Conference to review key national program for the period 2016-2020 "Research on Science and Technology for the management of seas and islands and marine economic development"
The event drew the participation of Mr. Tran Van Tung, Permanent Deputy Minister of Science and Technology; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Tuan Anh, Vice President of VAST; Mr. Ngo Sy Quoc, Deputy Director of the State Key Programs Office; Prof. Dr of Sci. Pham Hoang Hai – Program KC.09/16-20 Manager; Mr. Le Quang Thanh – Head of the Department of Social Sciences, Humanities and Nature; and delegates and scientists.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Tuan Anh, Vice President of VAST, makes a speech at the conference
Speaking at the conference, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Tuan Anh, Vice President of VAST said that the KC.09 program for many years is a very important science and technology program in the development of marine science and technology, the development of scientists, research directions and proposal of solutions for sea and island management and marine economic development. With an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary role, marine research has always played an important role and has always been VAST’s strength.
Since its establishment, in the period 1975-2005, the State has assigned VAST to conduct six consecutive marine research programs. Each program lasts 5 years. VAST also presides over and participates in many projects under the East Sea - Islands programs and many independent state-level projects on the sea and coastal areas; master projects under Project 47 on marine resources and environment. Since 2006, VAST continues to contribute its modest part to the overall success of marine research programs. The KC.09 Program Summary Conference at VAST is also the recognition of the Ministry of Science and Technology, units and scientists from the marine science and technology sector for these contributions.
Deputy Director of the Office of State Key Programs Ngo Sy Quoc said that the KC.09 Program was built with the following objectives: (1) Completing scientific arguments on natural conditions, a system of policies and laws on the sea in service of ensuring security and safety in the sea, and contributing to protecting Vietnam's sovereignty over seas and islands; (2) Proposing effective solutions in exploiting, using and restoring natural resources of sea and island areas, developing models of planning for management and use of space in coastal areas, waters and islands; (3) Applying advanced technologies in forecasting and warning of natural disasters, serving sustainable development of the marine economy and protecting the environment. Although there were difficulties in the process of researching the mission, especially the impact caused by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic at the final stage of the program, most of the topics and projects were accepted, and many products were commercialized.
Prof. Dr of Sci. Pham Hoang Hai, KC.09 Program Manager, speaks at the Conference
Prof. Dr of Sci. Pham Hoang Hai, KC.09 Program Manager, said that after more than 5 years, 37/41 tasks of topics under the KC.09 Program have been tested and accepted at national level; 80% of research results are put into practical application; useful solutions, recognized intellectual property accounts for 17%. In addition, 163 domestic and 76 international articles were obtained from the research results of the topics and the number of topics with international publication reached 100%.
At the Conference, many reports were presented, such as: "Research, development and application of advanced technologies to create a high-value product chain from Vietnam's seafood resources" (area of rational use of resources and marine economic development) by Dr. Tran Quoc Toan (Institute of Chemistry of Natural Compounds, VAST); "Application of advanced technology to build a forecasting model for the formation and operation of tropical cyclones in the East Sea within 3 days" (in the field of natural resources, environment, disaster prevention and mitigation) by Prof. Dr. Tran Tan Tien (University of Science, Vietnam National University, Hanoi); "Security and order issues on Vietnamese islands: scientific and practical basis" (in the field of ensuring security and order, stabilizing population for sustainable socio-economic development on Vietnam’s islands) by Lieutenant General. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Vi Dan (Political Academy of the People's Public Security, Ministry of Public Security).
Permanent Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung speaks at the Conference
After listening to the reports, the Permanent Deputy Minister of Science and Technology said that KC.09 was a practical program and he highly appreciated the great efforts of scientists participating in this program. The Deputy Minister also expressed his hope that in the coming time, more models, technologies and especially the exploitation, farming and processing of biological resources, and construction solutions to minimize coastal erosion, should be applied. In addition to suggestions from scientists, the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology also suggested that businesses, corporations, companies and industries in the field should coordinate to solve real-world problems.
Mr. Le Quang Thanh, Head of the Department of Social Sciences, Humanities and Nature, proposed developing a framework for the Program in the period of 2021-2025, with the following objectives: establishing a basis and providing scientific arguments for sustainable development of the marine economy, contributing to the protection of Vietnam's rights and interests in the East Sea; provide scientific arguments for sustainable development of the marine economy on the basis of green growth and marine biodiversity conservation; application of advanced technologies in the management, exploitation and efficient use of marine resources; application of techniques and technologies in forecasting and warning of natural disasters and marine environmental incidents, and responding to climate change in Vietnam's seas to serve the sustainable development of the marine economy.
Translated by Tuyet Nhung
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