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British Council recently announced the launch of FameLab Thailand 2019, the biggest science communication competition. Among Thai partner organizations delivering FameLab Thailand 2019 are NSTDA, National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office, National Science Museum, Ministry of Science and Technology, The Standard, True Corporation and Chulalongkorn University.

 

 

The competition is open to individuals studying or working in science, engineering, technology, medicine or mathematics (STEM). The format allows participants 3 minutes to explain a scientific idea or research to a jury and a live audience. The winner of FameLab Thailand 2019 will receive the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in the International FameLab competition to be held at Cheltenham Science Festival, UK from 2 to 8 June 2019. He or she will visit the origin of FameLab, see world-leading experts talk, meet fellow FameLabbers from across the world, and gain experience on a global stage.

 

During the launch of FameLab Thailand 2019, three FameLab Ambassadors were introduced. Representing three generations of Thai scientists are Prof. Yongyuth Yuthavong, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Technology; Prof. Vorasuk Shotelersuk, 2016 Outstanding Scientist and a Newton Prize recipient; and Cherprang Areekul, a 4th year science student at the Mahidol University International College.

To enter FameLab Thailand 2019, one can submit a three-minutes talk in science through a video entry on the official website by 22 March 2019.  Final competition will be held in front of a live audience on 11 May 2019 at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre and broadcast on TV channels of True Corporation. For additional information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.or.th/famelab.

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British Council recently announced the launch of FameLab Thailand 2019, the biggest science communication competition. Among Thai partner organizations delivering FameLab Thailand 2019 are NSTDA, National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office, National Science Museum, Ministry of Science and Technology, The Standard, True Corporation and Chulalongkorn University.

 

 

The competition is open to individuals studying or working in science, engineering, technology, medicine or mathematics (STEM). The format allows participants 3 minutes to explain a scientific idea or research to a jury and a live audience. The winner of FameLab Thailand 2019 will receive the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in the International FameLab competition to be held at Cheltenham Science Festival, UK from 2 to 8 June 2019. He or she will visit the origin of FameLab, see world-leading experts talk, meet fellow FameLabbers from across the world, and gain experience on a global stage.

During the launch of FameLab Thailand 2019, three FameLab Ambassadors were introduced. Representing three generations of Thai scientists are Prof. Yongyuth Yuthavong, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Technology; Prof. Vorasuk Shotelersuk, 2016 Outstanding Scientist and a Newton Prize recipient; and Cherprang Areekul, a 4th year science student at the Mahidol University International College.

To enter FameLab Thailand 2019, one can submit a three-minutes talk in science through a video entry on the official website by 22 March 2019.  Final competition will be held in front of a live audience on 11 May 2019 at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre and broadcast on TV channels of True Corporation. For additional information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.or.th/famelab.

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NSTDA and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote research and development in railway technology in order to enhance the competitiveness of rail system industry in Thailand.

 

 

The MOU was signed by NSTDA President Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul and SRT Acting Governor Worrawut Mala on 7 January 2019. NSTDA’s research and development in railway technology encompasses design and manufacturing, as well as testing and quality assurance of parts and components used in rail system. Under this collaboration, NSTDA will employ its expertise to support the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project, focusing on the testing and quality assurance of parts and components used in rail system, and the preparation and training of manpower for the maintenance and repair center.

In addition, NSTDA has been implementing projects to provide technical support and consultancy to manufacturers of rail system parts and components and promote product testing and certification to boost the competitiveness of this industry in Thailand.

 

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NSTDA and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to have DentiiScan, a 3D dental scanner, installed in hospitals under the management of BMA. The second generation DentiiScan will be installed at two BMA’s hospitals, as part of NSTDA’s Big Rock Project financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology to have DentiiScan units installed in 50 public hospitals across the country along with the training of 500 healthcare professionals on digital dentistry skill.

 

 

DentiiScan is the first cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner developed and manufactured in Thailand. The development started in 2007, involving researchers from NECTEC and MTEC under the leadership of Prof. Pairash Thajchayapong, former NSTDA President. This machine can provide 3D internal anatomy images of dental and maxillofacial structures, without distortion and superposition of anatomic structures. High quality data facilitates accurate diagnosis and safe treatment planning, and can be further linked with other technologies to form “Digital Dentistry Platform”.

 

 

DentiiScan is an example of Thai invention that meets international standards. Such invention will not only boost Thai medical device industry, but also reduce the massive cost of imported medical devices and equipment in Thai healthcare system.

