An international symposium entitled “Crust-Mantle Evolution in Active Arcs” was convened by the Rushurgent-Working Group (RWG) of the University of the Philippines – National Institute of Geological Sciences (UP-NIGS), on February 12-13, 2015 in Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City, Philippines. Local and foreign experts from different fields of the earth sciences gathered to discuss new findings and innovations in their study areas. The two-day event was divided into two parts: the first day concentrated on hard-core science, while the second day dealt with its applications in the industry.
On the first day, UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, discussed the importance of international collaborations in the pursuit of scientific advancement. He congratulated RWG for maintaining close-knit relationships with universities from different countries. He highlighted the benefits of the Philippines-Taiwan collaboration that was initiated in 2006 and which continues up to the present. He mentioned the various state-of-the-art equipment acquired under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-funded program, and supported by the Manila Economic and Cultural Office – Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (MECO-TECO) agreement. These include the only paleomagnetic equipment and electron probe micro-analyzer available in the country which are currently housed at the NIGS. Results of the scientific studies were reported in twenty oral presentations on petrography, geochemistry, mineral chemistry, geophysics and tectonics. There were also eleven poster presentations on various topics such as watershed landscape, use of decision support system, geohazard monitoring and warning systems, as well as geophysics and sedimentary geology.
The second day emphasized the latest scientific achievements with applications to the mining, exploration, oil and energy sectors. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Walter W. Brown, President of the Apex Mining Company, Inc (AMCI) and Chairman of the A. Brown Company, Inc. He emphasized the mutual benefits of collaboration between the academe and the industry. He cited the exploration milestones of AMCI, which were achieved through the help of dedicated minds from the RWG-UP NIGS. He stressed that the academe provides a different point of view, as well as advanced equipment and techniques, to address the scientific needs of the industry. Seven papers from different industry partners were presented during the first two scientific sessions. This was followed by eleven presentations from various universities discussing tectonic elements and their implications to geologic hazards. New techniques in creating and interpreting geohazard maps were also presented, making a. total of eighteen presentation on the second day.
The two-day international symposium showed the level of success that can be achieved with strong linkages among local and foreign academic institutions, as well as industry stakeholders. The international symposium succeeded not only in achieving its scientific goals, but also in contributing to the economic and social needs of the community.The symposium was organized by the Rushurgent Working Group led by Dr. Carla B. Dimalanta, Professor at UP-NIGS and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Research) of the UP System. This was co-organized with the School of Environmental Science and Management of UPLB under Dr. Decibel V. Faustino-Eslava. Foreign participants came from Taiwanese universities, (National Central University, National Taiwan University, Jinwen Institute of Science and Technology), Japanese universities (Kanazawa University, University of Tokushima, Okayama University, Tsukuba University), as well as from the University at Buffalo, New York, USA. Local presenters came from the UP-Diliman, UP-Los Baños and UP-Manila, Mapua Institute of Technology, TVI Resources, Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc., Macro Asia Corporation, and Energy Development Corporation. They all presented high-caliber scientific advancements from different study areas including the different islands of the Philippines, Taiwan, Myanmar and Cyprus. Representatives from government agencies, mining and exploration industry, oil and energy sector, academe and funding agencies were also present in the event.