Symposium on

"Mitigating Climate Change in a Circular Economy"

The impacts of climate change are wide-ranging and can include more frequent and severe natural disasters, such as heatwaves, droughts, and floods; sea level rise; and changes in the distribution and abundance of plants and animals. Climate change also has significant social and economic impacts, such as increased food and water scarcity, displacement of people, and damage to infrastructure and natural habitats. To address climate change, we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a low-carbon economy. In the context of climate change, the circular economy can play a key role in mitigating the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
In a circular economy, resource use efficiency is increased, the reuse and recycling of materials is promoted, and the development of renewable energy sources is supported. This way, renewable resources are prioritized that leads to less reliance on non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels. Additionally, waste is seen not as a byproduct of economic activity, but as a valuable resource that can create new products and generate new economic opportunities. This reduces the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere and help limit the impacts of climate change.
Overall, the circular economy offers a holistic approach to addressing climate change that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and promotes sustainable economic growth and social development. By supporting the transition to a circular economy, we can help to create a more resilient and sustainable future for all. This topic will be explored in more detail in this special symposium.

Title: GeoRisk Initiative and Plan Smart in the Philippines

Renato U. Solidum, Jr.
Department of Science and Technology

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr. is the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippines. He has worked with DOST for the past thirty-eight (38) years and rose from the ranks

He started his professional career at the DOST – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) in 1984 after graduating with a BS in Geology degree from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in the same year. He served at PHIVOLCS in varying capacities, starting as Science Research Specialist I and became its Director in 2003. He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, earning a MS degree in Geological Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (UCSD), obtaining a PhD degree in Earth Sciences. Prior to his recent appointment as Secretary of DOST, Dr. Solidum served as an Undersecretary at the Department for six (6) years and assigned as concurrent Officer-InCharge of PHIVOLCS. He was the Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change in 2017 and then Undersecretary for Scientific and Technical Services in October 2019, supervising agencies and offices in charge of science education and advocacy, disaster risk reduction and climate change, planning and evaluation and scientific and technological services. He has also been designated as a Commissioner for UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, from 2017- up to present. In recognition of his contributions to disaster risk reduction and government service, Dr. Solidum has been awarded the Presidential Citation for Public Service, the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award by the Civil Service Commission, the Professional of the Year in the field of Geology by the Professional Regulation Commission, the Excellence Award for Government Service by the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations and the Presidential Career Executive Service Award by the Career Executive Service Board.

Title: “Microalgae as a Platform for Carbon Capture/Utilization and Wastewater Treatment”

Distinguished/Chair Professor

Tunghai University

Professor Jo-Shu Chang is the Chair Professor and Vice President of Tunghai University. He is also an Adjunct Chair Professor at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of California, Irvine in 1993. He was selected as a Highly Cited Researcher by Web of Science Group in 2019-2021.

He also ranked No. 1 in the country in the category of Biology and Biochemistry by (2021 and 2022) and was included in World’s Top 2% Scientists (Stanford University’s List) from 2020 to 2022. His research interests cover biochemical engineering, environmental biotechnology, and applied microbiology with a recent focus on microalgae-based CO2 utilization for biofuels and biorefineries. He served as the President of Taiwan’s Society of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering (BEST) from 2019 to 2022. He is the leading PI of Taiwan’s National Energy Project and has established a world-leading team in the area of microalgae biorefinery and bio-based CO2 utilization. He also serves as the leader of Negative Carbon Technology and Biomass Energy task groups for Taiwan’s 2050 Net Zero Pathway Task Forces. He has received numerous prestigious domestic and international academic awards, including a three-time winner of Distinguished Research Awards by Taiwan’s MOST. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) (2015) and the International Forum of Industrial Bioprocessing (IFIBiop) (2018). He has served as an executive committee member of the Asia Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB) since 2008. He is currently the Editor/Associate Editor of five renowned international journals and is the editorial board member of nearly 10 SCI-indexed journals. He has published over 630 SCI journal papers with a total citation of over 36,807 (Web of Science) and 53,875 (Google Scholar) times and has an h-index of 98 (Web of Science) and 121 (Google Scholar). He also authored ten books and owns nearly 50 patents. Many of his research outcomes have been practically applied in the industry or have been commercialized.

Title: “A Beneficiary Motivation Approach to Creating Circular Economies for Mitigating Climate Change in the Philippines”

Dr. Segundo Joaquin E. Romero, Jr.
President of the Universities Network on Innovation for
Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia (UNIID-SEA)

Dr. Segundo Joaquin E. Romero, Jr. is the President of the Universities Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia (UNIID-SEA), a non-profit organization affiliated with the Development Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), where he is also a Professorial Lecturer. 

He is presently a member of the Steering Committee of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA-Asia). Also, he writes a weekly opinion column for the local newspaper, Philippine Daily Inquirer. Dr. Romero was the Director of the Innovations at the Base of the Pyramid (iBoP) Asia Program of the Ateneo School of Government. He served as Executive Vice-President of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) and concurrently Dean of its Graduate School of Public and Development Management (GSPDM). And for over thirty years, Dr Romero was Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines (UP).

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