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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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NSTDA President led a team of executives unveiling the “6-6-10” strategy for year 2019 and highlighting key achievements made in 2018 at the press conference held on 13 December 2018 at the Sukosol Hotel Bangkok.

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NSTDA President led a team of executives unveiling the “6-6-10” strategy for year 2019 and highlighting key achievements made in 2018 at the press conference held on 13 December 2018 at the Sukosol Hotel Bangkok.

 

 

Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President, revealed that the “6-6-10” strategy represents 6 Research Pillars, 6 Frontier Research และ 10 Technology Development Groups (TDGs). The new strategy aims to strengthen science, technology and innovation (STI) in order to enhance the nation’s competitiveness, drive the economy and support Thailand 4.0 agenda. Six research pillars -- consisting of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Electronics and Information Technology, Material and Manufacturing Technology, Energy Technology and Agenda–based Technology – aims to develop solutions for current challenges.  In order to build the strong foundation for future development, six areas of frontier research are identified as Quantum Computing, Bionics, Nano Robotic, Terahertz, DNA Data Storage and Atomic Precision Bioimaging & Plant Electric Circuits.  Finally, ten TDGs are based on capabilities that NSTDA has developed over the past decades and will be fully exploited to directly address national economic development. Ten TDGs are 1) Precision Agriculture, 2) Food & Feed, 3) Biochemicals, 4) Cosmeceuticals, 5) Biopharmaceuticals, 6) Precision Medicine, 7) Medical Devices & Implants, 8) Dual-use Defense, 9) Mobility & Logistics and 10) Energy.

 

 

 

To effectively carry out research and innovation, in 2019 NSTDA will be a key driver to push forward an establishment of national S&T infrastructure. This new infrastructure includes National Biobank, Genome Research Center of Thailand, Thailand Supercomputer Center, Center for Cyber–Physical Systems and Center for Life Cycle Assessment and will function at the national level to fully serve research and innovation communities in Thailand.

 

NSTDA President further reported the performance and achievements made over the past year. A number of innovative solutions have been highlighted, including an application of protease as mycotoxin binder for animal feed, natural preservatives for food and feed produced from egg white lysozyme, knee joint prostheses designed for anatomy and usage of Asian people, H-FAME technology to produce high quality biodiesel, a flexible-substrate wastewater treatment system for biogas production and a mobile application for use in the diagnosis of rice disease, for instance.

 

 

In 2018, NSTDA published 546 scientific papers, filed 383 IP applications and carried out 261 projects transferring technologies to 335 recipient organizations. The Agency has generated a 45,000 million baht economic and social impact and was instrumental in raising a 14,000 million baht investment in science, technology and innovation made by manufacturing and service sectors.

 

Through various programs promoting research and innovation in Thai private sector, NSTDA obtained 485 applications for technology licenses under the 30,000 Baht-per-technology campaign called Thailand Tech Show, certified 404 R&D projects performed by enterprises worth over 1.3 billion baht for 300% tax exemption, approved 226 new products and services qualified for government procurement program under Thai Innovation List, and supported 87 projects under Startup Voucher program. Under the Innovation Technology Assistance Program or ITAP, NSTDA supported 1,610 SMEs to carry out research projects in 2018. With a 737 million baht investment, ITAP was able to generate an economic impact of over 3 billion baht. NSTDA testing labs and centers performed over 50,000 tests worth approximately 180 million baht for clients from public and private sectors.

 

On the manpower development mission, NSTDA granted 790 scholarships to high-school, undergraduate and graduate students and post doctoral fellows, accepted 324 students and visiting researchers from Thailand and overseas to work in NSTDA laboratories and hosted the 15th Asia-Pacific Conference on Giftedness 2018 (APCG2018).

 

In 2018, NSTDA has been entrusted to implement important projects under the Thai Government’s “Big Rock” program. These projects are Coding at School project aiming to develop computer coding skill among children, Fabrication Lab project enhancing STEM education and developing young innovators, establishment of National Biobank, promoting herbal production with plant factory, and strengthening medical device industry.

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On 12 December 2018, NSTDA President, Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, and NSTDA executives welcomed the visit of Chinese delegation led by H.E. Zhang Jianguo, Vice Minister for Science and Technology. The study tour was part of the 22nd Session of the Thailand-China Joint Committee on Scientific and Technical Cooperation hosted by Thailand from 8 – 12 December 2018.

