Thailand-Korea’s Bond in Astronomy Turns Another Page of Prosperous History

Lotte Hotel, Seoul,

Seoul, ROK

March 24, 2016

Team Thailand led by Deputy Prime Minister, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak continued to cement its plans to attract investments from Korean investors during their expedition to the Republic of Korea after the successful economic team itinerary to Oman, Iran, Russian and Belarus respectively earlier this year. This trade mission was to attract the influx of Korean investments on technology in particular back to Thailand after the withdrawal of Korean mega electronic and electric companies to neighbouring countries.

 

Not only did the team aim to attract direct investments from the Koreans but also sought after other fields of collaborations as well, especially in science, technology and innovation. Astronomy is no stranger when it comes to prioritized areas of collaborative efforts were discussed by the two nations during the visit. The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization): NARIT signed an additional annex stemming out of their current MoU with its counterpart, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute or KASI to focus on Radio Astronomy especially in the areas of High Frequency Microwave Technology and the Development of Radio Frequency Laboratory. The endeavour is part of Thailand’s plan to expand its territories in astronomy as there has been a great demand to establish Thailand’s first national radio telescope. With this MoU, both parties shall enjoy to explore more on the feasibility studies of the project together with the development of relevant infrastructure, instruments and applications. Furthermore, Thailand aims to join the already existing EAVN or East-Asian VLBI Network to form an Asian VLBI Network (AVN) which stretches the network to a greater extent, rendering a new frontier of Radio Astronomy to the region.

A talk on the use of International Training Centre in Astronomy under the Auspices of UNESCO: ITCA, hosted by NARIT was also discussed as Thailand was offering its Korean counterpart to share their manpower in terms of academic personnel and expertise to the centre. Korean participants are also welcome as ITCA is poised to be an incubating node for young researchers, graduate and post graduate students to build their capacity to the fullest.

 

The MoU took place at Emerald Room, LOTTE Hotel Seoul on 24 March, 2016 and was witnessed by the Deputy Prime Minister, Assoc. Prof. Somkid Jatusripitak and the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj.