PSSN Northern Luzon Chapter’s 9th Annual Scientific Conference

Synergy of People and Nature towards a Sustainable Environment

November 18-21, 2015
Highlander Hotel National Highway
Solano, Nueva Vizcaya


The Philippine Society for the Study of Nature, Inc. (PSSN) – Northern Luzon Chapter, in cooperation with Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) and Central Luzon State University (CLSU), cordially invite you to its 9th Annual Scientific Conference to be held at the Highlander Hotel National Highway Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.

The 9th conference will focus on the theme: Synergy of People and Nature towards a Sustainable Environment”. To be featured in this year’s conference are interesting keynote and plenary topics to be presented by experts Dr. Perry S. Ong (UP Diliman) and Dr. Renato G. Reyes (CLSU). There will also be a preconference tour to Lower Magat Ecotourism Park and meet invited members of the Bugkalot tribe.

Best paper competition by professional will also be showcased while poster paper will be posted throughout the duration of the conference. A post conference workshop on film making on the theme “Nature” will also be carried out.

Call for PAPERS

We encourage presentation of experimental findings in the form of scientific papers and posters. Papers or posters should focus on an ongoing or recently completed research work that is within the scope of this year’s conference theme. Topics may include agriculture, fisheries, environmental concerns, biodiversity, climate change adaptations and mitigations, disaster risk reduction management, technological innovations, industrial ecology, mathematics and modeling, social/gender and economic development, and others related to the theme. Deadline of submission of research abstracts and full papers for competing entries and abstract of regular paper entries is on or before October 31, 2015, preferably by email and send to the paper and poster screening committee c/o


 18 November 2015 (Wednesday)
PM  Arrival of Participants; General Registration; Ingress of Posters

19 November 2015 (Thursday)
AM    Tour to Lower Magat Ecotourism Park and meet invited members of the Bugkalot tribe
PM     General Assembly; BOT Election

20 November 2015 (Friday)
AM   Opening Program; Keynote Speech by Dr. Perry S. Ong, Professor of Wildlife Biology,
Institute of Biology, UP Diliman; Best Paper Competition; Poster Session
PM   Plenary Talk by Dr. Renato G. Reyes, Professor of Mycology and Dean of College of Arts
and Sciences, Central Luzon State University; Parallel Sessions; Dinner Banquet and Awarding

21 November 2015 (Saturday)
         Film-making Workshop on the theme “Nature”


Abstract Guidelines. Prospective authors are invited to submit their abstracts in Microsoft word format (.doc) with a maximum number of 200 words. The abstract should contain a title, name of the author/s, affiliation of the author/s, 200-word highlight of the conceptual framework of the research or paper, methods, and major findings, and list of keywords.

Poster Guidelines. The Poster Paper must at least possess the following components: Title, Authors, Author Affiliation, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Literature Cited, and Acknowledgement (if any). The whole poster should fit into a 30″ by 40″ (76 cm x 102 cm) sheet or board, laid in portrait.

The title of poster should be in all caps and centered, except for scientific names that should be written in italics. Use letters equivalent to 72 points (about 2 cm) for the main title and 40 points (less than 1 cm) for the subtitle. On the main title a footnote must indicate that the poster is competing during a particular PSSN Conference, venue and date. For example” Poster presented during the 9th PSSN-NL Scientific Conference held at Highlander Hotel, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya on November 18-21, 2015”. The size of the footnote should be legible within 1 meter distance. Author’s or authors’ name/s should be in full, all caps and centered. Use 40 points. Affiliation/address should be written in caps and lower case, italics and centered. For the text, type letters that are legible within two meter distance should be used. Simple typeface, upper and lower case standard letters, in no more than two colors should also be used. Good color combination is a dark type on a light background because it is easier to read. Illustrations, tables, graphs, & photographs should be 5″ x 7″ (12.5 cm x 18 cm). Labels and captions on illustrations should be readable within two meters.


Participant Categories

Registration Fee

Live in

Live out

Advance Registration (on or before October 31, 2015)



Onsite (after October 31, 2015)

4, 800.00


The registration fee entitles the participants to November 18 dinner, November 19-20 breakfast, lunch, dinner, AM and PM snacks, November 21 breakfast and lunch, AM and PM snacks, attendance to the conference, tour, workshop, certificates, and kit. For live in participants, accommodations will be at Highlander Hotel, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. Accommodation of live out participants is not included in their registration fee. They have to contact directly the hotel or lodging house where they want to stay.

Early registrants can deposit their payments not later than October 31, 2015 to any branch of Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI):

  • Checking Account Number 000570-0126-65 (BPI- Baguio Session Road Branch)
  • Accnt Name: Romeo Dizon & Jacqueline Lampac

Scanned copy of the deposit slip should be sent to Dr. Romeo Dizon ( and including the depositor’s name and affiliation.


Live in participants will be housed at Highlander Hotel, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. All rooms are air-conditioned and accommodation charges are included in the registration fees. Female and male participants shall be assigned in separate rooms, and each room will hold 3-4 pax. For inquiries/concerns regarding accommodation, please contact Prof. Jayson Q. Caranza (NVSU) at CP No. 09175324131.


Participants who need CHED endorsement for their travel can download the document from here.


The Province of Nueva Vizcaya is located in the heart of Northern Luzon. It is geographically located at the southernmost part of Region II and is often referred to as the gateway to vast Cagayan Valley Region. It is bounded on the north by Ifugao, in the northeast by Isabela, east by Quirino, west by Benguet and south by Nueva Ecija.

Nueva Vizcaya’s most famous natural attraction is the massive Capisaan Cave System in Kasibu. Be fascinated with the gorgeous robust columns attached to slippery flowstones and stunning stalagmites rising from the floor. The mystic Lion-Alayan Cave System boasts of stalactites and draperies with water gushing towards the underground river system.

Bayombong, the capital of Nueva Vizcaya has a handful of attractions for sightseeing. Visit the bricked-walled 17th century St. Dominic Cathedral with octagonal bell tower. Adjacent to the old church is the People Museum’s Library showcasing the rich heritage of the indigenous groups of Nueva Vizcaya. Also standing proudly in Bayombong is the beautifully-manicured Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Capitol touted as the “Luneta of the North.”

Solano is a first class partially urban municipality in Nueva Vizcaya. It is the main commercial center and financial hub of the province. Within the municipality is Highlander Hotel, one of the newest hotels and a favorite venue for different gatherings. It is located at National Highway Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.


Participants coming from Metro Manila may take the buses (Victory Liner, Five Star, Florida, etc.) bound for Cagayan Valley that pass by the province. Independent motorists may take the North Luzon Expressway and exit at Sta. Rita. Nueva Vizcaya is accessible through the Cagayan Valley Road and is about 268 km north of Metro Manila (approx. 6 hrs of travel by land). The Hotel is along the National Highway in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.

Participants from CAR may take Dalin or Dangwa buses from Baguio going to Cagayan Valley. Region 1 participant may take buses bound for Isabela and Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya via Rosales. Also, public utility vans have regular daily trips from Baguio to Nueva Vizcaya. The van terminal for vans in Baguio going to Solano, Nueva Vizcaya is located at Slaughter Compound, Barangay Sto. Nino, Baguio City.


For more information, please contact the following

from Nueva Vizcaya State University and UP Baguio: Yolina T. Castaneto, 09771395837, or Karen A. Ballada, 09156157498,