National Research Council of Canada signs Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand
Former Women in Engineering and Science program participants from Canada and Thailand share career highlights at Women in Science Symposium
December 10, 2018 — Ottawa, Ontario
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is committed to supporting women in research careers and providing opportunities through international collaborations. The NRC and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand are working together to advance research collaborations in food innovation and smart and efficient farming.
Today, NRC President Iain Stewart and Permanent Secretary of Science and Technology of Thailand Dr. Soranit Siltharm signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote scientific research collaboration between the two countries. This partnership will facilitate connections and business opportunities for companies in the food sector, and in the Protein Industries Supercluster with Thailand and other Southeast Asian economies.
Following the official signing, the NRC hosted the Women in Engineering and Science Symposium. Speakers included former students from Thailand who worked at the NRC as part of its Women in Engineering and Science training program. Several Thai students built decades-long careers in Thailand and Canada with organizations including major universities in Thailand, the NRC, Employment and Social Development Canada, and McGill University. Two former students remained at the NRC, where they contributed toward science and technology development by applying the technical knowledge and expertise built at the NRC.
“This Memorandum of Understanding is important because we continuously look for opportunities to be connected internationally with innovative partners to maintain Canada’s reputation for excellence in science. By creating knowledge through research collaboration with international partners and government departments, we accelerate the delivery of novel products and services. The National Research Council of Canada also focuses on providing its industry clients and collaborators with access to global partners who can grow and contribute to their, and Canada’s, success.”
— Dr. Roman Szumski, Vice President, Life Sciences, National Research Council of Canada
“The former Women in Science and Engineering program allowed Thai students to build a solid foundation at the National Research Council of Canada on their path to becoming accredited scientists and engineers. Their participation benefited not only their personal development, but the organizations where they chose to build their careers. At the NRC, we strive to provide women with opportunities to develop and apply their knowledge and expertise.”
— Dr. Geneviève Tanguay, Vice-President, Emerging Technologies, and Champion for Women in Science, National Research Council of Canada
From 1996 to 2004, the National Research Council of Canada hosted 20 Thai women under its Women in Engineering and Science program. Former participants spoke at the Women in Science Symposium to share career highlights and the positive impact the program had on their careers.
The majority of former participants in the Women in Engineering and Science program built careers in science and engineering, including roles in Canada within the NRC, Employment and Social Development Canada, BIOTEC, and McGill University, and in Thailand with Thammasat and Mae Fa Luang Universities.
A key pillar of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand‘s policy and economic model (Thailand 4.0) is to make Thailand a food innovation hub through engagement in agriculture and biotechnology research.