STEPI News

04-24
457th STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum

The 457th STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum was held on April 24 (Wed.), 2:00 p.m. at the Harmonis Hall on the 5th floor of Nine Tree Premier ROKAUS Hotel under the subject of “Retrospection on and Prediction of National R&D for New Advancement.”


In his opening speech, STEPI Vice President Seung-Woo Yang stated that resolution to the “Korean R&D paradox” is being urged. “Korea produced a remarkable outcome through active R&D investment over the past decades. However, we are continuously being criticized, both domestically and internationally, for the insufficient economic outcomes in comparison to the scale of R&D investment,” he said.


According to Vice President Yang, correct prescription can be made with correct diagnosis. “In today’s forum, I hope we will be able to diagnose the issues associated with the outcomes of R&D investment so far and, based on the diagnosis, develop an effective R&D investment plan and set the directivity for R&D system conversion in response to the changing environment,” he added.


In a presentation titled “Qualitative advancement beyond R&D paradox,” head of R&D Innovation Research Team (STEPI) Pil-Seong Jang explained that, as a result of a multifaceted verification review on the “Korean R&D paradox” discourse continued around the past ten years in terms of the efficiency, qualitative standard, and economic ripple effects of the R&D outcomes, no particular insufficiencies had been defected in Korea’s R&D investment in terms of efficiency. In fact, investment efficiency had been found to increase in terms of excellent research outcome creation and national R&D performance, he added.


In addition, the efficiency of Korea’s research paper production had been found to be similar to that of major countries and the most superior from the perspective of production.


Jang also asserted the necessity of establishing an evidence-based diagnosis and feedback system covering all areas of national science and technology innovation including national R&D projects for the qualitative advancement of the national science and technology innovation.


In particular, as strategic directions for evidence-based management, he proposed ▲the preparation of a policy system for effective feedback on the verification diagnosis of the national science and technology innovation system and evidence-based policy plans derived from the diagnosis, ▲establishment of data and system for multifaceted review on R&D and innovation activities, innovation outcomes, knowledge diffusion, ripple effects of R&D, etc.,


▲reinforcement of evidence-based accessibility to economic outcomes of R&D investment, and ▲continuous discovery and proposal of effective evidence-based policy plans.


Lastly, under the topic of “Directivity and tasks for national R&D system efficiency improvement,” Innovation Strategy MD Hyeon-Cheol Kim (R&D Strategy Team, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy) proposed the mid- to long-term core agenda items (5G-X) for industrial technology R&D innovation through domestic and international R&D innovation policy trend analysis and diagnosis such as ▲conversion of industrial technology innovation goal, ▲conversion of key technologies for global market domination, 


▲investment conversion into global technology companies, and ▲conversion of digital transformation industrial technology governance for data-based policy development. 


01-17
Retirement Ceremony for 15th STEPI President Mi-Ock Mun

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the retirement ceremony for its 15th President, Mi-Ock Mun, at 11 a.m. on January 17 (Wed.) at the Smart Library on the 6th floor.


While serving as the 15th president of STEPI since January 2021, President Mi-Ock Mun operated STEPI with the goal to develop it as a “world-class research institute for national scientific and technological innovation policy of a global leading country” in order to elevate the nation's scientific and technological standards and achieve a better life for all.


To reflect the research outcomes during her tenure in policy development, President Mun promoted policy proposal ahead of others and policy research to guarantee implementation and effectiveness, and also expanded exchange and cooperation with STEPI's policy-related entities, such as with diplomatic missions in Korea and the National Assembly, in order to broaden the horizon of STEPI's role for national policy development.


In addition, the Center for SME and Entrepreneurship was opened in June of 2022 as a national think tank to prepare innovative strategies for SME and startup support policy, and it implemented the Performance Analysis and System Improvement Plan of KOSBIR, an intergovernmental technological innovation support policy for SMEs, etc., for swift response to the national economic paradigm shift.


At the retirement ceremony, President Mun, while sharing her impressions about her three years of service at the STEPI, asked the attendants to dedicate efforts to enhancing quality of life for citizens by channeling scientific and technological outcomes into national innovation.


