National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
Dr. Lily Eurwilaichitr is Vice President (for International Collaboration) of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA). Currently, she serves as a member of the World Federal on Culture Collection (WFCC) Executive Board, an executive board member of Asian Network on Research Resource Center (ANRRC), and the Secretariat of the ASEAN Network on Bio-Circular and Green Economy (ASEAN BCG Network). Dr. Eurwilaichitr received her Ph.D. from the Research School of Bioscience, University of Kent at Canterbury, on molecular genetics in yeast. She also led a team of researchers to establish and optimize technology for gene discovery from unculturable microorganisms from environments. She has published over 80 international scientific papers. She also received several awards namely, L’Oreal For Women in Science fellowship, Taguchi award from the Foundation for the Promotion of Biotechnology in Thailand and The Innovation awards from The National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT).
A new economic model called BCG, an integration of bioeconomy, circular economy and green economy, has been conceptualized as a strategy to drive Thailand’s economic and social development. BCG model will enable the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the promotion of sustainable agriculture, clean energy, and responsible consumption and production, ensuring the conservation and sustainable utilization of cultural and biological diversity, and protecting the environment and ecosystem. This talk will focus on biotechnology as an instrumental tool to drive bioeconomy and to mitigate and adapt to impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. Also, a quadruple helix approach - engaging government, industry, academia and the society – is employed in the design and implementation of BCG actions, therefore involvement of stakeholders and international cooperation will be presented, including government support measures and BCG implementation plan.