The First International Conference on Methodological Advances in Research was conceived after two national research conferences on advanced research methodologies were held in Regions 7 and 8 in the Philippines in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Both conferences focused on fractal statistics, data mining and theory building, simulation and modeling, and multivariate methods.
These local initiatives reflect the strong determination of higher education institutions to break new ground in scientific investigation in this part of the world. The convergence of experts and avid researchers in this international conference will help institutions materialize the needed scaffolding for advanced methodologies to thrive and become useful in the academe and in the communities.
It is greatly expected then that research practices across nations will strike more critical questions on the relevance of knowledge production to ASEAN and to the world.
Contrary to traditional styles, the conference will take the form of a round-table dialogue where participants get to interact directly with the four Discussants in a give-and-take discussion about the conference theme. This breaks down the lecturer-audience barrier of traditional plenary presentations and stimulates increased engagement resulting to more takeaways and better comprehension for the participants, which is the primary goal of every conference in the first place.