Scientific conference on nano technology opens

Viet Nam News BÌNH ĐỊNH - The Fundamental Science and Society workshop opened this morning in the central Quy Nhơn City, with the participation of foreign Nobel laureates and local agencies working in the field. The participants include Prof David Gross, Nobel laureate in Physics in 2004, Jean-Marie Solvay, president of the International Solvay Institutes, and officials from the Vietnamese ministry of science and technology. Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam delivered a speech at the workshop, highlighting the significance of fundamental science in the development of Việt Nam in particular and of the world in general. The two-day workshop will end tomorrow, July 8, after round-table discussions on topics such as basic science in emerging countries, basic science and sustainable development, and basic science and climate conclude. According to Professor Trần Thanh Vân, chairman of Rencontres du Vietnam (Meeting Việt Nam), the workshop's key objects were to understand the impact of fundamental science on our world and the relevance of fundamental science applications in the development of various sectors and society. The workshop is being held by the science and technology ministry and Recontres du Vietnam at the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education in Quy Nhơn City. Today also marked the 50th anniversary of the Rencontres de Moriond (Meeting Moriond), a model initiated by Professor Vân in 1966 in Moriond, France, for informal meetings and discussions of young scientists. The Meeting Moriond model has contributed effectively to the development of global science in general. - VNS... [read more]

Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, June 4 Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, June 4 Society -- Three were killed as a truck crashed into a motorbike on Phu Quoc Island, off the southern province of Kien Giang, on Friday, the latest in a series of accidents on what used to be a peaceful island. -- The almost unbearable hot spell hitting northern Vietnam over the last few days will end today, June 4, according to the National Center for Hydro‑Meteorological Forecasting. -- A US$322 million project backed by the World Bank to reduce flood risk in the urban core area of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho was officially launched on Friday. -- Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired a national teleconference on stepping up the implementation of health insurance for all people on Friday, underlining that insurance is compulsory but is also the interests and responsibility of everyone. Business -- Vietnam's business community should try to double the current number of enterprises to 1 million by 2020, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue said as he met 100 young entrepreneurs with outstanding startup projects in Hanoi on Friday. -- A number of flights were affected as the Buon Ma Thuot Airport in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on Friday, as the facility had to be closed for repairs to a runway defect. Lifestyle -- Global Eye Program, an initiative…... [read more]

BINH DINH (VNS) - About 120 leading professors and doctors from 25 countries and territories worldwide have gathered in central Binh Dinh Province for an international physical science conference. The conference, which started on Monday and was co-organised by the organisation Recontres du Vietnam (Meeting Viet Nam) and the Binh Dinh provincial People's Committee, is focusing on the theme: "Physics at Large Hadron Collider and beyond." It aims to provide fundamental knowledge about the physical world. According to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It first started up on 10 September 2008, and remains the latest addition to CERN's accelerator complex. Among the participants is 2013 Nobel Laureate in Physics Belgian François Englert, who, together with Briton Peter Higgs, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics, 'for something small that makes all the difference' - the Higgs boson. Prof. Nguyen Van Hieu, former head of the Viet Nam Academy of Sciences and Technology, said that the conference would help Viet Nam benefit from international experience and achievements, particularly in the research and development of new materials. "The field would pave the way for the development of industries including shipbuilding, weapons and information technology in the country," he said. At the event, delegates from the Ministry of Science and Technology, the HCM City National University and the organisation Meeting Viet Nam proposed that the province's Quy Nhon City be a hub for science and education. The…... [read more]

Vietnam will break ground on a center dedicated to housing meetings between Vietnamese and international scientists next year in the central province of Binh Dinh, VnExpress reported Friday. The France-based Recontres du Vietnam invested a total of US$6 million into the the center. The facility will span184,000 square meters and house conference halls, workrooms, and a three-star hotel among other amenities, according to the news website. Work is expected to begin in July or August, the site reported. The international scientific conference center will go into operation at the end of 2012. The center is designed to enhance the expertise of local university lecturers and satisfy the demand for international training throughout the central region, VnExpress said. Established in 1996 as an organization of overseas Vietnamese scientists, the Recontres du Vietnam so far has held many international conferences in Vietnam and abroad. Each was attended by more than 300 scientists, some of whom are Nobel-prize winners, from over 30 countries.... [read more]

Overseas Vietnamese scientists attending the seminar on global progress in elementary particle physics and astrophysics- the fifth "Recontres du Vietnam", in Hanoi from August.6-11, expressed their wish to further contribute to the homeland's development in general and its physics in particular. Prof. Tran Minh Tam from the Swiss Polytechnic University applauded Vietnam's policy to facilitate overseas Vietnamese scientists' teaching, researches and transfer of advanced technology and techniques. He said, "The move is necessary as overseas Vietnamese scientists will act as a bridge linking domestic scientists with international ones." Mr Tam said he would promote cooperation between French-speaking colleges in Switzerland, the Swiss Polytechnic University and Hanoi-based Natural Sciences University, where he teaches, and brings scholarships for Vietnamese students to study in Switzerland. Two young professors Nguyen Trong Hien and Dam Thanh Son working for the U.S National Aeronautics and Space Administration and teaching at the Washington University, expressed their wish to work with domestic scientists. Prof. Pham Quang Hung also from the U.S said he expects to ask the Virginia University to sign cooperative programmes with Vietnam on exchanges of scientists and training for Vietnamese students majoring in physics. (CPV/VNA)... [read more]

