A glimpse of BIOTA’s past…

A glimpse of BIOTA’s past… To promote the Science of Biology in all its branches, this was the aim of the biology teachers and biologists who gathered together in February 1966 at then Science Pavilion on Herran Street in Manila. This group of biology teachers met to discuss ways of improving introductory college courses. Thus, the Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines, Inc. was born and its first set of officers elected. Three months later, the first BIOTA national conference was held at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, wherein lecture-demonstrations were conducted and the organization’s constitution and by-laws were drawn up and ratified. With a view to expansion, regional groups were organized under a regional officer whose main task was to recruit new members. Since then, a national BIOTA convention has been held once a year. The annual three-day convention had varying themes each year, responsive to current and relevant national issues. In chronological order, the annual conferences had the following themes and convention sites:

YEAR

VENUE

CONVENTION THEME

1966 University of the Philippines Los Baños  
1967 Philippine Women’s University  
1968 Centro Escolar University  
1969 University of Sto. Tomas Conservation
1970 Far Eastern University Molecular Biology
1971 University of the Philippines Diliman Maintaining Environmental Integrity
1972 St. Louis University, Baguio City Biology Teaching Techniques
1973 University of the East Focus: Biology Teachers
1974 San Carlos University, Cebu City Marine Ecosystems
1975 Ateneo de Manila University The Biologist in Community Development
1976 University of Nueva Caceres The Biologist in Regional Development
1977 Philippine Science High School The Biologist in a Changing Society
1978 M. Marcos Memorial University Sharing Ideas on Food Resources
1979 UPSEC-Asian Institute of Tourism Challenges in Biology Education Today
1980 Silliman University Ecological Areas of Concern
1981 De La Salle University Research Management
1982 Mindanao State University Technology Transfer Through Biology Education
1983 University of the Philippines Diliman Contemporary Issues in Biology and Biology Education
1984 University of the Philippines Visayas Utilization of and Contemporary Issues on Aquatic Resources
1985 Adamson University, Manila The Biology Teacher and the Changing Curriculum
1986 Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University Biology Teachers and New Development in Biology
1987 Maryknoll College Biology, Technology and Society
1988 Leyte National High School Biology for National Recovery
1989 Marikina Institute of Science and Technology Biology Environment and Survival
1990 University of Baguio / Benguet State University Environmental Education for a Better Society
1991 University of the Philippines Diliman Environmental Management for Economic Recovery
1992 Colegio de Santa Isabel Science & Technology: Focus on Livelihood
1993 Ateneo de Manila University Environmental Education for a Sustainable Development
1994 Central Mindanao University Biology Education Toward the Year 2000
1995 Philippine Science High School, Diliman The Biologist in Education Research and Technology
1996 University of Northern Philippines Vigan Biodiversity: Issues and in Concerns
1997 Far Eastern University Biology Education in the Information Age
1998 Central Luzon State University, Muñoz, Nueva Ecija Biology Education and Agrotechnology in the Third Millenium
1999 Centro Escolar University Biology in the 3rd Millenium: Operationalising Scientific & Technological Literacy
2000 University of San Agustin, Iloilo Biology Education in the 21st Century: Enchancing Teaching Competencies
2001 University of Santo Tomas Environmental Education for All
2002 Xavier University/Ateneo de Cagayan de Oro Biodiversity Education and Research for Community Development
2003 Adamson University, Manila Current Trends in Biology
2004 Northwestern University, Laoag City e-Learning in Biology
2005 La Salle Green Hills, Mandaluyong City Biology Education in Health, Peace and Sustainable Development
2006 Western Mindanao State University/ Ateneo de Zamboanga University/ Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology Biology Education in the Classroom and Beyond
2007 University of Santo Tomas The Biologist: as an Educator, Researcher and Community Worker
2008 University of La Salette, Santiago City, Isabela The Century of Biology: A Celebration of Life
2009 University of Makati, Makati City Biologists in Bioresource Exploration and Conservation
2010 Palawan State University, Puerto Princesa City Biology and the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
2011 University of the Philippines Diliman Trends in Biology Education and Research
2012 Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City Twenty-First Century Biology: Pedagogy and Scientific Research
2013 Far Eastern University Enriching Biology Education: Transformative Learning in the K to 12 Curriculum
2014 University of Baguio, Baguio City Innovations in Biology Education in the New Curriculum
2015 Ateneo de Manila University Paradigm Shifts in the New Curriculum: Challenges & Opportunities for Biologists
2016 University of the Philippines Los Baños BIOTA@50: Keeping the Fire of Knowledge Burning
2017 Philippine Normal University Biology Education in Unifying ASEAN Countries