Modern Astronomy: Science/Technology Transfer in the SEA-ROAD Region

The aim is to conduct a 2-day seminar in Chiang Mai, Thailand and on Doi Inthanon at the Thai Natiolnal Telescope to introduce about 30 senior secondary school students from the South-East Asia (SEA-ROAD) region to the ways in which astronomy can be used to enhance the socio-economic development of the region. In the process, the students will be exposed to the concepts and personal values of a co-operative and multidisciplinary vocational team effort required in achieving common scientific and engineering goals, and how these sometimes translate into innovative solutions that contribute towards socio-economic development. The students also will be exposed to the scientific methodology and engineering principles found in an observatory environment, in order to highlight possible career options and relevant tertiary training in astronomy.