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:
The collaboration will be fostered and facilitated through an annual workshop and ambassadorship program.
NSTDA and Jülich have carried out CASSAVASTORe project -- studying storage root development for the breeding of new cassava varieties -- and SAPPHIRE project -- involving smartphone-based applications for acquisition of plant phenology and plant tissue-specific data. The new agreement will build upon the success of these two projects and explore addition projects by engaging more research teams from both sides.
In addition to the agreement signing function, the two-day program also consisted of the 1st annual workshop in which researchers from NSTDA and Jülich presented their research work and ideas for potential collaboration and a meeting of executives to frame the mechanism of collaboration.
NSTDA and the Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion (OSMEP) proudly hosted Technology Investment Conference 2019: Smart Ageing on 18 July 2019 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bangkok. The conference aimed at promoting the development of technology solutions and the growth of businesses that could serve the needs of the elderly. The event attracted over 200 local and international participants, mainly stakeholders of the silver economy, including angel investors, venture capitals, corporates, universities technology transfer, and researchers.
Highlights of the conference included talks given by CEOs and experts from world-renowned organizations such as the Global Coalition on Aging, World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), HexGn, Amazon Web Service, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Frost & Sullivan (APAC), as well as exhibitions showcasing smart solutions for the seniors from local and international innovators and startups.
As part of the conference, a signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding was held among three parties comprising NSTDA, OSMEP and the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF). The MOU aims to enhance capacity of angel investors in Thailand and neighboring countries and link them to angel investors from all over the world through WBAF.
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.
Mrs. Francesca Gilli, Attaché, the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand, delivered welcome remarks to participants and trainers. The workshop was conducted by two European experts with vast experience in providing professional support to researchers to develop proposals and manage projects funded by the European Commission (EC) -- Ms. Maëlle Pichard and Dr. Vania Rosas who are an officer and a collaborator of the Institut Pasteur Grants Office, respectively.
Advancement in science and technology can offer innovative solutions to the elderly and people with disability. MTEC-NSTDA has successfully developed a prototype of wheelchair motorized attachment called M2E 1.1. The equipment -- consisting of a power supply unit, a motor unit and a control unit -- is able to convert a manual wheelchair into an electric wheelchair at the cost of 7000 baht, making an electric wheelchair much more affordable. This motorized attachment has passed industry safety testing performed by the Electrical and Electronic Products Testing Center (PTEC).
To make this solution assessible to the public, MTEC-NSTDA has established a program with technical colleges to transfer the technology so that these technical colleges can assemble and install the equipment to a manual wheelchair and provide maintenance service to target users in their respective area. The collaboration has already been set up with Chonburi Technical College and Thai-Austrian Technical College, Sattahip. Twenty units of wheelchair motorized attachment have been manufactured and distributed to target users through these two technical colleges. MTEC-NSTDA is planning to expand the collaboration to other technical colleges throughout the country to bring this innovation to users nationwide.
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.
On this occasion, NSTDA organized a session on “Ethical and Societal Challenges toward Genome Technology” with two invited world-renowned experts -- Prof. Carlos María Romeo Casabona, Professor of Criminal Law and Director of the Interuniversity Chair of Law and Human Genome at the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and Prof. Jonathan D. Moreno, Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania (USA) -- sharing their views and experiences on the issues. The two experts were joined by Dr. Surakameth Mahasirimongkol of Department of Medical Sciences and Dr. Prasit Phowthongkum of Chulalongkorn University who reported on policy research and guideline development for genetic testing in Thailand and ethics and regulation of genome technology and the challenge to establish norm in developing countries, respectively. The four experts then participated in a panel discussion on “Ethical and Legal Management of Genome Technology in the Global Context”.
The Conference on the Ethics of Science & Technology and Sustainable Development is part of a week-long event held from 2-7 July 2019, led by the 26th (Ordinary) Session of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC) and the 11th (Ordinary) Session of the UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) which the Thai Government had an honor to host.
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.
Research collaboration funding programs and mobility programs introduced to at the event are:
The program also includes advice from experts on proposal preparation and project management such as how to find partners, how to advance research career, and how to successfully manage research projects.
The event was attended by 170 participants comprising PhD candidates, post-doctoral researchers, researchers from academic and research organizations in Thailand. European Research Day 2019 was co-organized by NSTDA, EURAXESS ASEAN, Mahidol University and supported by the SAFE-Aqua Project, Institut Pasteur, the EU Delegation to Thailand, the Marie Curie Alumni Association Southeast Asia Chapter, the British Embassy, the French Embassy, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
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.
Representing MIGHT and SIRIM at the event were Tan Sri Dr. Ir. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, Chairman of MIGHT and SIRIM, Datuk Dr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, MIGHT President and CEO, and Prof. Ir. Dr. Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani, SIRIM President and Group Chief Executive. Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President and Prof. Prasit Palittapongarnpim, NSTDA Vice President for Research were present at the signing.
The cooperation between NSTDA and MIGHT will focus on entrepreneurship exchange and development, technology transfer and industry development, sustainable development and cities, solar industry and testing; whereas the collaboration between NSTDA and SIRIM will concentrate on industrial research, standard testing, provision of services as well as commercialization. The partnership between three parties will also help facilitate research and trade cooperation between companies in Malaysia and Thailand.
On this occasion, a discussion session was held between senior managements of MIGHT, SIRIM and NSTDA. NSTDA supports Thai industry through various schemes offered by the Technology Management Center (TMC-NSTDA), and standard testing and certification through a number of testing labs/centers. The delegation had an opportunity to tour Thailand Science Park facility and visit Electrical and Electronic Products Testing Center (PTEC).
NSTDA and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports established a collaboration to apply science, technology and innovation to support and promote sustainable tourism. The MOU was executed on 17 June 2019 by Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President and Mr. Chote Trachoo, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
Under this collaboration, NSTDA will prepare the Tourism Satellite Account-System of Environmental Economic Accounting (TSA-SEEA) for key tourism clusters. TSA-SEEA measures tourism economic and environmental impacts in a national economy and is one of the key indicators of sustainable tourism. NSTDA will also develop a national guideline on tourism carrying capacity for three types of destinations: mountains, sea and cultural/historical sites. Certification and accreditation system for sustainable tourism standards will be established, especially with regard to the requirements set by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).
The data acquired from decades of studies performed by NSTDA researchers, especially in the fields of biodiversity and environment, will greatly serve the work to be carried out under this partnership. The data will also be linked to the Tourism Intelligence Center (TIC) and Thailand Tourism Directory.
