The 2011 Human-Chicken Multi-Relationships Research (HCMR) Congress

On 10 March 2011, H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito presided over the Human-Chicken Multi-Relationships Research (HCMR) Congress, held at Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel, Bangkok. The project was initiated in August 2003 under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn with an aims to investigate human's interaction with domestic and wild chicken. Throughout the HCMR project, Thai and Japanese experts jointly worked together in three main aspects: (1) Biology and Ecology; (2) Humanities; and (3) Economics. 

Under the HCMR project, the researchers have produced a number of articles published in both national and international journals. His Imperial Highness’s book entitled “Niwatori to Hito” published in the year 2000 has been translated into Thai in order to share the useful knowledge therein with a Thai readership. In 2010, the HCMR project publishes a book entitled “Chickens and Humans in Thailand: Their Multiple Relationships and Domestication”. This book compiles all important findings and knowledge from the HCMR project. The project also helps to build up new generation of Thai and Japanese research scientists. 

This year, the meeting discussed and prepared a workplan for the Phase II of HCMR project, emphasizing on genetic and archaeological studies. Attending the meeting were the representatives from BIOTEC, NSTDA, Department of Livestock, Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, Mae Fah Luang University and Charoen Pokphand Group. The project management is under the responsibility of NSTDA and BIOTEC, led by Prof. Dr. Pairash Thajchayapong, NSTDA Specialist and Senior Advisor with Dr. Tanit Changthavorn, BIOTEC Biolaw Specialist serving as a project coordinator. For more information on the project, please visit


Group photo with H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito (center), Prof. Dr. Pairash Thajchayapong (6th from right), NSTDA Specialist and Senior Advisor, Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool (4th from right) President of NSTDA, Dr. Kanyawim Kirtikara (4th from left), BIOTEC Executive Director and Dr. Tanit Changthavorn (1st from right), BIOTEC Biolaw Specialist.


Posted 15 March 2011.