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NSTDA welcomed four distinguished experts to its campus to share their experience and wisdom in the Presidents’ Forum: Challenges and Chances of R&D Management in the 21st Century, held on 25 March 2019.  Four prestigious keynote speakers drawn from leading academic and research institutes in Asia are:

  • Prof. James C. Liao, President of Academia Sinica, Taiwan;
  • Prof. Yeong-Her Wang, President of National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs), Taiwan;
  • Dr. Raj Thampuran, Managing Director of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore; and
  • Dr. Eden Y Woon, President of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.



As the world are increasingly faced with challenges, including energy security, food scarcity, climate change and aging population, the fast-paced technological advancement can offer boundless solutions to many of these problems. It is therefore imperative that R&D is properly managed in order to deliver optimal solutions in a timely manner. This Presidents’ Forum was therefore conceived so that NSTDA can learn from the experience and success of exceptional academic and research organizations; as well as to explore and strengthen collaboration between Thai academic and research agencies with these esteemed organizations.

In addition to NSTDA executives, the forum also welcomed the attendance of Secretary General of the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office, President of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and Vice Rector of Thammasat University.



 Further to the Presidents’ Forum, Prof. James C. Liao delivered a keynote lecture on Synthetic Biology for Sustainability and Healthcare in NAC2019 Conference: Technology and Innovation Drives the Bio-industry toward to Thailand 4.0, and Prof. Yeong-Her Wang led his NARLabs delegation to participate in several functions held during NAC2019 including an MOU signing with NSTDA and a NSTDA-NARLabs Joint Workshop.


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Two senior professors were recently named the recipients to the prestigious NSTDA Research Chair Grant 2018. Prof. Apiwat Mutirangura, a professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University won the grant for his project titled “Development of unprecedented, high value and high benefit medical innovations: REjuvenating DNA by GEnomic stability Molecules (RED-GEMs) and cancer screening by detecting protein or mRNA of white blood cells”, whereas Prof. Somchai Wongwises from KMUTT Faculty of Engineering for a project on “Development of Next Generation Heat Transfer Processes for Future Economic-Driven Industries”.


In his project, Prof. Apiwat will advance the discoveries previously made by his team into the development of two distinct innovations - - DNA rejuvenation and cancer screening. Based on a new epigenetic mark discovered by his team, Prof. Apiwat aims to develop REjuvenating DNA by GEnomic stability Molecules (RED-GEMs) for preventing DNA damage and fixing cellular aging process. To improve cancer screening efficiency, the research team will employ their recent discovery on proteins in white blood cells (WBCs) that have high sensitivity and high specificity in cancer detection.



Prof. Somchai’s project aims to develop scientific principles for design and improvement of heat transfer process and high-performance heat exchangers. As heat exchangers are vital components in many industrial plants, this project will create significant impact to the industry, especially ten industries targeted by the Thai Government under Thailand 4.0 initiative.



NSTDA Research Chair Grant was established in 2009, aiming to support high-potential researchers with a large-scale research fund worth up to 20 million baht per grant. Since its inception, the program has funded 17 projects. Among these recipients, 11 projects are in medical sciences, 2 projects in food and agriculture, 2 projects in manufacturing and services, and 2 projects in energy and environment. These projects have resulted in numerous publications, patents and graduate students, and many have been used successfully in the field.

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Mr. Uttama Savanayana, Industry Minister, announced an establishment of InnoSpace (Thailand) Company Limited, a public-private joint venture to serve as a national platform supporting new startups, and invited NSTDA to serve as a shareholder and partner of this new venture.



InnoSpace (Thailand) will have a mechanism to incubate and develop startups at all stages and in every target industry in order to enhance their competitiveness and enter international market. This will be achieved through connecting startups with venture capital and providing access to expertise in government agencies and private entities in Thailand and abroad.


This 500-million-baht venture will be co-invested by leading conglomerates in Thailand, namely Bangkok Bank PCL, Thai Beverage PLC, Siam Cement PLC, PTT PLC, True Corporation PLC and Charoen Pokphand Group. InnoSpace (Thailand) will form partnerships with local and international agencies in three forms: Incubation Partner, Knowledge Partner and Investment Partner. Current partners include NSTDA, large-scale companies and academic institutes in Thailand, Thai Venture Capital Association, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Israel Economic and Trade Mission.