MTEC-NSTDA and partner universities – Chulalongkorn University, Prince of Songkla University, Chiang Mai University and Suranaree University of Technology – organized the final round of national robot design contest on 8 June 2019 at Pantip Plaza in Bangkok. This national robot design contest is part of the 12th Thailand Robot Design Camp (RDC2019), a program aiming for youths with special talents in robotics and automation to express and enhance their talents and creativity.
The finalists competing at the national contest were winners from three regional competitions held during April – June 2019 and hosted by key universities in respective regions – the north hosted by Chiang Mai University, the east and northeast by Suranaree University of Technology and the south by Prince of Songkla University. A total of 202 students from 37 universities participated in the nation-wide RDC2019, with 88 students from 32 universities making it to the national contest. Held under the theme Robot for a Greener Planet, finalists were asked to design solutions to the first mile-last mile challenge for public rail transport system.
The winner of RDC2019 will represent Thailand at the International Design Contest RoBoCon 2019 (IDC RoBoCon 2019) to be held from 29 July - 9 August 2019 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.
About 1% of the world population, approximately 600-700 million people, suffers from celiac disease, an autoimmune disease triggered by consuming gluten. Gluten is a group of proteins found in wheat, barley and rye which are basic ingredients in food products, especially baked products such as bread, pies and cakes. Common symptoms include bloating, excess gas, diarrhea, vomiting, migraines and numbness or in the hands and feet. Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is adherence to a gluten-free diet.
BIOTEC research team, led by Dr. Kuakoon Piyachomkwan and Dr. Sunee Chotineeranat, and Kasetsart University successfully developed the cassava flour manufacturing technology, a mechanized process of which bitter cassava containing high levels of toxic cyanide can be processed into high quality cassava flour with less than 10 ppm cyanide content. Since cassava contains no gluten, cassava flour is therefore an ideal substitute for wheat in baked products. The technology has been licensed to Chorchaiwat Industry, and the company became the first company in Thailand to manufacture and distribute gluten-free all-purpose flour under the tradename SAVA.
To diversify the use of cassava flour, Dr. Chaiwut Gamonpilas, an MTEC researcher, employed knowledge in materials science to modify the viscoelasticity and rheology properties of cassava flour to make it suitable for bread baking. This new gluten-free bread flour is made from unbleached cassava flour and contains flaxseed, a good source of fiber. It is a perfect product for people suffering from celiac disease or consumers prefering healthy food products.
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the top health issue around the world, including Thailand, in terms of mortality and economic burden of diseases. NCDs such as heart and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are the predominant killers in Thailand, accounting for 71.3% of all deaths in 2015. As a strategy to prevent NCDs and promote a healthy lifestyle among Thai people, NSTDA, the National Health Security Office (NHSO) and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) launched a collaborative project to develop a health checkup kiosk and have the machine installed at BAAC branches for public easy access to a primary healthcare screening tool.
Tilapia is one of the most important fish in aquaculture in Thailand. Vaccination is part of the disease management program of tilapia farming. Among the vaccine administration options, immersion vaccination is by far more applicable to aquaculture compared to injection, as it can be applied to fish in mass rather than individual injection, thus saving time and labor for farmers and eliminating the use of antibiotics.
NSTDA and the Department of Agricultural Extension (DOAE) agreed to collaboration on a project to integrate data from automatic weather stations to enhance agricultural land use efficiency. The MOU signing ceremony was held on 29 May 2019, with Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President and Mr. Sumran Sarabun, DOAE Director – General.
22 May 2019 – Bangkok, Thailand. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presides over the opening ceremony of the International Conference on Biodiversity 2019, or IBD2019, which is held from 22-24 May 2019 at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World.
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, NECTEC, the National Science Museum and the Science Society of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King led Thai students to showcase their science projects at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) held during 12-17 May 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Thai students took home the following awards:
British Council Thailand, in collaboration with local and international partners, hosted the final round of FameLab Thailand Competition 2019 on 11 May 2019 at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. FameLab Thailand is part of the global FameLab, science communication training programs and competitions, organized by the British Council. Co-organizers of this edition of FameLab Thailand include Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Office of the National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council, NSTDA, National Science Museum, THE STANDARD, Chulalongkorn University, True Corporation and EURAXESS.
NSTDA, the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI Office) and Chulalongkorn University announced a new partnership on Science for Industry program, or Sci-FI program. The goal of Sci-FI program is to enhance the competitiveness of Thai industry by building skilled workforce according to the
NSTDA held a press conference on 19 April 2019 announcing the transfer of M-Bone, a hydroxyapatite bone graft substitute technology, to Oss Hydroxy Company Limited, a startup in Thailand specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of medical supplies and devices. The licensing agreement allows Oss Hydroxy to manufacture and commercialize M-Bone for a duration of 5 years.
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 organized an exhibition showcasing innovations in agriculture at HortEx Vietnam 2019 held at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 13-15 March 2019. Three innovations were on display:
With the growing world’s population, economic expansion and increasing use of biomass, global demand for wood and wood products has been on the rise and shall continue for a long period as it is a major source of materials for various industry such as pulp and paper, construction, clothing and furniture. The 20-yr National Strategy
NSTDA and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) showcased its electric vehicle (EV) prototype at the Bangkok International Motor Show 2019. This EV prototype is the result of Phase II of the NSTDA-EGAT joint project to transform a used car with an internal combustion engine into an EV.
Thailand automotive industry contributed 12% of the country’s GDP in 2016 and it is the largest in Southeast Asia. With this foundation, there is ample opportunity to move Thailand’s automotive industry up the ladder by enhancing R&D and manpower development in next generation automotive placing emphasis on energy-saving, eco-friendly and safety.
NSTDA recently officiated a brand-new Plant Factory Facility, aiming to employ cutting-edge technology to enhance the quality and productivity of herbal plants supplied to pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical and nutraceutical industry. NSTDA Plant Factory Facility utilizes the most advanced technologies sourced from Japan and was built with Prof. Toyoki Kozai, a world-leading expert in plant factory, on board as a project advisor.
Food Innopolis, a food innovation hub of NSTDA, held a press conference on 26 March 2019, announcing an establishment of Future Food Lab and Sensory Testing Lab in collaboration with its partners. Representing NSTDA at the press event were Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President and Dr. Akkharawit
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.
