A 2-day colloquium on “Innovations and Trends in R&D Management” was held at the University of the Philippines Open University attended by research and development (R&D) managers and practitioners. The colloquium was organized by the Diploma in Research and Development Management (DR&DM) program of the University of the Philippines Open University’s (UPOU) Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) project “Supporting the Development of Partnerships in the STI Ecosystem” and the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, Emerging Technology Research and Development’s (DOST-PCIEERRD) Master of Research and Development Management (MR&DM) project.
The colloquium was part of the UPOU’s Academic Program Improvement (API) in the field of R&D management which aimed to identify the innovations and trends in R&D management and to convene DR&DM students and alumni and R&D practitioners from industries and government institutions.
Five sessions made-up the 2-day colloquium. On behalf of the UPOU Chancellor, Dr. Melinda dP. Bandalaria, the event was formally opened by Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Director for the Information office of the UPOU. Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, Program Chair of the DR&DM program, presented the “Research Upgrading & Performance Evaluation” project of NAST, the co-organizer in the colloquium, on behalf of Dr. Lourdes J. Cruz, National Scientist, NAST.
Two guest speakers were featured in the morning session titled “Transforming Challenges into Innovations in the R&D Organizations”. Dr. Franco Teves, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of Mindanao State University, spoke about “Transforming Challenges into Innovations in the Financial and Administrative System in the R&D Organization: The MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology Experience”. Dr. Teves talked about the challenges in R&D for a growing academic institution and how they were able to overcome these challenges through reforming research policies, improving research infrastructures, and incentivizing research. The second guest speaker, Dr. Arnel del Barrio, Acting Executive Director for the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), spoke about “PCC’s R&D Innovations in Creating Livelihood Opportunities for the Farmers”. In his presentation, Dr. Del Barrio talked about the Carabao Development Program, R&D priority areas, R&D management system, and the program outputs and impacts of PCC. Among the notable impacts were the additional income for the farmers and improved nutrition of the children, and sustained carabao population for utilization. The main points of the session were given by the discussant, Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco, an academician from NAST.
There were two sessions for the afternoon session. Two guest speakers presented in the session titled “Commercializing R&D Outputs and Technologies”. The first presenter was Engr. Danilo P. Manayaga, President and CEO of SECURA International Corporation, shared the business model of SECURA, an “agriculture-driven growth, food and energy security, and poverty eradication”. The next guest speaker was Mr. Philip S. Cruz, President of Herbanext Laboratories Inc. In his presentation, Mr. Cruz emphasized the importance of complementation between the academe and the industry. The second session for the afternoon titled “Professionalizing R&D Management” was delivered by Dr. Rogelio V. Cuyno, former UPLB Research Management Center (RMC) Director and UP Mindanao Chancellor and currently Faculty In-Charge (Professorial Lecturer) under the DR&DM Program. Dr. Cuyno discussed how the research management sub-discipline was conceptualized in the Philippines and the lessons in professionalizing R&D management in the Philippines. The discussant, Asst. Prof. Glen A. Imbang presented the main points of the two sessions.
There were two sessions for the second day of the colloquium. The first session titled “Ethical, Legal, and Policy Concerns in R&D Management” had two speakers. The first speaker was Dr. Marco Nemesio E. Montano, an academician from NAST, presented “Research Ethics”, which provided a brief background on the scientific method, publication and openness, and ethics. Dr. Montano also discussed the different types of scientific misconduct and ways to publish ethically. He concluded his presentation by sharing the ways on how the supervisors can promote research integrity. The second guest speaker, Atty. Lolibeth Ramit-Medrano, Director of Patents of Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, presented “Intellectual Property Management: Complementing Research and Development”. According to Atty. Medrano, the “use of IP not only complements R&D but it also ensures a more sustainable R&D program”, and that there are different IPOPHIL and government agencies that have different programs and initiatives in assisting universities, individuals, companies etc., from IP creation until commercialization.
The last session titled “Open and Distance e-Learning in R&D Management” had one speaker. Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, the Program Chair of the UPOU DR&DM program and the Director of the Institute for Governance and Rural Development (IGRD) of the College of Public Affairs (CPAf) of UPLB, presented “An Open Arena for Innovations in Professionalizing R&D Management”. In her presentation, Dr. Reyes shared the history of R&D management, a brief introduction of ODeL, and the profiles of the students of the DR&DM learners, and of the potential learners of the proposed Master of R&D Management program. The main points for the two sessions on the second day of the colloquium were presented by the discussant, Dr. Susan T. Bacud, Faculty-In-Charge (Senior Lecturer) in the DR&DM program of UPOU.
Open forum followed for both the morning and afternoon sessions where the participants were able to share their thoughts and obtain answers and clarifications to their questions. Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, Program Chair of the DR&DM program formally closed the event and thanked everyone who took part of the colloquium, especially the speakers who shared their knowledge on the innovations and trends in R&D Management.
This event was held on November 14-15, 2018 at the UPOU Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium in Los Baños, Laguna, and was web streamed live over networks.upou.edu.ph. (MDCVelasco)