Activities

France-Vietnam training course on biodiversity in the tropics

In implementing Decision 1515/QĐ-KHCNVN on organizing an international training course signed by president of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources and the Department of International Cooperation under VAST coordinated with the Institute of Ecology and Environment under the National Centre for Scientific Research of France (CNRS) to organize a France-Vietnam training course on biodiversity in the tropics, from molecule to ecosystem, from December 5th to December 15th 2012 in Do Son, the northern port city of Hai Phong.

Half-century development of Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

The third National Party Congress in 1960 proposed a policy of building socialism in northern Vietnam which meant to simultaneously conduct three revolutions, including a revolution in production relations, a technical revolution and an ideological culture revolution. The technical revolution is a key. To make a technical revolution, science must be developed to be the foundation. Therefore, right in 1960, the Government invited a senior scientific delegation from the Soviet Union to visit Vietnam to contribute ideas to our state about policies on Vietnam’s scientific development. The delegation, led by Academician Alexandr Kotelnikov, member of Presidium of the Soviet Union Academy of Science (later vice president of the Soviet Union Academy of Science), paid a visit to Vietnam and proposed the establishment of basic study units under the State Committee of Science. Having adequate maturity, these units would be separated to become the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, which has similar functions and tasks as academies of sciences in socialist countries at that time. The proposal was acquired by our Government. In 1961, the Government sent a delegation of Vietnamese scientists led by Prof. Ta Quang Buu, vice chairman and secretary-general of the State Committee of Science, to discuss and sign the Soviet Union – Vietnam science cooperation agreement with the Soviet Union Academy of Science. Accordingly, the Soviet Union would help Vietnam train scientific researchers and build technical facilities in order to establish basic study units, working towards the establishment of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. The agreement was carried out from 1962. From 1964, due to the US destructive war, the work was slowed down but still went on. The two first basic academies were set up. They were the Institute of Natural Science in Hanoi and the Institute of Marine Study in Hai Phong.

Government Decree on Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

On December 25th, 2012, the Government issued Decree 108/2012/NĐ-CP defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST). The decree comes into effect on February 19th 2013, replacing Decree 62/2008/NĐ-CP dated May 12th 2008 of the Government, defining VAST’s functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure.

Cooperation prospect between VAST and Japanese partners

Commissioned by the Prime Minister, Prof. Chau Van Minh, member of the Party Central Committee and president of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), has led a VAST delegation to visit Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) from October 22nd to 26th 2012.

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