2012 is the year marking 55 years of building and developing the Sapa Geophysics Station, marking the establishment and development of the Vietnam global physics sector. This year, the Institute of Geophysics under the Vietnam Academy of Science also celebrated its 25th year of development.
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.
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.
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.
On August 18th, a ceremony on transferring technology and equipment to produce biodiesel and additional products from the mu oil tree (Vernicia Montana lour, under Euphorbiacca) between the Institute of Applied Materials Science and Teak wood import and export one member limited liability company took place in in Luang Prabang, Laos.
Ground-breaking ceremSpace technology is a high technology field, which is symbollic of the strength of technology and competitive possibilities in technical science of a nation in the world. Space technology integrates many hi-tech fields to discover, conquer and use space for people’s interest. In 2002, the Government assigned the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) to coordinate with ministries and relevant agencies to build a strategy and plan on developing the space technology of Vietnam to promote studying and applying space technology, using space technology to effectively serve the cause of industrialization and modernization and national sustainable socio-economic development. In June 2006, the Prime Minister approved this important strategy.
- VAST delegation visits Belarus
- Cooperation opportunity between VAST and NASA
- Workshop on inclusive renovation between VAST and GRA
- Lao Ministry of Science and Technology visits Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology
- Workshop on LED light technology application possibilities in Vietnam
- VAST’s visit to Astrium SAS Company under EADS, France