International STEAM Research Congress

The conduct of the International Science, Technology, Engineering, Agri-Fisheries and Mathematics (ISTEAM) Research Congress is part of the Eastern Visayas State University’s commitment to raise the bar of research excellence in the academe and contribute significantly to the explosion of knowledge. It is an annual gathering of researchers, experts and students from the different regions of the Philippines and abroad.

The International STEAM Research Congress is the brainchild of the EVSU president Dr. Dominador O. Aguirre, Jr. Dr. Aguirre invited Academician Alvin B. Culaba, professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department of De La Salle University, Manila and an alumnus of the Leyte Institute of Technology (now EVSU) as one of the plenary speakers. Academician Culaba requested the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilAAST) as a co-sponsor of the Congress. With the technical assistance of the College of Engineering under the leadership of its dean, Dr. Danilo Pulma, and the Office of Research and Development and Extension (ORDEx) under the stewardship of Vice-President for Research and Development and Extension Dr. Felixberto E. Avestruz, and other members of the University academic community, the first International STEAM Research Congress was born.

The 1st International STEAM Research Congress held on May 10-12, 2017 was one of the major activities of the University’s College of Engineering on the occasion of its 50th foundation anniversary as a college. The Congress aims to provide an avenue for professionals and students to disseminate research results on STEAM, to introduce participants to new knowledge and discoveries on STEAM and to establish partnership and linkages with other educational institutions for the advancement of the institution’s research capability.

With the yearly conduct of ISTEAM, the University looks forward to a more vibrant, evidence-based academic community where every member conducts research and publishes the findings. It is also hoped that this gathering of scholars and researchers would provide answers that may help overcome global challenges to promote social transformation and improved human conditions.

Rationale

“Sharing knowledge is not about giving people something, or getting something from them. That is only valid for information sharing. Sharing knowledge occurs when people are genuinely interested in helping one another develop new capacities for action; it is about creating learning processes.” (Peter M. Senge)

Dissemination is a term meaning communication, or a flow of information from a source. Dissemination is an active concept, where the information is tailored and targeted for an intended and identified audience. In contrast, communication which is passive, untailored and untargeted is defined as diffusion.

Dissemination goes well beyond simply making research available through the traditional vehicles of journal publication and academic conference presentations. It involves a process of extracting the main messages or key implications derived from research results and communicating them to targeted groups of decision makers and other stakeholders in a way that encourages them to factor the research implications into their work (Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement).

Knowledge exchange is collaborative problem-solving between researchers and decision makers that happens through linkage and exchange. Effective knowledge exchange involves interaction between decision makers and researchers and results in mutual learning through the process of planning, producing, disseminating, and applying existing or new research in decision-making. (Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement)

Objectives

  1. To provide an avenue for STEAM professionals and students to share knowledge;
  2. To introduce participants to new discoveries and knowledge on STEAM; and
  3. To capacitate participants’ skills in STEAM research and research dissemination

Conference Paper / Topics

The paper/s to be presented (oral/poster) during the congress shall fall in any of the following streams:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Mathematics