CLSU mounts first ever Research Innovation and Development (RIDe) Festival
The Central Luzon State University (CLSU) staged the pioneering 4-day Research Innovation and Development Festival 2022 (RIDe Fest 2022) on Oct. 11-14, 2022 at the CLSU campus grounds. The festival showcased the best of CLSU technologies and products to provincial and local governments, partner institutions, and university stakeholders.
The week-long event featured the launching of the Kamalig (Keeping a Modern Agricultural Landscape through Integrating CLSU Generated Technologies) model farm, an exhibit by different research and development (R&D) centers, research paper presentations, CLSU technology pitching to investors, and a professorial lecture about solar power and agriculture.
The Kamalig Model Farm, the highlight of the festival, is a 2-hectare patch of land on campus that was converted into an agricultural park with science and agriculture-themed areas, spanning from aquaculture to apiculture (beekeeping).
Meanwhile, the exhibit held at the FPJ Development Communication Hall promoted different products and technologies by different R&D centers in the University and partner agencies.
Several plenary sessions and presentations, through the University Research and Extension Centers and the Academic Research Council (ARC), were also conducted for the progress report of research and development endeavors of CLSU faculty and staff.
An activity for pitching business proposals, involving CLSU-made products and technologies, to investors was also done to attract potential funding and investment. The products included local food items, machineries, and organic fertilizers.
International expert Dr. Richard Randle-Boggis, Research Associate from the University of Sheffield United Kingdom, also delivered a professorial lecture on “agrivoltaics”, a method involving harvesting solar energy and crop growth in a common land area.
On the last day, the Researchers’ Gala was held to honor and recognize the University researchers who contributed to the success of the university and presented solutions to socioeconomic issues faced by the country.
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