SUMERNET at the SEI Science Forum 2017, 30 May to 1 June

SEI Science Forum 2017 will be organized by SEI Asia from 30 May to 2 June in Bangkok. Prominent policy-makers, scientists and researchers, from across the Asia-Pacific region, are expected to attend to share ideas and perspectives, build partnerships and propose solutions to many of the urgent environmental challenges we face in Asia today. SUMERNET partners will be involved in a panel on "Enhancing Research and Policy through a Partnership Approach".

Co-hosted by Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University, SEI’s Science Forum 2017 will bring together 120 invited guests and more than 80 SEI researchers to share insights and solutions on topics critical to sustainable development in Asia – from the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement to gender equality, disaster risk reduction, and urbanization. There will be one "External Day" on 30th May which is a public event. On 311 May and 1st June, there will be "Internal Days" intended mainly for SEI colleagues and project partners. 

The panel with SUMERNET partners will take place during the internal day on 31st May.  

SUMERNET: Enhancing Research and Policy through a Partnership Approach

To address the sustainable development challenges in the Mekong Region, the Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET) was established with 14 members in 2005 and now has expanded to almost 70 member institutes. This session will share insights on key successes and lessons learnt during over the past 12 years as well as challenges and opportunities lying ahead for SUMERNET considering its aspiration for "reducing water insecurity for all" in the coming decade. The session will explore how other networks/initiatives can best use SUMERNET’s partnership approach to further enhance their influence for better research and changes in policy and practice.

Panelist members:

  • Dr. AnnaKarin Norling, Embassy of Sweden, Thailand
  • Dr. Chu Thai Hoanh, SUMERNET Steering Committee Chairperson
  • Dr. Kaing Khim, Deputy Director General, Department of Fisheries Administration, MAFF, Cambodia
  • Mr. Trinnawat Suwanprik, Chiang Mai Municipality, Thailand
  • Dr. Louis Lebel, Chiang Mai University, SUMERNET Steering Committee & Co-Founder of M-POWER network
  • Dr. Bui Duc Tinh, Faculty of Economics and Development Studies, Hue University of Economics, Vietnam

The panel session will be moderated by Dr. Chayanis Krittasudthacheewa, SUMERNET program manager and deputy director of SEI Asia.

The working agendas for the External (public) day and the Internal Days are provided below.

 Also see here for more information.