Conference : The 2nd International Postgraduate Symposium on Food Agriculture & Biotechnology (IPSFAB2015)
Date : 17-18 August 2015
Venue : Meeting Room 201 Faculty of Technology, Mahasarakham University
Organized by : Faculty of Technology, Mahasarakham University, Thailand
Introduction
In 2015, the integrated ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will be officially launched. One of the main purposes of this integration is for the development of science and technology since it is a key factor in sustaining economic growth, enhancing community wellbeing and promoting integration in this region.
In order for ASEAN science to become world class and be globally competitive, it requires the driving forces from the three main scientific areas of (1) food science and technology (2) agricultural technology and (3) biotechnology. ASEAN is home to one of the world’s most precious natural resources, and the most diverse microbial community. Scientific strength in this region would be significantly enhanced provided that appropriate collaborative networks amongst member countries are promoted. In addition, education sectors should focus more on internationalizing their curricula and universities across this region should find more opportunities to collaborate in research and academic activities.
The Faculty of Technology (MSU) initiated The 1st  International Postgraduate Symposium on Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology (IPSFAB 2014) last year with the aims to share research experience on food, agriculture and biotechnology amongst Thai and international postgraduates. Last year symposium was a success. We are honoured by a distinguished scientific committee of the 1st IPSFAB 2014 consisting of six international academics from the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and China, and three academics from Thailand. There were approximately 80 attendees from 9 nations, 14 oral presenters from Thailand, China, Cambodia and Croatia and 36 poster presenters from Thailand and China. Those included foreign guests; the delegation team led by Mr. Li Jingxi from Yunnan Agricultural University, China and a keynote speaker Prof. C. Hanny Wijaya from Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia who gave a keynote lecture on ‘Utilization of local traditional wisdom and bio-sources in functional foods innovation’.
The conference will provide a starting point for collaborative networks among postgraduates from Thai universities and ASEAN countries. This will strengthen research community locally and internationally and provide the international academic medium for postgraduates to benefit from it.
Objectives:
     To share knowledge and research experience on food, agriculture and biotechnology.
     To provide a stage for collaborative networks among postgraduates and researchers from Thai universities and ASEAN countries.