On 31 March 2014, H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the opening ceremony of the 10th NSTDA Annual Conference 2014 (NAC2014) organized by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) from 31 March – 3 April 2014 at Thailand Science Park, Pathum Thani. Held under the theme “S & T: Driving Force for Sustainable Development”, NAC2014 activities included seminars, exhibition, NSTDA open house, S&T job fair, investor zone and also a one-day camp for students.
At the exhibition venue, BIOTEC featured latest integrated technologies relating to microbial biotechnology covering the study of Thailand microbial biodiversity to explore the function of fungi and bacteria found in Thailand for further applications, the microbial management through Thailand Bioresource Research Center (TBRC) providing the services on biological materials, bioinformation and biolaw together with iCollect, a software to facilitate the users for biological resources management. Examples of products and technologies from BIOTEC’s microbial utilization study were on displayed such as Beauveria bassiana and Vip3Aa35n protein as biopesticides, production of the omega-3 and omega-6 from microorganisms, and enzymes for various industrial applications.
Apart from the exhibition, BIOTEC also participated in the NSTDA open house, an open-house for industry. Monoclonal Antibody Production Laboratory, Biocontrol Research Laboratory, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory as well as Shrimp Biotechnology Business Unit (SBBU) and Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus Pilot Plant for Insect Pest Control were shown to local companies.
NSTDA Annual Conference (NAC) is yearly organized by National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) with the aim to boost up scientific knowledge both in commercial and public aspects including developing innovation and technology in agricultural, industrial and service sectors through basic research knowledge. This year NAC2014 welcomed participants from government agencies, academia, general public and private sector.
Posted on 8 April 2014