 

 

The delegation was guided through an exhibition displaying various cooperative projects carried out by NSTDA and Chinese agencies.  Active projects include:

  • CAS-Thailand Collaboration under the Initiative of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.  Resulting from visits to CAS by Princess Sirindhorn, dialogues between Thai agencies and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have been initiated and led to a number of bilateral collaborations established since 2007 involving 13 CAS institutes and 11 Thai research and academic institutes.  In 2008, the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and Thailand’s Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC) established a scholarship program for Thai students to enroll at UCAS. From 2009 to 2018, 32 scholarships have been granted and among these, 14 have graduated in various disciplines, enormously contributing to manpower development to advance Thai S&T.
  • Thailand-China Technology Transfer Center.  Established in 2015 at NSTDA, this center has been instrumental in facilitating technology transfer and dialogues between companies in Thailand and China. The Center regularly organizes activities to strengthen collaboration between Thai and Chinese enterprises encompassing a wide range of industry from seed industry, to IT and bio-medicine.
  • Thailand-China Joint Research Center on Railway System.  The center was formed between three parties: CRRC Corporation Limited (China), Thailand Institute Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) and NSTDA. The collaborative work with NSTDA emphasizes railway operation control and driving simulation.
  • Thailand-China Joint Laboratory on Microbial Biotechnology.  Launched in October 2018 in Thailand, this joint lab is the collaboration among three institutes:  BIOTEC-NSTDA, TISTR and the Institute of Microbiology, CAS. The joint lab carries out research to maximize the potential application of microorganisms. 
  • Chinese-Thai/Thai-Chinese Machine Translation System.  Jointly developed by NECTEC-NSTDA and the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), CAS, the Chinese-Thai/Thai-Chinese Machine Translation System is designed for general users, particularly tourists. The system currently contains more than 400,000 sentences used in daily life including general greetings, food and drink vocabularies and etc.
  • Indoor Localization System with Bluetooth Low Energy (Unai).  NECTEC-NSTDA and Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI), CAS developed this system which can provide online location or moving direction data of an object or person within the building. The platform contains the signal transmitting and receiving devices, using the small embedded system and the Bluetooth Low Energy wireless communication system with Wi-Fi network in the building. The location data can be retrieved from the electronic plate thus render various applications such as in the warehouse or transportation tracking.
  • Crop Monitoring System.  Since January 2018, NECTEC-NSTDA has been collaborating with the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, the developer of CropWatch, a global crop monitoring system. The cooperation aims to combine the knowledge from Thai side (nation-wide surveillance and local sensing information) and Chinese side (vegetation index, vegetation health index, vegetation condition index) to develop a better function of crop monitoring system that can support the needs of agricultural sector in any part of the world.
  • Robotic Rehabilitation System for Patients with Muscle Weakness.  Wrist-Elbow-Forearm Robotic Economical Rehabilitation System or WEFRE was developed by NECTEC-NSTDA for patients with muscle weakness or person who has the difficulty movement. WEFFRE was tested and analyzed among experimental patients with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and strokes during the clinical trial. The results showed that there were no statistical differences in pre-, post- and pre-post PROMS between the study and the control arms. To ensure the maximum accuracy of this system, the research team has extended their collaboration and knowledge exchange with Chinese partner from Shanghai Jiaotong University and Thai Hospital Network.  
  • Ecological Research. Since 2017, BIOTEC-NSTDA and Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS has collaborated on a project “Multi-disciplinary research on the mechanisms driving community assembly along a tropical latitudinal gradient in Indo-China Peninsula”. The main objective is to study patterns of functional diversity along a tropical latitudinal gradient in the Indo-China peninsula where there is a distinct environment gradient, interspersed with a number of more abrupt climatic gradients mediated by topography and oceanic currents. A study site is located at Mo Singto Forest Dynamics Plot, Khao Yai National Park.
  • Nanoscience and Technology. Since 2013, NANOTEC-NSTDA and the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), CAS have been exchanging information and research staff, as well as co-supervising a Thai PhD student studying at UCAS.
  • Corrosion Research. MTEC-NSTDA and the Institute of Metal Research (IMR), CAS have been in collaboration in the area of corrosion technology, with an active research project to construct a modeling framework for titanium aluminide (TiAl) alloying and evaluate the effect of alloying addition on the structure of TiAl.

 

 

In addition to joint projects, the delegation was briefed on NSTDA recent initiatives such as the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) and National Biobank, and given a tour to research facilities and Electrical and Electronic Product Testing Center (PTEC) located at Thailand Science Park.

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