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Title Korea-Canada Science & Technology Innovation Symposium
Date 2017-12-19 Hit 252  

The Korea-Canada Science & Technology Innovation Symposium was held on December 19, 2017 at the Grand Ambassador Hotel Seoul. The Symposium was hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea, organized by the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), and sponsored by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF).


In 2016, the governments of Korea and Canada signed the Agreement for Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation and decided to establish a Joint Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation. The first meeting of the Joint Committee was held on December 20, 2017 in Seoul, and this Symposium was organized the day before, in line with the first meeting.


Attended by over 180 participants, including Korean and Canadian professionals in the field of science, technology and innovation, the Symposium was opened with remarks by Dr. Byung-Seon Jeong, Assistant Minister of Science and ICT of Korea, Dr. Jung Won Lee, Acting President of STEPI, and H.E. Eric Walsh, Canadian Ambassador to Korea.


Opening the first session, keynote speeches were given under the theme of 4th Industrial Revolution. Dr. Roman Szumski, Vice-President of Life Sciences at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, gave the keynote speech on the trends and implications of the S&T Innovation in the era of 4th Industrial Revolution, and Mr. Jong-Lok Yoon, President of the National IT Promotion Agency of Korea, also delivered his speech on the role and direction of the S&T Innovation in the 4th Industrial Revolution. 


The second session was comprised of four sub-sessions, consisting of 4th Industrial Revolution, Life Science, Space, and Clean Energy. During the sessions, presenters shared technology trends of each field, particularly regarding human-AI interaction, bioinformatics and healthcare, space robot technology and small-sized satellites, and future renewable energy technology. Presenters and panelists of each session also explored collaborative research areas in the field and discussed directions for S&T cooperation between Korea and Canada.


Discussion points for each field session in the Symposium have been forwarded to the Joint Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation on the following day, and it is expected to contribute to continuing and strengthening the bilateral cooperation between Korea and Canada in science, technology and innovation.