On July 30th, 2019, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) held a conference to review five years of Vietnam’s IIASA membership, and directions for activities in the 2019-2024 period.
The event drew the participation of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Tuan Anh, Vice President of VAST; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ninh Khac Ban, Head of International Cooperation Department; head of the Department of Science, Technology and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy; and representatives from ministries, universities and units under VAST.
The overview of the conference
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Tuan Anh, Vice President of VAST, made a speech at the event.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Assoc. Prof. Tran Tuan Anh appreciated the achievements that Vietnamese national members achieved over the past five years since joining the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He hoped that scientists and researchers would exchange, discuss and provide research directions, as well as propose specific activities to make the most effective use of Vietnam’s participation in IIASA.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ninh Khac Ban, Head of International Cooperation Department, reported at the conference.
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an independent, non-governmental international scientific organization founded in 1972, based in Laxenburg, Austria. IIASA brings together more than 300 managers, scientists and economists from more than 45 countries, conducts research and links with global research networks to collect and process data. Hence, it offers advanced scientific models to cope with global challenges.
In November 2013, Vietnam officially became a member of IIASA. Over the past five years, assigned by the Government to represent Vietnam to participate in IIASA, VAST has worked closely with other ministries to actively participate in IIASA's activities, such as sending officials to apply for recruitment in the Training Program (three-month summer program in Austria for young scientists; the short-term training program on system analysis in three weeks in South Africa and the post-doctoral scholarship program of IIASA). VAST has made great contributions to the activities and values that IIASA brings to member countries. Especially, Vietnam has participated in consulting, discussing, developing a general strategic plan, vision, mission as well as restructuring the organization and modernizing the IIASA management system in the future to bring the most benefits for member countries.
Vietnam and IIASA signed a cooperation agreement on funding staff training, improving research capacity for Vietnam and co-financing joint research projects, contributing to improving the environment and reducing the impact of climate change in Vietnam. Based on this agreement, the two sides have implemented the project "Scientific support in the management of air pollution in Hanoi". The project has received great attention from scientists, managers from Vietnam and IIASA.
The project has updated knowledge for young Vietnamese scientists on using the GAINS Model in air pollution management in Hanoi in particular and in Vietnam in general. The project also transferred the results and rights to use the GAINS model in air pollution management to the Departments of Natural Resources and Environment of Hanoi, Bac Ninh and Hung Yen provinces. The project was highly appreciated at the IIASA Council Meeting in November 2018 as a model for implementing joint research cooperation between IIASA and its member states.
At the event, delegates listened to four presentations by participants of IIASA training courses, IIASA's short-term research study program, as well as presentations and lessons from cooperation on implementing joint research projects with IIASA.
Taking photo at the event
Translated by Tuyet Nhung
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