Philippine Chemistry Congress goes to Cebu

Over 1,500 expected to tackle role of research for inclusive development

Cebu will become the center of the country’s chemistry world as the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas (Chemical Society of the Philippines) in cooperation with the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies (PFCS) hosts the 34th Philippine Chemistry Congress on 28-30 May 2019.

The Congress with the theme “CHEMbisyon 2019: Kimiko Para sa Sariling Bayan” will be held at the Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center, Lahug, Cebu City. Over 1,500 delegates, including local and international scientists, are expected to gather for the event to tackle research for inclusive development.

“This year’s theme “Kimiko Para sa Sariling Bayan” is a call for our greater involvement in confronting the challenges our country is facing,” said Glenn V. Alea, Ph.D., PFCS President.

“The things chemists do may not always seem to be accessible and relevant to the ordinary Filipino. We have to come forward, communicate, participate in setting directions and work together to bridge gaps and play a greater role in national development,” he added.

The Congress will feature prominent national and international experts who will deliver ten plenary lectures, fourteen keynotes, 110 oral presentations, and 188 poster papers. Participants will come from 12 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and The US.

Alea said the Congress’ various plenary and parallel sessions are meant to inspire participants with the latest research and developments, expand their networks with fellow scientists and professionals in the academe, industry, and government, as well as engage with productive discourse with other delegates.

There are plenary sessions on chemistry and food security and bionanotechnology. The two day sessions also features parallel sessions on food chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, analytical and functional film, environmental chemistry, forensic chemistry, surface chemistry, photochemistry, nanoscience, computational phychem, #Nagbalik-Chemistry, inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical education, analytical labs, and natural products chemistry, among others.

Leon M. Payawan, Jr., Ph.D. President of Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas, said the Congress also emphasizes its being a youthful event by using the hashtag #34PCCMillenialVers2019. Over 80 percent of participants and members of the organizing committee are millenials born in 1981 and after.  

“It is my hope that the millennial generation will take on the cudgel, and stand on the ‘shoulders of giants’ for the advancement of the Philippine chemistry community!” said Payawan.

The 34th Philippine Chemistry Congress is supported by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development-Department of Science and Technology through the Balik-Scientist Program (BSP) and Visiting Expert Programs (VEP) and the University of the Philippines Office of International Linkages-Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs through its World Expert Lecture Series Program.

Keynote sponsors include Brownstone Asia-Tech, Inc., Dakila Trading Corporation, Dksh Philippines, Inc., Dynalab Corporation, Elasco Internatrional Corp., Its Science (Phils.), Inc., Krypton Int’l. Resources And Services, Inc., Labware (Thailand), Co. Ltd.,

Mettler-Toledo Philippines, Inc., Molave Trading Inc., Qes Technology Phils. , Inc., Rainphil Inc., Scharlab Philippines, Inc., Shimadzu Philippines, Corp., and Yana Chemodities, Inc.

Exhibition Sponsors are Akostek, Inc., American Chemical Society, Belman Laboratories, Inc., Cebu Far Eastern Drug Corp., Chemisphere Lab Sciences, Inc., Enzed Trade Inc., Epson Philippines Corp., Golden Bat (Far East), Inc., Guill – Bern Corporation, Katrin Field Inc., Labtraders, Inc., Lisam Systems, Mahachem, Inc., Merck, Inc., Omnibus Bio Medical Systems, Inc., Pro Maintech Consultancy, Inc., Sigmatech, Inc., S&E Solutions, Inc., Southgreen Enterprises, Theo-Pam Trading Corp., Usc – Water Laboratory, and Xprt Ventures, Inc.

For inquiries and registration, you may visit their official website at https://kkp.org.ph/34th-pcc/.