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the opening ceremony of NSTDA Annual Conference 2019 (NAC2019) on 25 March 2019 at Thailand Science Park. With the theme of “Moving Towards Thailand’s Future Economy with Science, Technology and Innovation”, NAC2019, held between 25-28 March,
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:
MTEC-NSTDA and the Pollution Control Department (PCD) entered into an MOU to perform life cycle assessment on eco-friendly products and services. The signing ceremony was held on 11 March 2019 between MTEC Executive Director, Dr. Julathep Kajornchaiyakul and PCD Director General, Mr. Pralong Dumrongthai. This landmark collaboration will reinforce Thailand’s commitment to the green public procurement (GPP).
On 18 March 2019, Acting Science Minister Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj announced the success of Food Innopolis and chaired the ceremony to hand over the management of Food Innopolis from the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI Office) to NSTDA.
On 11 March 2019, NSTDA hosted an orientation for 87 students selected to participate in the 2019 NSTDA Summer Student Program. This is the second year NSTDA offers high-school students opportunities to participate in the research activities in four NSTDA research centers, namely NECTEC, BIOTEC, MTEC and NANOTEC. Students will
NSTDA held a groundbreaking ceremony of Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) at Wangchan Valley in Rayong Province on 27 February 2019. The auspicious occasion was participated by General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Prime Minister and members of the cabinet, setting off the construction of what would be a new innovation hub of Southeast Asia.
Innovation and Technology Assistance Program (ITAP) of NSTDA and Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS) jointly organized a seminar on “Food, Gene and Health: Opportunity and Challenge” on 22 February 2019. Both parties also took this opportunity to launch a new project on “Research,
The Business Incubation Center (BIC) of NSTDA presented a fall detection system to Sungaikolok Hospital in Narathiwat Province under “Technology for Better Society” campaign. The fall detection system belongs to Database Commerce, a company engaging in developing and delivering assistive technologies for patients and the
MTEC-NSTDA and Kasetsart University entered an MOU to collaborate on the on-road test of B10 biodiesel. The MOU was signed by Dr. Julathep Kajornchaiyakul, MTEC Executive Director and Dr. Chongrak Wachrinrat, Acting President of Kasetsart University on 12 February 2019. This test is part of the collaborative project to promote the use of biodiesel in Thailand, executed by MTEC-NSTDA.
NSTDA, in collaboration with the Office of The Royal Development Projects Board, the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology and the Office of the Basic Education Commission, hosted a study visit of teachers from the Orphanage Culture School (Km 67) of Vientiane, Lao
NSTDA and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi embark on a collaboration to strengthen graduate programs in science and technology in order to produce highly skilled workforce to supply to industry and drive the nation’s economy. Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President and Dr. Suvit Tia, KMUTT President, participated in the MOU signing ceremony along with executives from both parties on 18 February 2019.
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
Traditional textiles from Thailand’s northern region are famous for their colorful and intricate pattern designs attributed to rich cultural influence from indigenous tribes and neighboring countries of Laos and Myanmar. Their unique production which involves weaving and dyeing techniques passed on from generation to generation also adds character to these charming textiles.
Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, in partnership with NSTDA and the Thailand Maker Community, organized “Maker Faire Bangkok 2019: WE ARE ALL MAKERS” on 19-20 January 2019 at The Street Ratchada in Bangkok. Maker Faire aimed to inspire youngsters and the general public to turn their creativity and ideas into real-life inventions and to help shape Thailand into a Maker Nation, driven by technology, creativity and innovation, to fulfill the Thailand 4.0 vision.
The Dissemination Workshop for Newton Rice Initiative was held during 16-18 January 2019 in Bangkok. Co-hosted by NSTDA and the Biotechnology and Bioscience Research Council (BBSRC) which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the workshop brought together the funding agencies, key research
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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 Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) recently agreed to advance research collaborations in food innovation and smart and efficient farming.
On 6 December 2018, MTEC-NSTDA and the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) held a press conference announcing the launch of on-road test of B10 biodiesel in government cars. The test is part of the collaborative project to promote the use of biodiesel in Thailand. This collaborative project is funded by the Energy Conservation Fund in support of the Alternative Energy Development Plan.
NSTDA hosted a visit of Turkish scientific delegation led by Prof. Hasan Mandal, President of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) to Thailand on 21-23 November 2018 for the establishment of NSTDA-TÜBİTAK Scientific Collaboration and the 1st Thai-Turkish Workshop on
On 14-15 November 2018, Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Minister of Science and Technology, led a team of executives from agencies under the purview of the ministry, on a mission to the UK for discussion on partnership in science, technology and innovation. Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President, was part of the Thai delegation.
Dr. Namurata Sathirachinda Palsson, Researcher of MTEC-NSTDA, was named the Young Metallurgist 2017. The announcement was made at the 11th Thailand Metallurgy Conference held during 15-16 November 2018 in Chonburi, Thailand.
On 12 November 2018, UNESCO, in partnership with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and NSTDA, organized activities to mark the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2018. This year, the spotlight is placed on plastic waste, one of the greatest global environmental challenges today.
BIOTEC-NSTDA recently introduced a new fragrant glutinous rice named Nan59. The new variety was developed from dwarf RD6 resistant to blast and bacterial blight diseases, which was also developed by BIOTEC and has already gained popularity among farmers in the north and northeast of Thailand. The new variety has a broad-
On 30 November 2018, NSTDA President, Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, and Chai Pattana Foundation Secretary-General, Dr. Sumet Tantivejkul, launched the collaboration between the two organizations by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. The MOU sets out the collaboration on the demonstration of technologies related to shrimp cultivation at the Tha Khai Land Development Project of Chai Pattana Foundation located in Chacheongsao Province.
NSTDA recently became one of the founding members of the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) in the Belt and Road Region and was elected to join the Governing Board of ANSO. ANSO is an international, non-profit and non-governmental scientific organization, jointly created by the Chinese Academy of
On 25October 2018, an MOU signing ceremony was held between NSTDA, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) and Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) to develop PhD graduates to strengthen capacity of Thai STI workforce. Representing three parties in the signing were Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President, Prof. Dr. Somnuk Tangtermsirikul, SIIT Director and Prof. Dr. Tetsuo Asano, JAIST President.
Dr. Thidarat Nimchua, Researcher of BIOTEC-NSTDA, has been selected for the 2018 Young Technologist Award by the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King. She is recognized for ENZease, an intelligent enzyme for eco-friendly textile production process. This work is a result of collaboration between BIOTEC, MTEC and Thanapaisal textile factory.
