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Science & Technology for the Youth/Public Conference

November 28, 2013

Science & Technology for the Public - Thailand and Europe experiences Conference

Landmark Hotel, Bangkok

Wednesday 11 December 2013


The current conference aims at enhancing cooperation and dialogue in Science for the Public/Science for Youth. It shall serve as a platform for exchange of experience between Europe and Thailand in this field. The Conference is funded by the Thailand-EU Policy Dialogue Support Facility (PDSF) and is organised in close cooperation with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), under the Science & Technology (S&T) framework between Europe and Thailand.

The event is foreseen as a mutual learning exercise on the effectiveness and efficiency of existing public/youth Science and Technology (S&T) programmes. While such programmes would be tailored to comply with specific Thai or European needs - they often tend to have similar objectives. These programs generally aim to raise public awareness and public understanding of S&T; and acquire feedback on public emotion and awareness about general and specific subjects, such as genetic engineering, bioethics, etc.

A variety of schemes exists:
•    Science communication in the mass media, internet, radio and television programmes;
•    Science museums, aquaria, planetaria, zoological and botanical gardens, etc.;
•    Fixed and mobile science exhibits;
•    Science festivals;
•    Science fairs in schools and social groups;
•    Science education for adults;
•    Consumer education; and
•    Public tours to research and development parks, manufacturing companies, etc.


It is common commitment to enhance S&T public awareness and existing schemes on public S&T awareness involves government, business enterprises, media, and the scientific and education communities. From campaigns targeted at convincing the general public of the benefits of a particular invention, society has moved on and calls for continuing involvement and dialogue among scientists and various sectors of the public. Interaction is essential not only for the vigour of the scientific enterprise itself, but also for the social and economic vitality and well-being of economies and societies throughout the world.

There is an increasing international wealth of experience with programmes to increase Public awareness of Science and Technology. European countries have long been engaged in Science Education programmes – and are increasingly developing broader schemes focussing on public understanding of complex scientific questions as a contribution to public debates on hotly debates issues (such as climate change, stem cell research, genetic modification organisms). These experiences are worth to share and discuss.

The current conference will provide an overview on key Thai and European Science for the Public / Science for the Youth programs. It will also allow for extensive discussion between the experts and the participants focussing on question such as the effectiveness and transferability of the schemes, the relations between policy making and the scientific community and media involvement.

Participants will be Thai and European agencies running S&T awareness programs and campaigns, media representatives, research institutes/universities, individual researchers and broad stakeholder representation from private and public sector (Federation of Industry, Chambers etc). Around 100 participants are foreseen.

Registration for the workshop is from 08h 30 a.m., with opening at 09h 00 a.m. and closure at 16:45.


Conference Program

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Conference Programme - draft


08.30 – 09.00     Registration

09.00 – 09.10     Welcome address

Mr Jesús Miguel Sanz Escorihuela, Ambassador - Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Thailand

09.10 – 09.20     Opening address
Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool, President, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)

09.20 – 09.30     Photo session

09.30 – 10.00     Keynote address
Science for the Public, Science for the youth - Thailands key programmes run by NSTDA

Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool, President, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)

10.00 – 10.20 Coffee break


10.20 – 12.00     European Key examples on Science for the Public / Science for the Youth

- 20 min presentations followed by 10 min Q&A

  • Promoting Science to the European Public, Mr. Jens Degett, EuroScience
  • The EDUSCIENCE project – an effective way of enhancing public awareness of natural sciences in Poland, Prof. Paweł M. Rowinski, Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)
  • Fostering science for the media and general public; experience from the Netherlands, Ms. Marja van der Putten, The Royal Netherlands Academy of Science (KNAW), Science Communications Department


12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break


13.00 – 14.00     European Key examples on Science for the Public / Science for the Youth
- 20 min presentations followed by 10 min Q&A

  • Communication and consultation between science, the public and policy makers; results of the FP7 TECHNOLIFE project, Prof. Jean-Paul Vanderlinden, University Versailles-St. Quentin-en-Yvelines, France
  • Bridging the gap between science, policy making and the general public, Mr. Daniel Hofstetter, GenSuisse

14.00 – 15.30     Stakeholder consultation (areas of cooperation, means and targets)
- break-out session: 3 groups

15.15 – 15.30     Coffee


15.30 – 16.30     Panel session on best practices and transferability of schemes

Chairperson: European and Dr. Omjai Saimek, Vice President, Science and Technology for Society, NSTDA


  • Dr. Sawat Tantiphanwadi, Research and Development Advisor, NSTDA
  • Mr. Sakorn Chanapaithoon, Vice President, National Science Museum (NSM)
  • Dr. Rawiwan Tenissara, Assistant to the President of the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST)
  • Jens Degett, Euroscience
  • Prof. Pawel Rowinski, PAN
  • Marja van der Putten, KNAW
  • Prof. Vanderlinden, University Versailles St. Quentin-en Yvelines
  • Daniel Hofstetter, GenSuisse
  • Stakeholders and others


16:30 – 16:45     Wrap-up closing (future perspectives)




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