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Global Alliance News Year 2019

NSTDA and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote technology and innovation development. The MOU was among six agreements between Thailand and Hong Kong concluded on 29 November 2019. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

On 16 November 2019, NSTDA and the Embassy of Japan in Thailand hosted an orientation for 16 gifted students in science selected to participate in a study tour in Japan under JENESYS 2019. The study tour to take place from 25 November – 3 December 2019 will consist of visits to several organizations – research/academic institutes, leading Japanese companies, and museums – located in Tokyo and Niigata Prefecture to enrich understanding in Japanese science, technology and culture.

On 6 November 2019, Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President in his capacity as the member of the Governing Board attended the 2nd Governing Board Meeting of the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO). ANSO was founded in 2018 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and 36 other international science and education institutions from around the world, including NSTDA with an aim to promote shared development, sustainable development and the advancement of the UN SDGs through catalyzing and implementing concrete international cooperation initiatives in Science, Technology & Innovation and Capacity Building (STIC).

NSTDA and the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) marked a significant milestone of their collaboration with a conclusion of a Joint Program Framework Agreement officiated on 1 November 2019 at NARLabs in Taiwan. Representing the two organizations in this auspicious occasion were Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President and Prof. Yeong-Her Wang, NARLabs President.

On Thursday October 31st, 2019, Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, President of National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) along with the executives and research team attended the collaborative meeting and signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NSTDA and Whetron Electronics Co., Ltd. Whetron is the tier one automotive parts company, with its clients from major automotive industry around the world.

Ms. Suwipa Wanasathop, NSTDA Vice President for Thailand Science Park, was recently elected to serve as the President of Asia Pacific Division of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP). She took over the role from outgoing president, Mr. Haofeng Lai who is General Manager of Shanghai Caohejing Hi-tech Park Innovation Center. Over the next two years of her term, Ms. Suwipa intends to promote collaboration among science parks and areas of innovation in the Asia-Pacific region and reinforce partnerships between science parks in the Asia-Pacific and those in other regions to stimulate global innovation and investment.

NSTDA President, Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, along with executives of Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, participated in the 7th Forum on China-ASEAN Technology Transfer and Collaborative Innovation which was held under the auspices of the 16th China-ASEAN Expo held in Nanning, China. China-ASEAN Expo China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) is an annual event, aiming at fostering relationships and promoting the cooperation between countries in ASEAN and China in various fields.

NSTDA and the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 5 September 2019. The MOU aims to support higher utilization of bioenergy, human resource capacity development, and the work towards the establishment of an ASEAN Bioenergy Research and Development (R&D) network Centre in the region. The MOU signing ceremony, officiated by Dr. Aree Thanaboonsombut, Deputy Executive Director of MTEC-NSTDA and Dr. Nuki Agya Utama Executive Director of ACE, was part of the 37th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) and Related Meetings in Bangkok between 2-6 September 2019, with the theme of "Advancing Energy Transition through Partnership and Innovation".

NSTDA, Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS) and Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) – three Thai member organizations of e-Asia Joint Research Program (JRP) – co-hosted the 8th Annual e-Asia JRP Board Meeting on 5-6 September 2019 at Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok, Thailand. e-Asia JRP provides fund to support international joint research projects in the East Asian Region on the multilateral basis as well as promotes researchers’ interaction through workshops. The meeting was attended by the Board Members and representatives from fourteen member organizations from ten countries and members of the Scientific Advisory Committee. The Board discussed management matters, approved proposals received from the 8th Call for Proposals and made decision on the framework of the 9th Call for Proposals.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), in collaboration with EUAXESS ASEAN, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) and NSTDA, organized the Falling Walls Lab Thailand 2019, a contest which provides a great opportunity to Thai students, researchers and entrepreneurs to present their innovative ideas, research projects and social initiatives and learn how to communicate effectively. The winner will compete in the global Lab Finale and attend the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin in November 2019, as well as receive the EURAXESS prize to visit a research lab or university of his or her choice in Europe.

NSTDA welcomed the visit of local representatives from the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) and Embassy of France in Thailand to its headquarters at Thailand Science Park on 28 August 2019. The visit aimed at introducing latest development in research initiatives of CIRAD and IRD and funding opportunities for Thai-Franco collaboration to NSTDA researchers in order to foster collaboration between and among research institutes of the two countries.

