UNESCO video on Ethics and Bioethics Workshop

Filmed at a workshop at the Science Center in Bangkok, Thailand, this video is a presentation on “Our Common Future: Our Planet, Our Oasis” for science teachers in Thailand. The displays at the workshop are shown, along with the workshop participants and some scenes from around Bangkok. For the interviews of the Thai science teachers, English subtitles are provided, and overall it seems that they acquired new ideas and learnings that they will share with their students in the classroom.

Description:

Societies and communities will progress in a more just, equitable and sustainable direction if the cultural, ethical, and spiritual values of those societies are central determinants in shaping science and technology. Bioethics and environmental ethics have been core areas of action in the Social and Human Science Sector of UNESCO for the past decade. The video shows people participating and learning, through games, about how to attain the goals of bioethics and values education

NSTDA’s Investor Day

NSTDA to Offer a Place for Potential Investors to Buy Innovations NSTDA will hold the NSTDA Investors’ Day 2010 fair to exhibit research results, bridging “investors” and “inventors” with the idea to commercialize over 20 innovations and bringing them to the marketplace. The exhibition, which will be held on 16 September 2010 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, will be a platform for researchers to showcase their research results and receive votes from investors for their work. Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool, president of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), said technology-based businesses are a key force behind inventions, and new innovations and technology, help to raise Thailand’s competitiveness against other countries and drive the country’s economic growth. These are the reasons why NSTDA plans to organize the NSTDA Investors’ Day fair to bridge industrial, investment and financial sectors with the science sector, paving the way for investments in technology-based businesses that will contribute to the economic growth and social development of the country. This fair will also provide an opportunity for NSTDA researchers to showcase their inventions to investors and exchange ideas with their peers, as well as to stay informed of the demands of the industrial sector to further their research and development. “There are five inventions by NSTDA researchers that have great potential and are market-ready;

1. The AquaRASD system – a closed water re-circulating system for housing aquatic animals that requires only one freshwater replacement per year

2. G-Rock – lightweight synthetic granules made from industrial waste that can be used to produce lightweight concrete blocks with high impact resistance and great insulation

3. CephSmile V.2 – a computer digital imaging system that generates ‘after’ pictures of patients after receiving orthodontic treatments and helps orthodontists plan treatments. This is an updated version of the software and can be made available as a web service

4. Easy Silk Care – a nano-treated emulsion that helps keep silk fabrics wrinkle-free, soft, smooth and easy to care for without having to dry-clean them.

5. K9 Diagnostic Kit-MDR1 – a diagnostic kit for testing pill allergies in canines.The kit will detect the “allergy gene” in canines in under 90 minutes, which is much faster than sending the tests to labs that normally takes 2 to 3 days at least.

The researchers who came up with these five innovations will be given five minutes each to present their work before allowing investors to cast their votes for the project they want to learn more about. The researcher with the most votes will be given an additional 25 minutes,” said Dr. Thaweesak. Activities at the NSTDA Investors’ Day will include; 1. A keynote address entitled “The Future of Thailand’s Science Sector in the Next 10 Years”, delivered by Dr. Veerachai Veerametheekul, Minister of Science and Technology, and a lecture on the subject of “10 Emerging Technologies to Watch” by Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool, president of NSTDA 2. An exhibition of innovations, business negotiations and services offered by NSTDA’s partner firms. In addition to showcasing outstanding, ready-for-market innovations, the fair will also exhibit over 20 innovations by the four national research centers, which can be rapidly further developed for commercialization. The displays are presented under the theme “Better Food, Better Living and Better Energy”. Inventions that will be showcased at this fair include Nano Acne Treatment, In-Car Temperature Sensor and Thermal Alarm, Instant Plant Disease Test Kit and Intelligent Film that helps extend the shelf-life of fresh produce.

National Science Museum in Rangsit

The National Science Museum, also known as the Technopolis Science Museum, was built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of HM Queen Sirikit. The museum is housed in a cube inspired building which is balanced on its points and made out of fiberglass, steel and glass. The National Science Museum is park of the Technopolis Complex that will consist of the Science Museum along with the Natural History Museum, the Ecology and Environment Museum and the Aviation and Telecommunications Museum. The museum is a short drive from Bangkok in Pathumthani.

There are six floors in the
National Science Museum which provide hours of topics to explore. The museum is a great place to learn about science and has many hands-on exhibits that children and adults will enjoy. Give yourself some time to browse through the museum. If you understand Thai, you may want to see one of the science shows available as they are educational and entertaining.

Attractions

The exhibits in the museum are focused around the following six themes:

  1. Pioneering Scientists  – the work and contributions of famous scientists
  2. History of Science and Technology – origin of Homo sapiens and the progress of science.
  3. Basic Technology and Energy – covers sound, math, light, electricity, magnetism, force, movement, resistance, heat, substance and chemical energy, and many other topics.
  4. Science and Technology in Thailand – facts about Thailand: its climate, ecology, agriculture, industries, geological features and geography.
  5. Science and Technology in Everyday Life – covers body and health, communication and transportation, quality of life and life in the future
  6. Technology of the Thai Wisdom – Thai cultural heritage and traditional Thai arts and crafts

The first two topics have really dry and boring exhibits and you can go through these floors rather quickly. However, you will end up spending most of your time of floors 3-5 as this is where all of the hands-on and interactive exhibits are. Most of the exhibits are have explanations in English and Thai, so you don’t have to worry about reading Thai descriptions. If you like museums like the Exploratorium in San Francisco in California, you will enjoy these educational and fun exhibits at the National Science Museum.

Included in the price of admission is the Natural History Museum, which is on the other side of the parking lot. This museum doesn’t seem finished and there are only a few exhibits. They have a nice display about biological sciences and genetics, as well as preserved specimens. There are a few live specimens in the museum and you can see some of live fish, insects and mammals.

Address: Soi Klong 5 Rangsit, Nakon Nayok Road, town of Tha Khlong, Khlong Luang district, Pathumthani Province

Tel: (02) 577-9999Hours: 09:30-17:00 Tuesday-Sunday, Monday closed

Admission: Children/students free, adults 50 baht

To get there: If you are going by car from Bangkok take the Northern Expressway to Rangsit, or the Eastern Outer Ring Road to Rangsit. It is approximately 10 minutes from Future Park Shopping Center. There are signs which direct you to Technopolis Park, which is where the museum is located. Once inside Technopolis, go straight and take the first left. Head towards the cube shaped building and park in the adjacent parking lot. You can also take an air-conditioned bus (no. 1155) from Rangsit Market or Future Park Shopping Center.