Press Release! On 19 October 2018, NSTDA President and Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) officially launched the Thailand-China Joint Laboratory on Microbial Biotechnology. This Joint Laboratory will capitalize on the expertise of Thai and Chinese researchers to harness the power of microorganisms to develop solutions for global challenges.
NSTDA displayed its outstanding work at the CAS Innovation Expo (Bangkok) 2018 held during 10-14 October 2018 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok. The display of NSTDA highlighted collaborative work of the agency with Chinese counterpart in developing innovations that significantly contribute to a better future. These projects include:
L'Oreal Thailand recently announced the five recipients to the L’Oréal Thailand “For Women in Science” Fellowships 2018. Assistant Professor Dr. Surapa Thiemjarus and Dr. Wirulda Pootakham are two of NSTDA outstanding female researchers honored with these prestigious awards in physical sciences and life sciences, respectively.
On 7 October 2018, Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Minister of Science and Technology, attended the 15th Annual Meeting of Science and Technology in Society Forum held in Kyoto, Japan. During this event, he participated in the Ministers’ Roundtable Meeting, in which ministers from over 20 countries discussed about the vital role
On 4 October 2018, an MOU signing ceremony between NANOTEC, one of NSTDA’s four research center, and seven universities in Thailand was held at Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok. The MOU signifies a collaboration between NANOTEC and universities to implement a Research Network Nanotechnology (RNN) program
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.
Normally, latex collected from rubber trees has a very short life of 6-8 hours before spontaneous coagulation and spoilage taking place, resulting in the latex loss. Ammonia and sodium sulfite are widely used as preservatives to prevent such undesirable reactions. However, ammonia creates toxic fume, endangering workers’ health and causing
Ministry of Science and Technology in partnership with the Information Technology Foundation under the Initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn organized a signing of an International Cooperation Agreement (ICA) with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The ICA was signed between CERN’s
On 10 September 2018, Dr. Somvong Tragoonrung, BIOTEC Executive Director and Mr. Somchai Witdumrong, Nakhon Phanom Governor participated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations to employ science, technology and innovation (STI) to enhance the production of raw herbs, herbal products
Executives from Ministry of Science and Technology and NSTDA participated in the 6th Forum on China-ASEAN Technology Transfer and Collaborative Innovation and the 15th China-ASEAN Expo 2018 held in Nanning, China.
On 7 September 2018, Dr. Wannee Chinsirikul, NANOTEC Executive Director and Prof. Liyi Shi, Director of Nano-Science and Technology Research Center of Shanghai University (NTC-SHU) represented their respective organization in the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA). The MoA will focus on joint research to develop green
On 7 September 2018, NECTEC-NSTDA held a press conference to announce the success of Thai students at the Global Student Innovation Challenge for Assistive Technology 2018 (gSIC-AT 2018). gSIC-AT is an annual competition held at the International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (i-CREATe).
On 3 September 2018, NSTDA, Choknamchai Hitech Pressing Company Limited and Sakun C Innovation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to carry out research and development to design the next generation vehicles, as well as manpower development in this field. Both Choknamchai Hitech Pressing and Sakun C Innovation are part of CNC Group, the largest die maker in Thailand.
MTEC-NSTDA and the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) made a joint announcement on 5 September 2018 on achieving a milestone of their collaborative project to promote the use of biodiesel. The project was funded by the Energy Conservation Fund in support of the Alternative Energy Development Plan.
NSTDA, in partnership with collaborators, hosted the 1st Symposium on Mushroom Research and Cultivation Technology: Progress & Challenges on 30-31 August 2018 at Century Park Hotel in Bangkok. Collaborators to organize this symposium included Chiang Mai University, Mae Fah Luang University, King Mongkut’s
On 31 August 2018, Dr. Thitapha Smitinont, NSTDA Executive Vice President, represented NSTDA at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with partner organizations to provide support in research, innovations and green technology to Thai SMEs. The project aims to enhance the competitiveness of Thai SMEs in the
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.
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.
20 August 2018, QSNCC:- Ministry of Science and Technology by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) has organized an international conference "The 15th Asia-Pacific Conference on Giftedness 2018:
NSTDA participates in the National Science and Technology Fair 2018, hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology. With the grand opening taking place on 16 August 2018, the fair is packed with displays of innovations as well as fun activities, aiming to inspire kids to have interest in science and understand the practical application of science.
On 19 August 2018, Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Minister of Science and Technology, visited Thasae Cooperative in Chumphon province. NSTDA has been implementing four projects with Thasae Coop under the Innovation and Technology Assistance Program (ITAP) since 2017. On hand to welcome Minister Suvit were Dr. Thitapha Smitinont, NSTDA Executive Vice President, and president and members of Thasae Coop.
NSTDA is inviting food and food-related companies to participate in the 2018 Food Acceleration Program. Food Acceleration Program aims to enhance capacity and competitiveness of Thai food industry with innovative and high value added products and to assist the companies to expand their business and market. Selected companies will
On 3 August 2018, Dr. Omjai Saimek, NSTDA Vice President, joined Ms. Pirada Techavichit, Representative of the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI Office) at the opening of Fabrication Lab Training Workshop held at STEM Lab of Princess Chulabhorn Science High School Chonburi. Fabrication Lab or
At the press conference held on 2 August 2018, Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, President of the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King, made an announcement of Outstanding and Young Scientist Awards 2018. Professor Dr. Orawon Chailapakul was
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
NSTDA kicked off SUCCESS 2018 on 13 July 2018 with the participation of over 40 companies engaging in a wide range of technologies such as software, IT, digital technology, nanotechnology and biotechnology. SUCCESS in an annual NSTDA business incubation program aiming to nurture new technology entrepreneurs to thrive successfully and sustainably in the market.
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) recently hosted THAI TECH EXPO 2018 on 4-8 July 2018 at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC). The 5-day event aimed to showcase latest innovations, drawn from 15 agencies affiliated to or networking with MOST, which can play a major role in supporting Thai industry to achieve Thailand 4.0 vision.
NSTDA and the National Innovation Agency (NIA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Huawei Technologies to collaborate on research and innovation. The signing ceremony took place on 6 June 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Science Minister Dr. Suvit Maesincee, and Mr. Guo Ping, Huawei Rotating Chairman. Representing the three organizations were Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President, Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, NIA Executive
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
Minister of Science and Technology Visits Mobileye, Israel Startup Organization "Thinking out of the Box" Strengthen Thailand's sustainability agenda
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.
