The swimming centipede, a newly-discovered centipede species in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, discovered by Chula researchers, has been listed as one of the 2017 Top Ten New Species by the International Institute for Species Exploration. The Top Ten New Species Award presented by Arizona State University, USA is an award to celebrate the world’s top 10 new species of the year. This year’s award follows the discovery of another species, the shocking pink millipede, which was also listed among the Top Ten New Species in 2008. After announcement of the award, Chulalongkorn University organised a press conference on 24 May 2017 in Meeting Room 217 of Chemistry Building 2, Center of Excellence on Biodiversity, Faculty of Science to celebrate this success. The conference was joined by The Thailand Research Fund and Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute as they announced their collaboration to further study the toxinology and toxicology of the centipede. This award helps to add to the celebrations as Chulalongkorn University commemorates its 100th Anniversary.
The conference was presided over by Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn, PhD, Chulalongkorn University, with Professor Narongsak Chaiyabutr, PhD, Deputy Director of Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute for Academic Affairs, Mr. Kajorn Jitsukummongkol, Deputy Secretary-General of the Office of the Higher Education Commission, Professor Suthipun Jitpimolmard, Director of The Thailand Research Fund, Associate Professor Polkit Sangvani, PhD, of the Faculty of Science, and Professor Somsak Panha PhD, a zoologist of the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University also in attendance.