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News Year 2018

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 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.

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

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.

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. 

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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

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