Astronomy soars as SEAAN joins hands with SCOSA

SCOSA-27 and ASEAN COST-71

Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia

October, 24, 2016

Collaborations on Space Technology and Astronomy highlighted the 27th Meeting of the Sub-committee on Space Technology and Applications (SCOSA-27). 

 

Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Executive Director of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) and President of Southeast Asia Astronomy Network (SEAAN) together with Dr. Saran Poshyachinda, Deputy Director of NARIT convened in the SCOSA-27 as part of the mission to get SEAAN recognized in the ASEAN COST framework.  Today, SEAAN successfully made a great leap forward with its attempt to promote astronomy to be associated with space technology hosted by SCOSA. Having been perceived as a beneficial tool for development when worked in reciprocity with space technology, astronomy made its way to be included in the priority areas of ASEAN Action Plan of Action on Science Technology and Innovation 2016-2025 or APASTI 2016-2025 under SCOSA. Both SCOSA and SEAAN agreed to include activities related to astronomy in line with its current APASTI 2016-2025. Activities like trainings, schools and workshops for capacity building are predominantly discoursed about as both parties were made aware that such capacity building of both space technology and astronomy is inevitably a threshold to sustainable development of science, technology and innovation in the region. 

 

 

“Our attempt in becoming recognized by ASEAN COST has been successful today. But we still have a long way to go as SEAAN and SCOSA are determined to go beyond boundaries” said Prof. Boonrucksar. SEAAN was first introduced to ASEAN COST during the ASEAN COST-69 in Phuket, Thailand in May, 2015. The meeting adopted and recognized astronomy hosted by SEAAN and also assigned SCOSA to embrace SEAAN’s partnership. Ever since both parties worked tirelessly to study the feasibility of collaborations between the two and progressively reported in the SCOSA APASTI 2016-2025 Meeting held earlier this year in Manila, the Philippines. 

 

 

Today, a talk on possible instrument for solid collaborative efforts between SEAAN and SCOSA was also discussed as the parties were looking for the most possible way forward of establishing an Expression of Interest, whereas potential cooperative endeavours shall be stipulated. 

 

Stay tuned as ASEAN COST-71 and its related meetings continue. For more information about NARIT, click www.narit.or.th/en .