On 30th April, delegates from the US Office of Naval Research Global-Asia office in Tokyo, Dr. Sung-Eun Kim, Science Director, and Dr. Ming-Jen Pan, Associate Director, visited NSTDA to explore science and technology landscape of Thailand. The two delegates met NSTDA’s executives, and
MOST and 50 Allied Organizations promote EECi
Boost industrial sector, economics, and people’s life quality with science, technology, and innovation towards Thailand 4.0
Mr. Nitid Manoonporn, President of TCG, together with Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, President of NSTDA, announced progress in promoting technology-based/innovative SMEs through the use of Thailand Technology Rating System, or TTRS, at INC 2 Building, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand Science Park (TSP), on 7 February 2018.
NSTDA, IPTST, Chevron and Kenan Institute collaborate for a better future Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn attended a ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of the Thailand Children's University Project on Friday June 2 at Sirindhorn Science House, Science Park Thailand, Pathum Thani.
NSTDA delivers Cozy Mark IV aircraft to Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep as part of a drive to help the aviation industry reach its goals.
Vet Products Group invests over 40 million baht to set up R & D Center at Thailand Science Park to cooperate with NSTDA in expectations of having further interesting research and increasing market sharing of the animal health business by 15%.
On June 9th 2016, the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) together with the STS Forum Japan and the Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro) hosted the ASEAN-Japan Workshop in THAILAND on Innovation, Science and Technology for
A workshop on “Climate Action and Resource Efficiency in Southeast Asia: Thematic and Funding Opportunities” was organized on 12 May 2016 during the STI Days 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dr. Anil Kumar from AIT, Thailand welcome the participants and presented the objectives as well as achievements of SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN
Dr. Chadamas Thuvasethakul, NSTDA Executive Vice President presided over UK-Thailand Symposium in Nanomaterials and their Applications at The Sukosol Hotel, on April 21st, 2016.
Dr. Sissades Tongsima, Head of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Laboratory and Dr. Jittima Piriyapongsa, BIOTEC researcher were presented with the 2015 TRF-OHEC-Scopus Researcher Award and the 2015 TRF-OHEC-Scopus Young Researcher Award in the field of Health Sciences, respectively.
Prof. Prida Malasit, Director of Medical Biotechnology Research Laboratory, a joint laboratory between BIOTEC and Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, was awarded the 2015 NSTDA Research Chair Grant to work on "Integrative researches for a set of novel biomarkers applicable to diagnosis, prognosis and treatments of patients with dengue hemorrhagic fever".
Malaria is largely a preventable and curable disease. However, a delay or an inappropriate treatment can result in serious adverse outcomes for patient. Rapid, simple and cost-effective diagnostic tests that can be easily adapted and rapidly scaled-up at the field or community levels are needed.
Genetically Modified Microorganisms (GMMs) have been utilized to produce specially designed products mostly in the industrial scale from pharmaceutical and medical equipment industry, food industry, to biotechnology industry. Since GMMs have been used in wide range of industries, the guidelines on biosafety techniques for use
Launched in February 2015, Thailand Bioresource Research Center (TBRC) partners with biological resource centers in Thailand and ASEAN region to offer diverse sources ofbiomaterials such as microbial cultures and plasmids for R&D in life science and biotech industry. The order placement is now made easier with TBRC app, available on the App Store and Google Play Store.
Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is referred to as a zombie ant fungus because it causes the infected host ant to climb into vegetation, bite vegetal materials then hang themselves upside down until death. The biology of O. unilateralis still has much to be discovered and the genome sequencing of this species will help gain an insight.
The Defence Ministry Monday gave the public another look at its locally developed 8×8-metre armoured vehicle known as the "Black Widow Spider", at the opening of an international defence and security trade show at Impact Muang Thong Thani.
WITH THE aim of improving the quality of life of Thai people and developing research and development to meet the needs of the country, Nectec is focusing on utilising R&D as well as information technology to support seven focus groups. Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn, executive director of National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Nectec),
Soy sauce is made by the fermentation of soybeans combined with wheat flour, rice flour, and brine. The production involves two steps: koji fermentation using Aspergillus oryzae and moromi fermentation by adding brine solution into the koji. In moromi fermentation, glutaminase produced by naturally-present yeast converts l-glutamine originated from soy protein to l-glutamic acid, a compound responsible for “umami” taste. Given the high salinity condition of moromi fermentation, a halotolerant yeast would be beneficial to the soy sauce fermentation.
Chevron partners with public, private sectors on STEM training. With the aim of helping increase Thailand's competitiveness, Chevron recently rolled out an "Enjoy Science Project", working with public and private partners to strengthen Thailand's innovation by improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and vocational education across the country.
Dr. Theerayut Toojinda, BIOTEC Senior Researcher from Rice Gene Discovery Laboratory was named the recipient to the 2015 Plant Breeder Award presented by the Plant Breeding and Multiplication Association of Thailand.
Bacterial wilt caused by R. solanacearum is one of the most devastating diseases of many economically important crops in Thailand such as ginger, pepper, tomato, potato and Curcuma alismatifolia Gagnep. At present, protection from losses by bacterial wilt is achieved mainly by early detection and subsequent eradication by destroying the host usually by using chemical bacteriocides.
NECTEC launches SafeMate. A mobile application for a safer drive. Available to download now on Android and iOS.
THAILAND SCIENCE Park, the research estate of the National Science and Technology Development Agency, plans to build the largest fully integrated research and development hub in Thailand, said Janekrishna Kanatharana, vice president of NSTDA and director of TSP.
A genetically modified microorganism (GMM) is a microorganism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic modification techniques to produce desired genetic features for specific needs. In an industrial scale, GMMs have been utilized to produce specially designed products in a wide range of industries, from pharmaceutical and
Bacteria of the genus Listeria currently contain six species, but only L. monocytogenes is pathogenic to humans, causing listeriosis. Well established traditional methods are tedious and time consuming and thus are not suitable for screening large numbers of food samples required to meet increasing global demand.Some high-throughput
It was reported that climate change will have a great effect on agricultural sector. As Thailand is an agriculture-based country, with half of the land and 35% of the labor force devoted to agriculture, this is a major threat to its economy and food security. To cope with the effect of climate change on food security, three technologies have been identified as crucial technologies for the development in the next 10 years: plant breeding, precision farming and forecasting and warning system.
The ability to determine the sex of cattle embryos before transfer is useful for livestock management, particularly in the dairy cattle industry where female calves are preferred. The current methods for sexing bovine embryos normally rely on detecting Y chromosome–specific DNA using PCR or fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH).
