• Our online catalog of short courses and training programs for 2015 is now available. Click on photo to check the courses.

  • 2015 is the International Year of Soils. Click here to know more.

  • The UPLB Museum of Natural History Director Dr. Juan Carlos T. Gonzales, with the other curators of the museum, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Dr. Susan May F. Calumpang, and family members of Dr. Dioscoro Rabor.

  • The UPLB Museum of Natural History, a supervised unit of the OVCRE, is on a roll as they continuously discover new species. (Photo by Pol Veluz, SESAM)

  • "In recognition of the importance of bees and the potential of the bee industry, the University of the Philippines established the UPLB Bee Program in 1989 to further establish all bee related research and programs in the University." -Photo by Romar Jan C. Edosma (1st Place, Capturing UPLB's Research Heritage Photocontest)

  • OVCRE's Extension Section holds the UPLB Public Service Forum. Speakers were Dr. Ma. Victoria Espaldon, Dr. Rogelio Cuyno, and Dr. Emil Q. Javier.

  • The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension holds the first UPLB Public Service Forum at the BIOTECH Seminar Room.

  • Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Rex B. Demafelis with the speakers during the first UPLB Public Service Forum. (From left to right: Dr. Rita P. Laude, Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, VC Rex B. Demafelis, Prof. Maria Teresa DV Arejola, and Dr. Ma. Virginia B. Camarinta, OVCRE Extension Section Head)

  • OVCRE collaborates with UP REPSS Inc. to hold the 2nd UPLB REPS Conference. This was the most attended REPS Conference with over 300 participants.

  • Young biotechnology researchers find teamwork essential in looking for answers to man's scientific queries.

  • Professor Emeritus Macrina T. Zafaralla in-situ analyzing a water sample, one of her many research activities aimed to characterize our several freshwater lakes.

  • Agricultural engineers hold test drives of developed mini-tractors and other farm machinery for the appreciation of farmers around Laguna.

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The  UPLB Institute of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce a special seminar with Professor Eberhard Curio, world renowned conservation biologist from Ruhr University Bochum  (RUB) on  1-5 September 2015

The seminar is open to both credit and non-credit students,  and the public who may wish to enrich their appreciation of conservation biology. Research specialists from other institutions may wish to schedule appointments with Professor Curio for consultations on their pending publications or research topics on conservation biology.  

Professor Curio's  seminar will cover the following topics:
  • Review of literature: conservation biology
  • Data preparation, collection and management
  • Graphic design and statistics
  • Publication of research and linguistic difficulties
  • Dissemination of results
  • Wildlife rescue, rehabilitation & release
  • Predator – prey relationships
  • Mutualisms
  • Seed dispersal
  • Ants and leaf damage
  • Invasive species:   marine toad 
Students who will take the course for credit need to register in the following subject: WLDL 291 Special Topics  - Conservation Biology
Tentative Dates: 1-5 September 2015 (5 days) with Professor E. Curio 
                             10:00 AM to 11:00 AM; 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Seminar, discussions & reports: 11:00 AM to 12:00NN; 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM  (2 lectures per day; equivalent to 3 units credit. When Professor Curio returns to Germany, Prof. JC Gonzalez will continue with the seminars.
Venue:    TBA (to be arranged)

Field work:  Supervised field work for thesis/research students
Tentative Date: 8-12 September 2015 (5 days tentative)
Venue:   Inner forest areas in Northern Panay -- Sibaliw Research Station  
Sibaliw location maphttp://www.panaycon.org/Pages/maps.html
Click here for tips on access  to the Sibaliw research station are provided in this bird watch blogspot.
Click here for a National Geographic article which provided highlights on Sibaliw biodiversity research.
Samples of field research in Sibaliw here and here.

Research proposals for seminar presentation by students shall be screened and approved by Prof. E. Curio/Dr. JCT Gonzalez.   Interested students must register at A218  and submit a 3 to 5 page seminar proposal with the following details: 

  • Title
  • Statement of the Research Problem
  • Analytical Framework
  • Review of Literature (at least three most important published studies on conservation biology)
  • Proposed research design
  • Bibliography
  • Contact details (name, address, mobile number, email address)

Students taking the course for credit shall be graded based on seminar performance.
Deadline of seminar abstracts: 15 August 2015.
Please email the course coordinator, Dr.  JCT Gonzales at 
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For the field work,  participants are expected to provide for their accommodation,   subsistence, air travel and related expenses  through faculty or staff development grants,  sponsorships and other personal resources. 

