ThaisCube: CMU Partners with NARIT to Bring Physics and Astronomy Experts to Educate Thai Researchers on Multi-Messenger Astronomy

9 August 2023

Faculty of Science

          CMU, in partnership with the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT), hosted the second edition of ThaisCube Workshop to provide education on multi-messenger astronomy, neutrino physics, cosmic rays, gamma rays, neutrino detectors, and Gamma-ray astronomy.

           The opening ceremony was held on August 8, 2023, at ibis Styles Chiang Mai. Professor Albrecht Karle, IceCube Associate Director for Science and Instrumentation, and researchers at IceCube: Mr. Vedent Basu from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ms. Chira Bellenghi from Technical University of Munich, gave a lecture to a group of Thai scientists, including Assistant Professor Dr. Waraporn Nuntiyakul from CMU Faculty of Science, Dr. Chayanit Asawatangtrakuldee from Chulalongkorn University, Dr. Wirin Sonsrettee from Panyapiwat Institute of Management, Dr. Alejandro Saiz Rivera and Assistant Professor Dr. Warit Mitthumsiri fro, Mahidol University, and Dr. Achara Seripienlert from NARIT. The workshop also featured a long-distant conversation with IceCube researchers working at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica.

          The opening ceremony was presided over by Assistant Professor Dr. Siramas Komonjinda, Director of the CMU Faculty of Science’s Graduate Programs in Astronomy. Associate Professor Dr. Sate Sampattagul, chair of the coordinating committee for workforce development to advance carbon neutrality and carbon net zero, and the Programme Management Unit for Human Resources & Institutional Development, Research and Innovation (PMU-B) gave a speech welcoming the speakers and participants with the Faculty’s Associate Dean for Research and International Relations – Associate Professor Dr. Kedsarin Pimraksa – also in attendance.

          This workshop was also attended by academics and students from all over the country, as well as the US and the Philippines.

          In addition to the lecture and practicum on the software for calculating and creating models, the participants also got to see CMU’s Changvan mobile neutron detector installed at the Northern Science Park and Mahidol University’s Princess Sirindhorn Neutron Monitor at Doi Inthanon National Park.

         The second edition of ThaisCube is set to take place between August 8 – 11, 2023, at ibis Styles Chiang Mai with the support from PMU-B as a part of a research project to promote Thai researchers’ role as a world-class member in collaboration with IceCube led by Assistant Professor Dr. Waraporn Nuntiyakul and the International Training Centre in Astronomy (ITCA) under the auspices of UNESCO operated by NARIT.