51st BIOTA Annual National Convention and Scientific Sessions

University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna

April 7, 2016 – April 9, 2016






Welcome to the 51st BIOTA Annual National Convention & Scientific Sessions!
and the BIOTA 50th Foundation Anniversary!


The 51st BIOTA will be held at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Laguna on April 7 to 9, 2016.

The very first BIOTA National Convention in 1966 was held in UPLB under the leadership of then BIOTA President, Prof. Pablo Alfonso. And for this year's convention, it is just fitting to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the association where it all started.

This year's theme is "BIOTA@50: Keeping the Fire of Knowledge Burning" which was taken from one of the lines of the BIOTA hymn and which we hope will be the association's aspiration @50 and beyond.

So join us BIOTAns and interested participants to this year's convention that will focus on sharing teaching practices and experiences in employing innovations in biology education to strengthen curricular reforms.

Major activities include plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, hands-on activities, poster exhibits, BIOTA memorabilia display, commercial exhibits, and educational field trip.

The activities are designed to:

  • Enable sharing of research findings, teaching practices, and experiences in the implementation of innovations in biology education to support curriculum reforms in different educational levels.
  • Stress the responsibility of biology teachers and researchers in promoting interest, understanding, and appreciation of the biological sciences; and
  • Provide a venue for presentation of current researches, projects, and experiences on continuing professional development to enhance the capabilities of biology teachers, and help achieve excellence in Biology education and research in the country.

There will be simultaneous sessions during the convention. You may choose from the following sub-themes below when you submit your abstract:

  • Pedagogical practices (e.g., inquiry-based, student-centered, multidisciplinary) as a way of acquisition of basic concepts in Life Science domains
  • Research in the life sciences
  • Technology in Biology education
  • Integration of global issues and solutions (biodiversity and climate change)
  • Bioethics(ethical issues)
  • Multi- and interdisciplinary research
  • Others (pls. specify)
Deadline for abstract submission is: February 14, 2016
Important! Please indicate in a footnote in the docx file you uploaded if you wish to submit the abstract for inclusion in competing category for the particular track it was submitted to.

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Create User Account: Needed for participation, abstract submission, registration
READY TO CREATE A USER ACCOUNT? Please click here. If you have an existing account due to attendance to previous BIOTA Conventions, click here.
READY TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT? Abstract submission is closed.
READY TO REGISTER? Please click here to confirm your attendance to the 51st BIOTA Convention.

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Registration Fees
Includes membership fee, convention materials, 3-day snacks & lunches, fellowship dinner, and field trip. Pre-registration for the field trip is required.

Early bird (on or before March 9, 2016, Wednesday)

Regular Member*PhP 3,100*
Life Member**PhP 2,800**
Incoming/New Life Member***PhP 5,800***

Regular registration (after March 9, 2016, or on-site)

Regular Member*PhP 3,400*
Life Member**PhP 3,100**
Incoming/New Life Member***PhP 6,100***
Student Associate Member****/PhP 1,900****
Undergraduate student****

* Regular members are those who pay an annual membership fee of PHP 300
** Life members are those who have paid a one-time life-membership fee of PHP 3000 sometime in the past and have been issued a "Life Member Certificate"
***A person applying to be a life member must have attended at least one national or regional convention within the past three years prior to becoming a life member 
****Valid undergraduate student I.D. must be presented, Convention materials not included


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Payment Options
1. Bank Deposit
Participants may deposit their payment for the 51st BIOTA to the bank account below:
Account Name: Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines Inc.
Bank name & address: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), EDSA - Ortigas Branch
Account number: 3101-0990-15

Please scan your deposit slip with your printed name and the BPI branch where the deposit was
made, and email with Subject: 51st BIOTA PAYMENT INFO to biotafiftyone@gmail.com

2. On-site payment

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Please note:
  • Only officially registered and paid participants by March 4, 2016, Friday, are allowed to present a paper and to have their abstracts included in the souvenir program.
  • Official receipts may be claimed on-site.
  • Please bring the original bank deposit slip during the convention for verification purposes.
  • Please bring also proof of BIOTA Life Membership


Back to BIOTA Philippines website http://biotaph.org



List of Accommodations


List of hotels, pension houses, and inns available to the 53rd BIOTA Convention participants. These places are either walking distance or just one ride from the USA (University of San Agustin). The contact details and addresses are also included.

Click on the link to view:

List of accommodation page1

List of accommodation page2

Posted: 2018-03-06

Draft Program of 53rd BIOTA Annual National Convention


Check out the Draft Programme for the 53rd Annual National Convention & Scientific Sessions...will be updated as soon as changes come in. Please click on the date to view.

April 5, Thursday

April 6, Friday

April 7, Saturday

Posted: 2018-03-05

Let's go to the USA for BIOTA 2018!!!


Convention Theme: Translational and Transnational Research in Biology Education

April 5 to 7, 2018
University of San Agustin
5000 Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City


For invitations please email:

Dr. Benilda “Beng” Narcelles, 

With its commitment to excellence in biology teaching, research, and community service, BIOTA Philippines, Inc. invites all interested stakeholders to this annual gathering of biology educators, researchers, practitioners, and enthusiasts.

There will be simultaneous sessions during the convention. You may choose from the following sub-themes when you submit your abstract:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Innovative Biological Technologies
  • Action Research in Biological Sciences
  • Innovative Pedagogy in Biology Education
  • Biodiversity, Bioprospecting and the Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Gender Awareness
Deadline for abstract submission is February 28, 2018 (Wednesday)
For abstract submission please go to http://biotaph.org/biota2018
Posted: 2018-01-18

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