The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (PNRI-DOST) will open its facilities to the public and feature the latest advances in nuclear science and technology in the country in the fields of agriculture, industry, medicine and the environment during the 42nd Atomic Energy Week (AEW) celebration on December 8-12, 2014 at the PNRI compound along Commonwealth Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City with the theme, “The Philippines: Moving Forward with Nuclear Science and Technology".
The activities slated for the week-long celebration include the AEW opening ceremonies on December 8; technical sessions on December 9 and 10; the Philippine Nuclear Science Quiz (PNSQ) for high school students on December 11, and closing/awarding ceremonies with A Night at PNRI on December 12.
The inauguration of the PNRI Electron Beam Facility as well as the turnover of an environmental radiation monitor from the South Korean government will also be held during the celebration. Free guided tours to PNRI laboratories and facilities and viewing of exhibits and film showing are available daily from morning to afternoon.
From December 9 to 10, experts from PNRI and South Korea will conduct technical sessions on the following technologies: “Electron Accelerator and their Environmental Applications”, “Radiation Processing Polymers by Electron Beam”, and “Environmental Radiation Monitoring in Korea” on December 9; “Nutrient and Water Management through Nuclear Analytical Techniques – Rice and Corn Production”, ”Management of Environmental Radiation Monitoring Stations in the Philippines—CTBTO RN-52 Radionuclide Monitoring Station and PNRI Online Monitoring System”, “Nuclear Analytical Techniques For Food Safety and Traceability” and “Nuclear Techniques and Technology for Environmental Applications for Harmful Algal Bloom” on December 10.
DOST Secretary Mario Montejo will deliver an inspirational message, while Congressman Francis Gerald Abaya of the 1st District of Cavite will be the keynote speaker for the opening ceremonies.