Chongqing, P.R. China, Nov 4, 2023 – At the 6th ANSO Governing Board Meeting and the 3rd ANSO General Assembly held in HC International Hotel, NSTDA President Prof. Dr. Sukit Limpijumnong was elected as President of the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO). He will serve in this position for two years, from 2024 to 2026.
In addition to NSTDA President, the new ANSO Governing Board consists of the Presidents of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences as Vice Presidents, along with leaders of six scientific agencies which are as follows:
1. the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye (TUBITAK),
2. the National Research Centre of Egypt,
3. the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS),
4. the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
5. the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, and
6. the National Academy of Science and Techniques of Senegal.
The new board immediately convened the 7th ANSO Governing Board Meeting on the following day to plan ANSO's future operations and strategy.
Professor Dr. Sukit Limpijumnong is the second President of ANSO, succeeding the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). ANSO is a non-profit, non-governmental international scientific organization, committed not only to improve regional and global capabilities in science and technology for human lives and well-being but also to promote broader cooperation and communication in science and technology. Since its official launch in 2018, ANSO has carried out various activities such as funding research projects, organizing network development activities, and supporting scholarships for outstanding students and researchers from developing countries to pursue careers in science and technology. The total operating budget is approximately THB 2 billion.
ANSO currently has 78 member organizations from 55 countries, including science academies, research councils, universities, S&T organizations, and international organizations. Three organizations from Thailand join ANSO membership: NSTDA, Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) and the Program Management Unit for Human Resources & Institutional Development, Research and Innovation (PMU-B).
In addition to NSTDA, Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) represented by TSRI Vice President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pongphan Kaewtathip also attended the General Assembly.
During the 3rd ANSO General Assembly, NSTDA and TDRI made a joint statement, promising to drive Thailand's Bio-Circular-Green Economy (BCG) policy to attain the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The forum deliberated on ANSO’s strategies and priorities, including climate change, natural resource management, environmental protection, natural disasters, water security, agriculture and food security, ecosystem and biodiversity conservation, biosafety, energy security, big data, as well as the management of ANSO.