A farmer harvests rice by combine harvester (Source: VNA) Ninh Thuan (VNA) –The southern province of Ninh Thuan plans to invest 1.2 billion VND (52,800 USD) to encourage the use of technology and industrial equipment in farming in the locality. The sum will be used to implement 11 projects in different areas, including helping farmers purchase machines for farm produce processing, assisting rural firms to join trade fairs in other localities, improving management capacity and product quality and vocational training. According to the provincial Centre for Industry Encouraging and Trade Promotion, the province currently has more than 5,570 rural industrial production and trade facilities, including 179 companies and 5,391 household businesses, employing some 21,500 labourers. The majority of facilities are small scale, with the average capital of a company about 21.9 billion VND, while that of a household business is 70.4 million VND and 80 million VND for each cooperative. Their access to capital and new technology is limited and growth is slow. [Hi-tech agriculture rides strong wave of domestic investment] Director of the centre Vo Viet Hieu said that the centre will continue calling on businesses to replace outdated technology with modern and environmentaly-friendly models for greener production. At the same time, rural industrial facilities will receive advice on investment information to expand their business in line with the development strategy of each locality, he said. The province will also help the firms with administrative procedures, capital and land, while assisting them…... [read more]

Vietnam is among ASEAN’s largest and most dynamic economies, said Singaporean Ambassador to France Zainal Arif Mantaha on July 29. (Photo: VNA) Paris (VNA) – Vietnam is among ASEAN’s largest and most dynamic economies with robust growth reflected by its GDP in recent years, said Singaporean Ambassador to France Zainal Arif Mantaha on July 29. Vietnam has seen rapid development in many areas, particularly the digital economy, the ambassador told Vietnam News Agency at the ASEAN Family Day in Croissy-sur-Seine city. He was impressed by Vietnam’s efforts and contribution to building ASEAN and strengthening cooperation between its members, he said, hoping the country will continue playing an important part in the bloc’s development. Speaking of ASEAN’s 50-year journey, he hailed the group’s dedication to stability and peace in Southeast Asia and enhancing partnerships in the entire region. ASEAN has made consultation and dialogue a principal for how its ten member states work together and with partners, Mantaha added. In the past five decades, ASEAN has made fundamental achievements that will nurture its increased cooperation and development in the future, the diplomat noted. On East Sea issues, he affirmed ASEAN’s confidence in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the bloc’s regulatory frameworks, and voiced his support for freedom of navigation in Southeast Asia, which is part of an important global maritime trade route. He believed that ASEAN countries will do everything possible to ensure regional stability…... [read more]

The Ministry of Information and Communications is developing a draft circular on mobile telecommunication network information services, reported the Vietnam News Agency. The circular, which amends Circular No 17/2016/TT-BTTTT, aims to tighten management over services that charge customers periodically. Specifically, the draft circular only allows network operators to provide services when receiving confirmation by SMS from customers. The Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) said that the requirement was reasonable and would ensure whether customers want to use the services or not. In this regard, VCCI said that operators should send notifications to users each time they renew their services. The notifications must include information on how to cancel the service so that users may cancel. Dau Anh Tuan, Head of the VCCI’s Legal Department, also suggested the drafting agency consider and amend the circular to require providers to send messages to users via SMS each time services are renewed or charges are made. “The SMS must include the full content of the services, especially instructions of how to cancel the service,” he emphasised. The chamber also said that confirmation by SMS for only periodic services is not enough; the regulation should be applied to other services such as those charging according to Internet data packages. The chamber mentioned controversial services such as 3G and 4G, which are charged by default according to data usage unless users register specific data packages. The default charges based on data used are expensive, much higher than other packages. However, when a…... [read more]

Hoang Van Dung, Chairman of ABAC Vietnam. (Source: VNA) Ottawa (VNA) – The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) needs to become an open, innovative and inclusive region with a long-term vision to create sustainable and inclusive growth, heard the third APEC Business Advisory Council meeting (ABAC III) in Toronto, Canada. In a press release issued after the conference, which was held from July 24-28, ABAC members highlighted four priority fields of intensifying integration and trade liberalisation, speeding up the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises, developing science and technology, and bettering human resources training. They also stressed the need for APEC economies to take action toward the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area based on the results of ambitious regional agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and the Pacific Alliance. Talking to Vietnam News Agency correspondents, APEC Executive Director Alan Bollard said that as ABAC III was a meeting of enterprises, delegates discussed a series of issues related to trade and investment and on how to maintain dynamic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. New issues, including e-commerce, development of small enterprises and the role of women in the economy, were also put on table, he added. Chairman of the ABAC Vietnam Hoang Van Dung emphasised the importance of science and technology in the digital era, especially for such developing countries as Vietnam. Within the framework of the conference, a representative from the Vietnamese delegation informed the participants of…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) must become an open, innovative and inclusive region, with a long-term vision to creating sustainable and inclusive growth, heard the third APEC Business Advisory Council meeting (ABAC III) held in Toronto, Canada. In a press release issued following the conference, which was held from July 24-28, the ABAC members highlighted four priority fields in which to intensifying integration and trade liberalisation, accelerating the development of small and mediumsized enterprises, developing science and technology, and improve human resources training. They also stressed the need for the APEC economies to take action toward the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area, based on the results of ambitious regional agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the Pacific Alliance. Talking to Vietnam News Agency correspondents, APEC Executive Director Alan Bollard said that as ABAC III was a meeting of enterprises, delegates discussed a series of issues related to trade and investment and on how to maintain the dynamic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. New issues, including e-commerce, the development of small enterprises and the role of women in the economy, were also put to the table, he added. Chairman of the ABAC Vietnam Hoang Van Dung emphasised the importance of science and technology in the digital era, especially for developing countries such as Vietnam. As part of the conference, a representative from the Vietnamese delegation informed the participants of Vietnam’s preparation works for the APEC Economic…... [read more]




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