ANRRC 2021

BEYOND COVID-19

Sustainable Research Resources Management for
Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy

October 26, 2021 | 09:00 – 17:00
(Bangkok Time UTC+7)
ONLINE Meeting hosted by NSTDA, Thailand

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Morning session
Afternoon session

ANRRC 2021 Conference

The Asian Network of Research Resource Centers (ANRRC) has 107 member institutes from 16 countries. ANRRC was established in September 2009. Aiming to promote cooperation and networking among BRCs in the Asia-Pacific Region, ANRRC has organized international meetings, with South Korea, Japan, and China, alternating as hosts.

This year, The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) THAILAND will be hosting the ANRRC 2021 Conference.

The virtual meeting proposes sharing knowledge on foster scientific research, technological advancements, and innovation for enabling technology, new value-added products. Expecting to explore the SDGs and Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy efficiency to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic

Theme

Beyond COVID-19:

Sustainable Research Resources Management for
Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy

Though economic development brought material wealth to people, nations and the world, it heavily pollutes the environment by overuse of natural resources and without proper management, can lead to other social problems such as migration to big cities, social inequality and poverty attributed to imbalanced wealth and income distribution. Damage to the environment can also contribute to climate change and subsequently cause natural disasters.

To address these global challenges, the concept of bioeconomy, circular economy and green economy has been introduced as a key to sustainability. Bioeconomy involves the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources into high value products, thus leaning to a more innovation-based economy and robust and sustainable economic growth. Circular economy is an economic system of closed loop in which waste is eliminated and resources are continually used by employing reuse, sharing, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling, and therefore can help tackle depletion of natural resources, whereas green economy promotes low carbon emission, aiming at fighting off climate change. The concept of bioeconomy, circular economy and green economy, which will now be collectively referred to as BCG economy, therefore will enable a better and more sustainable future.

BCG economy is not only beneficial to the environment. It can create great value to businesses, thus boosting the economy, and if managed correctly, can contribute to social equality by improving income and wealth distribution. An approach of bioeconomy to improve production efficiency and yields through better farming techniques and advanced technology will result in increased earnings for farmers, whereas another approach to create additional value and diversify products derived from existing commodities will enable industries to move up the value chain. Circular concept will not only save industry through reuse, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling, but also gives birth to new business ventures acting as intermediaries or users of recycling materials such as upcycling. In addition to low carbon emission to the environment, green economy also promotes clean tech companies in all scales, from startups to conglomerates, thus enriching the economy.

NSTDA as a host of ANRRC2021

The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) THAILAND was established in 1991 under the National Science and Technology Development Act 1991. The agency is affiliated to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation and reports to the NSTDA Governing Board, chaired by Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation.

NSTDA is entrusted with an important task to accelerate science, technology and innovation development in Thailand in order to respond to the need of the industry and enhance the country’s competitiveness in the global economy, and as a result, making contribution to national economic and social development. Our mission is to perform and support Research and Development, Design and Engineering, Technology Transfer, Science and Technology Human Resource Development, and Infrastructure Development. This mission is implemented through working with partners from academic, government, private, and non-government sectors, both domestically and internationally.

NSTDA comprises five national research centers:

  • National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC)
  • National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)
  • National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC)
  • National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC)
  • National Energy Technology Center (ENTEC)

ANRRC Background

ANRRC was established in 2009 for cooperation and networking among Asian RRCs to exchange information, technology and resources which are the most species-diverse in the world. Currently, the ANRRC membership counts as 15 countries and 106 institutions. ANRRC has been successfully sponsored 8 conferences.

ANRRC activities have effectively prompted the sharing of knowledge on research resources (microbe, plant, animal, and human materials) and methodology, as well as promoting the advancements of science and technology.

With the goal to improve the peoples’ welfare of Asia and other regions, ANRRC will continuously dedicate itself to facilitate access to research resources, science advancements and technology innovations in Asia and other regions.