SEAAN Working Group Meeting on Optical Astronomy Research Collaboration

29 April - 2 May 2012


During 29 April - 2 May 2012, the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand organized an important meeting for SEAAN working group on optical astronomy research collaboration  which brought together most of the member organizations with which the Institute is currently collaborating, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand with Dr. Chow-Choong Ngeow from Taiwan as a special guest. One of the main purposes of the meeting was to explore various areas of potential research collaboration nationally and internationally and to begin to identify some priorities for future research.


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Postdoctoral researcher from Kyoto University gives special seminar at NARIT

27 March 2012


Dr. Suraphong Yuma, a postdoctoral researcher from Department of Astronomy, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Japan, was invited to spend a short time (26-28 March) with NARIT under a stopover astronomer programme during his vacation in Thailand, his home country. On the second day of his stay, Dr. Yuma gave a special seminar on a structural study of star-forming galaxies at the violent epoch selected based on B-z and z-K color diagram as sBzK galaxies, which is the subject of his current field of research.


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Young Astronomer Ambassadors in South Korea

19-25 March 2012


During the week of 19-25 March 2012, the team of 2011 Young Astronomer Ambassadors from Thailand went on a study tour to the Republic of Korea. Among places and important institutions of their visit were Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), Daejong Observatory for the Public, Yonsei University which houses a 14-m  telescope and Bo Yun San Observatory, the biggest astronomical observatory of the country.

The three astronomer ambassadors were the winners of the 2011 Young Astronomer Ambassadors Contest (YAAC), an innovative competition-based project organised yearly by NARIT in an attempt to find young high school students who have strong interest in astronomy. These young ambassadops are encouraged to pursue astronomy as their carrers in the future, thus increasing qualified human resource in Thailand astronomy circle.

NARIT Director at COSPAR Councill Meeting

12/13 March 2012


NARIT Director, Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, joined COSPAR Council Meeting in Paris, France during March 12-13. At this meeting, the COSPAR Council agreed on an overall concept of the 1st COSPAR Symposium, of which Professor Soonthornthum will act  as the Chairman of the Scientific Programme Committee. The Symposium is to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in late 2013 and will be co-hosted by GISTDA and NARIT.

NARIT Deputy Director on "2012: The End of the World?"

10 February 2012


In an open discussion at the National Science Museum(NSM) Public Engagement Programme in Bangkok on the much-received-attention topic, "2012: The End of the World?", Dr Saran Poshyachinda, NARIT Deputy Director on Academic Affairs, talked about the current theories of doom as being proposed by many, scientists and prophets alike. He explained about certain astronomical phenomena which will occur in 2012, but strongly denied, employing scientific argument to support his statement, that such phenomena will bring the end to the world.  "On the contrary, our Earth is becoming more and more devastated as a consequence of human actions. Every one of us should be aware of that", said Dr. Poshyachinda at the end of the discussion.

He was joined by two other prominent academicians, Dr. Pichai Sonjang, NSM Director, and Dr. Buncha Boonthanasombut, a popular science information scientist.