Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh representing Van Lang University attended Women in Science and Technology Conference

(Van Lang, November 3rd, 2019) - In the morning of November 2nd, 2019, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh – Dean of Van Lang University’s Environment and Biotechnology Faculty attended the First Women in Science and Technology Conference in the South organized by the Viet Nam Association for intellectual women.

vlu Science and Technology Conference aFollowing the recent Women Scientists for Sustainable Development Conference held in Hanoi, the 1st South Conference on Women in Science and Technology organized by the Viet Nam Association for intellectual women took place at Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities in the morning of November 2nd, 2019.

With the theme "Science and Technology for Environmental Protection", the conference was attended by more than 100 delegates. They had discussions on 29 articles of scientists from 7 universities (University of Natural Resources and Environment, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Science, Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences & Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, Van Lang University, Lac Hong University), and other Institutes and Departments (Institute of Environment and Resources, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, etc.)

"Doing science is difficult. Women venturing into science face even more challenges”

vlu Science and Technology Conference bAt the conference, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh - Dean of Van Lang University’s Environment and Biotechnology Faculty presented the paper "Research on improving the bio-efficiency of water hyacinth by incubation technique for anaerobic.”

In the speech, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh expressed her obstacles when doing research at private universities, difficulties in proposing budget for conducting national-level research. "Doing science is difficult. Women venturing into science face even more challenges. The hardest thing is to obtain funds for research undertaken by women.", she said.

From this reason, most of her studies are highly practicable in order to easily get funding from donors. On the other hand, the research topics are more practical, serve as scientific consultancy for organizations and help raise fund for further research activities.

vlu Science and Technology Conference cAt the conference, female scientists did not only present their conscientious research’s results but also expressed their empathy for the stories of women in doing science.

The voice of female scientists in scientific research and application to environmental protection and climate change prevention are fully appreciated. "Female scientists have to accompany with society and make it more civilized, greener and cleaner." – said Prof. Dr. Phan Thi Tuoi, Vice President of the Viet Nam Association for intellectual women – Head of the Organization committee.

The merits of water hyacinth in reducing greenhouse gases

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh has conducted a series of research on water hyacinth for 10 years. The valuable thing is that these studies started from the actual needs of Van Lang University, in the start of the erection of the 3rd campus: cleaning Rach Lang canal. The budget for dredging and cleaning the canal engulfed by water hyacinth and grass reached billions of VND. This is also the situation of more or less 170 canals covered by water hyacinths and weeds in Ho Chi Minh City - which seriously affects the urban aesthetic and environmental problems.

vlu Science and Technology Conference dStudents of Van Lang have launched many voluntary campaigns to clean out water hyacinth and the bank of Rach Lang canal, beautify the landscape of the 3rd campus.

Water hyacinth is used in research for many purposes: composting, breeding insects, feeding black soldier flies, pupae for export, etc. From a crucial aspect of doing science, water hyacinth applied in this technique requires low cost and easy operation. Moreover, this pattern can be extensively replicated. After the process of considering the scientific and applied analysis, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh has chosen the anaerobic technique to incubate water hyacinth composting model in batch form, which has been popularly used in Vietnam for many years.

In the research results, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh has proved that this topic can address current environmental issues.
01. Materials after the processing process meet the requirements of compost production, and solve the problem of organic pollution caused by water hyacinth. 02. The most critical product of the process is biogas. Methane- a type of biogas used to burn and produces less CO2 than fossil fuels - makes up a very high proportion (70%). This is a scientific basis to meet the needs of biogas for human consumption, and to minimize greenhouse gas emissions caused by the consumption of fossil fuels, contributing to the fight against climate change.

vlu Science and Technology Conference eOn February 1st, 2018, Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh was recognized by the State Council for the title of Associate Professor.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh started her research in Environment since 1998. More than 20 years of working and conducting environmental studies, working at the Department of Science and Technology, and attending a course at Wageningen University (Netherlands) - the "top" nation in disaster management and waste treatment technology for centuries. Up to now, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh has conducted more than 25 scientific research that contribute to environmental protection research.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh as well as other lectures of Department of Environment & Biotechnology – where there are a group of leading environmental experts in Vietnam - have participated in many global environmental research.

On August 6th, 2019, BBC reporter – Ms. Olivia Hannah Lace - Evans and Mr. Ashley John - Baptiste from BBC Television (England) visited Van Lang University to interview Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh to get her viewpoint on the impact of climate change on the environment and migration situation in Mekong Delta.

 

Source: Chi Nhan
Photo: Khanh Thinh
Translator: Ngoc Phuong Ho
Edited by Pham Thi Hoai and Vo Thi Xuan Anh


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