As  a  leading  research  and  development  institution  in  the  country,  Thailand's National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) has stepped in to enhance  public  understanding  of  science,  technology  and  innovation.  The  paper highlights  a  variety  of  activities  successfully  implemented  by  NSTDA  in  the  past years.   Furthermore, it discusses the existing gaps in public access to scientific and technological  information  where  NSTDA  should  play  a  crucial  role  in  filling  the gaps.   The  paper  presents  effective  mechanisms  and  methodologies  for  the approach  to  wider  publics  and  then  elaborates  a  five-year  plan  for  the  project  for public understanding of science, technology and innovation in Thailand.   The plan sets  forth  series  of  programs  to  reach  out  to  different  targets,  ranging  from  young children  to  senior  citizens;  from  science  community  to  non-science  communities; from  public  sector  to  private  sector;  and  from  people  in  big  cities  to  those  in  rural areas.   The future plan strategically underlines the building-up and strengthening of local  and  international  networks  for  joint  activities  of  common  concerns.  Significantly, the entire presentation illustrates various roles of a research institution in  promoting  public  understanding  of  science,  technology  and  innovation;  and  it discusses measures used to evaluate the success of implementing programs.   It is a scenic presentation towards expanding science literacy and growing science culture in Thailand.

Outline for the Presentation
1.  Overview of NSTDA 
2.  Past  and  Present  involvement  of  NSTDA  in  the  promotion  of  public understanding of science, technology and innovation
3.  Success stories of past activities
4.  Existing gaps in public access to scientific and technological information
5.  Effective  mechanisms  and  methodologies  for  the  approach  to  different publics 
6.  Five-year plan (2002-2007) for public understanding of science, technology and innovation 
7.  Measures used to evaluate the success of implementing programs
8.  Conclusion
 

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Roles of a research institution in promoting
Public understanding of science and technology in Thailand

Kanchit Malaivongs   National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand

Monthida Sitathani   National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand

As  a  leading  research  and  development  institution  in  the  country,  Thailand's National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) has stepped in to enhance  public  understanding  of  science,  technology  and  innovation.  The  paper highlights  a  variety  of  activities  successfully  implemented  by  NSTDA  in  the  past years.   Furthermore, it discusses the existing gaps in public access to scientific and technological  information  where  NSTDA  should  play  a  crucial  role  in  filling  the gaps.   The  paper  presents  effective  mechanisms  and  methodologies  for  the approach  to  wider  publics  and  then  elaborates  a  five-year  plan  for  the  project  for public understanding of science, technology and innovation in Thailand.   The plan sets  forth  series  of  programs  to  reach  out  to  different  targets,  ranging  from  young children  to  senior  citizens;  from  science  community  to  non-science  communities; from  public  sector  to  private  sector;  and  from  people  in  big  cities  to  those  in  rural areas.   The future plan strategically underlines the building-up and strengthening of local  and  international  networks  for  joint  activities  of  common  concerns.  Significantly, the entire presentation illustrates various roles of a research institution in  promoting  public  understanding  of  science,  technology  and  innovation;  and  it discusses measures used to evaluate the success of implementing programs.   It is a scenic presentation towards expanding science literacy and growing science culture in Thailand.

Outline for the Presentation
1.  Overview of NSTDA 
2.  Past  and  Present  involvement  of  NSTDA  in  the  promotion  of  public understanding of science, technology and innovation
3.  Success stories of past activities
4.  Existing gaps in public access to scientific and technological information
5.  Effective  mechanisms  and  methodologies  for  the  approach  to  different publics 
6.  Five-year plan (2002-2007) for public understanding of science, technology and innovation 
7.  Measures used to evaluate the success of implementing programs
8.  Conclusion
 

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