NSTDA President, Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, stated that NSTDA is pleased to be a partner of InnoSpace (Thailand) and that NSTDA’s mission on promoting the exploitation of science, technology and innovation in the industrial sector aligns perfectly with the work of InnoSpace (Thailand).

On 20 December 2018, Dr. Heeseok Choi, Director of Convergence Service Center from Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) led his team to visit NSTDA, and had a meeting with Science and Technology Knowledge Services and (STKS) and National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC).



KISTI provides service related with information and technology. It serves as a data storage, management, and analysis for public use in Korea. Among its 21 centers, there are supercomputer and IoT research, along with SME support service, which help to promote Korean economy in the 4th Industrial Revolution. NSTDA, as a major player in driving Thailand towards Thailand 4.0, will look for mutual collaboration with KISTI, and will work closely with our international partners to achieve our dream.

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On 28 September 2018, NSTDA and Kyoto University entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Academic Cooperation and Exchange. Representing the two organizations in the signing ceremony were Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President, and Dr. Kayo Inaba, Executive Vice-President for Gender Equality, International Affairs, and Public Relations.



Since 2015, NSTDA and Kyoto University has been carrying out joint research in the field of energy and the environment under the Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP). Joint research between NSTDA and Kyoto University focuses on biomass to energy and value-added chemicals (B2EC) and consists of three sub-projects, namely:

•             Photocatalytic Conversion of Biomass to Value-Added Fuels and Chemicals,

•             Development of Carbon Materials from Biomass for Energy Storage Applications, and

•             Innovations in Biomass Application for Catalytic Material Synthesis and Energy Devices

In addition to Thai and Japanese researchers, the joint project also engages researchers from ASEAN countries including Indonesia, Myanmar and Lao PDR.


This newly signed MOU aims to strengthen on-going activities under JASTIP and expand the collaboration to other fields of mutual interest and to other countries in ASEAN.


The MOU signing took place in an event organized by Kyoto University in Bangkok to commemorate the NGO status recently awarded to Kyoto University ASEAN Center in Bangkok by Thailand’s Ministry of Labour.

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NSTDA along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA Thailand), Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion and Central Laboratory (Thailand) Co., Ltd. recently organized Primary GMP Day 2018 on 20 August 2018 at Central Plaza Chaengwattana. The consortium of four organizations has been implementing a capacity building program on primary GMP in the food SMEs.



In 2012, primary GMP standards was introduced by FDA Thailand as new requirements for other processed food in instant package ready to be sold to consumers. The primary GMP standards came into effect in 2015.  To enhance the capacity of SMEs to meet these standards and continue to grow their business, the afore-mentioned organizations joined hands to implement the capacity building program on primary GMP with the focus on SMEs.


“NSTDA is pleased to be part of this important program.  Our role is to assist SMEs already attained primary GMP standards to move up the value chain with science, technology and innovation. We have helped 54 SMEs in 50 provinces to develop innovative and unique community products with added value. We also supported the development of 22 experts in food product development who will be instrumental in assist more SMEs with product development in the future,” said Dr. Thitapha Smitinont, NSTDA Executive Vice President, who represented NSTDA in this event.



This program was implemented by the Innovation Technology Assistance Program (ITAP) of NSTDA. ITAP provides technological assistance to Thai SMEs through the provision of experts to study the problems and partial funding to implement the solutions as identified by experts. Over 1,800 SMEs have been recipients to ITAP, with over 8,000 projects carried out.




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Dr. Chadamas Thuvasethakul, NSTDA Executive Vice President, represented NSTDA at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Saint Petersburg University (SPbU) on August 18, 2018.

Representing Skoltech at this auspicious event was Dr. Alexander Petrovich Kuleshov, Skoltech President. The MOU with Skoltech provides a framework for academic and research collaboration between researchers and academic staffs from both parties, whereas the LOI with SPbU aims to explore opportunities to promote technology entrepreneur and technology business of both Russia and Thailand.  Dr. Sergei Mikushev, Deputy Vice Rector for Research of SPbU, represented the SPbU in signing the LOI.



On August 19, executives from Skoltech and SPbU visited NSTDA at the Thailand Science Park.  A brief introduction of NSTDA and its research centers, as well as a tour of the Park facilities were provided.  The group also visited some companies who are Park tenants.

