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Presidents’ Forum 2021 “Bio-Circular-Green Economy: Turning Challenges into Opportunities in the Post-COVID-19 World”

Presidents’ Forum 2021 “Bio-Circular-Green Economy: Turning Challenges into Opportunities in the Post-COVID-19 World”


Presidents’ Forum 2021 “Bio-Circular-Green Economy: Turning Challenges into Opportunities in the Post-COVID-19 World”

        For over 15 years, the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) has been hosting the NSTDA Annual Conference, or NAC, to showcase the research and innovation that NSTDA and its local and international partners have achieved over the year. Comprehensive scientific seminars, exhibitions, the Thailand Science Park Open House, a job fair, and STEM educational activities complete the full program of NAC, making it one of the most exciting events of the year for our scientific community.

        NAC2019, the last conference held before the pandemic hit, was a great success and attracted more than 5,000 participants to the scientific seminars/workshops, 4,065 visitors to the exhibition, and 367 attendees to the open house activities. The program consisted of 49 scientific conferences, seminars and workshops. On display in the exhibition zone were over 100 inventions developed by NSTDA and its partners from the public, private and academic domains, as well as by the tenants of Thailand Science Park. An open house activity introduced visitors from the private sector to the laboratories of NSTDA and to the tenants of Thailand Science Park that offer research and testing services.

        NAC2021 will be held on 25 – 30 March 2021 with a focus on the “Bio-Circular-Green Economy (BCG)”.  Thailand is investing heavily in BCG to achieve a sustainable and inclusive economy, and is employing science, technology and innovation to enhance the country’s competitiveness. The BCG sector comprises many of the country’s most important industries: agriculture and food; bioenergy, biomaterials and biochemicals; medical and wellness; and tourism and the creative economy. By 2025, the Thai Government aims to increase the value of these industries by 30 percent, making  BCG industries equivalent to 25 percent of GDP.

        One of the highlights of NAC2021 highlights will be the Presidents’ Forum – an invitation-only roundtable in which leaders of prominent international research organizations are invited to share and discuss their views  on various science, technology and innovation issues with leaders of research and academic institutes in Thailand

        The Presidents’ Forum was first organized at NAC2019 and focused on R&D management. Participants included Prof. James C. Liao (President of Academia Sinica), Prof. Yeong-Her Wang (President of National Applied Research Laboratories, NARLabs), Dr. Raj Thampuran (Managing Director of Agency for Science, Technology and Research, A*STAR, Singapore) and Dr. Eden Y. Woon (President of Asian Institute of Technology, AIT).

        The 2021 Presidents’ Forum is scheduled to take place on 26 March 2021 with the theme “Bio-Circular-Green Economy: Turning Challenges into Opportunities in the Post-COVID-19 World” where discussions will focus on how research and innovation can support BCG and sustainability in the world after the pandemic and provide opportunities for international collaboration.

        NAC2021 will be held in a hybrid format with a combination of onsite and online platforms with the onsite activities taking place at Thailand Science Park. Like its previous editions, NAC2021 will consist of a wide range of activities including scientific seminars, discussions, exhibitions, STEM activities for children and Thailand Science Park Open House.

        This event brings together presidents and leaders of leading scientific organizations and academic institutes from Thailand and overseas to share experience, perspective and best practice on the commercialization of research results. The forum also aims at promoting collaboration among institutes to advance the process of research translation and commercialization.



March 26, 2021

13:30 – 13:40

Welcome Remarks and Introduction to the Presidents’ Forum

By Dr. Lily Eurwilaichitr
NSTDA Vice President

13.40 – 14.00

Opening Remarks

By Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul
NSTDA President

14.00 – 15.20

Keynote Speeches on “Bio-Circular-Green Economy: Turning Challenges into Opportunities in the Post-COVID-19 World”

1) Dr. Chen Chien-jen
Former Vice President, Taiwan
Theme: Health and Vaccine

2) Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal
President, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK), Turkey
Theme: Sustainable Development

3) Prof. Joachim von Braun
Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, Germany
Theme: Bioeconomy Policy

4) Prof. Emeritus Dr. Kraisid Tontisirin
Senator and Former Director of Food and Nutrition Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Theme: Food and Agriculture

15.20 – 16.20

Open Discussion

Moderated by Prof. Prasit Palittapongarnpim, NSTDA Executive Vice President

16.20 – 16.30

Conclusions and Closing Remarks

By Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul
NSTDA President





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