The Seventh Meeting of NSTDA International Advisory Committee (IAC) was held on 9 May 2015 at Sirindhorn Science Home, Thailand Science Park, Pathum Thani. The meeting was chaired by Prof. . Peter A. Singer, CEO, Grand Challenges Canada and Director of McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health,
Purple was the official color at Thailand Science Park this morning when staff and researchers of NSTDA and research agencies welcome HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn who presided at the Royal Opening Ceremony of 2 Scientific conferences. The first is conference on HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's S&T Initiative Projects
24 February 2015, Dr. Chadamas Thuvasethakul, NSTDA’s Executive Vice President, welcomed Mr. Gerard Cielen, Policy Advisor to the State Secretary for Science Policy, Federal Belgian Government, and 8 others Thai-Belgium STI delegations to visit NSTDA and Thailand Science Park. The visit focused on the Life Science research at NANOTEC by
BANGKOK, 18 February 2015 – Microsoft (Thailand) Limited continues to drive Thailand’s digital development in partnership with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) under the Ministry of Science and Technology by establishing the Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) at the NSTDA’s central Bangkok facility in Yothi Road.
In response to increasing demand for animal feed in livestock sector, significant progress has been made in the improvement of forage crops in Thailand. Fast-growing and high-yield varieties of forage cane and napier grass have already been developed by BIOTEC-Kasetsart University and the Department of Livestock Development, respectively.
The National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) recently made an announcement of NRCT Awards. The awards announced this round were 2014 Outstanding Researcher Awards, 2014 Research Awards, 2014 Thesis Awards and 2015 Invention Awards. The following are the work of BIOTEC researchers that receives these prestigious recognitions:
14 January 2015, Prof. Dr. Boviengkham Vongdara, Minister of Science and Technology of Lao PDR visit National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA).
NECTEC AND SERICULTURE AGENCY DEVELOP TAMIS APPLICATION TO ENHANCE PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY OF LIFE FOR 110,000 FARMING HOUSEHOLDS
TO IMPROVE productivity and the quality of life of Thai silk farmers, the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) has worked with The Queen Sirikit Department of Sericulture to develop a mobile information system for the provision of key data to those in the sector nationwide.
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NanoThailand 2014 opened this morning at Thailand Science Park with a Keynote speech by Prof. Mihail C. Roco, Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology,NSF, USA on the topic of “Nanotechnology Tomorrow: Immersion in to socio-economic projects”. According to Prof. Roco, the global nanotechnology labour and market is expected to double each
THE NATIONAL Electronics and Computer Technology Center(NECTEC) plans to focus on seven areas as it tries to create the prototype model for agricultural-data integration and zoning optimisation.
In many countries around the world, science is still considered the forte of men, with women usually relegated to the more menial position of lab assistants. Fortunately Thailand is not among those nations, as L'Oreal (Thailand) has once again underlined by announcing it has granted fellowships to five female researchers under its "For Women in Science" 2014 programme.
The government is working on financial tools to help raise funds for information technology start-ups.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is in the process of drafting new regulations related to crowdfunding to allow startup tech companies, which have innovative ideas, to raise funds or contributions from a large number of people via the internet.
Dr. Pornkamol Unrean, BIOTEC Researcher based at Biochemical Engineering and Pilot Plant Research and Development Laboratory was honored with the 2014 TRF-CHE-Scopus Young Researcher Award in the field of Engineering & Multidisciplinary Technology for her work on “Systematic Bioprocess Development of Sustainable Biofuel Production”.
On 15 October 2014, Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology, presided over the launch of Biomedical Sensors Network, consisting of 5 major organizations, namely Science for Sustainable Future Institute Foundation, NSTDA, National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI), Pacific Biotech Co., Ltd. and Mobilis Automata Co., Ltd.
Dr. Tong jai Chookajorn and Dr. Chakkrist Phongphisutthinan, researchers from Materials Reliability Research Unit, won the Outstanding Presentation Awards at the 4th WMRIF Workshop for Young Materials Scientists, held during September 8-10, 2014. The event was hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder Colorado, USA.
Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool, NSTDA president congratulated to Dr. Surapich Loykulnant and colleagues from Natural Rubber Research Unit, received National Outstanding Invention Awards. The Awards are as follows:
MTEC research team was awarded winning “Science and Technology Excellence Award Public Category”, for the project “Dual Function Package for Longan: Fresh & Safe Freshness Quality Retention and Reduction of SO2 Fumigation Level”, in the International Packaging Innovation Award (IPIA) 2014, at BITEC Bangkok, June 13, 2014,
Dr. Pairote Jittham and his research team from Natural Rubber Focus Unit, received the outstanding research project 2013, from the Thailand Research Fund for developing and coordinating research projects on the “Energy-Saving Solid Tyres for Forklifts”. The Thailand Research Fund presented the award to Dr. Pairote Jittham at the InterContinental Hotel, Bangkok on August 29, 2014.
On June 20, 2006 the government endorsed the proposal by the Ministry of S&T to honor HM the King as Father of Thai Innovation for his achievement in the royal initiative project “Tricking the soil”. To commemorate this auspicious occasion, the National Innovation Day is held on Oct 5 of every year.
Plant pathogens such as bacteria and viruses cause a significant economic loss to both producers and exporters, and thus the seed export industry are in dire need of rapid, low-cost, and high-throughput screening method to ensure disease-free seeds and plants.
Dr. Theerayut Toojinda, BIOTEC senior researcher was named a recipient to the 2014 ASEAN Meritorious Service Award (AMSA) in recognition for his significant contribution to the development and application of science and technology in the ASEAN region. The award presentation ceremony was organized on 25 August 2014 in conjunction with the 9th ASEAN Science and Technology Week held in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia on 18 – 27 August 2014.
CHIANG MAI: A research team at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) has developed a method of growing oranges that could prevent the spread of a disease that has ravaged crops in northern Thailand.
Thai researcher Nuttaporn Pimpha has won the ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women for her development of the "nano water filter" that purifies drinking water for victims of natural disasters.
Two Thai teams took first prize in two categories of the Technology and Design at the Student Design Challenge at the International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering (iCreate 2014), recently held in Singapore.
Biodiversity may be a new word for many Thai people. The importance of biodiversity and maintenance of the balance of ecosystems first began to be discussed in Thailand around 3-4 years ago, among the media and certain other groups. Studies show that around 7,000 species of plants, 15,000 species of animals and 6,000 species of micro-organisms - a figure that is anticipated to rise to some 500,000 species, are valuable to the development of economy, society, environment and quality of life of Thai people.
