Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) aims to establish an ecosystem of science diplomacy among the younger generation of scientists, in order to support the country's science and technology-based economy. This initiative is being carried out in close cooperation with AAAS-TWAS partners, who recently hosted the 10th AAAS-TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy in Italy. Associate Professor Dr. Pongpan Kaewtatip, TSRI's vice president, led the team that attended the training.
The training has yielded fruitful outcomes, enhancing the capacity of young Thai scientists to engage in science diplomacy and facilitating connections between policy makers and researchers, thereby fostering concrete results in scientific endeavours. As a result of their participation, TSRI has been honoured with the opportunity to host the ASEAN Workshop for Science Diplomacy next year.
Mr. Pongpan and his team took part in the 10th AAAS-TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy in Trieste, Italy, held from June 19 to 23. This event was co-organised by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), based in Washington, USA, and the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS).
He emphasised that this training presents a significant opportunity for scientists, policy makers, diplomats, and other stakeholders worldwide to recognise the importance of the concept of science diplomacy. It allows for the application of international policies related to science, technology, health, and the environment at the operational level. The participants represented 12 countries, including Thailand, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Estonia, Ethiopia, Moldova, Panama, Serbia, Tanzania, and Ukraine.
"The training is extremely beneficial for the country's science, research, and innovation. The idea of science diplomacy fosters better understanding and collaboration between researchers and policy makers, leading to parallel advancements in science and effective solutions," he stated. He further added that the three parties involved will collaborate to organise the ASEAN Workshop for Science Diplomacy in Thailand next year, with the aim of enhancing the capabilities of young scientists in the region.