WEEK #44: 31 October – 6 November 2016

In this issue:


         A.    Announcements

         B.    Events and Happennings

         C.    Visitors

         D.    Faculty and Staff Travel

         E.    Classifieds (Jobs)


A.    Announcements



Email from AIT President

25 October 2016

Today, I have had the honor to meet H.E. Mr. Prapat Panyachatraksa, Former Minister of Agriculture and Chairman of National Farmers Council (NFC), along with Dr Krishna Salin, AIT Faculty in Aquaculture and Mr. Ratthanin Sangsayan, AIT Doctoral Student. The lunch meeting was also attended by Mr. Pinyo Kiatpinyo, Chair-Advisory Board of NFC, Mr. Daecha of Thai Organic Shrimp Farming Group, and Mr. Pokin Chuncharoen, CEO of PKK Hachery.

The meeting was a follow-up of my earlier attendance of the Aquatainment Workshop in August, which left me with a good impression on "Aquamimicry Technology" and its vast potential for mankind. I have offered AIT as its academic partner in order to help promote this "Aquaculture Paradigm Shift".

Aquamimicry cultures shrimps by mimicking the natural living of shrimps with minimum use of commercial feed and all kinds of chemicals, which creates toxic environment.

Today lunch meeting was convened to follow up the joint interest to establish the International Center for Sustainable Aquaculture at AIT (ICSA@AIT). I was very happy to have received a strong blessing from H.E. Prapat, Chairman of NFC on this venture. He endorsed my proposal for AIT to host the test-bed, research and training center of Aquamimicry Shrimp Farming Innovation.

The next step will be a formal signing of MOU for collaborations among the partners: (1) National Farmers Council of Thailand; (2) Thai Chamber of Commerce; (3) Thailand's Shrimp Farming Industry; (4) Kasetsart University; (5) Mahidol University; (6) NSTDA; (7) NACA; and (8) AIT.

As this project will be proposed as a part of Thailand's Food Innopolis, the meeting agreed to extend an invitation to the Minister of Science and Technology, H.E. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, to chair the signing ceremony.

(ii)     AITians invited to discuss AIT's new Vision

Email from AIT President

Dear Members of AIT Stakeholders

As of now, we have two versions AIT's vision statement for further discussions:

(1) “Creating Global Citizens for the Sustainable Future of Mankind"

(2) “Preparing Global Citizens to Develop a Sustainable Future for Mankind”

There are ongoing discussions and suggestions in the search for new AIT's Vision at


Please read and provide your opinions on that page. Your input there will be highly appreciated.

With kind regards,

Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai

AIT President

(iii)    Tagline contest winners

Two submissions have been selected as joint winners of the AIT Tagline Contest.

Office of Media and Communications (OMCO) received a whopping 491 entries for the AIT tagline contest. All taglines were presented to the AIT Management Team, where members were requested to pick their top choices. The two prize-winning entries were selected for being closest to the preferred slogan.

AIT: Creating Global Citizens (Dr. Sangam Shrestha)

AIT-Shaping Global Leaders (Mr. Adhish Karki)

Prize winners can contact OMCO. Since the prize money was 10,000 Thai Baht, the two prize winners will get 5,000 THB each.

(iv)    EURAXESS ASEAN Flashnotes - Latest Funding and Career Opportunities for AIT Researchers

The Office of External Relations (OEXR) has announced a number of attractive opportunities for researchers which are presented in the latest EURAXESS ASEAN flash notes.


1)      United Kingdom - Newton Fund Institutional Links Programme. Thailand and Vietnam Eligible

2)      EMBO Short-Term Fellowships Open to Researchers in ASEAN. 3 month Research Visits to Labs in Europe and Elsewhere. Rolling Deadline.

3)      Germany - Humboldt Incoming Fellowships for researchers at different stages in their careers. ASEAN Researchers Eligible. Rolling Deadline.

