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Agreements Reached with Partners in Asia

Published: 2019-02-18

International Foundation For Science (IFS) is in Asia visiting strategic partners.

The IFS Director is in Asia visiting strategic partners to discuss possible collaboration as part of the new IFS strategy development process. Dr. Nighisty Ghezae visited the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 14-15 February where these fruitful meetings took place:

Dr. Eden Woon, AIT President

IFS was introduced to the AIT President, after which there were exchanges on how IFS could collaborate with AIT as a regional platform for the enhancement of regional research capacity, especially with the AIT alumni network. Dr. Won expressed his strong support for IFS 'work to support early-career scientists in low- and lower-middle-income countries by awarding individual and collaborative grants. He expressed his willingness to work together on both approaches, to identify research topics relevant to the region, and to approach potential funding agencies to develop joint proposals.

Faculty members of Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM) or AIT

Discussions with EEM faculty members Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh, Dr. Oleg Shipin, Dr. Ekbordin Winijkul, Dr. Wenchao Xue and Mr. Tomohisa Kume highlighted how IFS grants could complement PhD and post-doctoral research at EEM and in its strong alumni network in the region. Apart from the EEM program, it is possible to develop multidisciplinary collaborative research with other programs at AIT such as gender and development studies, agriculture and aquaculture systems, and natural resource management.

Delegation from Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)

Nighisty extensively discussed with at CAS delegates led by Prof. Yuansong Wei; some are from water-related industries in Beijing and Shenzhen.

Meeting among IFS, CAS-TWAS Center and AIT

A tripartite meeting with the International Foundation for Science (IFS), the Chinese Academy of Sciences Center for Excellence for Water and Environment (CAS-TWAS CEWE), and the Asian Institute of Technology was held at AIT on 15 February 2019. The IFS Director Dr. Nighisty Ghezae, Prof. Yuangsong Wei or CAS-TWAS CEWE and Prof. Thammarat Koottatep or AIT led the deliberations. An initiative to set up a tripartite MOU among IFS, CAS and AIT was discussed in order to develop a collaborative framework with an emphasis on water and environment. An invitation was extended to Dr. Nighisty Ghezae to pay a visit to CAS in Beijing during the last week of March to explore possible cooperation during the visit of the AIT President. During this meeting,details of the arrangement will be discussed further and the draft MOU should be ready within the next month which will be the basis for the discussion. The intention is to start working together at the beginning of 2020.

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