A book chapter that appeared in the recently published book by the Australian National University on Communicating Science forever etched science communication or scicom products and services of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) in the country’s history and status of scicom.
The book chapter, “Philippines: From science then communication to science communication” traced the history of scicom in the country from the pre-Spanish times up to the modern period.
It was authored by three scicom practitioners coming from the academe and industry sectors – Asst. Prof. Garry Jay Montemayor from the University of the Philippines Los Baños; Dr. Mariechel Navarro, former director of Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology; and Kamila Isabelle Navarro, a graduate of Master of Science Communication degree at Australian National University.
Some of those cited are the annual National Science and Technology Week celebration which showcases the Department’s various S&T through innovative scicom methods and the digital library-in-a-box called Starbooks or Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks; the Science Explorer Bus and NuLab, mobile science learning facilities for elementary and high school students; and Indie-Siyensiya, a filmmaking contest of the science agency administered also by the DoST-SEI; and the science and weather program DoSTv.
The book was edited by some of the world-recognized experts in science communication like Toss Gascoigne, Michelle Riedlinger, Bruce Lewenstein, Luisa Massarani, and Peter Broks.
The whole book and the book chapter on Philippine scicom can be downloaded for free on the website https://press.anu.edu.au/.
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