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Message of President for BIOTA 2017

Distinguished guests, friends of BIOTA, my fellow BIOTAns, welcome to the 52nd BIOTA Convention.

Since it started in 1965, BIOTA has managed to stage the annual convention despite natural calamities. Typhoons, flood and of late two strong earthquakes in early 2017 shook Caraga. These never deterred you in performing your vocation as educator.

BIOTA salutes you for your bravery and service to the nation.

This year’s convention focuses on BIOTA initiatives towards ASEAN Integration, hence the theme is “Biology Education in Unifying ASEAN Countries.”

– Dr. Edna A. Amparado

Call for papers: 52nd BIOTA Annual National Convention & Scientific Sessions

52nd Convention Theme: Biology Education in Unifying ASEAN Countries

April 6 to 8, 2017
Philippine Normal University
Taft Ave, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila

Download BIOTA 2017 flyer here!

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For invitations please email: Ms.Minerva Arenas, marenas @feu.edu.ph

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Only online submissions of abstracts via http://biotaph.org/biota2017 will be accepted on or before February 28, 2017 (Tuesday).

Only officially registered and paid participants (by March 17, 2017, Friday) are allowed to present a paper and to have their abstracts included in the souvenir program.

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Submission guidelines for abstract proposals (doc/docx format):

1. Limit abstract to 300 words (excluding title, author name/s and affiliation/s)
2. CONTENT includes: introductory sentence on background of study, objectives, very brief description of methodology, summary of results and discussion, conclusion and/or significance of findings.
3. LAYOUT: TITLE (justify, Arial size 12, uppercase, bold); AUTHORS (align left, Arial size 10, sentence case, regular, presenting author underlined, superscript number for address placed after author’s name); ADDRESS (align left, Arial size 9, sentence case, regular, superscript number placed before institution’s name); TEXT (justify, Arial size 10)

Submit under any of these three (3) categories:

Seminar: a 12-min lecture-seminar and 3-min Q&A to be presented during the Scientific Sessions.
Poster: to be presented at the Poster Exhibit.
Workshop: a 1-hr. lecture-demonstration or hands-on activity to be presented during the Scientific Sessions. Please indicate willingness to give a repeat session.

Choose the sub-theme of your abstract submission by indicating it in Keywords

  • Biology education (e.g., Inquiry based teaching and learning,  Technology integration) as a way of acquisition of basic concepts in Life Science domains
  • Research in the Life Sciences or on curriculum reform in Life Science domains
  • Integration of global issues and solutions (Climate change, Biodiversity, Bioethics)
  • Health and Wellness
  • Others (pls specify):

Only officially registered and paid participants (by March 17 , 2017, Friday) are allowed to present a paper and to have their abstracts included in the souvenir program

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Early bird registration fee
(ON OR BEFORE March 17, 2017, Friday)
• Regular member* PhP 3,100
• Current life member** PhP 2,800
• Incoming (new) life member *** PhP 5,800

Regular registration fee
(AFTER March 17, 2017, or on-site)
• Regular member* PhP 3,400
• Current life member** PhP 3,100
• Incoming (new) life member*** PhP 6,100
• Student associate member/ Undergraduate students **** PhP 1,900

* Regular members are those who pay an annual membership fee of PHP 300
** Life members are those who have paid a one-time life-membership fee of PHP 3000 sometime in the past and have been issued a “Life Member Certificate”
***A person applying to be a life member must have attended at least one national or regional convention within the past three years prior to becoming a life member
****Valid undergraduate student I.D. must be presented, Convention materials not included

Registration fee includes membership fee, convention materials (except for Student Associate Members), 3-day snacks and lunches, field trip, and fellowship dinner.

Early online registration is encouraged to ensure receipt of complete convention materials.

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MAKE ALL REGISTRATION PAYMENT TO:
Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines Inc.
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) EDSA-Ortigas Branch,
Account No. 3101-0990-15

Please scan your deposit slip with your printed name and the BPI Branch where the deposit was made, and email with
Subject: 52nd BIOTA Payment Info to:
biotafiftytwo@gmail.com

51st BIOTA Convention & 50th BIOTA Founding Anniversary

51st BIOTA ON-SITE REGISTRATION

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April 7 to 9, 2016
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna

Convention Theme: BIOTA@50: Keeping the Fire of Knowledge Burning

Early online registration is encouraged to ensure receipt of complete convention materials. Please follow the link

READY TO CREATE A USER ACCOUNT? Please click here.  If you have an existing account due to attendance to previous BIOTA Conventions, click here .
READY TO REGISTER? Please click here to confirm your attendance to the 51st BIOTA Convention.

Download the BIOTA 2016 Flyer

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Deadline for Abstract Submission: February 14, 2016

Important! Please indicate in a footnote in the docx file you uploaded if you wish to submit the abstract for inclusion in competing category for the particular track it was submitted to.

You may now submit your abstract for consideration to the 51st BIOTA  Annual National Convention . Visit this website http://biotaph.org/biota2016.

For invitation requests please email Mr. Jason Orozco <jason_orozco81@ yahoo.com>.

Hope to see you all in UPLB to celebrate the 50th Foundation Anniversary of BIOTA!

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Submission guidelines for abstract proposals (doc/docx format):

1. Limit abstract to 300 words (excluding title, author name/s and affiliation/s)
2. CONTENT includes: introductory sentence on background of study, objectives, very brief description of methodology, summary of results and discussion, conclusion and/or significance of findings.
3. LAYOUT: TITLE (justify, Arial size 12, uppercase, bold); AUTHORS (align left, Arial size 10, sentence case, regular, presenting author underlined, superscript number for address placed after author’s name); ADDRESS (align left, Arial size 9, sentence case, regular, superscript number placed before institution’s name); TEXT (justify, Arial size 10)

Submit under any of these three (3) categories:

Seminar: a 12-min lecture-seminar and 3-min Q&A to be presented during the Scientific Sessions.
Poster: to be presented at the Poster Exhibit.
Workshop: a 1-hr. lecture-demonstration or hands-on activity to be presented during the Scientific Sessions. Please indicate willingness to give a repeat session.

