In its 150th year of scientific excellence in the service of faith and society, the Manila Observatory presents an international conference entitled “Scientific Frontiers: Serving the Peripheries in Times of Change” on September 25, 2015 at the Fr. Francis J. Heyden, SJ Hall located in MO’s main building.
The goal of the conference is to underscore the importance of milestone collaborations fostered in the pursuit of many common goals. Sessions will situate the Philippines in the context of present global environmental conditions and will specifically address the following core areas of research: air quality; regional climate and extreme weather events; upper atmosphere and solid earth dynamics for disaster applications; and integrated risk analysis for disasters and climate change.
Fr. Agustin Udias, SJ, a Jesuit historian from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, will deliver the keynote address, to be followed by six resource speakers:
- Dr. Fredolin Tangang, SEACLID/CORDEX Southeast Asia and the National University of Malaysia: “Pressing Issues on Climate Change and Disaster Risks and their Implications on Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia.”
- Dr. George Mount, Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, Washington State University: “Existing and Emerging Atmospheric Measurement Systems for Understanding Air Quality in Mega Manila.”
- Mr. Masanobu Tsuji, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA): RS-GIS, Aerospace Initiatives: Strategies in Responding to Disaster Risk
- Dr. Akimasa Yoshikawa, International Center for Space Weather Science and Education, Kyushu University: “MAGDAS Network, Space Weather, and Geomagnetic Storms.”
- Dr. Keith Groves, Institute for Scientific Research, Boston College: “SCINDA Network and GNSS for Equatorial Ionospheric Research.”
- Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (TBC).
The specific programme and concept note may be downloaded here: Programme, Concept Note.
Interested participants may contact Ms. Salve Martinez at telephone number (02) 426 5921 local 106 or via e-mail at email@example.com.