Philippines Participates in the 2012 Asian Science Camp in Israel photo02 September 2012, Tel Aviv, Israel – For the first time, a group of young Filipino scientists from the field of natural sciences participated in the 2012 Asian Science Camp (ASC) held in Jerusalem from 26-31 August 2012. Mr. John Keith Magali (Junior), Mr. Rovi Angelo Villaos (Junior), Ms. Nicole Olayres (Sophomore), and Ms. Shereyl Daguinod (Sophomore) are all taking BS Applied Physics at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna. Professor Lou Serafin M. Lozada accompanied the young scientists in this trip.

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 2012 ASC was held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was formally opened by President Shimon Peres on 26 August 2012. About 300 participants from countries in Asia and the Pacific attended the six day event. The event consisted mainly of 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.

MFA Deputy Director General for Asia and the Pacific Ms. Ruth Kahanoff said that Israel hosted and fully funded the participation of our young scientists including their airfare and accommodation.