Choose the sub-theme of your abstract submission by indicating it in Keywords

  • Pedagogical practices (e.g., inquiry-based, student-centered, transdisciplinary approach, etc.) as a way of acquisition of basic concepts in Life Science domains
  • Research in the Life Sciences or on curriculum reform in Life Science domains
  • Integration of global issues and solutions (climate change and biodiversity)
  • Bioethics (ethical issues)
  • Multi- and interdisciplinary research
  • Others (pls specify):

Only officially registered and paid participants (by March 4, 2016, Friday) are allowed to present a paper and to have their abstracts included in the souvenir program

* * * * *

Early bird registration fee
(ON OR BEFORE March 4, 2016, Friday)
• Regular member* PhP 3,100
• Current life member** PhP 2,800
• Incoming (new) life member *** PhP 5,800

Regular registration fee
(AFTER March 4, 2016, or on-site)
• Regular member* PhP 3,400
• Current life member** PhP 3,100
• Incoming (new) life member*** PhP 6,100
• Student associate member/ Undergraduate students **** PhP 1,900

* Regular members are those who pay an annual membership fee of PHP 300
** Life members are those who have paid a one-time life-membership fee of PHP 3000 sometime in the past and have been issued a “Life Member Certificate”
***A person applying to be a life member must have attended at least one national or regional convention within the past three years prior to becoming a life member
****Valid undergraduate student I.D. must be presented, Convention materials not included

Registration fee includes membership fee, convention materials (except for Student Associate Members), 3-day snacks and lunches, field trip, and fellowship dinner.

Early online registration is encouraged to ensure receipt of complete convention materials. Please follow the link

READY TO CREATE A USER ACCOUNT? Please click here. If you have an existing account due to attendance to previous BIOTA Conventions, click here.
READY TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT? Abstract submission is closed.
READY TO REGISTER? Please click here to confirm your attendance to the 51st BIOTA Convention.

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MAKE ALL REGISTRATION PAYMENT TO:
Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines Inc.
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) EDSA-Ortigas Branch,
Account No. 3101-0990-15

Please scan your deposit slip with your printed name and the BPI Branch where the deposit was made, and email with
Subject: 51st BIOTA Payment Info to:
biotafiftyone@gmail.com

The President’s Message on the 50th Annual National Convention

Our government envisions that an enhanced K-12 program will help address Philippine economic challenges brought by current environmental concerns, the growing knowledge economy, and ASEAN integration 2015. Delivery of quality education, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is deemed vital for the Philippines to be economically competitive, and its marginalized citizens to be alleviated from poverty.

Biology education in particular plays an important role in bringing students to deeper understandings of major issues that impact our world today such as health concerns, changing climate, bioresource conservation & sustainability, biodiversity preservation, biotechnology, among others. Through integration of effective teaching approaches, practical research methods, and innovative curricular changes into science courses, we BIOTAns can affirm the biologist’s role as change agents who can help address the impact of the K to 12 curriculum shift. Being open to the new paradigms before us, the challenges brought on by the country’s changing educational landscape can also be rich opportunities for (re)learning in our fields of practice.

In support of the government’s educational goals, and to further uphold BIOTA’s mission-vision of pursuing excellence in biology education and research, this three-day convention aims to provide a venue for the exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences on challenges and opportunities encountered in the implementation of the curriculum. The presentations and activities also hope to allow us BIOTAns to (re)establish and strengthen collaborations that would enrich both our work and role as biology educator-researchers.

My deepest gratitude to my dedicated partners in the BIOTA National Governing Board, and to supportive colleagues from the different BIOTA chapters who helped bring this convention to fruition. Congratulations to one of the newest member of the BIOTA – the Ateneo de Manila University Chapter – for its successful planning and hosting of this convention!

Mabuhay ang BIOTA!

Jessamyn Marie O. Yazon, Ph.D.
President 2011-2015

The President’s Message for the 49th BIOTA National Convention

The country’s changing educational landscape brought by the implementation of the K to 12 curriculum shift has challenged us teachers to re-examine our pedagogical practices and re-invent our classrooms. Despite some (initial) resistance from various stakeholders we are presently underway to formulating an enhanced, practical basic education curriculum that is deemed important as well as very timely for our country to continue in its economic progress. We as biology teachers and researchers are called to work in new, inventive, and creative ways in support of this shifting educational paradigm.

The Philippine BIOTA Journal

CONTINUING CALL FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

The editorial staff of The Philippine BIOTA invites the submission of electronic copies of articles. Articles submitted for consideration are PRIMARY and ORIGINAL papers. Review articles may occasionally be accepted.

Join the BIOTA-egroup

To receive announcements on BIOTA national or chapter activities, and on other organizational conferences or seminar-workshops join the BIOTA e–group by sending an email message to:

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The President’s Message

Inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving skills are deemed important for leaders and workers in the scientific community.  In light of advances in science and technology in the past century, biology teachers need to hone these higher order thinking skills in their students.  Now more than ever, in our role as teacher and/or researcher, imparting updated knowledge about biological principles and their applications, and translating these through sound pedagogical practices are of utmost importance.

Be an active BIOTA member!

Accomplishments and projects of BIOTA Chapters and individual BIOTAns, as well as requests for assistance to organize a local chapter, may be submitted to:

MICHAEL A. CLORES, Ph.D.
BIOTA Philippines Secretary
email: mikeclores.biota@ gmail.com

About membership applications….