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Global Alliance News Year 2012

NSTDA and CIRAD agreed to promote, enhance and strengthen their cooperation in the areas of Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences where research subjects of mutual interest are Environmental Management, Agriculture, Food Production and Processing, Animal Disease Control and Biotechnology.

Bangkok (September 28, 2012): The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Chulalongkorn University, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) and Fujitsu Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to implement the VOCs Monitoring and Environmental Information Management System (VM-EIMS) at Map Ta Phut to promote sustainable industrialization in Thailand.

H. E.  Paulo Cesar Meira de Vasconcellos, Ambassador of Brazil to Thailand, Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool, President, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and Mr. Samart Leethirananon, Director, Samart Kasetyont (SMKY) Part., Ltd. presented at the handover ceremony of the second Thai-made sugar cane harvester

Prof. Robyn A Owens, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Prof. Tony O’Donnell, Professor and Dean, Faculties of Science, and Mr. Shaun Wellbourne-Wood, Director, the International Science for our Future Festival and International Development Manager visited NSTDA on August 14, 2012, to introduce University of Western Australia  and

Dr. Jianlin Cao, Vice Minister of Science and Technology and delegates from the People's Republic of China visited NSTDA on July 31, 2012, to exchange information on science, technology and innovation policy and discuss possible future collaboration between NSTDA and Chinese research institutes.  Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool, NSTDA President, welcomed the delegation.

Dr. Noppawan Tanpipat, Vice President of NSTDA, was panelist in diasporas discussions for a launch of the “Developing a road map for Engaging Diasporas in Development" handbook (http://gfmd.org/diaspora-handbook).  It was organized by IOM (International Organization for Migration) and MPI (Migration Policy Institute) on July 11, 2012 at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand.

Since its inception in 2005, the BIOTEC-Novartis Partnership in Drug Discovery has proved to be a highly productive and successful collaboration.  Building on this, the two organizations have recently finalized the extension of the partnership for a further three years until 2014.  In this phase, the collaboration aims to investigate the potential of compounds produced by local microorganisms (natural products) as active ingredients for drugs.