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TSRI Drives Sustainable Research Cooperation at Global Meeting

Thailand's Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) is taking proactive steps towards integrated research, promoting multilateral cooperation and trans-continental collaboration for the benefit of both developed and developing nations during the 2023 Global Research Council Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting.

The executive team of Thailand’s Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) participated in the 2023 Global Research Council Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting, which was co-hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) from the Philippines and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) from New Zealand. Led by TSRI’s director, Prof. Pattamawadee Pochanukul, the event, held under the theme of “Sustainability Research” from October 18-20 at the Sheraton Manila Hotel in the Philippines, brought together more than 100 researchers from 15 countries, including South Korea, Japan, Timor-Leste, Thailand, New Zealand, Brazil, the Philippines, China, Singapore, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Iran, the USA, and Cote d’Ivoire.

This meeting served as a vital platform for knowledge exchange and agenda preparation for the 12th GRC Annual Meeting scheduled to take place in Switzerland next year—a meeting attended by global leaders representing funding agencies for crucial dialogues. The discussions at the Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting revolved around the theme of “Effective Research Contributions Towards Sustainable Development” and covered three main pillars:

Research for Sustainable Development: Addressing the challenge of high-impact research that requires long-term support and the empowerment of researchers and stakeholders, including the establishment of new mechanisms to facilitate research.

Making Research More Sustainable: Emphasising the significance of research and promoting its development in a sustainable manner, including efforts to reduce carbon footprints.

Ensuring Sustainability Science Matters: Translating research into practical applications by collaborating closely with stakeholders and focusing on the application of research and science for the benefit of communities and society.

TSRI’s team also raised critical issues for discussion, including matters related to researcher-stakeholder participation and the establishment of proper targets. These three main pillars align with the theme of another meeting, “Promoting the Use of Sustainability Science for Society through Transdisciplinary Research: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward,” organised by TSRI. This event focuses on driving the agenda of Transdisciplinary Research (TDR), particularly addressing Research Ethics and Ethical Considerations in Technology Transfer and Commercialisation. The discussion encompasses concerns such as Conflict of Interest (COI) and other ethical considerations commonly encountered when countries prioritise new business development based on research conducted by universities and research institutions.

TSRI, as the central agency for funding management, is dedicated to promoting and supporting the development of science, research, and innovation, with a mission to advance the country’s research and innovation system towards achieving balanced and sustainable development.

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