Lynn Crisanta Panganiban

Professor at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the UP College of Medicine and consultant at the National Poison Management and Control CenterTopic: “Environmental Contamination of Aquatic Resources: Implications on Health”


Ms. Josie Platon-Desnacido

Science Research Specialist at the Food and Nutrition Research Institute

Topic “Fish in the Filipino Diet: Pros and Cons”


Dr. Aaron Joseph L. Villaraza

Associate Professor at the Institute of Chemistry, College of Science UP DilimanTopic: “The Philippine Seas: Frontier of Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development”


Dr. Ravelina R. Velasco

Acting Dean of the College of Fisheries of Central Luzon State University

Topic: “Freshwater Aquaculture: Status, Prospects, and Problems in the Philippines”


Policy recommendations on appropriate interventions as agreed upon during the event’s plenary sessions will be submitted to the Philippine government and the private sector. More than 350 scientists and researchers from all over Luzon are expected to attend this activity.


For more information, please call (02) 837 3170and look for Ms. Luningning E. Samarita-Domingoor send an Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Bon Padayhag, DOST-IX Press Release)

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