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Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific meets in Cebu

The 12th Meeting of the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP) is being held in Cebu, the Philippines on 11 and 12 November 2011, hosted by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).

This meeting will be the last of 2011 and some Committee members will be rotating off by the end of the year. These include the current Chair of the Committee, Professor Bruce McKellar, and Professor Moosavi-Movahedi.

In conjunction with the meeting, the NRCP will organise a Webinar and scientists from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), NRCP and ICSU RCAP will be speaking on the following subjects:

The Promotion of Science and Health Education, and Public Awareness on Science Policy

The Move Towards Green Productivity in South Korea: Scientific, Technological and Economic Considerations

Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment: A Systems Approach to an Integrated Understanding.

There will also be a panel discussion and an open forum on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) proposal for the establishment of ASEAN Community 2015.

The WEBINAR will engage with participants at the Cebu meeting, and other participants from all major geographical divisions of the country viz. Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

At the meeting the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) will sign a memorandum of understanding with the National Research Council of Philippines (NRCP) to promote research collaboration between the two countries. This will include:

Research and development activities

Exchange of researchers, faculty and students

Exchange of and participation in scientific publications

Foresight activities in science and technology; and

Engagement in other activities in science and technology that are of interest to both countries.

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