4)      Advice on applying to funding schemes by Dr Claire McNulty, Director Science and Research, British Council

5)      List of European Institutions Interested in Hosting Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

6)      United Kingdom: Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. ASEAN Researchers Eligible. Deadline 28 November, 2016

 Check out:



Sign up to EURAXESS Links ASEAN here:


For more details, please contact Director of Office of External Relations (OEXR) at email: shawnpk@ait.asia

(v)    Gentle reminder: work permit renewal

In December 2016, work permit of many non-Thai AIT faculty and staff will expire. Due to a long holiday in December, please renew your Work Permit at least 1 month before it expires. Kindly provide the following documents:

•       Passport and Visa

•       Work permit license

•       Medical certificate (valid for 1 month) from AIT Medical Clinic.

•       Certificate Employee from HRO

•       Rate of Government Fees for Work Permit

o       950 Baht (For 3 months)

o       1,700 Baht (For 6 months)

o       3,200 Baht (For 1 year)

o       3,950 Baht (For 1 year and 3 months)

o       4,700 Baht (For 1 year and 6 months)

o       6,200 Baht (For 2 years)

Please apply to extend the work permit from 15 November – 15 December 2016. However, if you submit late you must apply for a new work permit.

For further questions, please contact K.Suvanee/K.Pipat, GRU Unit, at Tel. 5014 or 5021



B.    Events and Happenings


(i)    EVENTS

(a)     Climate Change Impact and Adaptation in Agriculture: Examples from Climate-Water-Crop Modelling and Field Studies: 8 Nov. 2016

AIT is organizing a side event titled "Climate Change Impact and Adaptation in Agriculture: Examples from Climate-Water-Crop Modelling and Field Studies" on 8 November 2016 in conjunction with the Second World Irrigation Forum being held from 7-9 November in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/climate-change-impact-and-adaptation-in-agriculture-examples-from-climate-water-crop-modelling-and-field-studies/#.WBav_8n3aUk


(a)    AIT Career Fair & Research Exhibition: 2 Nov. 2016
AIT Career Fair & Research Exhibition will be organized by the AIT Career Center on 2 November 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the AIT Conference Center.

Twenty-four (24) organizations have confirmed so far to join the AIT Career Fair.

Brief profile of the participating companies are given below:

First timers:

1. BioSci (Thailand) Co. Ltd. - a world leader in the advancement of statistical and data analytical tools and solutions for the biotechnology sector
2. Lazada Ltd. -  leading online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia
3.  PR Recruitment & Business Management Co. Ltd. – provider of HR and business process outsourcing services
4. PMK Group – leading manufacturer and distributor in electrical controlling panel
5. Zawana Technology Co. Ltd. – software company

Continuing Career Fair Company Partners:

1.  Aerofluid Co. Ltd. - distributor of hydraulic products for high-end brands
2. Bangkok Glass PCL -  one of the most advanced manufacturers of glass containers in Asia
3. Bangkok Produce Merchandising PCL -  provides broiler chicken processing and distributes animal feed raw material and a subsidiary of CP Foods Public Co. Ltd.
4. Betagro PCL - a country leader in the fully integrated agro-industrial and food business sector
5. Bouygues-Thai Ltd. -  a leading construction company in Asia
6. Chia Tai Co. Ltd. - leader in Thai agricultural business and pioneer in seed business
7. Christiani & Nielsen (Thai) PCL - construction contractor with major operations in Thailand and Southeast Asia
8. Gallup Co. Ltd. -   provider of data-driven news based on U.S. and world polls, daily tracking and public opinion research.
9. Magnecomp Precision Technology PCL -   premier precision suspension assembly manufacturer
10. Nawarat Patanakarn PCL -  one of Thailand's largest construction and engineering firms
11. Perfect Companion Group Co. Ltd. -  leading company in pet business group
12.  Pylon PCL – specialty foundation contractor company
13. Siam Makro PCL – wholesale center for professional business operators
14. Siam Cement PLC (SCG) - leading business conglomerate in the ASEAN region
15. Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction PCL – a leading engineering and construction company
16. Supalai PCL - real estate development operator
17. TEAM Consulting Engg and Mgt Co. Ltd. – Thailand's largest conglomerate of consulting companies  
18. TOA Paint (Thailand) Co., Ltd. - largest decorative paint manufacturer in South East Asia and has four main business lines - paints, chemicals, petrochemicals and automotive
19. United Analyst & Engineering (UAE) Consultant Co. Ltd. – environmental consultancy provider

Out of these 24 participating companies, Pylon PCL will be conducting an interview on Career Fair day.

