Thai Academy of Science and Technology (TAST)

The Thai Academy of Science and Technology (TAST) was established in 1997. It was organized by a group of scientists and technologists whose works have been continuously recognized and whose experiences and interests are vital to the development of the nation as a whole. TAST is a "non-governmental agency". This is to ensure that there is no bias in giving recommendations to government, national organizations, and the public as a whole.

TAST realizes that matters in science and technology have a profound impact on the nation. Therefore, TAST has made this its duty and priority to pick issues or matters that are currently in the eyes of the public, and perform careful analyses by gathering additional information, doing research, and providing opportunities for discussion and criticism in order to bring conclusion, further the study or formalize plans for the future development of the nation.

The academy was established and registered with the Bangkok registrar office (registration number BKK 684) and was endorsed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior on November 5, 1997.

There are 3 categories of members in the academy, the honorary member, the ordinary member (not exceeding 400 members) and the associate member. The candidates of the academy are nominated and selected by the nominating committee and they will be appointed to the academy during the annual General Assembly. At present there are 14 honorary members, 287 ordinary members and 76 associate members.

TAST realizes the importance of young scientists and their role in the development of the nation. Every year, the Young Scientist and the Young Technologist Awardees are automatically nominated, along with other highly prospective young scientists, to become associate members of the academy. With their continuous participation and contribution to the academy, associate members will later be nominated to the condition of ordinary member.

TAST believes in the equality between woman and man in the scientific working environment. TAST legitimately supports the role of women in the advancement of science and technology and TAST encourages the enrollment of female scientists to the academy. For example, the recipient(s) of the L’Oreal Award for Women in Science, in Thailand are automatically nominated to the academy. At present, there are 85 female members in the academy (22.54%). It is noticeable that the number of women participating in the research activities in Thailand is increasing rapidly, so is the number of female members in the academy.

The governing body of TAST consists of a President, a Vice president, committee members, a Treasurer and a Secretary. The President of the academy is openly nominated and selected from the members of the academy during the annual General Assembly. The President then organizes the governing body. The term for the governing body is 3 years and service therein is limited to only 2 consecutive terms.

TAST publishes monthly Newsletters (in Thai) which can be accessed via the internet at http://www.tast.or.th.

TAST is primarily funded by research contracts with the main focus in science and technology, such as the quality evaluation of research in Thai universities and the assessment of private sector research for the government R&D stimulating tax deduction program.

Programs of the Academy

  1. Organizing of a conference under the theme "Creative Intelligence on Key National Matters"
  2. Organizing of a conference under the theme "Panel with Distinguished Scientist"
  3. Conduction of study, research and evaluation of projects and institutions.
  4. Preparation of the academy's core publishing.
  5. Creation of international linkage/relationship.

Main International activities:

  • “IAP Conference for Young Scientists” organized by the Global Network of Academies of Sciences (IAP)
  • Workshop on “Briefing of the Climate Treaty Negotiators of the G77 Group of Countries” co-organized with the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), the Global Network of Academies of Sciences (IAP) and the InterAcademy Council (IAC)
  • Program “Climate Change Adaptation and Decision Support for a Sustainable Asia” co-organized with the Association of Academies of Science in Asia (AASA) and the Iran Academy of Science.
  • “ The 8th General Assemblies of the Association of Academies of Sciences in Asia” organized by the Association of Academies of Science in Asia
  • Workshop “AASA Beijing Workshop on Sustainable Energy Development in Asia 2008” organized by The Association of Academies of Science in Asia
  • “Young Scientists of Asia Conclave” Pressing Problems of Human kind: Energy and Climate” organized by the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).