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UP Diliman-developed and DOST-funded technology bags top prize in the 2017 AMY IP Awards

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The Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence 2017

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UPD at NSTW 2017

The UP Diliman, through the Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development, will mount an exhibit at the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), 11-15 July 2017, at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. Everyone is enjoined to visit the UPD booth that will feature seven research projects from various UPD departments and colleges.

We at the OVCRD promise to strive for the best way to present/exhibit groundbreaking UPD research projects. In addition to this year’s NSTW theme “Science for the People,” OVCRD integrates its guiding acronym iRISE in conceptualizing the overall look of the exhibit:

1.    Interdiscipline. Projects in the UPD exhibit is a product of inter-unit cooperation;
2.    Representation. The UPD exhibit is a representation of the UPD as premier research university and therefore should be presented/exhibited as groundbreaking, mass-oriented (exudes UP’s banner “service to the people”), and elegant;
3.    Investment. The UPD exhibit draws an average 3,000 visitors each year in the 5-day event. These visitors include students and teachers, families, industry representatives, and potential donors to the UPD who can augment the university research fund;
4.    Social media / Share. Given that the UPD has recently been much talked about in the news and the social media, the UPD exhibit at the NSTW can contribute in setting the public’s mind into the right academic and scholarly perspective. Also, on top of taking advantage of the social media to propagate UPD research, various media outfits can be requested to feature the UPD exhibit for added exposure via mass media;
5.    Exposure. The UPD exhibit will give research projects the opportunity to be disseminated to a general audience. Valuable insights from visitors shall also be collected by the exhibitors.
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Panahon ng Luwalhati: UP Diliman Month

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UP Diliman OVCRD shares best experiences in IP and Technology Transfer to ASEAN WIPO delegates

Agnes May B. Bantigue

Delegates from intellectual property (IP) offices of eight ASEAN countries visited the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman last Thursday, October 15. The UP Diliman Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) hosted the delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, who were on a Sub-Regional Project Study Visit organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). The objective of the ASEAN WIPO Project Study Visit is to gather insights and learn about the experiences of Philippine universities under the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) Network established by the IPOPHL.

UP Diliman OVCRD with the ASEAN WIPO delegates during their Project Study Visit to the Philippines on 15 October 2015.

UP Diliman OVCRD with the ASEAN WIPO delegates during their Project Study Visit to the Philippines on 15 October 2015.

UP Diliman, through OVCRD’s IP and Technology Transfer Unit, is a member of the ITSO Network, and was invited to become one of the host universities, along with Adamson University and Mapua Institute of Technology, during the study visit to share its experiences, challenges, and best practices as an ITSO. The ITSO Network was established by IPOPHL in 2010 and is envisioned to enable and support increased innovation in the country by providing services and assistance in protecting, utilizing, and commercializing Filipino-generated IPs.

During the study visit, Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Fidel Nemenzo gave a short introduction about the University and the flagship campus in Diliman, highlighting the breadth of disciplines under the campus and the importance of OVCRD in facilitating the creation and use of new knowledge and research, especially with respect to IP and Technology Transfer.

Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, welcomes the delegates and gives an introduction on the University of the Philippines.

Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, welcomes the delegates and gives an introduction on the University of the Philippines.

The IP and Technology Transfer staff of OVCRD all participated in sharing best practices of the unit as an ITSO by presenting both the challenges that the unit has encountered and milestones it has achieved since UP Diliman’s first technology transfer activities began. While the group cited the lack of budget allocation during the initial implementation of the then-Technology Transfer Program, it was also noted that the University was supportive of the initiatives of the unit and provided the needed resources to be able to pursue IP and technology transfer activities.

The group also highlighted the role played by IPOPHL in the unit’s development and successes as an ITSO. All of its staff members have undergone trainings and workshops organized by the IPOPHL in partnership with institutions like WIPO. With the help of IPOPHL, the University was also able to acquire subscriptions to patent databases, and to participate in international trainings and conferences in technology transfer and IP.

