Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, July 2014

Antimicrobial use in livestock and antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens workshop held 7-10th July, Bangkok, Thailand as part of the researcher links scheme a initiative run by the British Council and Thailand Research Fund to encourage international research collaboration between young researchers to enhance research collaboration. The coordinators were Dr Rungtip Chuanchuen (Director of the Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring in Foodborne Pathogens) Chulalongkorn University, Thailand) and IGH’s Dr Nicola Williams.

The workshop included 11 UK participants from the Royal Veterinary College, University College London, University of Swansea, University of Cambridge, and IGH, University of Liverpool, working in this research area, with IGH Professor Malcolm Bennett and Professor Susan Dawson acting as mentors alongside thai colleagues Dr Pawin Padungtod and Dr Sumalee Boonmar. Thai reseachers also attended from a number of Thai universities including Chiang Mai, Chulalongkorn, Thammasat, Khon Kaen, Mahidol, Mahanakorn, Kasetsart and University of Technology.  Participants were given the opportunity to talk about their work and provide poster presentations, as well as taking part in an assignment involving thai and UK participants to discuss the career structure and funding opportunities within each country, as well as discussing research ideas for collaboration.

It wasn’t however all work, a very nice dinner trip was organised down the Chaophraya river, as well as plenty of opportunity for delegates to chat over lunch and coffee, as well as on the trips to the commercial pig farm and chicken broiler hatchery that were also organised by our thai colleagues.

There are plans to repeat this workshop and to seek further funding to either host a workshop again in Thailand or in the UK.