VEF and TATRC Support Workshop on Vietnamese Water Quality
November 16, 2005--VEF and the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) announced today that they are jointly supporting a "U.S.-Vietnam Workshop on Water Pollution Prevention Technologies", taking place in Hanoi from 15 to 18 November 2005.
The workshop's objective is to reinforce scientific and technological co-operation between the U.S. and Vietnam on the environment, and particularly on water pollution prevention. Importantly, the co-sponsors hope this event would serve as a platform for long-term cooperation between the two countries' scientific communities in water studies.
There are more than 100 people participating in the workshop, including policy-makers, scientists from outside and inside Vietnam, as well as the representatives of the Vietnamese government agencies. There are six distinguished American scientists from leading U.S. universities attending and presenting at the workshop.
Professor Dang Vu Minh, President of Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) delivered the opening address at the workshop. The Director of the Institute of Environmental Technology (IET), Dr. Nguyen The Dong, noted: "We highly appreciate the support from our U.S. counterparts, especially VEF and TATRC. This is an important landmark for our cooperation in the field of water studies."
"We are delighted to work with IET and others to organize this workshop. The idea of organizing a workshop on environmental studies originated in a conversation with Professor Academician Nguyen Van Hieu less than a year ago at the VEF Fellows' Annual Conference in Washington D.C."said Mr. Kien Pham, VEF's Executive Director. He continued "We see the environment as a crucial aspect of Vietnam's sustainable economic development."
Dr. Greg Mogel, Deputy Director of TATRC "This workshop is a significant step for further cooperation on the environment between Vietnamese and American scientists. TATRC is happy to support VEF and Vietnam. We are interested in continuing the cooperative partnership with VEF, especially in the projects to identify advanced medical technologies that can help improve health care in both countries."