On 9 - 10 November 2009, BIOTEC in collaboration with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the University of Cambridge, the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Bangkok Office held a collaborative symposium on “Malaria R&D Financing, Policy Innovation and Emerging Drug Resistance in Southeast Asia – Perspectives from the Local and Global” at Thailand Science Park, Pathum Thani. The symposium was held in conjunction with the 2009 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Science Day for Peace and Development. This event offered a unique opportunity for key players, ranging from research funding agencies, to research centers, to policy makers in Thailand to meet with members of the international malaria community and social anthropologists to share their experience with, and understanding of, innovative R&D business models.
In a session titled “Personal Accounts of Research Networking”, four BIOTEC scientists shared their experience in their participation in collaborative bioscience ventures and explained how their international exposure, as well as their public engagement, has influenced their working practices and career. These personal accounts intended to motivate the country’s future generation of bio-scientists, represented by 30 students from the Junior Science Talent Project (JSTP) and the Young Scientist and Technologist Program (YSTP), to the imminent need for research as well as international and public engagement.
Posted on 12 November 2009.