MANILA, Philippines—In the midst of the global pandemic, the University of the Philippines Geological Society is hosting the 9th National Geology Congress, with a series of webinars, forums, and an infographics contest aimed at bridging the gap between scientific and public knowledge on the relevance of geology in today’s world.
Now in its 9th year, the University of the Philippines Geological Society is back with the National Geology Congress (NGC). Navigating through the challenges brought about by the current times, the NGC shifts its focus in emphasizing the relevance of geology and aims to bridge the disconnect between the public and scientific knowledge. The event will be held via Zoom on April 2, 8 and 23, and livestreamed on the UP Geological Society Facebook page.
Throughout this pandemic, UP GeoSoc continues to promote the advancement of the geological sciences and the national issues concerning it among the student body and the local community. With more than 1000 registered participants last year, this year’s event is ready to cater for more! May you be a geology major, teacher, or one with a budding interest on the earth sciences, NGC has a place for you with their four installments:
Highschool Student’s Webinar (HSW)
In similar fashion to those high school science class lectures, get ready to learn more than just “duck, cover, and hold” as we uncover more ways to prepare for the Philippines’ natural hazards – from earthquakes to typhoons – in this year’s High School Students’ Webinar (HSW). With the theme “Shake, Rattle & Roll: A Geolo(GIS)t Workshop on Hazard Sensing,” this 1-day webinar is here to foster high school students’ appreciation and knowledge of the geosciences and inspire them with professionals on the field.
Register through: tinyurl.com/NGCHSW2022
Earth Science Teacher’s Webinar (ESTW)
The remote setup has teachers delving on unfamiliar territory navigating through various apps and programs. Good thing NGC holds the Earth Science Teacher’s Webinar (ESTW), a day-long webinar and workshop that will gear high school teachers into effectively teaching Earth Science in the K-12 curriculum, especially on this online setup! For this year, the theme “Drop, Cover, and Learn: Geological Hazards, Disaster Readiness, and Risk Reduction in the Philippines” covers geological hazards and their examples in the Philippines, an introduction to Hazard Hunter PH, and the basics of Google Earth. Best part is this event is FREE and open to all science teachers across the country.
Register through: tinyurl.com/9thESTW
Geology Students’ Forum (GSF)
Though the pandemic has robbed them of fieldworks, that doesn’t mean the same should go with a future geologist’s career path. Which is why the Geology Students’ Forum has got us covered with its theme of “Verging the Summit: Emerging Stronger from the Pandemic through Geosciences” as notable speakers across different geoscience sectors update Geology students on recent geoscience advancements around the country. This webinar and forum also lets you communicate with fellow rock-lovers among universities, colleges, and organizations.
Register through: tinyurl.com/GSF2022RegForm
DIWA Infographics Contest
For those with a knack of editing or drawing, NGC has just the spot for you! Dignayan sa Infographics, Pagyamanin sa Wikang Atin (DIWA) is a contest open to high school students who want to showcase their creativity and understanding to promote the knowledge and appreciation of Philippine Geology by using local languages formatted into easy-to-understand infographics. This year it aims to battle online misinformation with its theme of “Lamang Ang May Alam Sa Agham!” Winners get to take home as much as P5000 cash prize! Check out the schedule below:
April 15, 2022 – Deadline of Registration and Submission
April 19-23, 2022 – Facebook Liking Period
May 6, 2022 – Expected Release of Results
Register though: tinyurl.com/DIWA2022
Exciting raffle, tokens and vouchers are also up for grabs for the participants. E-certificates will also be distributed to all participants, and with esteemed professionals from diverse fields in the scientific community invited as speakers and mentors, this is an opportunity you definitely don’t want to miss. Make sure to register now because NGC just got bigger and boulder!
Image courtesy of The University of the Philippines Geological Society
To learn more about the event, visit the UP Geological Society Facebook page at facebook.com/upgeosoc or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.