The rapid rise in drug-resistant malaria compromises the use of current anti-malarial drugs. Plasmodium falciparum serine hydroxymethyltransferase (PfSHMT), an enzyme in the dTMP synthesis cycle, is a potential target for the development of new drug because inhibition of its expression or function has been shown to be lethal to the parasite. In order to use PfSHMT as a target for the design of effective inhibitors, crystal structures of the enzyme are needed.
7 May 2014, Chaipattana Building, Chitralada Villa - BIOTEC-NSTDA and Phak Hai Agricultural Cooperative Ltd. presented 3 ton of Homcholasit seeds to H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to bestow on rice farmers in the flood-affected areas in Phattalung Province.
BIOTEC in collaboration with NITE Biological Research Center (NBRC) of Japan organized Curator Course for Microbial Resources Management, aiming to develop curators’ skills in the management of biological resources including storage and identification of microorganisms and management information as well as to strengthen the linkages among culture collections.
A remarkable growth of lipid biotechnology is undoubtedly driven by the increasing demand of lipids for a variety of industrial applications. Particularly, the fatty acids in omega-3 and omega-6 series have beneficial effects on animal and human health by regulating several biological systems, including cardiovascular, respiration, reproduction
The Sixth Meeting of NSTDA International Advisory Committee (IAC) was held on 29 March 2014 at Sirindhorn Science Home, Thailand Science Park, Pathum Thani. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Sukekatsu Ushioda, President of National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan and six IAC members wereable to attend as listed below.
Infoday on HORIZON 2020 Funding Opportunities and Workshops on EU Project Participation
On 31 March 2014, H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the opening ceremony of the 10th NSTDA Annual Conference 2014 (NAC2014) organized by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) from 31 March – 3 April 2014 at Thailand Science Park, Pathum Thani. Held under the theme “S & T: Driving
The first ASEAN-EU Science, Technology and Innovation Days took place at Thailand Science Park January 21-23, 2014, and attracted more than 500 scientists, policy makers, funding agencies and innovative companies from across ASEAN and Europe.
Bangkok, 13 December 2013 - The Delegation of the European Union to Thailand joins hands with the National Science & Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) in organising an international conference on “Science & Technology for the Public/Youth”. The event provides a forum to exchange ideas in raising awareness in science and
Thailand organized the ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Grand Challenges Initiative Meeting on 13 December 2013 in Bangkok. Attending the meeting are representatives from ASEAN COST Focal Points, SCIRD Focal Points, Representatives from ASEAN Secretariat, and representatives from Grand Challenges Canada.
Identification of good metaphase spreads is an important step in chromosome analysis for identifying individuals with genetic disorders. The process of finding suitable metaphase chromosomes for accurate clinical analysis is, however, very time consuming since they are selected manually. The selection of suitable metaphase chromosome spreads thus represents a major bottleneck for conventional cytogenetic analysis.
Palm oil is now the largest source of edible oil in the world, and cultivation of oil palm has expanded enormously in recent years, with worldwide yearly increases in demand being driven by dietary and biofuel applications. Oil palm cultivation in Thailand faced with problems of quality seedlings that can provide high yield and be grown in northern and northeastern regions, where rainfall is relatively limited. Crop improvement of oil palm is proved to be challenging, as it is a perennial crop species with a long breeding cycle.
Dr. Bunpote Siridechadilok, BIOTEC researcher at Medical Biotechnology Research Unit, a joint lab between BIOTEC and the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University won a 100,000 Canadian dollars research grant from Grand Challenges Canada, Stars in Global Health Program to develop a new technology to speed up the search for dengue vaccine candidates.
Congratulations to Teerapong Yata (PhD candidate) who was awarded the 1st Prize winner of the Educational award for excellence in Medical Science 2013. This annual award is for Thai student in the final stage of PhD research in UK who has a record of outstanding performance and exceptional academic achievements during the time of study here. The award ceremony was organized by the Anglo-Thai Society at the Oriental club in London, UK on 20 November.
BIOTEC and Asia Star Animal Health Co., Ltd. (ASAH) signed a licensing agreement to facilitate the transfer of feed enzyme technology developed by Bioresources Technology Unit to the company for commercial production. The technology, derived from a collaborative research between BIOTEC and ASAH, includes the new fungal strain, Aspergillus sp., which was screened from BIOTEC Culture Collection and the solid state fermentation technique for enzyme production.
Ms. Wansika Kiatpathomchai, BIOTEC researcher, based at Center of Excellence for Shrimp Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, was awarded Taguchi Prize for Outstanding Research Achievement in Biotechnology 2013 and Assoc. Prof. Apichart Vanavichit, Director of Rice Gene Discovery Unit, was the recipient to the Ajinomoto Lecture Award 2013. Both awards were announced at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Thai Society for Biotechnology and International Conference 2013 (TSB 2013) on 17 October 2013.
Dr. Somvong Tragoonrung, Director of Genome Institute, BIOTEC, and staff from DNA Technology Laboratory and Genome Institute were honored with the 2013 Outstanding Technologist Award, presented by the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King. He was recognized for his
Dr. Taridaporn Buajarern from Bioresources Technology Unit and Dr. Jittima Piriyapongsa from Genome Institute were named recipients to L'Oréal Thailand “For Women in Science” Fellowships in 2013.
Dr. Phanramphoei Namprachan Frantz, BIOTEC researcher of Virology and Cell Technology Laboratory, won the EURAXESS Science Slam ASEAN 2013, a competition for researcher to showcase their research projects to their peers and the wider public in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere.
Two Thai researchers have been named finalists of "Euraxess Links Science Slam 2013", organised by Euraxess Links Asean, a pan-European project that seeks to link up researchers in Europe with their counterparts in the Asean region.
Three projects from BIOTEC were awarded “Excellence in Science” by the Committee on Science, Technology, Communications and Telecommunications of the Senate. The certificate presentation ceremony, presided over by Mr. Nikom Wairatpanij, President of the Senate, was organized on 2 September 2013 at the Parliament Building.
On 19 August 2013, the Rice Department made an announcement on four new certified rice varieties. Among the four certified varieties is blast-resistant glutinous rice, developed by Rice Gene Discovery Unit, in collaboration with various research partners, namely Kasetsart University, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (RMUTL), and the Rice Department. Named RD18, this new variety is a cross between RD6 and Jao Hom Nil rice using molecular markers in the backcross breeding process.
