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Special colloquium 5 June - Development of Thai National Radio Telescope, and Prospects for Astronomy Development in Thailand

Submitter: Saran Poshyachinda and Busaba Kramer
Description: Talk 1 (Busaba Kramer): The 40-m Thai National Radio Telescope (TNRT) is the first and largest radio telescope in Southeast Asia with state-of-the-art technological capabilities. The design of TNRT is based on Yebes radio telescope in Spain, with an innovative prime focus receiver facility - to accommodate low frequency observation in L-band. TNRT can be operated up to 115 GHz. The construction of TNRT has started in late 2018 and aims to complete by the end this year. In this talk, I will give an overview of the project, recent development and early science planned for TNRT on behalf of Dr. Phrudth Jaroenjittichi, TNRT Project Manager, who cannot be present during this visit.

Talk 2 (Saran Poshyachinda): Since the establishment of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) directly under Ministry of Science and Technology in 2009, astronomy development in Thailand has advanced with fast pace, both in research and infrastructure. One of the key successes of NARIT is not only to focus on astronomy research but also to concentrate on making a big impact on astronomy education for schools and the public in Thailand at regional and national level. I will give an overview of our current activities and the next steps by NARIT in using astronomy as a tool in human resource and technology development towards a sustainable development for Thailand. At the end of my talk, I will give an update on progress of our new 40-m Thai National Radio Telescope (TNRT).
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