Fifty years of making known to the public the beneficial applications of nuclear science and technology has brought the Atomic Energy Week (AEW) celebration into a whole new level. This time, it is ready to give a glimpse to 50 years henceforth through its current programs and projects to be showcased during the celebration.
To be held December 5-9, the AEW celebration led by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) has the theme “Agham at Teknolohiyang Pang-Nukleyar: Kabalikat sa Maunlad at Matatag na Kinabukasan.”
Among the event features are the wreath-laying on Dr. Gen. Florencio A. Medina monument, the Philippine Nuclear Research and Development Conference (PNRDC) which will be on hybrid mode, and several contests such as Mobile Photography, Poster Making, and NucleArt 4.0
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. Every AEW celebration starts with wreath-laying at his statue in the presence of his family members to give honor and respect to his contributions to nuclear science and technology in the country.
The PNRDC, meanwhile, will feature research abstracts on nuclear S&T and related fields on Dec. 6 and 8. The live conference will be hybrid as researchers from all over the globe will present their recent studies virtually while the organizer-hosts will hold the event face-to-face at PNRI.
Other guests in the AEW are Filipino scientists, professionals, and policy makers who will either present or join discussions on the latest nuclear and radiation-related innovations as well as the preparations for the impending foray of the country into a nuclear power programme.
Overall, the event will highlight current initiatives that will prepare the country for more relevant uses of nuclear S&T in the areas of health and medicine, food, environment, and energy security in the next 50 years.
The annual AEW celebration, as mandated under Presidential Proclamation No. 1211 in 1973, aims to generate awareness of the Filipino people on the beneficial uses of nuclear science and technology.