Memoranda of Understanding with Chinese Counterparts Inked in the Presence of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn During Her China Visit.

5 – 7 April 2017

FAST, Guiyang, Guizhou

IHEP, Beijing

People’s Republic of China

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 41st visit to the People’s Republic of China has contributed greatly to the citizens of the two nations, particularly in the fields of science and technology.


        On the 5th of April 2017, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the MoU Signing Ceremony between the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization), Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand and the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PRC. The MoU between NARIT and NAOC was inked at the site of the ‘Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical radio Telescope’ (FAST) in Pingtang County, Guiyang Provincial Capital, Guizhou Province. Radio Astronomy development in Thailand is one of the main highlights in the said MoU as a mechanism in developing Thailand’s first infrastructure and the manpower in the field. “It is evidently envisaged that China is one of the leading key players in radio astronomy. We shall benefit immensely from this MoU as a platform to push the frontiers in radio astronomy for our country in the long run” said Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum – NARIT Executive Director, who represented the Thai signatory, together with Prof. Jun Yan – NAOC Director General as Chinese signatory.



        In this regard, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn also paid a visit to the aforementioned Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope, which is considered as the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world, as well as its control center.



        On the 7th of April 2017 in Beijing Capital, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, once again, graciously presided over the MoU Signing Ceremony on academic and research cooperation between the Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Science from China and three respective academic institutions from Thailand namely; Suranaree University of Technology, Chulalongkorn University and National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization). The Signatories included Prof. Dr. Yifang Wang – IHEP Director, Prof. Dr. Prasart Suebka – SUT Rector, Prof. Bundhit Eua-arporn – CU President and Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum – NARIT Executive Director. While witnesses from both sides were represented by Prof. Dr. Pairash Thajchayapong – IT Foundation under HRH Initiative Secretary General and Mr. Dianwen CAO – Bureau of International Cooperation Deputy Director General, CAS.



        This agreement will see scientists share their expertise and collaborate on a number of activities for mutually beneficial outcomes. IHEP Director Prof Yifang Wang said this formalisation of a partnership with the Thai organisations was a great step for IHEP. Wang added: “We share a great many research interests and I look forward to the successful collaboration with our colleagues.”



        “We believe that the future of High Energy Physics is shifting from Europe to Asia and it is unquestionable that IHEP is among the most influential leaders in this field. The collaboration between IHEP and the 3 Thai institutes will definitely promote one of the University's missions in producing local and international academic research. This is in good accordance with according to the vision of CU as a world-class national university that generates the knowledge and innovation necessary for the creative and sustainable transformation of Thai society. ” addressed CU President Prof. Bundhit Eua-arporn.



        SUT Rector Prof. Prasart Suebka commented that “the collaboration between IHEP and SUT has been committed in the past 15 years, jointly organizing conferences and summer schools, carrying out common research projects, and exchanging researchers and students. I myself has visited IHEP three times, as Dean of Science and Rector of SUT. However, this is the first time IHEP and SUT officially sign an agreement. I do believe that the signing of the IHEP-SUT-CU-NARIT MoU will strengthen and extend our collaborations further among all parties. ”



        “We are honoured and excited to enter into the collaborations between IHEP and Thai institutes. We look forwards to working with our colleagues to strengthen our research capability and human resource development in High energy and particle astrophysics. This MoU signing is a significant occasion to officially mark the existing collaborative links among our institutes. ” stated NARIT Executive Director Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum.



        Also present at the Ceremony were Dr. Atchaka Sibunruang – Minister of Science and Technology of Thailand and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Soranit Siltharm – Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand.



        IHEP – as China’s premier research institute in particle physics, astroparticle physics and accelerator science. It manages one of China’s large scientific facilities, ‘Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory’ (JUNO), in which Thailand via SUT, CU and NARIT are making their efforts to establish the Thai-Juno Associate, in order to join and enhance the research and development procedures in high-energy physics and astroparticle physics, among the 71 members in 16 countries existing extensive international collaborations contributing on JUNO.