Global Alliance News Year 2021

The EU-ASEAN High-Performance Computing (HPC) Virtual School 2021: System Design and HPC Applications is a hands-on virtual curriculum taught by foremost international experts in HPC technology. It is hosted by National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) Supercomputer Center (ThaiSC), Thailand.

1 July 2021, NSTDA and RTRI, Japanese’s technical research company under the Japan Railways (JR) group of companies, have entered into a 3-Year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023 to establish a formal technical cooperation to exchange and co-create the information, know-how, human development, and joint research in the area of railway technology. This formal collaboration aims for the enhancement and advancement of the Thai railway system.

As the key driver of Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economy in Thailand, NSTDA brought the BCG economy agenda to the attention of ASEAN to promote regional collaboration for sustainable development. BCG economy is an economic model for inclusiveness and sustainable growth, aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

NSTDA, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) recently organized ANSO International Forum for Green Technology as part of the 14th China Bioindustry Convention held on 10-12 June 2021 in Guangzhou, China. The virtual forum took place on 11 June and aimed to promote the concept of green technology and its contribution to SDGs.

The forum covered wide-ranging topics of circular economy, clean technology and the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in green society and creative economy with experts and leaders representing the governments, international organizations, businesses, and academia sharing their knowledge and experience. Providing opening remarks and warm welcome to the audience were ANSO President Prof. Bai Chunli and NSTDA President Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, President of NSTDA.

NSTDA President Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul has been selected to serve on the Ethical Governance, Standards of Excellence, and Quality Leadership Committee of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF). WBAF aims to foster innovative financial instruments for startups, scaleups, innovators, entrepreneurs and SMEs and the Ethical Governance, Standards of Excellence, and Quality Leadership Committee will help guide WBAF to achieve the highest quality standards.

The collaboration between NSTDA and the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) of Taiwan was initiated in 2018 with the launch of NARLabs- NSTDA Joint Research Program in 2020 as a funding facility for collaborative projects. Three joint projects were supported in the 2020 Call for Proposals, ranging from the diagnostic technology for EGFR mutations from circulating tumor cells in non-small cell lung cancer to the use of Taiwan Data Cube to monitor the change in paddy field land use and the novel bioassay for rapid screening of COVID-19.

As part of NSTDA Annual Conference 2021, Presidents’ Forum 2021 took place on 26 March 2021. This event brought together leaders of scientific and academic institutes from Thailand and overseas to share their perspectives on science, technology and innovation issues. The theme of Presidents’ Forum 2021 was Bio-Circular-Green Economy (BCG): Turning Challenges into Opportunities in the Post-COVID-19 World with four distinguished keynote speakers: Prof. Dr. Chen Chien-Jen, Distinguished Professor Genomics Research Center, Taiwan; Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, President, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK), Turkey; Prof. Joachim von Braun, Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Germany; and Prof. Emeritus Dr. Kraisid Tontisirin, Former Director of Food and Nutrition Division, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Approximately 150 participants from 10 countries attended the online forum.

The project “Joining forces to exploit the mycobiota of Asia, Africa and Europe for beneficial metabolites and potential biocontrol agents, using-OMICS techniques (MYCOBIOMICS)”
led by Prof. Marc Stadler, Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Germany, in cooperation with Dr. Jennifer Luangsa-ard, Team Leader of Plant Microbe Interaction Research Team, and research institutes from Europe and Africa, was successfully funded by the European Commission’s H2020-MSCA-RISE framework for a total amount of EUR 1,375,400 (THB 51,035,377).

A virtual MOU signing ceremony was held between NSTDA and SIASUN Automation (Singapore) on 10 February 2021 to officiate a partnership aiming to apply automation, robotics & intelligent system to facilitate Industry 4.0 transformation. The MOU was signed by Ms. Toh Guat Lan, Deputy CEO of SIASUN Automation (Singapore) and Dr. Janekrishna Kanatharana, NSTDA Executive Vice President and Director of Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi). Joining the celebration were Mr. Zhao Chen, CEO of SIASUN Automation (Singapore); Dr. Chai Wutiwiwatchai, NECTEC Executive Director; Dr. Panita Pongpaibool, NECTEC Deputy Executive Director; Dr. Kanit Sangsubhan, Secretary General of Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and Ms. Salinee Phonprapai, East Asia 1 Division Director of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Last year, the cabinet approved 5.4 billion THB budget to establish Sustainable Manufacturing Center (SMC) at EECi. SMC is expected to be a state-of-the-art research and demonstration center of automation, robotics and intelligent system to support Thai manufacturers to transition into Industry 4.0. SMC will serve as a platform bringing together manufacturers, system integrators, innovators, researchers and students to collaborate through available tools and facilities such as Industry 4.0 Assessment Tools, Learning Station/Line and testbed/sandbox.

Under this partnership, SMC and SIASUN - a leading Chinese enterprise specializing in robotics and intelligent system – will set up SMC-SIASUN Innovation Center at EECi to create a complete ecosystem to translate research to commercialization and tailor some advanced technologies to fit with the conditions of Thai industry.

SMC recently launched Industrial IoT and Data Analytics Platform (IDA Platform)- applying IoT and data analytics to optimize decision-making, enable intelligent operations and improve operational and energy efficiency. 15 factories have been selected to participate in the pilot project to test the equipment and system. The project will be expanded to cover 500 factories over a 3-year period.