As part of the activities in celebration of NISMED’s 50th anniversary, this year, Dr. Rogel Mari D. Sese, one of only three astrophysicists in the Philippines and the government’s focal person for space education, gave a public lecture on 6 March 2014 at the NISMED Auditorium before 143 science and mathematics teachers coming from various places in Metro Manila, Luzon, and Mindanao. Dr. Sese expounded on the different fields under space science, its many applications, as well as the challenges of space science education in the country. He also stressed the need to inspire young students to engage in this exciting field and to train science teachers in astronomy, physics, and related science courses so that they can encourage college students to major in these fields.
After the open forum, a 15-minute orientation of the available scholarships for teachers and students from the Japanese government followed. The public lecture was organized in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan and the Philippine Association of Japanese Government Scholars. The lecture series aims to promote scientific literacy and contribute to the professional development of science and mathematics teachers.