Atomic Energy Week opens Dec 5
The Atomic Energy Week (AEW) which highlights nuclear science and technology innovations and initiatives over the decades will open on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. This year marks the 50th AEW celebration, a testament to the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute’s (DOST-PNRI) commitment in sharing to the public the gains and developments in the country’s nuclear S&T sector.
The line-up of speakers in the opening ceremony includes DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr, Ambassador of Denmark to the Philippines and Palau H.E. Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin, Department of Energy Secretary Raphael P.M. Lotilla, DOST Undersecretary for R&D Leah J. Buendia, and Senator Robinhood C. Padilla.
The event will run December 5-9 with the theme “Agham at Teknolohiyang Pang-Nukleyar: Kabalikat sa Maunlad at Matatag na Kinabukasan.”
Among the opening day events are a flag-raising ceremony, wreath-laying at the monument of Dr. Gen. Florencio A. Medina, thanksgiving mass, opening program, launch of technical exhibits, and press conference.
Dr. Medina, known as the Philippine Father of Atomic Energy, is the first commissioner of the then Philippine Atomic Energy Commission, forerunner of today's PNRI.
Day 2 (Dec. 6) will open the Philippine Nuclear Research and Development Conference (PNRDC) on hybrid mode which will feature local and international research on nuclear S&T and related fields. These include nuclear radiation and technology applications in health and environment; radiation protection, nuclear safety, security, and safeguards; nuclear and radiation technology applications in industry and agriculture; and nuclear engineering, technology, and policies. PNRDC will run on Dec. 6 and 8.
Day 3 (Dec. 7) will feature the AEW Special Events, such as Mobile Photography,
Poster Making, and NucleART 4.0 contests participated in by students in both high school and college levels.
The Closing Ceremonies on Dec. 9 will be the awarding of all AEW contests winners, PNRDC awards, AEW special awards, and the PNRI awards for academic achievement, loyalty/service, and PRAISE.
Running throughout the five-day event are the guided tours to the technical exhibits. The tours are pre-registered as drop-in guests are still not allowed for safety reasons. The technical exhibits, meanwhile, are designed to give guests a view of PNRI projects and programs. With titles such as “Let’s Play! Rock and Role,” “Basura Yarn? The Hows of Radioactive Waste Management,” “Safe Ka Ba? I-CPR Kita,” “Sa Pagkain, Sa Pag-inom, Sa Paghinga, May Quality”, and others, the exhibits intend to show the relevance of nuclear S&T to the lives of the Filipinos.