2023
12-19
The 456th STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), together with the Ministry of SMEs and Startups, held the 456th STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum on December 19 (Tue.) at 2 p.m. in the Emerald Hall on the third floor of the FKI Tower Conference Center on the subject of “The Direction of the Paradigm Shift in R&D Support Policy for Small and Medium Enterprises”.


The forum was organized with the goal of discussing plans for supporting technological innovation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) following the government’s budget (plan) announcement for 2024.


STEPI President Mi-Ock Mun stated, “The government’s R&D support for SMEs this year has been criticized as a giveaway subsidy, and we could not avoid partial budget cuts,” adding, “Under the circumstances, we need to think again about for what purpose and with which mission the implementation of R&D policy for SMEs must be promoted.”


President Mun went on to say, “For the SME support policy, the focus has shifted from fostering and protection in the earlier phase to innovation and growth in the present. Accordingly, R&D policy plays an important role.” She stated, “It is my hope that, through this forum, we will be able to answer the social question face by the technological innovation policy agenda for SMEs and venture businesses, and that we can move on to a new policy paradigm.”


At the forum, Senior Research Fellow Chan-Soo Park (STEPI) gave a presentation entitled “Plans to Strengthen Strategic Implementation of R&D Support for SMEs”, identifying the status of and issues in R&D of the Ministry of SMEs and Startups, and a two-track strategy was proposed for growth and fostering versus expansion of the ecosystem.


Based on the strategy, Park asserted the necessity to divide the target of SME innovation policy into innovation leading enterprises that pursue convenience of promotion (corporate growth) and enterprises with vulnerability in innovation competency that pursue public interest (competency building), and to construct a two-track strategy for each innovation competency with the goals of “growth to global leader” and “establishment of base for innovation”, respectively.


In addition this, CEO Yun-Hwa Choi (JMJ Korea) gave a presentation entitled “R&D Strategy for Power Semiconductor Ecosystem Activation” to introduce JMJ Korea’s performance through the government’s R&D support projects and the necessity of government-led base expansion, and CEO Dong Yeop Shin (DY ENG) gave a presentation entitled “Waste Secondary Cell Recycling and the Opportunity to Leap Forward” where he explained the difficulties experienced by SMEs and venture businesses, such as for market entry as well as the financial and technological limitations of R&D.


At the panel discussion led by Professor Jang-Jae Lee (National Public Policy Institute, Chungnam National University), Director Eun-Seon Kim (Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information), Director Sun-Woo Kim (STEPI), Professor Cheol-Woo Park (Tech University of Korea), Director Se-Myung Yoon (Ministry of SMEs and Startups), and CEO Chi-Ho Choi (Korea Science & Technology Holdings) discussed the strategies of R&D support for SMEs in terms of the government’s key policy direction.


12-08
2023 Technological Regulation Policy Research Conference

On December 8 (Fri.) at 2:00 p.m., the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), together with the Korea Society for Regulatory Studies, held the 2023 Technological Regulation Policy Research Conference concurrently via online and offline channels under the subject of “Standardization and Certification, the Core of Technological Regulation” at the Courtyard Seoul Namdaemun (Hanyang Room 3 & 4).


Kicking off the event with the opening address by STEPI Vice President Seung-Woo Yang and welcoming speech by President Jun Seok Yang of the Korea Society for Regulatory Studies, the conference was divided into two sessions, one involving sharing of the study results for standards and certification regulations and the other involving a debate among experts, through which the policy plans developed by researchers in relation to certification regulation issues were disclosed and opinions were exchanged with experts.


In his opening address, STEPI Vice President Seung-Woo Yang stated, “As our economy enters the low-growth phase, a fundamental solution to certification regulation issues is more urgent than ever for the improvement of competitiveness of enterprises.” He added, “I hope that, through this conference, insightful opinions will be proposed and exchanged to improve the certification regulation system in a direction that facilitates alleviating the burden on enterprises while ensuring the safety of citizens.”


In the welcoming speech, President Jun-Sok Yang of the Korea Society for Regulatory Studies said, “Although standards and certifications are important factors to guarantee the functionality and interoperability of products and have a significant impact on the success or failure of industries, the level of general citizen awareness on the issue is not high.” President Yang continued, “Hopefully this study and conference will serve as an opportunity to identify issues in Korea’s standards and certifications system and bring the standards and certifications infrastructure up to the next level.”


