Special Seminar with World Renowned Conservation Biologist

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.     

OVPAA Call for Proposals for the Enhanced Creative Work and Research Grant

Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
Memorandum No. OVPAA 2015-41

From: Gisela P. Concepcion, Ph.D.
          Vice-President for Academic Affairs

Subject: Call for Proposals for the Enhanced Creative Work and Research Grant

This is to announce the call for proposals for the Enhanced Creative Work and Research Grant (ECWRG). Following the guidelines approved during the 1299th Board of Regents meeting on 31 July 2014, we are inviting submissions from Instructors, (Instructor 4 and higher), REPS (with the rank of University Researcher), and Assistant Professors to Professors. Only fully accomplished forms using the prescribed format will be accepted by the OVPAA.

Forms can be downloaded from the OVPAA website (ovpaa.up.edu.ph)
. The deadline for submitting proposals to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) or equivalent unit is on 30 August 2015.

All submitted proposals will be subjected to technical and administrative review by the constituent unit's (CU) Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development/Extension prior to submission to the OVPAA. The technical review will be done by external reviewers (i.e. from a different CU) to be selected by the CU's respective OVCRD/OVCRE.

All refereed proposal (whether with favourable reviews or not) together with the proposal evaluation form (with the names of the reviewers indicated) shall be submitted by the CU to the OVPAA by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on or before 30 October 2015.

Thank you. 

Thank you.

Search for the 2015 Dr. Eusebio Y. Garcia Recognition Award for Molecular Biology and Molecular Pathology

The search for the 2015 Dr. Eusebio Y. Garcia Recognition Award for Molecular Biology and Molecular Pathology by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).

Dr. Garcia was a world-renowned scientist. He had been a faculty member of the UP College of Medicine and Manila Central University, and was awarded the most outstanding professor of the University. He also became a guest scientist at the School of Tropical Medicine at the Tulane University of Louisiana, and research fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation Malaria Research Laboratory, Talahassee, Florida, USA.

The deadline of submission of nominations to the OVCRE is on 25 September 2015. Further details are attached.

Procurement Seminar-Workshop on R&D

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) in coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Administration (OVPA), the UP System Supply & Property Management Office (UPS SPMO), and the UP Diliman Supply & Property Management Office (UPD SPMO) will jointly hold a Procurement Seminar-Workshop on R & D.

The said Seminar-Workshop will focus on the following:

  1. Preparation of the Project Procurement Management Plan (PPMP) and the Annual Procurement Plan (APP);
  2. Development of Technical Specifications for equipment, services, and other items;
  3. Formulation of the Cost Estimate for the item to be procured;
  4. Generation of Price Quotations or canvass;
  5. Determination of the appropriate Mode of Procurement and their Requisites;
  6. Apprise project leaders on Outsource Procurement Agents such as the Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC); and
  7. Provide information on recent circulars from DBM, GPPB, and COA relevant to R & D procurement.

The schedule for UPLB will be on 28 September 2015, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, NCAS Auditorium.

The memo from the Office of the UP President is also attached for reference. The schedule in the memo has been changed to the one mentioned above.

2016 Manila Economic and Cultural Office-Taipei Economic Cultural Office (MECO-TECO) Joint Research Project Call for Proposals

Sharing an announcement from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) website:

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 MECO-TECO Call for Proposals is now open. In pursuit of cooperation in Science and Technology between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST, formerly the National Science Council) of Taipei, the DOST is calling for mutually beneficial and collaborative project proposals for implementation on 01 June 2016. It is necessary that proponents coordinate with their counterpart/collaborator in Taipei with whom they will work with on the project. As a requirement, proposals must be submitted to DOST while their Taiwanese counterpart must submit the same proposal (with the same title for identification) to MOST for separate review and evaluation. Only projects approved by both sides will be implemented under this cooperation scheme. Project proposals to be submitted must fall under any of the following identified priority areas for cooperation:

  1. Genomics, Nanotechnology, and Biotechnology for Agriculture
  2. Water Resource Management
  3. Volcano, Ocean, Typhoon, and Earthquake
  4. Climate Change and Environment
  5. Omics for Personalized Medicine
  6. Use of Sensors towards Smart Cities (intelligent transport system, smart buildings, road condition monitoring and digital health for senior citizens)

Modes of cooperation include joint research/study, exchange of scientists/technical experts, capacity building, scientific and technical access to facilities, provision of professional services, organization of scientific conferences, symposia, training courses, workshops and exhibitions and the Sandwich Scholarship Program (SSP). Interested parties may download the necessary forms at http://www.dost.gov.ph.Submission of proposals is until 31 December 2015 to be sent to the International Technology Cooperation Unit (ITCU), Room 301, 3rd floor, DOST building, Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City and e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Attachments are also included below.