CatSU biology professor among finalists in global breakthrough research contest

Catanduanes State University (CatSU) Biology Professor Dr. Jimmy T. Masagca has been named as one of the 30 finalists in the Future Learning category of this year’s prestigious Falling Walls global competition in breakthrough research.

“It is an honor to be included in the final group of the Future Learning category,” said Dr. Masagca. “With the enormous number of talented scientists and researchers from around the globe, our research projects on mangroves, aquatic biodiversity and the holding of BIOME (Biodiversity Meeting) in Catanduanes was evaluated as unique ground-breaking innovations that are embedded in  digital education.”

“My recent achievements in the university in the field of mangrove research, conservation and citizen science for biodiversity research stand out for the innovative strength at the Natural Science Department capitalizing on the digital intervention,” he told the Tribune.

A faculty member of the Natural Science Department in the College of Arts & Sciences, Fr. Masagca submitted to the competition his researches that is closely linked to the holding of the series of Philippine National Biodiversity Meetings (BIOME) and the National Conferences on Science Education & Technology (SEDTEC) in Catanduanes.

Conceptualized by Pacifictech. BIOME aims to initiate a culture and tradition of providing a venue for researchers, teachers and practitioners to present their studies, innovations/inventions and experiences; share knowledge and exchange ideas; and collaborate on projects to further strengthen the fields of biodiversity, science education and educational technology.

A member of the experts commission of the Swiss-based International Union of the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)- Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), Dr. Masagca is among the finalists who qualified for the title of Science Breakthrough of the Year, which is awarded in ten categories by the Falling Walls, an international hub for leading scientists in their fields.

The winners for the 10 breakthrough categories will be presented at the annual Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, Germany on the 9th November 2021, which coincides with the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

On the anniversary of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, the grand finale provides a stage for outstanding research presented in inspiring presentations.

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