NSTDA, in collaboration with the Science Park Promotion Agency, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, organized ASEAN Science Park Management Conference 2019 on 28-30 August 2019. Held at Thailand Science Park - the first park dedicated to research and innovation in Thailand, the conference aimed at promoting sustainable growth of science parks and facilitating the networking among science parks both in Thailand and overseas to enhance their capabilities and services. The conference was attended by approximately 100 participants representing science parks, academia, enterprises, and business accelerating organizations from Thailand, ASEAN member countries and beyond.

NSTDA welcomed the delegation of Forschungszentrum Jülich (Jülich) led by Prof. Dr. Harald Bolt, Member of the Board of Directors, on 18-19 July 2019 for a framework agreement signing and the 1st annual workshop. The Framework agreement concerns an establishment of a joint laboratory on bioeconomy which will consist of collaborative projects in research, technology demonstration and capacity building, with the focus on the following themes:

NSTDA, the Institut Pasteur and EURAXESS ASEAN co-organized Training Workshop on How to Prepare a Successful Proposal for the Marie Curie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) on 8-9 July 2019 in Bangkok. A comprehensive and interactive workshop covered all aspects of effective proposal preparation for MSCA -- from proposal structure to defining the impact, evaluation financial aspects and proposal submission process -- with a focus on the MSCA Individual Fellowships and the MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Programme (RISE). It is designed for researchers planning to submit a proposal for the current MSCA IF call with a deadline of 12 September, and the next MSCA RISE call which opens on 5 December 2019.  The workshop was attended by 30 ASEAN researchers selected from an open call for applications.

Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), in collaboration with Ministry of Education, organized the Conference on the Ethics of Science & Technology and Sustainable Development on 5-6 July 2019 the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao in Bangkok.  The Conference provides an open forum for the exchange of idea and information on the ethics of science and technology and its implications to sustainable development and to create public awareness on the issue. The meeting also presents an opportunity for networking and future collaboration among participants and observers.

European Research Day 2019 was held on 1 July 2019 in Bangkok. The event introduced researchers in Thailand to researcher mobility programs and research collaboration opportunities with European countries, as well as a chance to learn first-hand from researchers who have successfully obtained grants and fellowships. The event was opened by H.E. Mr. Pirkka Tapiola, Ambassador of Delegation of the European Union to Thailand and Dr. Lily Eurwilaichitr, NSTDA Vice President.

NSTDA, the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and SIRIM Berhad (SIRIM) organized an MOU signing ceremony on 2 July 2019 at Thailand Science Park. The three organizations share common interest in innovation development and standard enhancement for industry.

23 May 2019 - Bangkok, Thailand. The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), a member of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI) in collaboration with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) today announces the launch of ASEAN Microbial Database (AMiBase), a resourceful database that will accelerate scientific discoveries and innovations for the development of bioeconomy.  The press conference was held at the gathering of scientists for the International on Biodiversity (IBD2019) hosted by the Thai Government during 22-24 May 2019 at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World in Bangkok, Thailand.

NSTDA and Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration, the State Oceanic Administration extended their cooperation on polar sciences. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the ceremony to celebrate the MOU extension and the opening of Sirindhorn China-Thailand Joint Laboratory on

NSTDA and the National Applied Research Laboratories of Taiwan or NARLabs have strengthen collaboration with a signing of a memorandum of understanding and an opening of NARLabs Bangkok Office at the Thailand Science Park.  The ceremony was held on 26 March 2019 with executives of both parties led by Prof. Yeong-Her Wang, NARLabs President and Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President.

The Business Incubation Center of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) brought five promising Taiwanese companies to attend NSTDA Annual Conference 2019 (NAC2019) held from 25-28 March 2019 to explore potential business collaboration with Thai academic and industry.  Leading the team of companies’ representatives was Dr. Jason Cheng, CEO of NTUST Business Incubation Center.

NANOTEC-NSTDA led a team of Thai scientists and companies to showcase their work at nano tech 2019 (The 18th International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference) in Tokyo, Japan from 30 January – 1 February 2019. The event presented an excellent platform for Thai innovators to learn about global trend and