It is my great honor and pleasure to welcome you to the EKC 2017, Europe-Korea Conference on Science Technology 2017, which will be held between 26-29 July 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. The EKC 2017 is organised by the Korean Scandinavian Scientists and Engineers Association (KSSEA) together with the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST), the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) and eight other Korean Scientists and Engineers Associations in Europe, which are based in Germany (VeKNI), the UK (KOSEAUK), France (ASCoF), Austria (KOSEAA), Finland (KOSES), the Netherlands (KOSEANL), Switzerland (KSEAS) and Belgium (KOSEAbe).
Since its beginning in 2008 in Heidelberg, Germany, the EKC has been held annually in different European countries and has become the most important scientific and social event. It is the 10th conference this year. The theme of EKC 2017 is “Creating New Possibilities for better Life through Science, Technology and Humanity” and its goal is to promote solving issues of the world through science, technology and entrepreneurship to greatly improve the quality of people’s lives.
The EKC 2017 is one you should never miss due to a number of reasons: The most important reason is the conference city is “Stockholm”, something special place as the home of the Nobel Prize. Continuing the tradition of previous EKC’s, we are organizing S&T program composed of 11 different areas with 44 specific sessions for EKC 2017. EKC 2017 is expected to draw over 650 world class outstanding scientists, engineers and professors not only from Europe and Korea, but also USA and Canada. The S&T program will provide excellent opportunities for those scientists and engineers to exchange ideas and develop avenues for networking and research collaboration beyond EKC 2017.
Besides the science and technology session, complementary programmes offer customised events to satisfy the needs of individual institutes or groups. The EKC is also taking care of our next generation. This year, Science School is organised by a I-DREAM team and will be running Appropriate Technology camp, which considers the use of science and technology for humanity. Moreover, all participants will have great opportunities to meet sponsor institutes and companies in the sponsor booth sections.
In addition to the technical excellence of the EKC 2017 programs, you will have opportunities to explore Stockholm and what the city has to offer. Not only is Stockholm known for having world-renowned universities and research institutions, the city is green and has smart IT infrastructure, being the first city to receive the European Green Capital award by the EU Commission in 2010 as well as being one of the most connected cities in terms of e-Governance/Service. Stockholm offers excellent sightseeing opportunities, such as Gamla Stan, the Royal Palace, the City Hall and museums, including Nobel museum, the Vassa museum and Skansen open air museum. I believe this year’s EKC will not only be a festival of scientists and engineers but also that of the general public, bringing science, technology and culture closer to them.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to all committee members and volunteers who spent time and energy in preparing the conference alongside their daily work. I believe our devoted effort will certainly be a legacy in international scientific cooperation and in supporting scientific communities in Korea and Europe.
We welcome your participation and look forward to seeing you all in Stockholm, Sweden at EKC 2017!
Chair of the EKC 2017
President of the Korean Scandinavian Scientists and Engineers Association
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen!
I would like to express gracious greetings and welcome scientists and engineers from home and abroad to the 2017 Europe-Korea Conference on Science and Technology(EKC) organized by the Korean Scandinavian Scientists and Engineers Association (KSSEA) together with the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST), the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) and eight other Korean Scientists and Engineers Associations in Europe.
The EKC marked its 10th anniversary since its launch in Heidelberg, Germany in 2008 with an aim to promote cooperation in science and technology and seek mutual advancement between Korea and Europe.
I wish to avail myself of this opportunity to extend my profound appreciation to the dedicated staff in Korean Scientists and Engineers Associations in Europe for allowing the EKC to become the biggest network among Korean scientists in this region.
As a new wave of the 4th industrial revolution rolls in, global competition gets fierce day in day out. Europe, the birthplace of the first Industrial Revolution, once lost its initiative in the second and third revolution, is making a comeback to the race to regain the leadership as we observe the Industry 4.0 in Germany.
During the fiscal year between 2015 and 2016, EU companies invested EUR 188.3 billion in R&D, which is a 7.5% increase year on year. And this figure is even higher than 5.9 % in the U.S. and 3.3% in Japan. Particularly, the Horizon 2020, the largest-ever R&D Innovation program, has been gaining momentum. This ambitious program, which spends a whopping EUR 80 billion (approximately, KRW 96 trillion) in R&D projects for seven years, allows researchers from all nationalities to focus on nothing but their research projects. Indeed, what is noticeable is “open innovation” that seeks collaboration among researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, governments and civil societies to achieve convergence across a number of different sectors.
I anticipate that EU’s "open innovation" will contribute to strengthening Europe’s leadership in science diplomacy and international cooperation, and pave the way for solidifying partnership with other countries around the world.
Korea’s new administration is currently enhancing national competencies to create a new growth engine by establishing the Presidential Committee for the 4th Industrial Revolution. I would like to ask all Korean scientists and engineers abroad to pull your collective wisdom so that Korea can navigate challenges in and out of the country and build on the 4th industrial revolution to take another leap forward.
The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies(KOFST) is also reinventing itself by building new systems and bringing innovation to the ways of working. Last May, we conducted a survey on the awareness of the 4th industrial revolution targeting scientists and engineers across the board, and delivered the outcome to the new administration. As such, KOFST has been putting forth every effort to consistently monitor the government’s policy priorities, and help enhance policy outcomes driven by public-private partnership.
In the era of “hyper-connected societies”, we will expand the scope of human capital in science and engineering far beyond Korea by connecting all Korean scientists and engineers across the globe and identifying competent programs to realize ‘glocalization’.
