Young Pinoy scientists head to Asian Science Camp in Israel

For the first time, a group of young scientists represented the Philippines in the 2012 Asian Science Camp in Israel last August 26 to 31, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday.

Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv, the DFA said the representatives are all taking BS Applied Physics at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna.

"The ASC, an initiative led by a number of East Asian Nobel Prize laureates, is one of the most prominent and important gatherings for young scientists in the science world. ASC envisions fostering an epistemic community of young science enthusiasts and serves as a special opportunity to enhance scientific cooperation and exchanges among Asian countries," the DFA said.

Some 300 participants from countries in Asia and the Pacific attended the six-day event.

Representing the Philippines were:

John Keith Magali (Junior) Rovi Angelo Villaos (Junior) Nicole Olayres (Sophomore) Shereyl Daguinod (Sophomore)

Professor Lou Serafin Lozada accompanied the young scientists during the trip.

The DFA said the 2012 ASC was held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was opened by President Shimon Peres last August 26.

The event featured lectures and discussions led by outstanding scientists from around the world.

"At camp, the participants were exposed to fascinating scientific topics presented by leading scientists, and, at the same time, they had an opportunity to meet the next generation of leading scientists, their peers," the DFA said.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director General for Asia and the Pacific Ruth Kahanoff said Israel hosted and funded the participation of the Filipino scientists, including their airfare and accommodation. — TJD, GMA News