Seed industry is a primary industry which has a strong impact on the quantity and quality of agricultural products down the value chain. Important to this industry is an ability to detect and identify plant pathogens which is essential to epidemiological and disease management studies, selective breeding programs and disease-free certification
Dengue is caused by four closely related viruses, dengue serotypes 1 – 4. Severe dengue hemorrhagic fever is associated with a secondary response to an infection by different dengue serotypes. Determination of dengue serotypes in current and previous epidemics is also crucial in being able to predict the severity of the current epidemics and for monitoring the predominant serotypes as a warning to a potential dengue outbreak.
BIOTEC researchers investigated an effect of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) as feed supplement to improve immunity of the black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon). LPS was coated to commercial feed pellets and given to the shrimp. The immunity was tested by exposing shrimp to pathogenic bacterium Vibrio harveyi.
Dr. Apichart Vanavichit, Associate Professor of Kasetsart University and Director of Rice Gene Discovery Unit, was awarded the 2013 Biotechnology Researcher Award from Biogenomed Co., Ltd. This award honors Thai researchers with outstanding scientific achievements.
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan co-organized the annual meeting on August 7, 2013 at Thailand Science Park Convention Center (TSP-CC), Pathum Thani, Thailand.
A Number of great activities for budding innovators have been organized in the "2nd Tao Kae Noi Technology" hosted by the Samart Innovation Project of the Samart Group Companies and the NSTDA Business Incubator and soon the winners of the event will be announced. Most recently, after the last intensive session on technology training and marketing theory, the participants got out into the field for fun-filled but educational activities under the "Idea to Market Boot Camp".
The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) believes early mortality syndrome (EMS), blamed for the recent drop in Thailand's shrimp supply, will be alleviated this year.
The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Nectec) yesterday introduced a Thai language-based social media analytical tool to evaluate product popularity among the online population.
The National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre is pursuing three flagship initiatives for the co-creation of excellence with partners, the ultimate goal being to leverage the competitiveness of the country as a whole.
The fifth meeting of NSTDA’s International Advisory Committee (IAC) convened on 1-2 November, 2012 at the Anantara Riverside Hotel in Bangkok. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Harald zur Hausen, Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Germany and was co-chaired by Dr. Robert Morris, Vice President Global Labs, IBM Research.
Dr. Nguyen Van Lang, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Chairman of Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park Management Board, Mr. Ngo Duc Thang, H. E. Ambassador, Embassy of Vietnam, and delegates from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam visited NSTDA on November 29, 2012, to exchange information on science, technology and Science Park between
Diabetes is one of the top 5 chronic non-communicable diseases in Thailand and is directly related to the growing consumption of cheap, processed sugar among the population. . About 3.5 million Thais have been diagnosed with diabetes, and this number is expected to grow close to ten million in the next ten years. Diabetes claims millions of lives every year and is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and amputation.
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.
How to make science fun is a loaded question. The quest to entice students to learn and love science is even more elusive. Somehow these questions have been successfully answered by the Children’s University at Bielefeld University in Teutolab. This Children’s University was founded by Prof. Dr. Katharina Kohse-Hoinghaus in 1994
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.
In the age of mechanization, Samart Kaset-Yon Co., Ltd. (SMKY), in Chai Nat Province of Thailand, is the first maker of Thai sugarcane harvesters to enter and compete successfully in the global sugarcane market. SMKY offers made-to-order cane harvesters to clients whose specific challenges (e.g. land size, soil conditions) can be solved by a tailor made design.
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.
In a special publication marking the Bangkok Post’s 66th anniversary, three NSTDA researchers were honored as “young leaders shaping Thailand’s future”. Dr. Chai Wutiwiwatchai from NECTEC was recognised for his outstanding research on Thai text–to-speech technology for the disabled. Dr. Siwaruk Siwamogsatham, an expert in wireless
High quality biodiesel from jatropha (a nonfood source) by way of the partial hydrogenation technique is goal of the joint collaboration between Thailand and Japan. Key collaborators in this project are MTEC/NSTDA & TISTR (Ministry of Science and Technology), KMUTNB of Thailand and AIST & Waseda University of Japan. The highly efficient biodiesel production process is desired to warrant commercial use with long term sustainability.
Dental CT (DentiScan), first Thai-made prototype of computerized X-ray machine for dental treatment, is a product of a collaboration between MTEC (National Metal and Materials Technology Center) and NECTEC (National Electronics and Computer Technology Center) for their hardware and software development, respectively. The machine has
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.
The Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) signed an MOU with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) of the UK for collaboration on research and human resources development in the field of biotechnology and biological sciences with focuses on three
As a country close to the equator, Thailand receives an annual solar radiation of 18.2 MJ/m2-day or 5 kWh/m2-day on average, higher than those in Japan and Germany where solar energy has been strongly supported as an alternative energy by their governments.
Solar energy is eco-friendly renewable energy that will help reduce fossil fuels dependence. Several solar cell types and technologies are available in the market today. Many claim their efficiency through performance benchmarks using global or European standards. However, under the hot, humid, rainy and, at times, dusty climate of Thailand, it is essential that we choose the most appropriate solar cell type and technology for the most efficient electricity generation.
During the 2011 great flood disaster in Thailand, NSTDA was also affected . However, a speedy recovery was observed. In this event, a few S&T innovations related to flood management were developed by NSTDA. A better disaster preparedness strategy for its campus was also proposed and planned.
High amplitude earthquakes in Asia are now frequently observed. The ground shaking could lead to damages or collapse of engineering structures such as dams. Dam breaking can result in large scale disasters at downstream communities. In addition, electricity shortage will affect the industrial and economic sector severely. Seismic detector is essential as monitoring tool of earthquakes to mitigate unnecessary damages and losses.
Research collaboration accelerates the product development process which can ultimately benefit the public. An outstanding example of such collaboration is BIO-NET Asia, a vaccine-focused biotech company that has worked closely with NSTDA and with scientists in South Africa in pediatric vaccine development. Together they have successfully
Thailand’s printing industry and its advancements into the digital era have led to considerable success in exporting printed products, including photographic books, children’s publications, calendars, postcards, greeting cards, posters, pop-up books, and various types of catalogues.
BIOTEC-NSTDA, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) and BioNet-Asia Company Limited entered into an MOU to collaborate on quality control for vaccine development. The MOU signing ceremony was held on 29 March 2012 at KMUTT. Representing three parties were Mr. Vitoon Vonghangool, Managing Director of BioNet-Asia, Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, KMUTT President, and Dr. Suvit Tia, BIOTEC Deputy Executive Director.