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News Year 2019

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 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.

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.

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 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

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.

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,

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.

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 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.

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 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