Science, technology and innovation were the topics
discussed at the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI)
and Chiang Mai University (CMU) sponsored workshop held on June 30 at the
Centara Duangtawan Hotel.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Suphachai Chuarattanapong, Vice President
of Chiang Mai University presided over the opening ceremony at Centara
Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai.
Along with the Business Administration Faculty and
Engineering Service Center of Chiang Mai University, NTIS held the workshop
for 8 upper Northern provinces with the theme Science builds human,
Technology builds nation, and Innovation builds growth: STI 2 U, to help
improve living standards.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Supachai Chuarattanapong, Vice
President of CMU presided over the opening ceremony of the workshop, which
was attended by about 200 representatives from both public and private
sectors including financial institutes.
Those who attended the workshop helped to map out the
master plan on science, technology and innovation for the Upper North to
develop in a sustainable manner using input from the attendees.
One of STI’s missions is to draft a master plan for
operational and strategic planning in the fields of Science, Technology and
Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang,
Phayao, Phrae, and Nan also held similar workshops in order to collect data
and suggestions from participants.
Dr. Natthapol Nimmanpatcharin, Acting Director (for
Research and Policy Management) of STI, said at present, society is driven
by science, technology and innovation from industrial, agricultural and to
“These will help improve the quality of people’s lives,
and draft the master plan for the country, and this was as for the first
time Thailand will have its own plan in ten years. This information
gathering stage is expected to finish by November and then the master plan
will be proposed to the Government.
There are 7 universities across the country that work in
coordination with STI, while in the Northern region, Chiang Mai University
will be the Northern center for collating research from several educational
institutes listing their problems and needs in Science, Technology and
These will respond to the needs of people in the regions
as a whole, covering 9 areas of economic and social issues, global warming,
water usage, energy, and carbon dioxide emissions.