The Thailand National Science and Technology Fair is Thailand's largest science and technology exhibition, held once a year. This year, it was held for nine days from August 13 to 21 at the Impact Exhibition and Conference Center in Nonthaburi Province.
The JIRCAS Southeast Asia Liaison Office, based in Bangkok, has participated in this exhibition every year since 2007, but due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus, this was the first time in three years that the JIRCAS had participated in this exhibition. In addition to JIRCAS, the Japan Pavilion, organized by the Embassy of Japan in Thailand also featured exhibits from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kyoto University, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Space Policy Secretariat of the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) INNO-vation Program, and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
The JIRCAS exhibit featured the new Brachiaria variety “Issan” developed through international joint research with the Department of Livestock Development of Thailand. “Issan" is the first grass variety developed for the Asian market, and following its registration in Japan, an application for variety registration is currently processing in Thailand.
The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai and Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Anek Laothamatas. At the award ceremony, Mr. Sirirurg Songsivilai, Permanent Secretar, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, presented a trophy of recognition to JIRCAS for its contribution to science and technology education in Thailand.
During the exhibition, many visitors, including local elementary, junior high, and high school students, came to see various exhibits.