A group of EU science journalists touring through Asean countries paid a visit to Mahidol University on February 24, 2012 for a press briefing on major breakthroughs in science and technology achieved by its researchers.
Asst. Prof. Surakit Nathisuwan, MU vice president for international relations, and members of the unversity’s research community welcomed the eight journalists, one each from UK, France, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Netherlands, Germany and Turkey.
The journalists, who are leading science publishers, were invited to join the tour, organized by SEA-EU-NET, a bi-regional project aiming to expand science and technology cooperation between Southeast Asia and Europe.
The tour aims to inform these communicators, who would play an influencing role in increasing the awareness among the public and research community in Europe of the importance and impact of science collaborations between the two regions.
The group attended a briefing on the university’s scientific research of significant impact and interviewed the researchers at Biochemistry Department Meeting Room, Faculty of Science on Phyathai campus.
Presenting their research in various fields were
Prof. Timothy William Flegel, Faculty of Science, on the application of biotechnology in the production of premium shrimp;
Prof. Nick White, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, on malaria, its distribution and causes in various areas;
Prof. Pilai Poonswad, on hornbills and their ecology and habitats in Thailand and neighboring countries; and Prof. Prasert Auewarakul, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, on influenza and bird flu vaccines.
Date : March 5, 2012