As a staunch supporter of STEM education, NSTDA was invited to share its experience at the International Dialogue on STEM EDUCATION 2019 (IDos 2019) held from 5-6 December 2019 in Berlin, Germany. IDos 2019 brought together over 100 educators from 5 continents to discuss the key question of this year’s conference which is “How do we empower children through STEM education to contribute to creating sustainable societies?"
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.
Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, introduced KidBright AIBot, ASEAN’s first AI teaching robot, to the public at KidBright Developer Conference 2019 held on 27 November 2019 in Bangkok. Developed by NECTEC-NSTDA, KidBright AIBot is designed to teach block coding and programming to students, important skills for artificial intelligence technology.
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.
NSTDA’s Career for the Future Academy in collaboration with partner organizations – the Department of Industrial Promotion, Kasetsart University, and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) - organized a capacity building program for participants of GEF-UNIDO Cleantech Programme for SMEs in Thailand on 11-15 November 2019 in Bangkok. The week-long event gathered over 100 mentors and alumni from year 2017-2019 for Mentor Training Workshop and National Academy. The activity was conducted by Mr. Kevin Braithwaite, Vice President of Network for Global Innovation (NGIN) and Ms. Chloe Soroquere, Senior Trainer for GCIP.
Dr. Akkharawit Kanjana-Opas, NSTDA Vice President and CEO of Food Innopolis, joined executives of partner organizations at the launch of MUSC-WTE-GERSTEL: Food Innopolis Learning Center of Flavor and Aroma on 16 November 2019. Executives from partner organizations included Assoc. Prof. Sittiwat Lertsiri, Dean of Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Mr. Sonti Dumrongsilp, Managing Director of World Tech Enterprise Limited and Ms. Tan Surakanpinit, Regional Sales Manager Southeast Asiaof GERSTEL.
MTEC-NSTDA, the Thai Bioplastics Industry Association (TBiA) and partner companies held a press conference on 13 November 2019 introducing biodegradable plastic bags for food waste, an innovation co-developed by MTEC-NSTDA and SMS Corporation. This biodegradable garbage bag will make its debut at the Annual Red Cross Fair 2019 to be held during 15 – 24 November 2019, at Lumpini Park, Bangkok.
NSTDA and Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) embarked on a partnership to develop high-caliber scientific graduates in the strategic fields for the national development. The agreement signing ceremony was held at VISTEC with Prof. Dr. Jumras Limtrakul, VISTEC President and Dr. Chadamas Thuvasethakul, NSTDA Vice President for Manpower Development. Honorable guests witnessing the agreement signing include H.E. Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Dr. Pailin Chuchottaworn, VISTEC Council Chairman and Mr. Krairit Euchukanonchai, PTT Board Chairman.
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.
Cassava mosaic disease caused by Sri Lankan cassava mosaic virus (SLCMV) was recently reported in Thailand. Severe outbreak of mosaic disease can potentially destroy as much as 80-100% cassava production in Thailand.
MTEC-NSTDA, recently unveiled Magik Growth, a plant grow bag made from spunbond nonwoven fabric. The technology was developed by Dr. Natthaphop Suwannamek and team from Advanced Polymer Technology Research Group. Due to the nature of fabric, this innovative grow bag offers far better aeration and water drainage in comparison to a conventional plastic grow bag, and therefore resulting a healthier plant. Magik Growth is ideal for plants that can be harvested within 30 days to 1 year such as melon, cantaloupe, cucumber, tomato, chili, pumpkin, and greenhouse plants. It is also an eco-friendly product owing to its reusability.
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.
A student team from Princess Chulabhorn Science High School Phitsanulok earned three awards at Korea Science & Engineering Fair 2019 (KSEF 2019) held between 17-22 October 2019 in Daejon, Korea. Making up the team are Mr. Piyawat Kaewyom, Mr. Pasin Amwong and Mr. Wichayut Koedchai, with Ms. Natpatsorn Laonetr and Ms. Duangjai Promma serving as team advisors.
NSTDA research team responsible for developing DentiiScan 2.0, the first Thai-made cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) dental scanner, was presented with Outstanding Technologist Award 2019 by the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King. The team of nineteen researchers was spearheaded by Prof. Pairash Thajchayapong, former NSTDA President and currently serving as Senior Advisor to NSTDA President, with two key team leaders – Dr. Saowapak Thongvigitmanee leading software development and Dr. Kritkrai Sitthisereepratheep in charge of hardware development.
Raptors are predators at the top of the food chain and therefore their presence serves as a barometer of ecological health. Several raptor species are, however, being threatened by habitat loss. Study of their habitats during breeding and wintering seasons, as well as migration path and stopover sites provides a useful insight for raptors’ conservation.
Dr. Udom Sae-Ueng, Researcher from BIOTEC-NSTDA, was crowned the winner of Falling Walls Lab Thailand 2019 – a science communication contest organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and partners – on 8 September 2019. He impressed the jury with his presentation on “Breaking the Wall of Pathogenic Bacteria”. As the winner of Falling Walls Lab Thailand, Udom 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.
