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Young researchers in Asia get together to re-think their research perspectives

Published: 2016-04-25

In February 2016, the 4th NRCT (National Research Council of Thailand) - IFS Collaborative Research workshop, in Natural Products and Agricultural Sciences, was held in Luang Prabang, Lao People's Democratic Republic.

The participants came from universities in Lao People's Democratic Republic, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Nepal and their participation was funded by NRCT, OPCW (the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) and IFS.

Regardless of which university the participants came from, their eyes were opened to the potential of multidisciplinary collaborative research to create synergies to expedite research-based innovation processes. The emphasis was on natural products research and bringing results from the laboratory to the market - the latter area definitely outside the 'comfort zone' of most researchers, but of extreme importance in today's highly competitive innovation-based economies. Researchers were informed about the latest developments in their fields in their own and other countries.

Many participants stressed that they particularly appreciated that they gained awareness regarding the importance of thinking beyond 'the laboratory bench', especially at the conceptualisation stage of research, and that they already started thinking about how to implement what they had learned.

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