Over the past few years, the Thai government has been implementing Thailand 4.0 economic model with the grand vision to transform the country to an innovation-based economy.  To this end, science technology and innovation as well as talents will be essential components to achieving the goals of Thailand 4.0 and moving the country up the global value chain.  In this regard, with the close and cordial ties between Thailand and Russia which has been developed and grown for over 120 years, the collaboration between NSTDA and two Russian counterparts, i.e., Skoltech and SPbU on education research and entrepreneurs and technology businesses promotion will have a great potential to contribute significant impact not only to Thailand but also to Russia.



Skoltech and SPbU executives were part of the Russian delegation visiting Thailand for the 1st Thai-Russia Roundtable (TRRT) on Gifted Education and Research held on 18-19 August 2018 at Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) and Kamnoetvidya Science Academy (KVIS) in Rayong. The initiative to organize the TRRT was originated from the visit of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to Russia in October 2017 on the occasion of Celebrating 120 Years of Thailand-Russia Diplomatic Relations. TRRT was organized by the Office of the Education Council.


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Ban Nong Mang village is situated in Non Klang sub-district, Ubon Ratchathani province. The economy of Ban Nong Mang is predominantly driven by agriculture. Realizing the adverse impact of heavily-used agrochemicals to human health and the environment, in 1997 farmers in Ban Nong Mang formed an organic farmer group in order to promote organic farming practice in their community. The group sets up a fertilizer fund and makes composts and EM solution for its farming activities. By eliminating the use of agrochemicals and making composts and EM products on-site, farmers can also earn more profit with organic farming practice in addition to health benefit.




In 2006, NSTDA started working with the organic farmer group in Ban Nong Mang as part of the mission of Ministry of Science and Technology to develop science villages by sourcing and supporting proper science, technology and innovation to support the community development. In the case of Ban Nong Mang, NSTDA introduces useful knowledge and innovations that can be applied to agricultural activities and encourages farmers to integrate science into their farming practice. Through the community learning center, farmers have been trained on the farm management (soil, water and fertilizers), the use of biocontrol agents (Beauveria bassiana, nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV), entomogenous nematodes) for pest management, and the cultivation of post-rice crops such as sesame and mung bean. A number of new crop varieties have also been introduced, including KUML5 mung bean (high yield, large bean size), Thanyasirin rice (blast-resistant glutinous rice), and snack-slim tomatoes (sweet cherry tomatoes). In addition, NSTDA also promotes an innovative greenhouse using photoselective plastic film and double roof design. The double roof design structure improves ventilation efficiency; whereas specially-formulated plastic film can diffuse light more effectively and absorb or reflect specific wavelengths of light in order to enhance plant growth. So far, 29 greenhouses of this type have been built in the village.




Further to agricultural technology, NSTDA also helps the community develop new products from local farm produce such as brown rice ice cream in order to earn more income, strengthens community through STEM approach and advocates the exploitation of modern technology in combination with local wisdom.


Over a decade that NSTDA has introduced science, technology and innovation to Ban Nong Mang, positive changes have been made to this community. The greenhouse cultivation has increased household income by 36%, from 290,000 baht/household/year to 397,000 baht/household/year. With proper practice and management, their organic farm produce can meet the standards and enter some high-end supermarket chains. Non Klang Organic Farming Community Enterprise has been formed to manage community businesses. Ban Nong Mang has been recognized as a role model for developing sustainable organic farming community.

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8 June 2018 Thammasat Convention, Thammasat University, Rangsit: The minister of science and technology presided the inauguration of Coding at School project. This project aims to develop innovator skills of Thai children and youth. He also visited the exhibition displaying creative works of students from different schools through embedded system board KidBright as well as equipment examples from Fabrication Lab project in order to enhance skills on innovation of Thai children and youth towards Makers Nation according to Thailand 4.0 policy. Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, director of National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and the executives of NSTDA were there to welcome him.   

Dr. Suvit Maesincee, minister of science and technology, stated that the ministry pursues the government policy to stress importance in conducting economic structure reform driving to “Thailand 4.0” that puts emphasis on value-based economy and innovation-driven economy. Preparing manpower to 21st century driving to Thailand 4.0 will reduce social inequality and increase Thailand’s competitiveness. In the same time, the government encourages Thais to think scientifically or foster scientific culture using science, technology and innovation (STI). An indispensable factor to build this mechanism is provided in human resource development that needs support and cooperation from public and private sectors as well as educational and family institutions. The objective is to provide Thai youth with skills, knowledge and competence and the capacity to keep up with the current world, especially the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills with a view to meet the market’s and the investors’ needs, and pursue economic development of the country with STI in fast-growing digital society.


