Date: 29 January 2024By

WAITRO Regional Representative at the 9th India International Science Festival

Last week, January 17-20th 2024, the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) of India hosted the 9th India International Science Festival (IISF) at the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, Haryana, India. Theresia Ningsi Astuti, WAITRO’s Regional Representative (RR) for Asia and the Pacific from WAITRO Member the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Indonesia, attended this event.

The National Innovation Foundation (NIF) in India is an autonomous Institution of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. During the event, NIF initiated several new collaborations on different aspects related to Science, Technology and Innovation. Partners included:

  • The National Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Ministry of Economy, Republic of Armenia
  • Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), Commonwealth of Australia
  • Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM), from Malaysia
  • The University of Nairobi & Moi University from the Republic of Kenya
  • The University of Namibia from the Republic of Namibia
  • The Department of Research and Innovation (DRI), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Republic of The Union of  Myanmar
  • Foreign Trade University, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Republic of Indonesia
  • University of Rwanda, from the Republic of Rwanda

NIF invited a total of 35 international delegations from 21 countries.

Day 1 – The inauguration of IISF 2023 was attended by High Levels of the Government of India, an international delegation, and many students.  After the inauguration, there was an introduction from each delegate/organization and discussions with the Indian Leadership.

Round Table Science Technology and Innovation Learning from Overseas

Day 2 – Round Table on “Science, Technology and Innovations: Learning from Overseas”. Each delegate shared about Science, Technology and Innovations and also potential collaborations, both with India and with other countries.

Day 3 – Round Table on “India International Collaboration” continued with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Letter of Intent (LoI) with some delegates.In another session, Theresia was a speaker on the New Age Technology Show and talked about Converting Innovations into Business.

Round Table on “India International Collaboration”
New Age Technology Show

Day 4 – Showing exhibition, another WAITRO member, CSIR India, participated as an exhibitor in this event. During the closing ceremony, there was also an MOU exchange and awarding.

Exibition CSIR India