STAC-J and AFSJ to conduct graduate research forum

The Science and Technology Advisory Council-Japan (STAC-J), in cooperation with the Association of Filipino Students in Japan (AFSJ), will hold its Annual Graduate Research Forum and Recognition Day on March 17 (Saturday), 3 pm, at the MP Hall, Komaba International Students’ House, Tokyo.

The activity, which will be graced by the Philippine ambassador to Japan, His Excellency Domingo L. Siazon, Jr., will involve the participation of seven (7) scholars who will give 15-minute presentations on topics ranging from seismology to protein engineering to architecture.

“The Graduate Research Forum of STAC-J is a yearly activity wherein graduating Filipino undergraduate, masteral and doctoral students present their respective research topics. It aims to recognize the scholarly work of the Filipino students in Japan and to foster academic discussions and exchanges among students and professionals alike. This year, AFSJ will be involved,” STAC-J President Mudjekeewis Santos said.

The complete list of speakers, their affiliations and topics are as follows: Kathleen Papiona, Tokyo Institute of Technology, “Seismotectonic of the Masbate Faults”; Jon Altamirano, The University of Tokyo, “Poor Fishers: The Batan Estuary Case”; Fernand Fagutao, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, “The Use of Microarray Technology in Studying Innate Immune Mechanisms in Shrimp”; Mariejoy Therese Jumawid, Tokyo Institute of Technology, “Construction of Proteins from ‘Scratch”; Jonathan Sahagun, The University of Tokyo, “People Detection and Surveillance Technologies”; Dr. Caryn Paredes-Santillan, The University of Tokyo, “A Study on Bipolarity in the Architecture of Leandro V. Locsin”; and Dr. Pinky A. Bautista, Tokyo Institute of Technology, “Digital Staining Pathological Images Using Multispectral Information”. The opening and closing remarks will be given by AFSJ president Deo Leo Manalo and Santos, respectively.

“Following the research forum, STAC-J and AFSJ will jointly honor graduating students and give recognition to individuals or group of students who have done remarkable performances, selfless contributions, and have given honor to the Filipino society in the past year. The joint events will be concluded by a party to celebrate the fruits of our labors, and hopefully to revitalize everyone for the coming school year,” Santos said.

The nearest station to the venue is Komabatodai-mae on the Keio Inokashira Line. An access map is shown below. Interested parties may contact the STAC-J Public Relations Officer Melba Ortega (melba.ortega(at) for further details.