In the conference, Senior Research Fellow Gwang-Ho Lee (STEPI) gave a presentation entitled “Analysis of the Causes of Certification Regulation Issues and Response Plan”, through which he surveyed the status of certification regulation response and standard utilization for persons from enterprises and government ministries as well as experts handling certification and standard operations (526 in total, including 426 enterprises, 45 government ministries, and 65 experts), analyzed the causes of the issues, and introduced their relevance to the standards.


In addition, Associate Research Fellow Gwon-Il Kim (STEPI) and Research Fellow Hae Ock Choi (STEPI) introduced the characteristics of the domestic certification system and proposed improvement plans for each certification type by giving presentations entitled “Comparative Analysis of Standard and Certification Systems in Major Countries”, focusing on the systems in Korea, Germany, and the U.S., and “Certification Regulation Case Analysis and Implications” to classify 186 regulatory improvement tasks into five types.


At the expert debate, which was led by President Jun-Sok Yang of the Korea Society for Regulatory Studies, Professor Min-Chang Lee (Chosun University), Research Fellow Su Jeong Choi (Korea Small Business Institute), and Professor Seong-Jun Kim (Kyungpook National University) discussed improvements for the repeatedly raised certification regulation issues as well as alternative approaches.

12-05
Technical Session of the International Conference on Green Technologies for Climate Action and Resilience

At 3:40 p.m. on December 5 (Tue.) (local time, Uzbekistan), the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held a technical session entitled “Research and Development for Social Problem Solving: The Living Labs Approach” at the International Conference on Green Technologies for Climate Action and Resilience in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.


150 people from the Ministry of Science and ICT, APCTT, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) of the UN, Ministry of Innovation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, operating members of the APCTT, and others attended the conference via online and offline channels.


Senior Research Fellow Ji-Eun Seong, the first presenter, introduced the framework of R&D to address social issues under the title of “Living Labs Activities for Social Problem-Solving R&D in Korea: Achievements and Challenges from Case Studies”, and proposed plans for cooperation in the Asia - Pacific region through Living Lab to address climate change issues while sharing the activities of Living Lab in Korea.


For the second presentation, entitled “Proposal of plasma technology as an appropriate technology: Focusing on on-site airto-fertilizer system and agricultural waste management”, Senior Researcher Jong-Seok Song (Korea Institute of Fusion Energy) proposed a plan for independent fertilizer supply in developing countries that use plasma technology as the strategy for problem-solving type R&D globalization.


Through his presentation entitled “A Plan to approach ODA project based on an integrated management solution for river/marine debris”, CEO Jong-Hwa Won (Foresys), the last presenter, proposed a plan to establish a database on waste-discharging countries, amounts of discharge, waste types, etc. using AI and IoT in rivers, which are a major cause of marine waste discharge, and to share the cost of waste treatment among the central and local governments and producers.


In the discussion and Q&A session led by Principal Researcher Eun-Joo Kim (STEPI), the attendees discussed the directions of R&D and Living Lab development to address various social issues faced by the UN ESCAP member states, such as climate crises and marine waste.


11-28
455th Science and Technology Policy Forum

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 455th STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum entitled “Preconditions for Success of Science & Technology Globalization: Globalization of STI Policy and Agenda” oon November 28 (Tue.) at 2 p.m. at the Crystal Hall of the Seoul LW Convention as well as through online channels.


At the forum, attendees discussed the role of Korea’s science and technology circles in line with the nation's competitiveness in the area, preemptive development of STI-related agendas where Korea can be the leader in global society, and the necessary tasks for their globalization.


“By preemptively developing cooperation agendas in science and technology and exercising leadership in various cooperative situations, Korea can become a leader in global society,” STEPI President Mi-ock Mun said in her opening address, clarifying that it is time for Korea to promote globalization of STI policy and agendas.


President Mun also said, “Working as a non-permanent member of the Security Council from the next year is a good opportunity for Korea to enhance its status in global society,” and added, “I hope that today's forum will become the venue to preemptively develop Korea’s STI agendas and prepare the necessary strategies.”


