Awards Program Seen as a Boost to Interest in Science, Innovation

Students from 20 educational institutions around Thailand took part in this year’s Science & Technology Initiative and Sustainability Awards (STISA), which recognize the importance of applying knowledge in science and technology to the development of innovations that have economic potential and are eco-friendly.

Dow Thailand and a number of business and research partners organized the program, which also encourages Thai youth to learn and develop their research capacity with a focus on sustainable use of resources and business planning that is suitable for implementation in the real business environment.

"I believe that by supporting this project Dow will help promote interest in science and innovation that focus on environmental care and sustainable use of resources,” said Jirasak Singmaneechai, managing director of Dow Thailand. "Also, I really do hope that STISA will inspire students and the younger generation to further develop their research. These young people are the major force for the country’s economic development and scientific and technological advancement in the future."

Prizes were given at the graduate and undergraduate levels in two categories, general innovations and polymers and materials. Team Hoy from Chulalongkorn University won the top award in the postgraduate level for the general innovations category, while Team Filtrano from Thammasat University won first place in the undergraduate level for the polymers and materials category. The students who advanced to the final round had the opportunity to see the latest technologies at plants operated by Dow Thailand and SCG Chemicals. Students also took part in a field trip to the "Rural University” at the Ban Jam Rung community in Rayong, which is a model for agricultural learning and self-sufficiency in an authentic rural way.