Other Attractions of the Fair:

¤  Variety of food, drinks and personal accessories sold at special discounted rates outside the AIT Conference Center
¤  Goodies ! free stationery,  bags and a lot more!
¤  the AIT Student Union sponsored Research Exhibition showcasing prototypes and posters related to students’ research !

Lastly, please do not forget to bring hard and soft copies of your CV and dress appropriately. It's your day...make an impression!!!

For more details and job/career adverts, please visit: http://www.careercenter.ait.asia ;
Like AIT Career Center on FB:   https://www.facebook.com/officialaitcareercenter  
Contact AIT Career Center via phone: (662) 524-6744, (662) 524 6326
or send email at careercenter@ait.asia

(b)    Research Exhibition

SU Academic will organize “Research Exhibition” as part of the AIT Career Fair. The event is an excellent platform for the students to showcase their original ideas, research and project in the form of posters and/or exhibits and to engage other towards their research. Students will have an opportunity to present their work to the professionals as well as prospective companies that will be visiting during the career fair.
Registration deadline: 12 October 2016
Poster (soft copy) submission deadline: 20 October 2016
Event date: 02 November 2016
Venue: AITCC Lobby.


All the participants will be awarded certificates.
Winners from each school will be awarded cash prizes.
Cost of posters' printing will be covered.
(We will provide you the template and sample poster)

Students from all three Schools: SET, SOM, and SERD
PhD, Master and Undergraduate student

Students’ presentations (posters/exhibits) will be evaluated by the panel of distinguished judges from SET, SOM, and SERD

To register the Research Exhibition, please fill in the form below:

If any query, please contact: suacademic.ait@gmail.com


(a)     Design of Tall Buildings: Trends and Advancements for Structural Performance: 7 – 9 Nov. 2016 (seminar) and 10 - 12 Nov. 2016 (workshop)

AIT Solutions will organize the “Design of Tall Buildings: Trends and Advancements for Structural Performance” Seminar and Workshop from 7 – 9 November and 10 – 12 November 2016, respectively.

The event will provide participants with an insight to the new developments in tall building design, innovative structural systems for better performance and in-depth understanding of structural behavior and highlight the value of wind tunnel test, probabilistic seismic hazard assessment, peer reviews and performance-based design. It also will focus on hands on understanding of modeling and analysis.

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/design-of-tall-buildings-trends-and-advancements-for-structural-performance/#.V8j2MzUZyUk

(b)     Institute-level Talk on “Innovation Challenges – How to Become Better in Research–based Innovation and Commercialization” - A Swedish Perspective: 15 Nov. 2016

AIT Solutions will organize an Institute-level Talk on “Innovation Challenges – How to Become Better in Research–based Innovation and Commercialization - A Swedish Perspective” by Mr. Kjell-Håkan Närfelt on 15 November 2016, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at Room 115, AIT Extension Building. Mr Närfelt is currently working at VINNOVA (the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) as a Chief Strategy Officer.

(c)    11th GMSARN International Conference 2016: 16 – 18 Nov. 2016

The 11th Greater Mekong Sub-region Academic and Research Network (GMSARN) International Conference 2016 will be held from 16-18 November 2016 in Kunming, China.

The conference brochure is available at: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/gmsarnbrochure.pdf

More details are available at the GMSARN website at: http://www.gmsarn.com/conference2016/

(d)     European Research Days in ASEAN: Workshops on Effective Proposal Preparation for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA): 18-25 November, 2016.

These one-day workshops in Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok will provide detailed information on the eligibility and application criteria for the MSCA Individual Fellowships and the MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE). Hands-on training led by a European trainer will focus on proposal structure, partner Identification, financial aspects, evaluation as well as a review of sample proposals.

These workshops will take place in Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok 18-25 November, 2016.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge but registration is required. Participation is limited to 60 people only.

This workshop will be conducted by Dr Juliane Sauer, EUresearch, Switzerland.

