The abundance of opportunities to learn and share knowledge is among the perks of working in the science and innovation sector. Employees of the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) enjoy these perks. This month, PhilSA kicked off HugNayan, a learning series for employees that aims to update the knowledge and deepen the appreciation of both technical and non-technical PhilSA personnel on the recent advances in space science and technology applications (SSTA) and adjacent fields. This is seen to cultivate the science and innovation culture within the institution, in addition to efforts at promoting SSTA to external partners.

For its kick off session held on 08 May, Dr. Ian Vega III of the National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines, Diliman heeded the call to #JoinTheMission and facilitate knowledge-sharing session for PhilSA employees. Dr. Vega talked about advances in black hole physics research, the contributions of Filipino scientists in this area, and opportunities for the local research community. PhilSA employees involved in building satellites, space data mobilization, space science, missions planning, business development, finance and administration, and public information attended the session.

HugNayan is organized by the Interdisciplinary Space Missions Development Division (ISMDD) of PhilSA and is held monthly at the PhilSA office.