Brief profile of Professor Eberhard Curio

Prof. Curio is globally famous for his work on preserving endangered species,  such as the Visayan writhed-billed hornbill  (Aceros waldeni;   local names:  dulungan,  kalaw)  in the deep mountains of   Sibaliw,   Northern Panay where he spent more than 20 years doing research. He is also instrumental in discovering new species of flora and fauna such as freshwater and arboreal crabs;  and most recently,  a rainforest landhopper Curiotalitrus curioi.

The last significant stands of primary, low elevation rainforest in the bio-geographic region of the West Visayas, located on the northwestern peninsula of Panay, is habitat of a range of highly endangered, partly endemic species of frogs, reptiles, birds and mammals.   It is one of the hotspots with the highest conservation priorities in the world, both in terms of the number of endangered flora and fauna per unit area, and the degree of threat these species confront. Philippine biodiversity per unit area is globally unsurpassed.

For more information about the scientific  work of Prof Curio,  please visit the Panay Eco-Conservation website at www.panaycon.org.     

Attached is a copy of the approved "Guidelines Governing the PCAARRD-GIA and PCAARRD-monitored DOST-GIA Funded Programs and Projects" which shall cover new and ongoing programs/projects effective 1 May 2015. The new PCAARRD-GIA guidelines considered all existing PCAARRD issuances, memos, procedures and were harmonized with the DOST-GIA guidelines as appropriate.

This, together with the forms and templates will be made available on PCAARRD's website. We shall update with the link once available. A booklet on the same document will also be disseminated. Meanwhile, please ensure that program/project leaders will be given a copy of the documents.

Science and the arts crossed paths as various UPLB units collaborated to host Salubungang Agos/Cross Currents in the Streams of Creative Expressions: A Fusion of the Arts and Climate Change Science.”  Students and faculty from the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) School of Community and Regional Planning also participated in the event which took place at the CAS Auditorium last 10 July 2015.

Salubungang Agos started with a plenary session with a line-up of speakers that include: Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, Dean of UPLB’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), who discussed UPLB’s Climate Change research efforts; Dr. Leonora Angeles-Foster, professor from UBC, who talked about the issues and challenges in institution and capacity-building of Philippine local government units for climate solutions; and Prof. Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera Jr. from the Philippine High School for the Arts who discussed SiyenSining which is the combination of science and the arts.

Following the plenary session, the participants – students from both UPLB and UBC – travelled to the Makiling Botanic Gardens for a workshop wherein they shared stories and ideas about climate change. After the workshop, the participants headed back to the CAS Auditorium for the event’s culminating activity: a concert entitled Salubong sa Agos ng Pagbabago.  As part of the concert, the participants gathered on stage to sing the song that they wrote during the workshop.

Office of the Chancellor

Memorandum No. 100
Series of 2015

08 July 2015


SUBJECT:                     Call for Papers: The 2015 ConExtS - Conference on Extension Services

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE) will be conducting the 2015 UPLB ConExtS - Conference on Extension Services with the theme "Nurturing the Tradition of Distinctive Excellence Through Extension: UPLB's Contribution for a Globally Competitive Philippines" on 10 September 2015 (Thursday). Venue will be announced later on.

The event aims to present and honor the great extension endeavours of the different colleges and units of the university. This year, the conference will showcase the different extension services and modalities provided by UPLB. Through time, the colleges and units have developed their own brand of extension programs and activities that emphasize the strength of their respective fields and that benefit different types of clients. It is the goal of the conference to capture these unique extension experiences throughout UPLB.

We invite all colleges and units to submit at most two (2) full papers of their best extension program/services, detailing the service or technology, extension methods, profile and location of beneficiaries, impacts, awards and recognitions, and publications, among others. A committee will select the best papers among the entries. OVCRE will provide assistance in journal matching and publication to the awardees.

The deadline of submission of papers is on 10 August 2015 (Monday). Kindly refer to the attached guidelines for submission. For inquiries, you may call Dr. Virginia B. Camarinta or Ms. Ailene M. Florece of OVCRE at 536-2354.

Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.


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