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Ian Phil Canlas is a Senior Lecturer of Science at UCA’s Undergraduate Preparatory Programme. Prior to joining UCA, he was a Lecturer at Naval State University and Assistant Professor at Leyte Normal University, both, in the Philippines, Physics Teacher at Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools in Kazakhstan, Political Assistant at the Senate of the Philippines, and Human Resource Officer at Biliran Electric Cooperative, Inc., Philippines.

In the last ten years, he taught courses in Integrated Science, Physics, Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Astronomy, Pedagogy, and Research in Science Education. His research interests include science education along with pedagogy and assessment and environmental education alongside climate change, sustainable development, and disaster risk reduction.

As a scholar of the Department of Science and Technology in the Philippines, he completed his Bachelor's in Secondary Education – Physics and Technology from Leyte Normal University where he graduated cum laude and his Master of Arts in Science Education – Physics at the University of San Carlos both in the Philippines.

He attended and completed training on teaching and curriculum methodology for Integrated Science and Ecology at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, Canada and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, respectively. At present, he is pursuing his PhD studies in Science Education specifically on Disaster Risk Reduction at the University of Science Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia.