Vietnamese professor honoured with Interdisciplinary Prize of the United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry

Tuesday, 07/06/2022 16:26
Vietnamese Professor Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh has been honoured with the Interdisciplinary Prize of the United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry for her outstanding achievements in research and innovation, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Professor Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh (Photo: UCL)

Thanh, currently working at the University College London (UCL), won the prize for her important contributions to research related to Plasmonic nanoparticles and their magnetism for biomedical applications.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Thanh expressed her honour to have interdisciplinary research works with her collaborators recognised, saying that she is happy when her research can help prolong the life of cancer patients.

Professor Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh (Source:

The Interdisciplinary Prizes are awarded for work at the interface between chemistry and other disciplines. The spirit of the prize is to recognise research involving both the broad and evolving subject of chemistry and another discipline.

Vietnam nominated in 10 categories at World Travel Awards 2022

Vietnam has made the shortlist in 10 categories at the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) 2022, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) said on June 6.

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

It was nominated for awards in the Asian region for Leading Destination, Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination, Leading Heritage Destination, Leading Cultural Destination, Leading Nature Destination, Leading Youth Travel Destination and Leading Beach Destination.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism is running for the Asia's Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination award.

The capital city of Hanoi was shortlisted as Asia’s Leading City Break Destination and Asia’s Leading Cultural City Destination.

To cast votes for Vietnam, please visit Voting will close on August 31.

The WTA was launched in 1993 to acknowledge excellence in the travel and tourism industry. Heralded as the “travel industry’s equivalent of the Oscars” by the Wall Street Journal, the awards are based on votes from the public and travel professionals across the globe.

Vietnam won the title of Asia’s Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards 2021.

The WTA also honoured Vietnam as Asia’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination, and the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism as Asia’s Leading Tourist Board 2021.

US exempts tariffs on solar panels imported from Vietnam

According to the Voice of Vietnam, US President Joe Biden on June 6 announced a 24-month tax exemption for solar panels imported from four Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, to promote clean energy production in the country.

Installing solar panels in Vietnam. (Photo:

In a statement, the White House said the tax exemption applies to solar panels imported from Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand.

With this decision, the US is able to ensure a sufficient supply of parts to meet power generation needs while domestic solar power production increases.

President Biden also activated the Defense Production Act (DPA) to boost solar panel production in the US.

The White House emphasized that clean energy technologies now play an important part in reducing energy costs for homes, thus minimizing risks to the electricity supply in the country.

The US aims to triple the amount of solar electricity produced by 2024, from 7.5 gigawatts to 22.5 gigawatts, that is enough to power 3.3 million households in the country each year.

Market requirements for rice exports to Nordic market

Local businesses have been recommended to focus on niche markets, rice products with organic standards, and abide by market requirements in order to enter the Nordic market in the future, the Voice of Vietnam reported details given by Vietnamese Trade Office in Sweden.

The trade office assessed that Sweden's rice imports from the Vietnamese market have increased significantly over recent years following the enforcement of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

Most notably, Vietnamese rice products enjoys competitive advantages over regional rivals such as India and Thailand, largely thanks to tariff incentives under the terms of the EVFTA.

Local businesses have therefore been advised to explore the niche markets and pay close attention to rice varieties which have less competition, such as Japonica rice, due to the Nordic rice market being relatively small. Recently, the Vietnamese Trade Office has been successful in bringing an initial batch of Japonica rice to the Swedish market.

Furthermore, local businesses can introduce other types of Vietnamese rice such ST24 and ST25 which have won awards as the world’s best in order to make further inroads into the demanding market.

Moreover, Vietnamese enterprises are required to study the mandatory market requirements set on official EU portals such as the Trade Help Desk and CBI to gain greater insights into rice-related procedures, as well as legal documents.

Vietnamese firms need to check the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for pesticides and rice-related active substances by referring to the EU MRL database, while simultaneously focusing on products that are capable of meeting the standards of sustainability initiatives.

Domestic businesses seeking to expand into this market have also been urged to keep up to date with rice trading developments through news sites such as Rice News Today and, as well as attending trade fairs in Europe like SIAL, Anuga, or Biofach to seek potential customers./.