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MSU organized the 1st Palaeontology of Thailand Conference on Dinosaur Palaeontology – Theme: La Fête des Dinos
18 March 2017, Mahasarakham University organized the Palaeontology of Thailand Conference on Dinosaur Palaeontology – theme: La Fête des Dinos.
The Palaeontology of Thailand Conference on Dinosaur Palaeontology was organized for the first time in Thailand and divided into three sessions including scientific paper presentation, Dinosaur Knowledge Festival, and important dinosaur site visits in Thailand.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prayook Srivilai, Vice-President for Planning and Special Affairs presided over the opening ceremony of the conference at the Center of Excellence for Silk Innovation, MSU. During the opening ceremony, Dr. Warawut Sutreetorn, the Chairman of the Conference and the Director of MSU Palaeontological Research and Education Centre at Mahasarakham University stated that this conference is a platform for researchers and academics not only to share and exchange ideas and experiences, but also to create a permanent and multidisciplinary knowledge network on palaeontology in Thailand.
In Thailand, palaeontology especially vertebrate has been studied seriously nearly 40 years ago after the discovery of the first fossil at Phu Wiang District, Khon Kaen Province; as a result, there are a number of surveys, excavations and ongoing research. However, there are not many Thai paleontologists in the field of palaeontology (less than 30 paleontologists) which does not cover all branches of palaeontology. While universities produce a small number of graduates in palaeontology fields, there are many fossils waiting to be discovered and studied,” said Dr. Warawut Sutreetorn, Director of MSU Palaeontological Research and Education Centre.
MSU is the only university in Southeast Asia that offers M.S. and Ph.D. in Palaeontology. The programs aim to produce Master of Science graduates and doctoral holders who have good knowledge and skills in palaeontology, who are aware of palaeontological resources, who are able to utilize such knowledge, who have skills at an international level, who have skills for sustainable management and conservation of fossils in Thailand, and who are moral and ethical beings who make use of their ability for the benefit of society and the country.
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