Welcome address

Fourth SCAR AAA2017 Workshop 

31 July – 4 August, 2017

By 

Prof. Dr. Pairash Thajchayapong

 

        Good morning, distinguish guests, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Pairash Thajchayapong. I am the chairman of the committee of the Polar Science Consortium of Thailand which is under HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Initiatives. I would like to welcome all of you to the 4th SCAR AAA 2017 Workshop here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Now let me talk a little bit about our history on Polar Science.  HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited Antarctic in 1993 (24 years ago). Since then she has encouraged Thai researchers to carry out researches in the Antarctica by collaborations with other countries and come back to inspire Thai science community.  Since 2014 until now, we have sent eight Thai scientists to Antarctica in various field such as marine science, environment, atmospheric science and geology. Early next year we are going to send 2 researchers in the field of remote sensing, mapping and surveying the year after we plan to send 2 astronomers to the Antarctica. 

        In the field of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Antarctic, I have to thank Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, the former director of National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) and now the advisor of NARIT for his big effort to bring Thailand to become an associated member of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) in August 2016.  Now, NARIT is hosting the Astronomy & Astrophysics from Antarctica 2017 workshop (AAA2017 workshop) which is the fourth time of its kind. I would like to thank SCAR for giving NARIT an opportunity to organize this workshop and for giving financial support. 

        I am happy to learn from the LOC that there are 48 participants from 11 countries with 36 interesting talks in this workshop, which is more than that of last workshop in Hawaii 2 years ago. That means this AAA community is growing and I am happy that Thailand is part of this growing community. On behalf of NARIT and Thailand, I wish the workshop all the success, all participants to get fruitful discussions, exchange ideas and new collaborations are taken place. 

        Last but not least, I would like to thank the SOC, especially Prof. Anna Moore, and the LOC to make this workshop possible.   

 

        Thank you very much for your kind attention, thank you.

        Prof. Dr. Pairash Thajchayapong