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NSTDA recently became one of the founding members of the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) in the Belt and Road Region and was elected to join the Governing Board of ANSO. ANSO is an international, non-profit and non-governmental scientific organization, jointly created by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) with major national, regional and international scientific and research institutions in the “Belt and Road” Region, spanning across three continents - Asia, Europe and Africa. ANSO unites scientific organizations and scientists in the “Belt and Road” Region to work towards regional sustainable development, academic capacity building, S&T innovation cooperation and communication, and technology transfer.

 

 

 

Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President, led NSTDA delegates to participate in the inauguration of ANSO during 3-5 November 2018 in Beijing, China. ANSO was ceremoniously launched by Vice Premier Lui He who also delivery a congratulatory message sent by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The full inauguration event consisted of various activities, including the 1st ANSO General Assembly, the 1st meeting of ANSO Governing Board and the 2nd International Science Forum of National Scientific Organizations on the Belt and Road Initiative. In the 1st ANSO General Assembly, NSTDA confirmed its status as the founding member and was among the nine organizations making up the ANSO Governing Board. As a member of the ANSO Governing Board, NSTDA will play a key role to push forward initiatives and actions to accomplish the objectives of ANSO.

 

 

NSTDA executives also actively participated in the 2nd International Science Forum of National Scientific Organizations on the Belt and Road Initiative. In the session on Innovation and Development, Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul delivered a talk on “Opportunities in Thailand on Science, Technology & Innovation under the Belt and Road Initiative” and participated in the panel discussion on STI Collaboration under the Belt and Road Initiative: Opportunities and Challenges.  In the session on Biodiversity Conservation and Collaboration, Dr. Lily Eurwilaichitr, NSTDA Vice President gave a talk on “Thailand-China Joint Research on Microbial Diversity and Biotechnology” and facilitated a brainstorming workshop on Transregional Collaboration on Biodiversity Conservation.

 

Also taking place at this event was the announcement of International Advisory Board of CAS Innovation Cooperation Center (Bangkok), the first overseas institution of CAS aiming to promote the transformation of scientific and technological achievements. Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul was among the distinguished expert invited to serve on this board.

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On 19 October 2018, NSTDA President and Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) officially launched the Thailand-China Joint Laboratory on Microbial Biotechnology. This Joint Laboratory will capitalize on the expertise of Thai and Chinese researchers to harness the power of microorganisms to develop solutions for global challenges.

 

 

Microbial biotechnology is a scientific discipline that enables scientists to discover useful applications of microorganisms, critical to advances in various industry that relies on microbial agents and microbial processes such as food, pharmaceutical and environmental technology.

 

Thailand-China Joint Laboratory on Microbial Biotechnology is a collaborative lab among three major research institutes in Thailand and China, namely the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS), Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) and the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), a member of NSTDA.  The three institutes have been collaboratively engaging in research and development in microbial biotechnology fields for years, particularly in the area of microbial database establishment and management under the framework of World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC) and the Asian Consortium for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Microbial Resources (ACM).  The joint laboratory will further enhance the collaboration, especially on joint research in microbial biotechnology. In this initial stage, five joint research projects have been set up:

  • Yeast Evaluation and Biotechnology Application
  • High Value Compound from Microalgae and its Application
  • Exploration of Fungal Potential in Biotechnology
  • Synthetic Biotechnology for Biochemical Products
  • Microbial Big Data

 

This joint laboratory is the first step to connect China to countries in southeast Asia under the Microbial Silk Road Cooperation, IMCAS’s initiative supporting the “One Belt, One Road” policy of the Chinese Government. It will immensely enhance the collaboration and bring about prosperity to nations along the Microbial Silk Road.

 

In addition to the launch of Thailand-China Joint Laboratory on Microbial Biotechnology, a Document of Understanding on CAS-NSTDA Joint Program was signed between NSTDA and CAS. The NSTDA-CAS Joint Program is designed to facilitate collaborative activities under the platform of Joint Lab in the priorities of biodiversity & biotechnology, agriculture, material science and technology, computational science and technology, and railway-related science and technology. The two parties aim to facilitate at least 3 joint projects in the next three years, which will generate at least 10 joint publications and 10 joint workshops and seminars.

 

 

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NSTDA displayed its outstanding work at the CAS Innovation Expo (Bangkok) 2018 held during 10-14 October 2018 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok. The display of NSTDA highlighted collaborative work of the agency with Chinese counterpart in developing innovations that significantly contribute to a better future. These projects include:

  • Chinese-Thai Machine Translation System was co-developed by NECTEC-NSTDA and the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The system contains 400,000 pairs of Thai and Chinese sentences in the library, mainly sentences used in daily life and tourism. The translation system is accessible at http://lst-nlp.openservice.in.th/lstnlp/chinesemt.php.
  • UNAI: An indoor positioning system was developed by NECTEC-NSTDA, using Bluetooth Low Energy and standard Wi-Fi. Research team involved in this project has been exchanging ideas and information with researchers of Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, CAS since 2015. 
  • WEFRE Rehab System: Wrist-Elbow-Forearm Robotics Economical Rehabilitation System was developed by NECTEC-NSTDA for treating tetraplegic patients and patients suffering from muscle weakness. The system is being evaluated in several Thai hospitals and the research team hopes to explore collaboration with Chinese organizations.
  • Thailand-China Collaboration on Nanotechnology has been carried out by NANOTEC-NSTDA and the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), CAS since 2013. The two centers have been exchanging information and research staff. Scientists of NANOTEC and NCNST are currently co-advisors to a Thai PhD student studying at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences to investigate nanocarrier-mediated delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 to breast cancer cells.
  • Thailand-China Joint Laboratory on Microbial Biotechnology is a collaborative lab among three major research institutes in Thailand and China, namely the Institute of Microbiology, CAS (IMCAS), Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) and BIOTEC-NSTDA.  The joint laboratory aims to capitalize on the expertise of Thai and Chinese researchers to harness the power of microorganisms to develop solutions for global challenges.
  • Thailand-China Seed Industry Collaboration has been facilitated by NSTDA and several agencies in China, namely Guangxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Guangzhou Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Guangzhou Seed Trade Association, China Agricultural University-Futong and Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences. The collaboration is centered around conducting field tests of seeds from Thailand in China, organizing business matching and discussion between Thai and Chinese seed companies and facilitating research and capacity building activities between Thai and Chinese scientists from public and private sectors.

 

 

CAS Innovation Expo (Bangkok) 2018 was held under the theme “Science & Technology Innovation for a Better Future” and was co-hosted by CAS Innovation Cooperation Center (Bangkok) and Thailand Ministry of Science and Technology, in cooperation with the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok. The event aimed to showcase and enhance technological cooperation between Thailand and China.

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