BIOTEC, in collaboration with the British High Commission held “UK-Brazil-Thailand Joint Seminar on Agricultural Biotechnology” on 22-24 February 2010 at Thailand Science Park. This event was organised under the ‘UK-Thailand Partners in Science’ programme, formalised in September 2009 by UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser Professor John Beddington CMG FRS and Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, President of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) of Thailand. The programme aims to increase networking and collaboration between researchers in UK and Thailand.
Agriculture and food sciences were chosen as the theme of focus, in recognition of the role science could play in meeting the challenges of global food security and the importance of the sector in both UK and Thailand economies. The seminar specifically addressed the following topics: 'tri-trophic interactions' (plants, insects, pathogens), abiotic stresses, biocontrol and animal health. The talk was also expanded to cover Brazil and Vietnam because of the existing strong ties of these two countries with the UK and Thailand, respectively. The event brought together the representatives from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and research/academic institutes such as Rothamsted Research; John Innes Centre; Roslin Institute; Scottish Crop Research Institute; universities of Exeter, Durham, Leeds, Liverpool; Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) and the Vietnamese Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology (IMBT).
The seminar was held in conjunction with the fact-finding mission, aiming to understand the research infrastructure in Thailand, and identify collaborative/partnership opportunities for UK researchers to engage with Thai counterparts. In addition to BIOTEC/NSTDA, the mission delegation visited Mahidol, Kasetsart and Chulalongkorn universities.
Posted on 25 February 2010.