The Chemical Society of Thailand

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The Chemical Society of Thailand (CST), under the patronage of Professor Dr. HRH Princess Chulabhorn Walailak, was founded in 1980. Currently, there are more than 1000 members in all academic levels of chemistry and related areas.

The objective of the CST

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is to create useful knowledge and tool in chemistry in order to improve living standards of mankind, socially and environmentally. According to this purpose, the Society is expected to improve and create positive images for chemistry professions; inform the society toward better understanding of chemistry; get involved in the improvement of chemistry professions and development of chemical industry in Thailand; and participate in international activities.

The CST hosts a yearly international conference, Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference (PACCON; Figure 1), joining with a department of chemistry as co-host university. PACCON 2011 is the 5th conference being held since 2002 (Table 1). In addition to PACCON, the CST also hosts other conferences and workshops in several specific fields, such as green chemistry, small-scale chemistry, laboratory safety, and alternative energy.

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Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn was invited to give a special keynote address in PACCON in 2008 and presided over the opening ceremony.

Table 1. List of PACCON co-organizers and number of participants.

Year

Co-organizer

No. of participants (approx.)

2002

Chulalongkorn University

600

2008

Kasetsart University

600

2009

Naraesuan University

700

2010

Ubonratchathani University

1200

2011

Srinakharinwirot University

700

To meet the obligation “to involve in the improvement of chemistry professions and development of chemical industry in Thailand”, the Society has created the CST Awards Program since 2008 through CST Distinguished Chemist Awards, CST Distinguished Young Chemist Awards, CST Awards for Distinguished Contribution to Economic Advancement, CST Awards for Distinguished Contribution to Chemical Education, CST Awards for Contributions to Chemistry in the Asia–Pacific Region, Wiley–CST Outstanding Publication Awards, and Merck–CST Distinguished Dissertation Awards.

Since July 2007, the Society has regularly conducted meetings to gather all heads of Chemistry Department from all universities in Thailand. Normally, the meetings are jointly organized with the Division of Chemistry of the Science Society of Thailand (under the patronage of His Majesty the King) and the Departments of Chemistry, Faculties of Science of various universities with the aim of adjustment to the learning process in the curriculum of the bachelor degree in chemistry and the draft of legislature for the promotion of the professions in sciences and technology in Thailand.

The Chemical Society has participated in the celebration of the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) by bringing people in PACCON 2011 for a breakfast meeting as a pre-launch event for the IYC 2011 on January 6, 2011 (Figure 2). Activities devoted to the IYC 2011, which has been taking place throughout the year under the theme “Building of Chemical Consciousness for Sustainable Earth and Thai Society”, are as follows: exhibition on chemistry and everyday products and school chemistry demonstrations co-organized by the National Science Museum; CST–IYC 2011 essay writing competition; CST–VDO contest; broadcasting “demonstrations on small-scale chemistry” by distance learning via satellite project; and exhibition on chemistry history and amazing chemistry during National Science Week (Figures 3, 3, 4).

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IYC 2011: Organizing a tea break with a theme of “Woman Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time” at PACCON 2011 on January 6, 2011, and the CST has been organizing the 14th Asian Chemical Congress (14 ACC), September 5–8, 2011 (see logo).

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In collaboration with Distance Learning Foundation, the CST has given a satellite broadcasting of a seminar on the topic of “Small-Scale Chemistry” and science teacher training on the topic of “Effective Science Teaching Techniques” and “Green Chemistry”.

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To celebrate the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011), 100 outstanding high-school students were awarded the certificate of “Youth Chemist of Thailand 2011” at the closing ceremony of the 7th Thailand Chemistry Olympiad, May 9, 2011 (www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=1108).

The Society has also received the honor hosting the 14th Asian Chemical Congress 2011 (14 ACC) as a part of the IYC celebration, from 5–8 September, 2011, in Bangkok,

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under the auspices of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) and IUPAC. The theme of the 14 ACC, “Contemporary Chemistry for Sustainability and Economic Sufficiency”, is focused on the increasing role of chemistry and chemical sciences in global issues, especially global environment, health, and energy. The scientific programs of the 14 ACC will include all areas in chemistry and also offer the outstanding contents uniquely characterized by six leading universities in Thailand.

The co-ownership of Chemistry–An Asian Journal along with numerous Asian chemical societies is another honor for the Society. The journal represents the strength of chemistry in Asia. It can simultaneously be used as a tool for networking among chemists in Asia and the other regions of the world. The high Impact Factor reflects the rapid growth and recent successes of the journal. The CST looks forward to exciting developments in the year ahead.

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Supawan Tantayanon

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University

Director of Technopreneurship and Innovation Management Program, Graduate School, Chulalongkorn University

President, The Chemical Society of Thailand

President-Elect, The Federation of Asian Chemical Society

www.tip.grad.chula.ac.th

www.chemsocthai.org

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Supavadee Kiatisevi

CST Committee on Public Relations

Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science,

Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

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