As the presenter for the forum, In-Gyeong Seon, head of the Office of Sustainable Innovation Policy Research (STEPI), gave a presentation entitled “Globalization of Science and Technology and Globalization of Science and Technology Policy”, where she introduced the roles and possibilities of Korea as a leading country in STI agendas.


She pointed out that while around 68% of national R&D projects invested over the last 10 years had the potential to contribute to achieving the SDGs, none of them were conducted with the specified goal setting for the SDGs, which limits Korea's influence and power in terms of its STI competitiveness in global society.


Thus, she highlighted that Korea needs a strategic approach to provide content for global discussion before setting global agendas and turn that content into global agendas if Korea is to have global influence in line with its global status in science and technology competitiveness.


11-21
Global Korea Forum 2023 - Korea-Africa Partnership Symposium

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held a symposium under the theme of "Korea-Africa Mutual Growth and Plan for Development Cooperation" together with more than 20 ambassadors from different African nations at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21 at the Orchid Hall (4th floor) of The Plaza Hotel Seoul.


The symposium was hosted as a session of the Global Korea Forum 2023, organized under the main subject of “ODA: Sharing for the Future with Korea-Global Value+Together with the People” by the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences (NRC), and was held from Monday, November 20 to Wednesday, November 22.


Mi-ock Mun, President of STEPI, said, “Africa and Korea have cooperated in diverse ways to address common issues by utilizing each other's strengths and promoting knowledge exchange in the fields of science, technology, and innovation,” adding, “I hope that today's symposium will help to set the foundation for the Korea-Africa partnership centered on STI for the sustainable development of the nations of Africa.”


Hae-Gu Jung, Chair of NRC, delivered a congratulatory speech, saying, “I hope that this roundtable will lead to more meetings and communications between Korea and African countries,” and encouraged making this occasion into a discovery of the agenda for partnership to be discussed at the Korea-Africa Summit in 2024.


Hyung-Du Choi, a member of the People Power Party, and Woon-Ki Lyeo, chair of the Korea-Africa Foundation, expressed their hopes for the discussion on new Korea-Africa development cooperation strategies and cooperation focusing on STI for the mutual development of Korea and Africa.


In the symposium, Chair Professor Jin-Sang Lee (Korea Aerospace University) emphasized that a new partnership between Korea and Africa can begin from the cooperation focusing on STI, including the field of ICT where Korea secures its global competitiveness, under the title of "New Partnership between Korea and Africa: For Shared Prosperity".


Next, Minister Mekuria Haile Teklemariam (Ministry of Personnel Management of Ethiopia) introduced the importance of the policy for development of communications network infrastructure as a facilitating factor in digitalization for technology distribution in Africa with outstanding cases in Korea's ICT development under the theme of "The Catalyzing Role of the ROK on African Technology Diffusion through ODA".



11-07
Seoul S&T Forum 2023

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the Seoul S&T Forum 2023 on Tuesday, November 7 at The Plaza Hotel Seoul, in partnership with the National Research Council of Science & Technology and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology. 


Marking its 10th anniversary this year, the Forum first opened in 2010 with the G20 Summit in Seoul and has become the floor for discussion on how to address global issues through science and technology with the participation of STEPI, leaders in the fields of science and technology research and policy from Korea and abroad, global organizations, and others.


This year, the Forum invited Korean and foreign experts from STEPI, universities, and companies to focus on exploring the future coexistence of human beings, AI, and robots and the limitless possibilities of AI technology innovations under the theme of "AI Innovation and Future Society".


In their keynote speeches, Professor Ruslan Salakhutdinov of Carnegie Mellon University, a globally renowned scholar in AI, and Vice-President Soa Park of VAIV Company discussed cases of AI technology application and data and the plans for their development.


In the first session, experts from different circles gave presentations on creating the foundation for AI vitalization, understanding AI regulatory systems and their implications on policy, and AI and its commercial value, followed by a debate on the presentations during the panel discussion and a Q&A session with the audience.


In the second session, a discussion was opened regarding the application of machine learning techniques in the field of material engineering, the utilization of geological information-based AI in agriculture, the tasks of robotics and 3D modeling, and real cases.