For more information: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/erd-2016-effective-proposal-preparation-for-the-marie-skodowska-curie-actions-tickets-27921422727?aff=erellivmlt

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Sign up to EURAXESS Links ASEAN here:


(iv)    COURSES

(a) Training Course on "Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities": 27 Nov. – 4 Dec. 2016

Natural Resources Management Field of Study, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) will organize a training course on "Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities" on 27 November – 4 December 2016 at the AIT conference center.

For more information, please see:  




C.    Visitors


•    Delegation from Jonkoping University, Sweden, led by Roy Andersson, ASsoc. Dean of International Affairs, School of Engineering / 31 Oct. 2016 / to discuss faculty and student exchange programs and activities and to discuss and finalize the Memorandum of Agreement (Registration Fee, Visa, and Internship)




D.   Faculty and Staff Travel


Mr. Sasanka Madawalagarna / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 14 – 31 October 2016
Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto / Dubai, United Arab Emirates / 18 – 31 October 2016
Ms. Isha Basyal / Delhi and Pune, India / 19 – 22 October 2016*
Mrs. Nitasha Arora / Delhi and Pune, India / 19 – 25 October 2016*
Mr. Shankar Shrestha / Kathmandu, Nepal / 24 October – 2 November 2016
Dr. Panneerselvam Peramalyan / Surin and Sisaket Provinces, Thailand / 25 October – 3 November 2016
Mr. Piyapong Katpiyarat / Sisaket and Surin Provinces, Thailand / 25 October – 3 November 2016
Dr. Victor Shinde / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 26 – 27 October 2016*
Mr. Thaung Htut Aung / Yangon, Myanmar / 26 – 27 October 2016*
Ms. Anyamanee Onsomkrit / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 26 – 27 October 2016*
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Malang, Indonesia / 27 October – 1 November 2016
Ms. Colleen Curran / Manila, Philippines / 26 October – 13 November 2016
Dr. K. R. Salin / Ho Chi Minh, Phu Quoc, Vietnam / 30 October – 3 November 2016
Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Pathumthani, Thailand / 30 October – 5 November 2016
Dr. Thammarat Kootatep / Durban, South Africa / 30 October – 5 November 2016
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Yerevan, Armenia / 30 October – 5 November 2016
Dr. Peter Cookey / Durban, South Africa / 30 October – 5 November 2016
Mrs. Nitasha Arora / Durban, South Africa / 30 October – 5 November 2016
Dr. Abha Mishra / Hyderabad, India / 31 October – 4 November 2016
Dr. Loc Thai Nguyen / Chonburi and Chanthaburi Provinces, Thailand / 3 – 4 November 2016
Dr. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Chonburi Province, Thailand / 4 – 5 November 2016
Dr. Surachet Pravinvongvuth / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 4 – 7 November 2016
Prof. C. Visvanathan / Taiwan / 6 – 9 November 2016

*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)


E.    Classifieds (Jobs)


Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Professor) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. Fac 2/16
Deadline: 31 October 2016

Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Professor) in Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology (School of Environment, Resources and Development)
Ref. No. Fac 3/16
Deadline: 31 October 2016

Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Professor) - IME (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 4/16
Deadline: 31 October 2016

Position: ACSIG Center Manager (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 44/16
Deadline: 31 October 2016

Position: Registry and Student Welfare Officer (Career Center & Student Welfare Unit)
Ref. No. 45/16
Deadline: 4 November 2016

Position: Head, Strategy & Coordination Cluster (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 46/16
Deadline: 9 November 2016

Position: Technician (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 49/16
Deadline: 13 November 2016

Position: Program Associate/Senior Program Associate (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 41/16
Deadline: 15 November 2016

Position: Action Research Coordinator (Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ACISAI))
Ref. No. 47/16
Deadline: 25 November 2016

Position: Research Associate (Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ACISAI))
Ref. No. 48/16
Deadline: 25 November 2016

Faculty Position (Assistant or Associate Professors)  (School of Management)
Ref. No. Fac 5/16
Deadline: 31 December 2016

Position: Director (Office of the Human Resources Services)
Ref. No. 7/16
Deadline: 31 December 2016