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NSTDA and Israel

March 15, 2011

Israel, a small country but widely recognized for its science and technological achievements, has been targeted as one of NSTDA’s strategic partner countries.  Israel ranks number 1 in the world in terms of  R&D expenditure in relation to GDP (about 4.8%), and has built an extensive knowledge-based society in a relatively short time.  This small-but-cutting-edge country has sharply defined scientific and technological policies aimed at enhancing its competitive position.  In science, it encourages the establishment of centers of excellence around key scientific priorities while at the same time, maintaining a level of quality across a broad spectrum of scientific fields.  Israel's percentage of the total number of scientific articles published worldwide is almost 10 times higher than its percentage of the world's population.

Israel’s’ small size, lack of conventional energy sources, and scarcity of natural resources has spurred extensive research  and development in a number of fields Israeli scientists have contributed to the advancement of agriculture, computer sciences and electronics, medicine and genetics, renewable energy and various fields of engineering.  Israel is home to major players in the high-tech industry and has one of the world's most technologically-literate populations.

More than half of Israel is desert yet Israeli scientists have worked with farmers and agri-industry to develop advanced agricultural technology, water-conserving irrigation methods, anaerobic digestion, greenhouse technology, desert agriculture and salinity research. The result is one of the most successful intensive agricultural production systems in the world.

Our alliances


The Thai-Israeli Science and Technology Cooperation Conference
In July, 2009 NSTDA and the Royal Thai Embassy in Tel Aviv jointly organized the “Thai - Israeli Science and Technology Cooperation Conference” which marked the beginning of what has become an annual event which  paves the way for  joint research and knowledge exchange, and provides a forum for scientists/ researchers from both sides to explore and strengthen mutual collaboration.



Event chronicle:


The 1st Thai - Israeli Science and Technology Cooperation Conference: The conference was held at NSTDA, Thailand Science Park during July 14-15, 2009 under 4 themes: Blood & Stem cells, Infectious diseases, Agro-Technology and Micro-algal Biotechnology.

 

The 2nd Thai - Israeli Science and Technology Cooperation Conference: The conference was held at the Sofitel Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok during August 30-31, 2010 under 4 themes: Blood & Stem cells, Malaria, Agro-Technology and Micro-algal Biotechnology.

 

The 3rd Thai - Israeli Science and Technology Cooperation Conference was held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok  during May 30-31, 2011 under 4 themes: 1) Green Energy, 2) Post Harvest Technologies, 3) Pre Harvest Technologies, and 4) Productivity Improvement on Agricultural & Aquacultural products. (Interested persons, please find event details at http://www.nstda.or.th/register-thai-israeli).

 

The 4th Thai-Israeli Science and Technology Cooperation Conference was held at Plaza Athénée Hotel, Bangkok during June 6-7, 2012 under 2 themes: 1) Water and Wastewater Management and 2) Food security. (Interested persons, please find event details at http://www.nstda.or.th/eng/index.php/news/events/item/351-thai-israeli-science-and-technology-cooperation-conference-2012).


MOUs with Israeli counterparts
1. MOU between NSTDA & the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (general scope of collaboration; signed in December 2009)
2. MOU between NSTDA & Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (cooperation in the areas of algal research and technology, agricultural research and technology, sustained agricultural management in dry or semi-arid climate; signed in February 2011)


MASHAV Training Program
The International Collaboration Division, Central Office of NSTDA is a dissemination centre to inform Thai researchers about scholarships and opportunities under the MASHAV Training Programs.

Successful candidates from NSTDA:
2010

  • Training program under the topic of “Ensuring Food Safety in Times of Global Change”
    Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Training duration from November 15 – December 9, 2010
    • Ms. Budsarin Osataworanun, Industrial Technology/Advisor Assistant, Technology Management Center (TMC)
    • Mr. Pornthep Meethunkij, Analyst, The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)


2011

  • Training program under the topic of “Agri-Green Management: Agri-Environmental Considerations under Climatic Changes”
    Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Training duration from May 30 – June 23, 2011
    • Ms. Wissara Chaisalee, Technical Officer, The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)
  • Training program under the topic of “Research and Development of Integrated Pest Management”
    Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation (CINADCO)
    Training duration from June 13 – July 6, 2011
    • Ms. Cheerapha Panyasiri, Research Assistant, The NationalCenter for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)

 

2012

  • Training Program under the topic “Biotechnology in Agriculture in a World of Global Environmental Changes” Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Training duration from February 6 – April 5, 2012
    • Dr. Amorntip Muangprom, Researcher, Plant Molecular Genetics Laboratory, The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)
  • Training Program under the topic “Agricultural Engineering Technologies” Volcani Agricultural Complex
    Training duration from October 23 – November 15, 2012
    • Dr.  Noppadon Khiripet, Head of Knowledge Elicitation and Archiving Laboratory,  The National Electronics and Computer  Technology  Center  (NECTEC)

 

2013

  • Training Program under the topic Education for Science & Technology and ICT in Education” The Ofri International Training Center
    Training duration from January 14 – February 7, 2013
    • Ms. Thunyanut Budsabong, Coordinator, Coordinating office for Project under Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Central Office

 

 

Professional Training:

Two professional trainings were organized in 2012 in  collaboration with NSTDA, leading Thai universities and distinguished Israeli trainers.  The training topics were (1) Postharvest, Physiology, Pathology and Handling of Fresh Produces for Export (by NSTDA and King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi in February 2012); (2) Irrigation and Fertigation (by NSTDA and Kasetsart University in April 2012); and (3) Irrigation and Fertigation (by NSTDA and Maejo University in September 2013).

 



 



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