3rd ASEAN-EU STI Days were recently held in Hanoi, Vietnam!
Hosted by the National Centre for Scientific and Technological Information (NASATI), SEA-EU-NET 2’s Vietnamese partner, from 10-12 May 2016, the event proved to be a huge success as 559 participants from Europe and Southeast Asia came together to discuss, debate, and learn about new developments in the two regions from the perspective of academia and industry. Those in attendances took part in a variety of thematic sessions over the course of the three days, with workshop topics ranging from an innovation roundtable on day one, to health, funding and water-centric sessions on day two, and a metrology session on day three.
Day one began with a soft-opening, during which attendees collected their credentials and re-confirmed their registration before the official opening of the STI Days (www.stidays.net) in the early afternoon. During this time, the first two official sessions of the STI Days also got underway with a policy meeting, as well as the first legs of both the ASEAN RISE ICT workshop and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) workshops. The event was then officially opened in the afternoon by the newly appointment Vice-Minister for Science and Technology for Vietnam, who gave the keynote speech. Following the opening, participants then took part in the official opening of the Exhibition Showcase, which consisted of 27 booths from 24 different organizations, including universities, research institutions and industry. In addition, participants were also introduced to the winners of this year’s paper and poster competition and other young researchers who submitted posters describing their on-going research. To end the day, all participants attended a lively gala dinner, which featured a welcome address and traditional Vietnamese music and dance.
Day two of the STI Days featured a full programme of sessions, which began in the morning at 8:30am and continued until evening time. Day three of the STI Days rounded out the workshop portion of event with final sessions of a number of workshops related to funding, ICT research, Antimicrobial Resistance and many others. The STI Days were officially brought to close during the closing session, during which this year’s winners of the poster and paper contest were invited to present their work to the audience. Altogether, six outstanding young researchers shared their work before final words were spoken by Christoph Elineau, coordinator of the SEA-EU-NET project, to thank all participants for their involvement and to announce the next ASEAN-EU STI Days, which will take place in Amsterdam next year, and will be hosted by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW). After the closing session, attendees then took part in field trips to local cultural sites within Hanoi, before heading back to their respective homes.
As a result of the great turnout, this year’s edition of the STI Days proved to be the most positive and successful yet.