To make human resource development successful, Ministry of science and technology therefore conducts a project to support and build economic strength in the country or Big Rock Project. This ambitious project will bring advantage to the society following “science makes human” idea. The ministry also appoints National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) the responsibility of those projects including Coding at School Powered by KidBright project and Fabrication laboratory project to develop innovation skills for Thai youth following the policy of the Prime Minister, H.E. Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha which support education and learning by undertaking substantial reform on education as follows: 1/ emphasizing on the importance of formal education and alternative education, 2/ providing support of learning and self-development to Thai youth in relation to their potential, 3/ developing and promoting the utilization of science, technology, research and development and innovation, 4/ developing individual to entrepreneurship in technology by promoting innovation on design and engineer. The policy follows Thailand-20-year national strategy that establishes the objective to develop and promote individual potential with the emphasis on the development of analytic and creative thinking, working skills and preparation for professional life. This will impact on the country’s economy and society, and as a result, drive Thailand 4.0 to become science society and build sustainable economic stability and prosperity.

Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, director of National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) stated that NSTDA aims to develop skills on innovation for Thai youth under “science makes human” policy of the Ministry of Science and Technology in order to lay the foundation and foster analytic thinking process of new generation young people, ensure equity and reduce disparity of the education by making knowledge accessible for all especially in rural and disadvantage schools. The solid foundation of technology and innovation will bring about the development of the country in line with Thailand 4.0 policy. This comprises of the following projects.

          1. Programming instruction media in school or “Coding at School” project with embedded AI board KidBright is under responsibility of National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC). The goals of the project are to develop human capital capacity in computer program writing in schools, to increase Thai young people capacity towards regional and global excellence, to transmit knowledge of technology application in computer program writing to students from junior high schools especially those from rural and disadvantage schools, and to improve educational personnel expertise in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. Researchers from NECTEC and NSTDA has developed programming learning support board or KidBright, an embedded AI board that works with instruction set. The students can build instruction set with easy-to-use KidBright by simply drag and drop. With this method, the students rather concentrate on thinking process than program mistyping. The program therefore is an appropriate assistance tool for learning in junior high schools. NECTEC-NSTDA will build 200,000 KidBright boards and distribute them to 1,000 public schools throughout the country. This provide them the opportunity to learn and enhance skills also by organizing train-the-trainers program. Five hundred leaders will be trained to then expand the learning outcome to 1,000 schools as well as to organize a project contest promoting creativity in applying KidBright. The project expects at least 3,000 scientific projects from all regions of the country.

          2. Engineering prototype contest or Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab) project in schools works towards the goal of enhancing skills on innovation to Thai youth in order to develop learning infrastructure about STEM in educational establishments including high schools, technology colleges and regional science squares. The project provides them with engineering infrastructure, digital and scientific measurement tools together with activities on creativity, engineering skills for students and teachers. They can then implement scientific, mathematic, technological knowledge learnt in class together with additional knowledge to design, test and invent. Students will be inspired and interested in engineering career in the future. Sirindhorn Science Home of NSTDA hosting the center for training teachers and students with the collaboration from 10 network universities facilitate in finding Fab Lab engineers and organizing activities for teachers and students at 150 schools and regions science squares with the goal to expand the project to all establishments in the country.

          These two projects are going to increase potential capacity in computer programming, creative analysis, and innovation ability. Students who participate in the projects can take advantage of their free time. As a result, this will increase the capacity of human resources in the country to attain regional and international excellence sustainably (science makes human). Moreover, the projects will increase equity and reduce education inequality by spreading knowledge, and make it accessible to high schools students in rural and disadvantage schools in line with “no one is left behind” idea. The projects will also develop expertise of trainers through STEM Education concretely. In addition, the support in applying extensively instruction media from Thai research will strengthen electronic board manufacture and supply chain in industrial sector of the country steadily and sustainably (science strengthens).

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On 31st May, Dr. Lily Eurwilaichitr, NSTDA’s Vice President for International Collaboration, welcomed Mr. Knut Zuchan, Counsellor for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore, and Dr. Georg Verweyen, Director of DAAD Information Center Bangkok to visit NSTDA and Thailand Science Park. The two delegates discussed potential collaboration in Science and Technology between Thailand and Germany, as well as Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) and human resource development programmes and activities.

Dr.George also introduced about German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) that could be one mechanism to help support NSTDA researchers, in terms of funding and scholarships.

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