DoST-PNRI hosts nuclear research conference

More than 70 researches in the field of nuclear science will be highlighted at the 2nd Philippine Nuclear Research and Development Conference (PNRDC 2020) hosted by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DoST-PNRI) with the theme “AmBisyong Nukleyar Tungo sa Maunlad na Pilipinas” from Dec. 8 to 10.

PNRDC highlights the growing role of the atom in national development, such as the diverse applications of nuclear energy that respond to society’s pressing needs and the possible inclusion of nuclear power in the country’s energy mix.

“Through the PNRDC, we aim to disseminate the latest advancements of national and international trends in nuclear R&D, impacts, and policies to the public,” Dr. Angel Bautista VII, PNRDC chairperson, said.

“The PNRDC will likewise provide a forum for nuclear S&T and policy discourse among researchers and the general public,” he added.

Bautista said that as of this writing, the PNRDC 2020 already has in list of participants some 237 authors with 53 affiliations from eight countries – Philippines, Korea, Thailand, Australia, Germany, Myanmar, Japan, and the USA.

On the opening day, the conference will host a plenary session featuring the nuclear power program of the Philippines with speakers from the DoST-PNRI, Department of Energy, the Philippine Senate, and the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA. In the afternoon, an exciting career talk will have speakers from the Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, IAEA, and the DoST-PNRI.

The next two days will feature oral and poster presentations of various researchers, with topics ranging from nuclear, radiation, and isotope studies on food, agriculture, health, education, policy, environment, theoretical and computational studies, nuclear engineering, radiation protection, nuclear waste management, radiation processing, and industry.

Plenary sessions and selected oral presentations will be broadcast live via the PNRI FB page and will be available to the general public for free. All presentations can be also viewed via Zoom by registered participants. Interested individuals can register for free at

The PNRDC 2020 is partnering with the Mindanao Journal of Science and Technology (MJST) to give scientists and researchers who are presenting in the conference a chance to publish their works in a special issue of the MJST, which is an International Scientific Indexing-covered journal.

The PNRDC 2020 is part of the DoST-PNRI’s 48th Atomic Energy Week (AEW) celebration, and will run online from Dec. 8 to 10 via online conferencing and social media platforms. The annual AEW celebration, as mandated under Presidential Proclamation No. 1211 issued in 1973, aims to generate awareness of the Filipino people on the beneficial uses of nuclear science and technology.