Thailand, the land of smiles, is a democratic country in Southeast Asia. With a constitutional monarchy, it is an incredible destination with palaces, temples, markets, shopping centres, fine dining, as well as natural attractions.
The population of over sixty seven million people is comprised of different ethnic and religious groups that live in harmony under the great kindness of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Over the sixty two years of his reign, His Majesty the King and various members of the royal family have initiated or undertaken several Royal Development Projects for Thai people, as well as neighbouring countries.
One of the best known projects is the Royal Rainmaking, which has been used to alleviate drought in many agricultural areas. For more than forty years, the King devoted himself to researching artificial rainmaking techniques, which was based on scientific knowledge such as cloud physics, equilibrium vapour pressure, and water condensation. The rainmaking process won the Gold Medal with Mention at Brussels Eureka in 2001. In 2011, His Majesty the King will be eighty four years old and completed the auspicious seven cycles of twelve years.
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is one of Asia's most dynamic cities. Established over two centuries ago, Bangkok has developed into a modern and sophisticated metropolis. Yet the city still retains its oriental charm.
Chulalongkorn University is Thailand's oldest and most prestigious university. It was officially established in 1917 by King Vachiravudh, and was named after his father, King Chulalongkorn, who had initiated a policy to promote the country's education. The university takes pride as the Pillar of the Kingdom, and it is the only one of Thailand's universities in the top-200 list of World University Rankings as conducted by the Times Higher Education.
The university offers both Thai and international programmes that cover a full range of academic fields, ranging from the arts to sciences, including health sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, is the first faculty of science in the nation, and was established almost a century ago. At present, the Faculty of Science is comprised of fourteen departments, museums, and research centres. The best students in the country choose to come to study at this top-ranked faculty. We serve the country in science and technology, and commit ourselves to be the leader in both science education and research, ranging from those which aim to solve domestic problems to frontier research.
Physics is the root of all natural sciences as well as advanced knowledge and technology. The Department of Physics was originally founded together with the Faculty of Science. The active research areas cover a wide range of phenomena, from the smallest scale of subatomic particles, condensed matter physics, up to the largest scale of galaxies. Research activities and international cooperative projects have been carried out with world-class organisations such as CERN, ICTP, and many top-ranked universities.
In the upcoming year, Chulalongkorn University, along with the Promotion of Academic Olympiads and Development of Science Education Foundation under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Kromma Luang Narathiwat Rajanagarindra with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as the president of the executive board, the Ministry of Education, the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology, the Thai Physics Society, and the Thailand Centre of Excellence in Physics will host the 42nd International Physics Olympiad under the theme of Harmony in Physics.
We are pleased to welcome all delegates and students from around the world to Thailand during 10–18 July, 2011.