TISTR Governor Attended RIL 2018 and STS forum 2018 in Kyoto, Japan
On 6 October 2018, Dr. Wirach Chantra, Acting Governor of TISTR and Dr. Sophapan Sunyasanoa, Director of Innovative Business Services Division, attended in The 7th Global Summit of Research Institute Leaders (RIL 2018), held at Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto), Kyoto, Japan. In this year, the meeting gathered about 25 research institute leaders from 12 countries to discuss on the topic ‘Science Interacting with Society: tasks for national research institutes’. The meeting was organized by RIKEN (Japan) and the Advanced Institute for Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Japan, and co-chaired by RIKEN and the Leibniz Association. The meeting concluded that S&T policies and directions should rely on research value and social contribution, including environmental issues for global sustainability.
On 7 – 9 October 2018, they attended in the 15th Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum, held at Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto), Kyoto, Japan. Mr. Wirach Chantra played a role as one of the speakers in the concurrent session ‘New Engineering Technology’, by sharing information of medical device industry and quality infrastructure. The concurrent session concluded that the new engineering technologies included self-repairing and self-cleaning materials, bio-technologies, human-machine interface such as in the form of smart pills, and wearable and implantable tech. Topic discussion also included cost accessibility and affordability of technology, ethics and the benefits of technology, public trust, energy and climate change, data security, medical research, communication between scientist and politicians, analog environments, multi-disciplinary approaches to space exploration, medical effects on the human body in space, mankind’s quality of life on other planets, and teleportation technologies.