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Title President Kichul Lim attended UKC 2017 and held meetings with S&T Institutions located in Washington DC
Writer Minjae Kim Date 2017-08-16 Hit 225
Dr. Kichul Lim (President of KISTEP) attended UKC 2017 (US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship) in Washington DC, USA, from August 9 to August 12.

UKC 2017 was held with the theme of “Engagement Opportunities for Global Challenges: Convergence and Innovation through Cooperation.” More than 1000 scientists and engineers from Korea and USA participated in the conference, and 12 symposiums, 11 interdisciplinary sessions, and 19 KSEA and sponsor forums were held.

On August 10, President Lim participated as a panelist of the Fine Particulate Matter Forum. Four panelists from the US shared their knowledge on primary emission, secondary formation, air quality modeling, and air pollution policy of the US government: Heejung Jung (Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside), Myosun Jang (Associate Professor, University of Florida), Hyun Cheol Kim (Research Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and Seungju Yoon (Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resource Board). Panelists from Korea included Myung-Ja Kim (President, The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST)), Sun Hwa Han (President, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)), and Jin Young Kim (Principal Research Scientist, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)) and President Lim.

The panelists discussed how the US government successfully reduced fine particulate matter and improved air quality over the past 50 years. They also discussed the current issues in particulate matter generation and formation, and management and reduction strategies to improve air quality in Korea.

During the morning keynote session on August 11, President Lim gave a speech on the challenges facing R&D in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, and proposed STI policy initiatives for Korea’s new administration that set sail in May, 2017.

President Lim also visited S&T institutes located in Washington DC.

On August 8, President Lim met with Claudia Stevenson (Division Chief, Competitiveness Technology and Innovation), Dongil Kim (Representative of Ministry of Strategy and Finance at IDB), and Juyoon Sun (Consultant, Institutions for Development Sector) at Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). They discussed the STI potential of developing nations in Latin America and the possible means of collaboration with KISTEP.

                                        ▲ Kichul Lim (President, KISTEP) and Rush Holt (CEO, AAAS)

On August 11, President Lim met with Rush Holt (CEO), Julia MacKenzie (Director of International Relations) and Joanne Padrón Carney (Director, Office of Government Relations) at AAAS. They discussed the current landscape of R&D investment in Korea and policy thrusts of the new administration. KISTEP and AAAS have a long-standing partnership, formalized through an MOU in May 2016, and have recently started a joint research project to compare the R&D budget allocation processes of Korea and the US.

                        ▲ Kichul Lim (President, KISTEP) and Jongwoo Kang (Managing Director, KUSCO)

President Lim also visited Korea-US Science Cooperation Center (KUSCO) and met with Jongwoo Kang (Managing Director). They discussed the ongoing partnerships between Korea’s government-funded research institutes and research universities in Washington DC, and means to widen and further mutual collaboration.