Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the opening ceremony of Galaxy Forum Southeast Asia 2020 Thailand on March 3rd 2020 at Princess Sirindhorn AstroPark in Chiang Mai. Galaxy Forum was co-hosted by the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) and the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) based in Hawaii, USA.
February 13, 2020 — HRH Princess Sirindhorn, whose exceptionally keen interest in astronomy is well known for decades, has literally gone out of her way during the official visit to the Republic of India to see stars in the infrared at the Devasthal Observatory in Uttarakhand.
Light Pollution seminar at NARIT
On Jun 19, 2019, Dr. Jason Chung Shing Pun from The University of Hong Kong gave a seminar at NARIT titled “Too bright to observe? Measuring and Combating Light Pollution to Preserve Dark Skies”, through the NARIT stop-over astronomer program. This is the first of the series of light pollution events NARIT planned to organize. The slides of the talk are available for download here.
NARIT meets UNESCO
29 May 2019
The Ambassador of Thailand to France – as the Permanent Delegate of Thailand to UNESCO – leads Team Thailand including the Deputy Permanent Delegate of Thailand to UNESCO, NARIT Executive Director and NARIT Foreign Affairs Team to pay the courtesy call to UNESCO Deputy Director-General and UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences to discuss and strengthen the ongoing collaborations of the International Training Centre in Astronomy under the auspices of UNESCO, a UNESCO Category II Centre in which NARIT is hosting.
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) – NARIT, Ministry of Science and Technology wins an ‘Outstanding Organization in Science and Technology Award’ from Thailand Toray Science Foundation at its 25th Presentation Ceremony of the year 2018 in the ‘Organization’ category. Given NARIT’s outstanding research and development in Thailand’s astronomy, which reflect our commitment to further develop research works, high-technology astronomy, educational transfer, public outreach and ultimately to create the awareness of astronomical enthusiasm in Thai society – using astronomy as a challenge for human capacity and technology development in the long run.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
26 – 30 January 2019
It’s the beginning of 2019 and welcome to the SKA Era! This ‘Square Kilometer Array’ aka SKA draws a lot of attention not just in the Radio Astronomy world but rather in the extensive ranges of scientific and engineering fields across the universe. The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) has thus taken a leaping step as Southeast Asia’s leader in astronomy to organize the Second Asia SKA Initiative On Neutron Stars (ASIONS) Meeting in Chiang Mai during 29 – 30 January 2019.
Royal University of Phnom Penh
Royal Thai Embassy, Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
6 – 7 December 2018
Having signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) on March 29th, 2017, the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) returned to Cambodia to conduct “NARIT-RUPP Human Capacity Training in Astronomy for Development 2018” during 6 – 7 December 2018.
Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand
12 – 15 November 2018
Krabi commenced an advanced platform of The 7th International VLBI Technology Workshop (IVTW2018), which gathered 40 specialists, scientists and astronomers working in the field of the Very Long Baseline Interferometer (VLBI) worldwide to brainstorm their genius works into an integrated solid work plan. In order to enhance international cooperation towards Thai VLBI Network (TVN) and the National Network for Radio Astronomy and Geodesy (NNRAG).
19 – 21 October 2018
Over 80 local and intra-regional participants gathered in Bandar Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia for the 10th Southeast Asia Astronomy Network (SEAAN 2018), hosted by Institut Teknologi Sumatera (ITERA), Groundbreaking Ceremony of Lampung Astronomical Observatory (LAO) and MoU Signing Ceremony between ITERA and NARIT.
15 – 17 August 2018
Manila & Bataan, The Philippines
Rizal Technological University opened its doors to welcome Team NARIT to the Philippines to co-organize the first Astronomy & Astrophysics: Data Research Analytics Workshop during 15 – 16 August 2018 at the 10th Floor of the Senator Neptali A. Gonzales Academic Hall. The conference was attended by students and faculty members from Mapua University, New Era University, RizalTech, and by astronomers from the Astronomical League of the Philippines.
5 – 10 August 2018
Chiang Mai, Thailand
The annual “Optical Design Summer School” resumed for the third time in 2018 during 5 – 10 August with 25 international attendants worldwide. This year, once again, the school was organized by the International Training Centre in Astronomy under the auspices of UNESCO (ITCA), the Centre hosted by the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) in the heart of Chiang Mai. Prof. Theirry Lepine from Institutd’Optique Graduate School also returned to give lectures in the school.
Druk Holding and Investments (DHI)
1-5 August 2018
For most people, Bhutan is known for its unparalleled picturesque sprawl of rugged landscapes, ranging from sub-tropical plains in the south, to the sub-alpine Himalayan mountains in the north - supreme conditions for hiking and trekking activities, coupled with its photogenic and hospitable people, Bhutan is, by all means, a hidden gem for tourists for it is perceived as one of the most untouched and pristine destinations in the world. Its economy prospers from agriculture, hydroelectricity, forestry, and tourism for which are accounted the majority of the entirety. Not to mention, Bhutan’s pioneering concept of “Gross National Happiness”, a philosophy initiated by the 4th King of Wangchouk Dynasty, H.M. Jigme Singye Wangchouk, where the main focus of collective happiness of the Bhutanese is considered the main priority - more important than the internationally so called “Gross National Product”. However, another perception towards Bhutan is about to be added to its already existing glorious image – Bhutan with strong Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and workforce towards knowledge-based society, driven by Astronomy.