Delegates of Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHSRI), led by Minister Suvit Maesincee, attended STS forum 2019 held from 6 to 8 October 2019 in Kyoto, Japan. The mission provided opportunities to share the S&T progress in Thailand and discuss potential collaboration with other countries.
NSTDA and the Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand (D.P.O) signed a research collaboration agreement to apply innovations in nanotechnology to create value to Thai dairy industry. The agreement was officiated on 4 October 2019 at Thailand Science Park by Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President and Dr. Narongrit Wongsuwan, D.P.O. Director.
On 26 September 2019, NSTDA, local administration offices, the Land Development Department and Betagro Group signed an MOU to collaborate on “Smart Tambon Model” project. Smart Tambon Model aims to employ science, technology and innovation (STI) to support the development of local communities. The project will be piloted in seven sub-districts (Tambon in Thai) located in five provinces, namely Chong Mek (Ubon Ratchathani Province), San (Nan Province), Chai Sathan (Nan Province), Khao Din Phatthana (Saraburi Province), Huai Bong (Saraburi Province), Kham Pha-ung (Roi Et Province) and Chum Kho (Chumphon Province)
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".
On 9 September 2019, an MOU signing ceremony was held between Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI) and Ministry of Interior (MOI) to employ information technology to enhance city management and services offered to its people, paving way to become smart city. Representing the two ministries at the signing ceremony were Mr. Pathom Sawanpanyalert, MHESI Deputy Permanent Secretary and Mr. Boontham Lertsukekasem, MOI Deputy Permanent Secretary.
NSTDA organized Thailand Tech Show 2019 on 5-6 September 2019 at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World. The fair was opened on 5 September by Dr. Atchara Wongsaengchan, Deputy Permanent-Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. Thailand Tech Show is an annual event aimed at showcasing inventions developed and services offered by Thai academic and research institutes to potential investors, tech entrepreneurs and industry. The event featured seminar, technology pitching, displays of 234 innovations from 41 Thai academic and research institutes as well as companies covering various technologies, ranging from medical science, to agriculture, aquaculture, machinery, cosmeceutical, food and beverage, electronics and educational media.
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 and Mahidol University entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to develop a master plan for the development of medical device industry in the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi). The MOU was officiated by Dr. Janekrishna Kanatharana, NSTDA Executive Vice President and Prof. Banchong Mahaisavariya, Acting President of Mahidol University.
NSTDA organized science camp for students to learn about agricultural innovation. Over 100 junior high school students from three schools in Pathum Thani area participated in the activity which was held at Sirindhorn Science Home located at Thailand Science Park.
The activity introduced students to science behind plant factory, a new research facility at NSTDA. Students learned about light, the effect of light spectrum on plant growth and how to conduct scientific experiment on plant growth from researchers and participated in fun activities such as building a plant factory, making a simple LED circuit for plant factory and growing microgreen. Students can apply the knowledge and skills learned from this science camp to their future science projects.
NSTDA and the Agricultural Research Development Agency (ARDA) signed an MOU to collaborate on the development of Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) – a new innovation zone designed to serve as Thailand’s new growth hub. The MOU signing ceremony was held on 20 August 2019 with the presence of Dr. Suwit Chaikiattiyos, ARDA Executive Director and Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President.
NSTDA and the National Statistical Office (NSO) embarks on a collaboration to develop and utilize big data to facilitate decision-making processes by the government. The collaboration will empower the use of statistical data and information in the planning, policy making and progress monitoring in the government departments and agencies and enable better informed decision-making by the government. Leaders of the two organizations – Mr. Putchapong Nodthaisong, NSO Director-General and Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President – signed an MOU to signify this collaboration on 13 August 2019 at Thailand Science Park.
With the production of over 4 million tons/year, Thailand is the world’s largest producer and exporter of natural rubber. Rubber industry involves vast players, ranging from rubber farmers, to latex processors and manufacturers of rubber products. Nevertheless, only small fraction of the rubber produces in country is used domestically. Many opportunities exist for expanding the production of value-added products utilizing natural rubber.
NSTDA and Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing (Thailand) Limited officiated the collaboration on research, development and technology transfer in support of electric vehicle (EV) and EV battery industry on 2 August 2019 at Thailand Science Park. Electrical and Electronic Products Testing Center or PTEC, a unit of NSTDA, is appointed to serve as the EV battery testing laboratory for Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing (Thailand), and to further develop the national quality infrastructure for the future of transport which includes testing facilities for batteries and autonomous vehicles, for instance.
NSTDA and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (UC), a leading university in Chile, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 22 July 2019 at Thailand Science Park. Representing NSTDA and UC at the signing ceremony were Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President and Mr. Alex Parnas, UC Director of Entrepreneurship. The celebration was graciously witnessed by H.E. Mr. Christian Rehren Bargetto, Ambassador of Chile to Thailand and Mr. Luis Alberto Palma, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Chile.
People confined to a bed or wheelchair due to chronic illness have constant pressure exerted on certain parts of the body, causing ulcers. These ulcers are difficult and expensive to treat and can be detrimental. A water mattress can help prevent the formation of ulcers and facilitate the healing of ulcers.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.