I expect that the EKC which has successfully grown for the last ten years will mark another significant step forward in becoming an integral part of scientific networks in Europe.
Last but not least, I would like to convey my special thanks to President KeunJae Kim of KSSEA, and presidents of eight associations in Europe for successfully organizing this wonderful event.
I wish you all the best and happiness in your future endeavors.
Co-Chair of the EKC 2017
President of The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies
It is my pleasure to welcome scientists and engineers from home and abroad to the 2017 Europe-Korea Conference on Science and Technology (EKC) organized by the Korean Scandinavian Scientists and Engineers Association (KSSEA) together with the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) and eight Korean Scientists and Engineers Associations in Europe. Especially for this year, the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) joined as a co-organizer and sponsor. My appreciation is also extended to the honorable guests who are gracing this event with their esteemed presence.
KAST is the institution with the most distinguished scientists and scholars in Korea. As an independent and non-government organization, KAST impacts policymakers to make sound decisions by providing professional evaluation and expert consultation and suggests innovative vision for advancement of science and technology commensurate with the 21st century. KAST strives to instill interest and pride in the public (especially young generation) in excellence of our scientific and technological achievements through public lectures and various promotional activities to create a positive social climate for scientists and engineers. This year, we joined EKC, organizing and sponsoring the half of its programs not only to facilitate academic exchanges but to promote networking between Korean scholars and international scientists and engineers in Europe.
The “KAST Symposium” for this year will be an occasion upon which outcomes of cutting-edge research will be presented and discussed centering around the fields of basic, life and nano sciences. Prominent scientists and engineers who have delivered multitude of globally noteworthy research achievements will participate as speakers to enlighten the audience on what has been found at the forefront of science.
Outstanding young scientists will join this year’s forum, making the event much more notable. They are the members of the Young Korean Academy of Science and Technology (Y-KAST) which KAST launched this February. A total of 73 immensely talented young scientists have been selected as Y-KAST members and these young researchers, aged 42 on average, with vast research potential, will become leaders of the global scientific community, shaping the future of science.
Serving for KAST members as the president is a huge privilege and the joining of young researchers as Y-KAST members has made the job even more prestigious. As the president of KAST, I will help their work to resonate across the world and facilitate their early entry onto the global stage.
I hope this event, as the beginning of a journey towards the achievement of our goals, will promote active exchanges of ideas and insights enabling all attendees and participants to have precious and meaningful experience. From the next generation of young scientific leaders of Korea to already established, renowned scholars representing the country, scientists will explore new horizons in their fields, deepening reflection on their research.
Ultimately, I hope new visions created consequently will guide us in the coming years being in service of humanity and contributing to the betterment of our society.
Co-Chair of the EKC 2017
President of The Korean Academy of Science and Technology
Dear Korean Scientists in Europe and Scientists from Korea and ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a my great honor to attend EKC 2017 and deliver congratulatory speech on behalf of MSIP (Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning) Korea. I want first of all to introduce myself to you. My name is heanjoo Yoon, head of secretariat office of Presidential council on Intellectual Property, established under MSIP. Three years ago I was here in Stockholm. I was minister of Korean Embassy of Sweden. At that time one of my task was to promote S&T cooperation between Korea and Sweden. I still believe that Sweden is a good partner having a very strong background of S&T and innovations. I would like to appreciate Dr. Kim keunjae and members of KSSEA for their efforts and dedications extended to EKC-2017.
I think EKC-2017 has got three significant implications.
First, I would like to mention that EKC-2017 is the 10th EKC. In Korea, we have a familiar saying that “10 years can change everything even mountain and river”. I think EKC is the same. For 10 years EKC has developed a lot in both quality and quantity.
Second, I would like to pay my attention to the fact that EKC-2017 is holding at Stockholm which is a center of northern Europe. I think this implies that the territory of EKC has been enlarged considering that the former EKCs have been held mostly in western Europe. As a matter of fact the cooperation between Korea and Europe has been focused on western Europe such as UK, Germany and France. Taking this opportunity, I think, the cooperation between Korea and Scandinavian countries would growing rapidly. Especially, the cooperation with Sweden.
Third, I think this year is very special in both internationally and nationally. Internationally, the fourth industrial revolution, which appeared on the surface at the Davos forum 2016, has been evolving in full scale from this year. We are now facing a severe competition to grip new emerging technologies.
Nationally new government has been started in Korea on May this year. MSIP has been newly assigned the responsibilities of performing national fourth industrial revolution. With all this in mind, I think EKC-2017 has got a very good timing of setting up a new direction of future activities and cooperations. As the world gets complicated and problems arise, there is a growing demand for science and technology to contribute to the quality of human life. Therefore this EKC’s main theme “science and technology should create new possibilities for people’s better life” is very appropriate. We have to work together not only for solving international problems such as global climate change and epidemic but also put our efforts together to make S&T would bring better life to the people. Therefore I hope EKC-2017 could make a good model for future cooperation.
I sincerely congratulate the EKC-2017 and I wish you have successful results during the meeting. And I wish all the participants have good time during EKC. Finally, I would like to thank again to Dr Kim and his Scandinavian Scientist group for preparing this EKC and I deeply appreciate their efforts to develop Scandinavian group to the extent of hosting today’s EKC.
Thank you !
Deputy Minister of Office of Intellectual Property Strategy and Planning, MISP