10-26
IFANS-STEPI Experts’ Forum 2023

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the “IFANS-STEPI Experts’ Forum 2023” on Tuesday, October 26 at the KNDA Hall of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) in partnership with the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security of KNDA under the theme of “ways to correlate STI (science and technology innovation) & Development Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region”.


This forum consisted of two sessions, with one for a discussion on STI strategies of the countries that have established the Indo-Pacific strategy and their cooperation plan for developing countries, and another to explore ways of support in STI fields in each of the main areas through development cooperation.


Jong-Han Kim, head of the Department of Indo-Pacific Studies (IFANS), emphasized in his opening speech that “In the era of US-China strategy competition, the struggle for technological dominance is becoming fierce, and more and more importance is being placed upon solidarity and cooperation for forming new international regulations between countries with technological leadership,” and that “today’s forum is expected to examine the trends of Indo-Pacific countries and the tendencies of their development cooperation and to set forth the implications for us.”


In-Gyeong Seon, head of the Office of Sustainable Innovation Policy Research (STEPI), delivered a welcome speech with an introduction stating that “The major challenges of Korea’s new Indo-Pacific strategy include strengthening of cooperation in the field of cutting-edge science and technology, addressing the digital gap in the area, and the expansion of the economic security network,” expressing anticipation that “this forum will provide in-depth analysis to back up those challenges and give insight on a direction for future cooperative development.”


In the first session of the forum, under the theme of the “Indo-Pacific Strategy and STI of Major Countries”, Professor Tae-Eun Song (IFANS) began by introducing ▲scientific and technological cooperation in national defense and military diplomacy strategy for the Indo-Pacific area, changes in the environment of operation for future wars, ▲the relationship between innovation of national defense and national security for future wars, and ▲the national defense science and technology development strategy of Korea and the United States.


Continuing on, Jun-Yeon Kim, team leader at the Software Policy & Research Institute, presented on ▲the containment of the United States regarding core and emerging technologies, ▲the counter-strategy of China, and ▲strategies of Korea for each issue.


In the second session of the forum under the theme of the “STI Support Plan of Donor Countries in Each Area”, team leader Mun-Su Kang (Korea Institute for International Economic Policy) introduced the support strategies of major donor countries such as the United States, China, European countries, India, Japan, and more under the title of “Digital Support Strategies of Donor Countries for Africa and Implications”.


Next, Researcher Ji-Hyun Kim (STEPI) presented on ▲STI and digital ODA, ▲the current state of ASEAN's science and technology innovation, and ▲the STI support strategies of major countries for ASEAN, all under the title of “Support for Science and Technology Innovation of Major Donor Countries for ASEAN”.


Aside from this, Min-Kyung Park (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency) introduced the relevant current status and the results of the analysis of support strategies of the United States, China, Japan, and the EU under the theme of the “Digital & STI Support Strategy of Donor Countries for Central and South America”.


10-24
454th Science and Technology Policy Forum

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 454th STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum titled “One Way, Two Conditions: Search for innovation strategies based on synthetic biology” on October 24 (Tue.), 2 pm through online and offline channels.


At the forum, the attendants discussed diversification growth strategies through analysis on the changes in international order, etc. in order to promote the national development of synthetic biology, which has emerged as a key technology for bio technological supremacy.


“For bio health, almost every country is focusing on synthetic biology and aggressively implementing key policies including active investment strategy development in order to take the initiative for future growth. Under the core paradigm of competing for technological supremacy and achieving technological security, we need to develop strategies by analyzing the international order in the bio health field,” STEPI President Mi-ock Mun said in her opening address. 


President Mun also expressed hope that the forum will enable examining the current status of synthetic biology in Korea and abroad, discussing innovation policies and international relations, and proposing plans for Korea to achieve strategic growth through bio health. 


As the first presenter in the forum, Associate Research Fellow One-sun Cho (STEPI) gave a presentation titled “Search for Innovation Strategies Based on Synthetic Biology: Bio foundry securitization and internationalization strategy” where he introduced the types and analyzed the synthetic biology security strategies of major countries followed by the proposal of Korea’s national strategy and statecraft through a strategic bio foundry internalization and securitization-based approach.


