Seminar on 2011 activities of stations of Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

On March 26th, 2011, a seminar on the situation of scientific research stations took place at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. The seminar drew the participation of Prof. Nguyen Dinh Cong, vice president of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology; Le Dinh Thao, office chief of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology; Dr. Nguyen Trung Minh, deputy head of the Department of Planning and Finance, and representatives from institutes which are operating scientific stations nationwide.

According to the Department of Science and Technology, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology had 76 stations under 16 institutes, including the Institute of Biotechnology, Institute of Mechanics, Institute of Geography, Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Institute of Geography, Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Natural Products Chemistry, the Institute of Materials Sciences, Institute for Tropical Technology, Nha Trang Institute of Technology Research and Application, Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Physics, and the Institute of Geophysics.

Stations are located in 35 provinces and cities nationwide, from the river delta, coastal areas, central highlands to mountains and islands. This system is an indispensable part in scientific and technological research of the academy. Several stations have been working effectively, such as the network of environment and oceanography observation stations, and the network of stations of Institute of Geophysics.

Prof. Nguyen Dinh Cong, vice-president of Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology made a speech at the seminar

However, most of stations now meet many difficulties such as lack of facilities and scientific cadres in remote areas. To overcome difficulties, from 2005 to 2010, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology invested in stations in the system to ensure regular activities. In addition, several stations were directly invested from scientific research.

According to Dr. Ngyen Minh Trung, deputy head of Department of Science and Finance, in the general development plan from 2020 to 2030 of the academy, for minor stations which are results of projects and directly serve departments, the academy will check up to assign units to manage or link into multi-functional stations. In the near future, the academy needs to pay attention to invest in facilities and cadre training.

Vietnam Centre for Earthquake and Tsunami Warning under the Institute of Geophysics needs to pay attention to developing a system of earthquake observation stations, investing in modern equipment and activity expenditure to complete assigned tasks by the Prime Minister.
Also at the seminar, participants from institutes presented discussion about activities of their stations.

Translated by Tuyet Nhung
Link to Vietnamese version

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