On March 12, 2021, TTSF held its 26th and 27th Presentation Ceremony at a hotel in Bangkok. The ceremony was held for the first time in two years as it was canceled due to COVID-19 impact last year. In response to the efforts of science and technology researchers in Thailand and amid ongoing infection prevention measures, the ceremony was held by limiting participants to the award winners. In total, 88 people participated in the event.
A video message by Akihiro Nikkaku, the President of Toray Industries, Inc. and Honorary Chairman of TTSF, was broadcasted at the opening of the ceremony. Nikkaku congratulated the award winners and said that TTSF would continue to support Thailand’s promotion of science and technology through its activities and contribute to the friendship between Thailand and Japan.
Following a report on the TTSF’s activities by Dr. Yongyuth Yuthavong, Chairman of TTSF, awards and grants were presented to the winners from these two years. Four researchers received the Science and Technology Award, 42 researchers were given the Science and Technology Research Grants, and 15 teachers at middle and high schools received the Science Education Awards for excellence in their science education.
In his speech representing the winners, Dr. Navadol Laosiripojana of King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, who won the Science and Technology Award, said that the award and research grant from TTSF are an honor for researchers in Thailand which encourage researchers to generate outstanding research results.
Mr. Kazuya Nashida, Japanese Ambassador to Thailand who attended the ceremony as a guest of honor, said in his speech that he was impressed by TTSF’s initiatives over 27 years. In conclusion, General Surayud Chulanont, President of the Privy Council of Thailand, the guest of honor who presided over the ceremony, expressed his deep gratitude to Toray’s engagement in business in Thailand over a long period of time and TTSF’s contribution to the development of science and technology in the country.