• Our online catalog of short courses and training programs for 2015 is now available. Click on photo to check the courses.

  • 2015 is the International Year of Soils. Click here to know more.

  • The UPLB Museum of Natural History Director Dr. Juan Carlos T. Gonzales, with the other curators of the museum, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Dr. Susan May F. Calumpang, and family members of Dr. Dioscoro Rabor.

  • The UPLB Museum of Natural History, a supervised unit of the OVCRE, is on a roll as they continuously discover new species. (Photo by Pol Veluz, SESAM)

  • "In recognition of the importance of bees and the potential of the bee industry, the University of the Philippines established the UPLB Bee Program in 1989 to further establish all bee related research and programs in the University." -Photo by Romar Jan C. Edosma (1st Place, Capturing UPLB's Research Heritage Photocontest)

  • OVCRE's Extension Section holds the UPLB Public Service Forum. Speakers were Dr. Ma. Victoria Espaldon, Dr. Rogelio Cuyno, and Dr. Emil Q. Javier.

  • The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension holds the first UPLB Public Service Forum at the BIOTECH Seminar Room.

  • Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Rex B. Demafelis with the speakers during the first UPLB Public Service Forum. (From left to right: Dr. Rita P. Laude, Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, VC Rex B. Demafelis, Prof. Maria Teresa DV Arejola, and Dr. Ma. Virginia B. Camarinta, OVCRE Extension Section Head)

  • OVCRE collaborates with UP REPSS Inc. to hold the 2nd UPLB REPS Conference. This was the most attended REPS Conference with over 300 participants.

  • Young biotechnology researchers find teamwork essential in looking for answers to man's scientific queries.

  • Professor Emeritus Macrina T. Zafaralla in-situ analyzing a water sample, one of her many research activities aimed to characterize our several freshwater lakes.

  • Agricultural engineers hold test drives of developed mini-tractors and other farm machinery for the appreciation of farmers around Laguna.

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The Food Security Center (FSC) has announced its call for this year’s Excellence Scholarships for full PhD (37 months) and Short-term Scholarships (up to 3 months) for visiting postdoctoral researchers and Sandwich program (both MS and PhD) students.

The FSC is based at the University of Hohenheim and is one of five excellence centers of the EXCEED program supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany.

The Excellence Scholarships is open for students from developing countries who are interested to pursue the PhD program on Global Food Security at the University of Hohenheim starting September 1, 2015. On the other hand, the Short-term Scholarships will support outstanding researchers from developing countries to conduct their research either at the University of Hohenheim (South-North) or at a national or international research institute in a developing country, such as one of the CGIAR centers (South-South).

The application deadline for both categories is July 6, 2015. For other details and application forms, please refer to the appropriate link at https://fsc.uni-hohenheim.de/77676?&L=1.

SEARCA is a strategic partner of FSC and I am coordinating all FSC-funded activities at SEARCA, so you can also direct to your questions at +63 49 536 2290 


Sophia University has established a Science and Technology Exchange Committee (STEC) to promote the interchange of science and technology with academic institutions in Asia. One of their programs to to promote such academic exchange is offering "SOPHIA LECTURING - RESEARCH GRANTS" to a number of selected applicants each year. 

The Graduate School of Science and Technology has one interdisciplinary graduate program. It has eight divisions. These programs aim to bring to light new scientific information and technological developments in all their academic divisions. The programs also aim to be interdisciplinary to foster a common regard for their effects on people, the society, and the global environment.

The first stage of the programs maintains a consistency with undergraduate instruction by combining crossdisciplinary knowledge and a specialty with the goal of cultivating highly educated people who can contribute to people and the society. The second stage aims to produce researchers who can execute independent research in one or more academic fields.

The departments and programs can be viewed here

For further information, please refer to their website. For additional assistance, you may contact them through their website or at +81-3-3238-3539. 

Also attached is the invitation from Sophia University.

This year's Asia Pacific Conference (APC) will be hosted by the Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS) in Beppu, Japan, and is currently accepting abstract submissions for presentation at the conference. The theme of the conference will be "Societal Transformation in Asia Pacific: Charting the Waves of Change."

Date: 7-8 November 2015
Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 September 2015
Application Form: Click here.
Registration Fee: 10,000 JPY (Student: 5,000 JPY)

For those who wish to enter the Best Award Competition, they must also submit an extended abstract (up to 3,000 words) or full paper (5,000-6,000 words) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. when they apply.

Further details are in the attached document.

Spearheaded by the UPLB-Interdisciplinary Biofuels Research Studies Center (IBRSC) and in partnership with the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the first day of the 2015 Philippine International Biomass Conference was held yesterday, 16 June 2015, at the Widus Hotel and Casino, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

With the theme Exploring the Market Potentials of Biomass for Bio-based Fuel and Energy, the first day of the Conference highlighted the Philippine government’s enforcement of Republic Act 9367 or the Biofuels Act of 2006 which laid down the fundamentals of securing energy resources through alternative means. The DA-BAR, DOE, and DENR acknowledge the market potentials of biomass and are now in full support of the conversion of agricultural and forest crops and residues to bio-based fuel and energy.

The second half of the day gave way to a couple of private organizations currently helping partners find appropriate solutions in generating cleaner and affordable energy. The President and CEO of Full Advantage Phils. and the VP for Business Development of SDL Citadel presented cutting edge technologies in converting biomass to energy.

As of last count, 108 participants from different GAs, LGUs, and the academe attended the first day of the Conference. The second day promises to be another productive session and the attendees are looking forward to the most awaited Business Matching portion of the Conference.

A Press Conference was also held simultaneously with various local print and broadcast media in attendance.

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