Polymer Research Laboratory, in cooperation with Philippine Rubber Industries Association (PRIA) and Research Triangle Institute (RTI) of the STRIDE program, organized and hosted a symposium entitled “One Day Symposium on Current Research and Development on Rubber” at Melchor Hall, UP Diliman last July 27, 2015.
The symposium had the following agenda and schedule:
8:30-9:15 AM Registration
9:15- 9:30 AM Welcome- Dr. David Hall (RTI-STRIDE)
9:30-10:30 AM USAID Project: Expanded Organo-Bentonite (EO-BNT) Nano Filler for High Value-Added Rubber Products-Dr. Bryan Pajarito (UP Diliman)
10:30- 10:45 AM Q & A, Short break
10:45- 11:45 PM Current Trends in Rubber Research and Innovation- Dr. Rigoberto Advincula (CWRU)
11:45- 12:00 Noon Q & A
12:00- 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00- 2:00 PM Rubber Research Projects of Polymer Research Laboratory-Dr. Bryan Pajarito (UP Diliman)
2:00- 2:30 PM Q & A
2:30- 3:00 PM Industry Needs and Challenges of Rubber Industry- Ms. Rhodora Dela Cruz-Medalla – President, PRIA
3:00- 3:15 PM Snacks
3:15- 4:00 PM Open and informal forum
4:00- 4:15 PM Concluding Remarks- Ms. Rhodora Dela Cruz-Medalla – President, PRIA
Aside from PRIA member companies, the event was also attended by participants from Department of Science and Technology -Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), Philippine Rubber Research Institute (PRRI), RTI-STRIDE, Samahan sa Pilipinas ng mga Industriyang Kimika (SPIK), UPD ChE, UPD Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering (DMMME), and Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP Manila).