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News Year 2014

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.

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

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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