The presentation was concluded by IP and Technology Transfer Unit’s Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes, who highlighted the future plans of the unit to increase its capacity to more efficiently accommodate the increasing number of IP disclosures by hiring more personnel and providing more mechanisms to enable inventors, authors, and artists to transfer to the public their IPs.

The OVCRD IP and Technology Transfer Unit answers questions from the ASEAN delegates. (L-R: Ace Acosta, Agnes May Bantigue, Head of Unit Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes, Engr. Jorge Salang, Paul Natividad).

The OVCRD IP and Technology Transfer Unit answers questions from the ASEAN delegates. (L-R: Ace Acosta, Agnes May Bantigue, Head of Unit Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes, Engr. Jorge Salang, Paul Natividad).

After the presentation by the unit, the delegates were given a chance to ask questions through an Open Forum. Many were asking about the commercialization of technologies, saying a patent has been granted but they aren’t able to license it out. Dr. Ducanes revealed to them that this is also the case in most universities not only in the Philippines, but also worldwide, because most university-developed technologies are not actually ready for commercialization. Dr. Ducanes said that some of the initiatives of the OVCRD is to provide bridge funding to further develop the readiness of the technology, and to work with industry partners at early stages of the researches to generate more applied research outputs.

Vice Chancellor Nemenzo, in closing the program, said that he hoped that the delegates learned from the practices of the UP Diliman ITSO and that they will apply their new learnings when they go back to their respective countries and offices.

NSTW 2015: A Photo Documentation

“Handa… Awit… Lindol!”: Preparing for earthquakes through music

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

Handa…Awit…Lindol!, a collection of songs for the preparedness and awareness of earthquakes and related calamities, was formally launched on Monday, July 13, at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Auditorium. The album is a collaborative effort of Filipino artists Rev Mendoza, Ma. Stephanie Joy Andaya, Roberto Mendoza, Arlan Camba, Mark Simon dela Cruz, Jonel Sarmiento, Marvin Lai, Jose Fernandez, Leomar Requejo, under the leadership of Dr. Glecy Atienza of the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) College of Arts and Letters. The development of the album was funded through a Source of Solutions Grant from the UPD Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD).

Project leader of Handa...Awit...Lindol! Dr. Glecy Atienza talks about the development of the music

Project leader of Handa…Awit…Lindol! Dr. Glecy Atienza talks about the development of the music

According to Dr. Atienza, their aim was to create catchy songs that would help inform the listeners about earthquakes and related calamities, and about preparing for them. They wanted to create songs that everyone will enjoy—which is why the album is composed of music in different genres such as rock, R&B, ballad, and folk.

Handa...Awit...Lindol! artists use their talents to promote earthquake preparedness

Handa…Awit…Lindol! artists use their talents to promote earthquake preparedness

During the launch, Dr. Atienza, together with artists Rev Mendoza, Leomar Requejo, Arlan Camba, Roberto Mendoza, and Mark Simon dela Cruz, sang original compositions. Natural Ang Lindol gives the different stories of why earthquakes happen such as the awakening of a giant; Intensity talks about how different intensity levels on the PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale feel; Ang Cute Na Kit Ni Buboy gives listeners an idea of what they should have in their emergency kits in case an earthquake should strike. PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Renato Solidum even joined the artists in singing May Plano Ba Tayo?

Dr. Solidum sings "May Plano Ba Tayo?" with the musicians

PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Solidum sings “May Plano Ba Tayo?” with the musicians

Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes of UPD-OVCRD welcomed the audience and congratulated the artists on the successful project, citing the inter-disciplinary approach to developing creative works, while Director Solidum and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Corazon Jimenez likewise praised the team, and expressed their excitement in using the songs in their campaigns for earthquake preparedness.

To broaden the reach of the dissemination of the songs, the album can be shared to the public at no cost, in accordance with Fair Use of Copyright. Interested parties may request copies of the album from the UPD-OVCRD, PHIVOLCS, and MMDA.

For more information about Handa…Awit…Lindol!, you may get in touch with us through e-mail at techtransfer.ovcrd@up.edu.ph.

Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman 2015: A Photo Documentation

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