Then, under the theme of “Twofold strategy to establish a synthetic biological industry ecosystem in Korea,” Director Il-yeong Jeong of the Division of Strategy Research for Future Innovation at STEPI introduced the analysis of six technologies* to examine synthetic biology competitiveness and proposed the directivity to promote diverse strategies considering the formation of an industrial ecosystem instead of a strategy focusing solely on technological security (protection).

09-14
3rd Local Intellectual Property and Local Innovation Forum

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 3rd Local Intellectual Property and Local Innovation Forum both online and offline under the theme of “New Innovation Activities and Tasks of Local Intellectual Property as Glocal Strategies” at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 14 at the Auditorium on the 3rd floor of Ulsan Metropolitan Council.


Sponsored by the Presidential Council on Intellectual Property and organized by STEPI and Ulsan Network of Living Labs, this forum served as a venue for discussing how to advance local intellectual property and make it a local common resource for glocal innovation.


“We can be said to have achieved true local development when the culture and level of life of local residents are advanced together with the industrial development. We expect this forum to serve as a venue for accelerating growth using local intellectual property and laying the foundation for new local innovation,” Chairperson Man-gi Baek of the Presidential Council on Intellectual Property said in his opening speech.


In her welcome speech, STEPI’s President Mi-Ock Mun stressed the need for strategies to reorganize local intellectual property that local communities have owned and use it as a new innovation resource. “We should make a program for adding value and glocalizing through the convergence of science, technology, and digital and local intellectual property,” she added.


In his congratulatory speech, Vice Mayor for Economy Hyo-dae Ahn of Ulsan Metropolitan City expressed his expectations for vitalized discussion for Ulsan to develop into a region of community-centered happiness by using local intellectual property.


First, Director Jong-hwan Hwang of the Knowledge Sharing and Co-prosperity Network stressed that the most local is the most global in the era of localization and globalization in the 21st century and presented ways of recreating local intellectual property for realizing glocalization strategies under the theme of “Strategies for the Advancement of Local Intellectual Property as Glocalization Strategies and Our Tasks.”


Next, Executive Jin-gyu Heo of the Ulsan Oegosan Onggi Association presented ways of globalizing local intellectual property, such as operation of Global Onggi Academy for the globalization of onggi culture as part of strategies for glocalization of cultural content related to onggi under the theme of “Glocalization Strategies of Local Intellectual Property of Oegosan Onggi Village in Ulju-gun.”


On the other hand, Director Yeong-ran Park of the Petroglyphs along Bangucheon Stream Promotion Team discussed ways of local innovation using the Petroglyphs along Bangucheon Stream, whose inclusion as UNESCO cultural heritage in 2025 is being promoted by her team, under the theme of “How to Make Petroglyphs along Bangucheon Stream Common Local Resource.”


“The participation of local residents is essential for the sustainability of cultural heritage,” Director Park said, pointing out that the process of having the heritage registered as a world heritage involves damages to natives’ properties, inconvenience of inhabitants, operational and managerial uncertainty after the registration, and conflicts among residents.


Lastly, Senior Director Ji-eun Seong of STEPI presented the accomplishments of the three sessions of Local Intellectual Property and Local Innovation Forum under the theme of “Seeking New Local Innovation Strategies using Local Intellectual Property.”


In the panel discussion moderated by Honorary Researcher Wi-jin Song of STEPI, Secretary-General In-ho Kim of the Ulsan Network of Living Labs, Secretary-General Gi-jeong Nam of the Eonyang-eup Resident Organization for Urban Regeneration, Director Bo-gyeong Mun of the Korea Foundation for Social Investment, Director Hye-jin Yun of It’s Room, Deputy Director Cheong-su Lee of the Micro-Enterprise Growth Promotion Division (Ministry of SMEs and Startups), and Professor Jong-gyu Hwang of the School of Public Administration (Dongyang University) participated to discuss ways of converging and advancing local intellectual property as strategies for local innovation oriented toward glocalization.

09-12
453th Science and Technology Policy Forum

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 453rd Science and Technology Policy Forum jointly with Eisai Korea, Korean Network of Living Labs, and Soilab at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12 at Ondream Society in Seoul under the theme of “Corporate Social Innovation for Creating Impact: Focusing on Cases in Korea and Japan.” 


