At the awards ceremony. ( Image: baodatviet.vn )
Party Central Committee member and Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan, Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations Dang Vu Minh and other representatives from ministries and sectors, as well as 500 scientists attended the event, held jointly by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, Vietnam Television and the Vietnam Fund for Supporting Technological Creations (VIFOTEC).
A total of 513 scientific and technological projects were sent to the organising board in 2010-2011 to be considered for the awards. The projects covered a wide range of fields such as IT, electronics, and telecommunications; mechanical and automation engineering; construction and transport; materials, chemicals, and energy; as well as agriculture, forestry, fishery; environmental protection and natural resources conservation; health care; pharmaceuticals; education and training. The organisers selected 82 projects to receive the awards including four first prizes, 11 second prizes, 24 third prizes and 43 consolation prizes.
At the ceremony, the International Intellectual Property Organisation also presented the WIPO award for the best project to Vo Tan Dung from Can Tho province, as well as WIPO prizes for the best female innovator and best young innovator.
All of the winning projects have been applied in industrial or commericial production and have significantly improved economic efficiency.