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NAST to confer outstanding S&T communicator award

Davao City (21 October) -- The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) will be conferring the Outstanding Science and Technology Communicator Award and is bidding to institutionalize it to "honor the journalist who has written the most outstanding article on science and technology."

As explained in its project paper, NAST said that written or broadcast S&T articles included in the selection are those produced within the award period from September 2005 to August 2006.

Doing this annually is in recognition of the "critical role S&T journalism contributes to the promotion and development of the much sought-after science culture."

Conferring the Outstanding Science and Technology Communicator Award is built on the goal of making science culture flourish touching people's lives in terms of creating awareness and knowledge about science and scientists do; appreciation of the role of science in everyday life; an understanding of the connections between local knowledge and present-day science.

Enhancing science culture also means a realization of the historical roots of our present and future; actual experience of benefits from science products; a respect for the human values which represents and a recognition that social science is science.

NAST explained that science communication means writing about science as a human activity, science products, science issues, science impact on society, environment and human welfare.The award is aimed at recognizing and making a model out of a full time media practitioner who has contributed to the popularization and development of a science culture, where the public can understand the scientific process and results. Wherein "there is democratization of scientific knowledge, science becoming part of everyday communication and appreciating the values and way of life of scientists and their works."

The Outstanding Science Communicator Award will be given annually during the scheduled forum with the media in the first week of December, organized by the National Academy of Science and Technology.

The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize from United Laboratories, Inc. (Unilab) and a plaque of recognition from the Academy.

To be eligible for the award, the nominee should be a Filipino citizen, is a practicing journalist, active in practice during the year, whose articles are related to the purpose of the award.

Articles and topics should be in the area of agriculture, health, environment, biotechnology, engineering, information communication technology, basic and social sciences.

Nominations to this award may be made by the heads of media institutions/sectors, Department of Science and Technology agencies and regional offices, and heads of public or private research institutions.

Duly filled up nomination form, comprehensive biodata, and copies of published articles or tapes should be submitted on or before every 15th day of October annually. (NAST/PIA XI/JMDA) [top]

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