Modern Astronomy: Science and Technology Transfer within S. E. Asia

NARIT

In acknowledgement of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) goal of regional economic integration by 2015, the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) is offering a 3-day pre-vocational education seminar (24 – 26 October 2014) for about 30 senior secondary students (equivalent to Junior College 1 or Year 5, IP/IB program) from the South East Asian region.

The seminar will be staged at the Doi Inthanon National Park where NARIT owns and operates a modern, world-class optical observatory supporting public and tertiary education together with high-profile international scientific collaboration.

By demonstrating how astronomy and its supporting engineering technologies can be used to enhance the socio-economic development within the region, this seminar is intended to broaden students’ vocational horizons and to motivate them to consider their own future participation and roles in the region’s development.

During the seminar, students will be exposed to scientific and engineering concepts and personal values associated with a co-operative and multidisciplinary vocational team effort required in achieving common scientific and engineering goals. Students will gain a broad awareness of career and study options in astronomy, associated sciences and engineering support roles.

Students will be accommodated in appropriate and safe lodging near the National Park Headquarters. They will enjoy a varied blend of social and educational activities with ample opportunity to develop friendships and engage in social networking within a group with origins from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds within the ASEAN region.

This seminar is funded by the International Astronomical Union, South East Asian Regional Office of Astronomy Development – there are no registration fees or participation costs. All accommodation, local transport and meal costs will be covered once the attendees arrive at Chiang Mai.

Interested participants can register or find out more at http://www.narit.or.th/en/index.php/narit-oad. The deadline for registration is 1 August 2014.

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