Dr. Ruby Roan-Cristobal works for the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology as Chief Science Research Specialist heading the Division which takes charge of STEM promotion among the Filipino youth, research in S&T human resources development and science education, and the Management Information System or MIS of the Institute. She has been involved in the Science Film Festival (SFF) since 2010 as part of the Jury for the Philippine Selection, in developing post-screening science activities, and in engaging partner institutions in the screening of the selected films.
She is a seasoned science communication professional, a research practitioner, an IT manager, and a science broadcaster. She hosts a weekly radio program that promotes science and technology to the general public by featuring science news, Filipino scientists, locally developed technologies, educational modules, students who excel in STEM, and other science content.
Her educational background in the natural sciences and communication has provided a good foundation for developing programs that entice the youth to consider STEM as future careers. These programs include science film making competition; robotics and other tech-based projects; and mobile, online and media-based science learning facilities, among others.
She also takes interest in film making and attended an intensive Cinema Direct Film Making Workshop of the University of the Philippines Film Center in the early part of her career. She served a crucial role in the development and production of a science television program that paved the way for media-based STEM education in the country.