Mekong Binds Ties in Astronomy between Laos and Thailand

April 4-5, 2016

National University of Laos 

Phonsavanh School

Vientiane, Lao PDR

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) extends its expertise to its neighbouring country – Lao PDR by organizing a workshop that reflects the most sought-after cooperative tool in engaging people to enhance public awareness in science, technology and innovation.  The workshop- “Southeast Asia Astronomy Workshop”, targeting at young university physics students and high school students from Lao PDR has been held as a pioneering project under the Southeast Asia Regional Office for Astronomy Development (SEA-ROAD) and the International Training Centre in Astronomy under the Auspices of UNESCO (ITCA) development programme.  

Opening Ceremony at the National University of Laos


A ministerial courtesy call by H.E. Boviengkham Vongdala, Minister of Science and Technology, Lao PDR


This 2-day event, running from April 4-5, 2016, held at the National University of Laos and Phonsavahn School is packed with NARIT’s academe, reaching out its programme in which contains one full day of a lecture of “Cosmology as a Tool to Measure the Universe” and another day and night sessions of “Basic Stargazing Theories” and a stargazing observation at night. Over 150 university Physics students and high school students attend the workshop with tireless enthusiasm. 



“This workshop is nothing but another concrete collaboration in astronomy between the 2 nations that foresees the need of what Lao PDR lacks of at the moment – manpower in the field of Astronomy and related sciences”, says Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Executive Director of NARIT.  “Astronomy ignites inspirations to the people at a very young age to turn to study Physics and Mathematics  more. As a result, they may pursue their careers in Astronomy and related sciences in the future adding more skilled manpower to Lao PDR itself and of course, to our region as a whole” adds Prof. Boonrucksar.


Day and night activities


With such success, NARIT has planned to go beyond borders  to other CLMV countries. Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam are on the list later this year as the workshop – “Southeast Asia Astronomy Workshop” continues. 


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