MoU Inked to Bolster the Collaboration in Astronomy and Astrophysics between YNO and NARIT

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Jan 7, 2015

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

An MoU on the collaboration in Astronomy and Astrophysics was signed on Jan 7, 2015 as the deal agreed upon between the signatories of Yunnan Observatories: YNO, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the People’s Republic of China and the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand: NARIT (Public Organization), Ministry of Science and Technology, the Kingdom of Thailand. Prof. Zhanwen Han, Director of YNO, CAS and Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Executive Director of NARIT, MOST inked the deal as the President of CAS, Prof. Dr. Chunli Bai and the Minister of MOST, Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj looked on. 

 

The 6-year MoU aims at producing an outstanding collaborative research work utilizing their cutting-edge astronomical equipment and infrastructure of both countries rendering opportunities to researchers to gain access to shared information and data. Furthermore, an agreement on Joint Astronomy Laboratories was also signed to focus on shared facilities for research and development purposes.  

 

From left: Prof. Zhanwen Han, Director of YNO, CAS and  Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Executive Director of NARIT, MOST.

 

“China and Thailand have certain common interests and cooperation at different levels and in different areas such as culture, health, education, security and more importantly science and technology.  These co-operative efforts have not only contributed to a prosperous benefit to the peoples of both countries but also to peace, stability and prosperity in the Southeast Asian Region” said the Thai Minister, Dr. Pichet Durongkoaveroj. 

 

 

“Astronomy is another prominent branch of science and technology that both China and Thailand have common interest upon. The bilateral ties in Astronomy have been closely flourished for several decades now since the first official visit to Yunnan Observatories of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 1995. Ever since, Thai Astronomy has been developed exponentially with a great leap forward. Thanks to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for taking Astronomy under her wings.” added Prof. Dr. Chunli Bai, President of CAS. 

 

From left: Prof. Dr. Chunli Bai, President of CAS and Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of MOST

 

To mark the 60th Birthday Commemoration of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2015 and to commemorate the 40 years of long standing friendship of the 2 nations, the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, Ministry of Science and Technology is installing a 0.7-meter telescope at Gao Mei Gu Observatory in Lijiang under a close cooperation of Yunnan Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences. This so mentioned project is one of the telescopes to be installed throughout the geographical regions of the world under the Thai Robotic Telescopes Network initiated by the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand. 

 

 

“The MoU of this kind brings about the much sought after collaborations the two nations can offer. With our current facilities and researchers, Thailand and China are ready to bring astronomy to the new height” concluded Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, NARIT Executive Director.