8 Organisations sending FameLab Thailand 2017 winner to compete international round in the UK

8 Organisations sending FameLab Thailand 2017 winner to compete international round in the UK

4 May 2017, Bangkok – Following the official announcement of the FameLab and SchoolLab programmes last December, the British Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology, True Corporation, the National Science and Technology Development Agency, the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office, the National Science Museum, Euraxess and iT24Hrs holds Thailand’s final round of the SchoolLab and FameLab 2017 science communication competition on Thursday 4 May 2017 at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. The winner from SchoolLab will have an opportunity to join Cheltenham Science Festival, UK. The FameLab winner will represent Thailand at FameLab International round at Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK from 6 – 11June 2017.

FameLab national competition was completed on Thursday 4 May 2017 from 16.00 – 18.00 hrs. at the Auditorium room, Floor 5, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok. The event was attended by Dr. Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Kantima Kunjara Na Ayutthaya, Dr.Kantima Kunjara, Co-Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer, True Corporation and Mr. Andrew Glass, Director, British Council Thailand. Four panel judges consisting of communications experts such as Dr. Panraphee Raphiphan, iT24Hrs Producer, Dr. Worawarong Rakreungdet, Physics Lecturer at the Faculty of Science, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Dr. Jessada Denduangboripant, Thailand’s leading science communicator and Lecturer at the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University and Mr. Andrew Glass, Director, British Council Thailand teamed up to select the winner of FameLab Thailand 2017.

The winner of FameLab Thailand 2017 is Mr. Parinya Khinnongjok, a fifth year Pharmacy student from Khon Kaen University. The second prize goes to Ms. Sutheera Ratanasirintrawoot, faculty member at the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University and the third prize to Ms. Kamonrat Koobubpha,student from the Faculty of Science at Khon Kaen University.

The winner of Popular Vote for this year is Ms. Oranee Srichaiyapol, student in faculty of science, Khon Kaen University.

SchoolLab also has selected Thai winner which is Mr. Thanapat Thanomdumrongsak. The second prize goes to Miss Janyaporn Kotimanusvanij and the third prize to Mr.Teerapong Poltue.

Dr. Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Science and Technology states that “Our long-term government policy aims at empowering Thailand to be a value-added economy, and Science and Technology is one important pillar in achieving this aim. Research, though, cannot stand alone in society; as well as scientists, we need the public, the policy makers, and the next generation to support and become involved.  Thailand and the rest of the world faces many challenges ahead –  climate change, water supply, food security, health, inequality etc. We cannot avoid looking to science and technology to help solve some of those issues, and our job is to work together to ensure our public are better prepared for the future. I am therefore delighted to see our young scientists contributing not only in terms of research but also in communicating the important role of science in society.”

Dr.Kantima Kunjara, Co-Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer True Corporation says that True Corporation is pleased to support FameLab for the second year. This is the first year we launched the new programme; SchoolLab, science communication competition for the upper secondary students. These programmes are in line with our mission to drive Thailand to be knowledge-based society, especially in the areas of science and technology. These subjects are fascinating to learn but it’s hard to make it fun and interesting. Therefore, these projects will be stage for the students to practice their science communication skills.

True Corporation has brought in all media outlets to support and promote these programmes to reach and provide this great opportunity to the young generations nation-wide. Also, we do live broadcasting FameLab Thailand’s competition through True Plookpanya channel which is one of the most popular channels for the youths and all academics in Thailand. This year, we have “Popular Vote” for the audience in hall and the audience at home to be able to vote their favorite FameLabbers at www.famelabvotethailand.com  True Corporation believes that these projects will be platform for the young generations to communicate science, inspire people and be readily to perform their excellent skills and knowledge in the international level.”

Andrew Glass, Country Director, British Council Thailand adds, “The British Council’s science work in Thailand focusses on 2 main areas: first we work with Thai and UK partners to support international collaboration between researchers, leading to long-term collaboration and break-throughs in scientific knowledge; and second, we help to build the next generation of scientists by popularising  science and science communication and inspiring students to study science through STEM programmes in schools.  In FameLab and SchoolLab we have been working with the brightest new talent in science communication globally and engaging the public directly with scientific subjects that impact directly on people’s lives.”