Kicking off with the opening speech of STEPI’s President Mi-Ock Mun and the welcome speech of Eisai Korea's CEO 

Hong-byeong Goh this forum served as a venue for discussing the significance of corporate social innovation aimed at the solution of social problems and sustainable development goals as well as the methodology of innovation in partnership with the regions and citizens.


In her opening speech, STEPI’s President Mun noted that companies today are required to take new actions and responsibilities to address social problems, beyond their role as the subject of economic growth and industrial innovation. “They can get new opportunities for market creation and new businesses if they aggressively employ social problem solutions and ESG-responding actions,” she stressed.


Senior Researcher Ji-eun Seong, the Korean presenter who gave a presentation under the theme of “Corporate Social Innovation Together with Citizens and Regions” at the forum, proposed ways of corporate social innovation in responding to social challenges through the co-creation activities of citizens and regions together with companies.


Hitachi, Ltd's Chief Manager Designer Shibata Yoshitaka from Japan gave a presentation themed “Social Innovation Activities of Hitachi” to present the activities and directions of the design center that plays a distinct role in Hitachi, a company that aims to become a global leader by setting social innovation as their core purpose.


Meanwhile, Eisai Korea’s Director Jeong-ju Seo introduced the social innovation cases of Eisai Korea, which works jointly with citizens, local societies, local governments, and public institutions to realize the integrated care system for local societies, under the theme of “Transition of Care and Corporate Social Innovation: Experiments of Eisai Korea.” 


NTT Regional Revitalization Co-Design Lab’s Partner Kimura Atsunobu from Japan introduced the practices of living labs that sought the transition of social system structure in Omuta in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan under the theme of “Practices of OMUTA Living Labs,” highlighting the types of participations by companies and discussion points for creating social impact.


What the presenters commonly pointed out was that it is not sufficient for individuals to conduct innovative activities to solve the difficult issues of our society and to realize SDGs, but that the stakeholders of private, industrial, academic, research institute, and public sectors should carry out collective impact activities that combine their experience, knowledge, and technologies.


In the panel discussion moderated by Wi-jin Song, Chair of the Policy of the Korean Network of Living Labs, CEO Dae-gwon Goh of Innosociallab, Head of Department Shin-uk Guk of the Korea Committee for Corporate Partnership, Adviser Hyoung-jin Kim of Klover Partners, CEO Seok-won Yoon of TestWorks, and Head of Technology Innovation Policy Division Se-myeong Yun of the Ministry of SMEs and Startups participated to discuss ways of vitalizing corporate social innovation together with citizens and regions in order to achieve SDGs.

09-02
Invitation Training for Capacity Building of GIRC

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the Invitation Training for Capacity Building of Ghana Innovation Research Commercialization Center (GIRC) from Saturday, September 2 to Saturday, September 9 as part of K-Innovation Partnership Program 2023. 


Invited to the training were 10 experts from Ghana including the stakeholders of the Ghanaian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation and GIRC, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and related research institution, and Association of Ghana Industries and two experts from Laos for the follow-up management of K-Innovation Laos 2020-2022 to share experiences and knowledge of Korea on science and technology policy and innovation research commercialization. 


The experts had meetings for discovering Korea-Ghana cooperation programs as they visited the following institutions in Korea: ▲ Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), ▲ Global Knowledge Exchange & Development Center (GKEDC), ▲ Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), ▲ Korea Technology & Information Promotion Agency for SMEs (TIPA),▲ 

Future Automobile Materials Forming & Processing Center of Gyeongbuk Technopark, ▲ steel mill and promotion center of POSCO in Pohang, ▲ Daejeong Headquarters of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), and ▲ Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). 

08-30
Network of Care Living Labs Forum in Jeonju

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the Network of Care Living Labs Forum in Jeonju on Wed., Aug. 30th at 2 PM at Jeonju University under the theme of “Citizens Grow into the Subject of Care.”  


Sponsored by the 

Jeonbuk Local Problem Solution Platform, Jeonju Medical Welfare Social Cooperative, and Network of Care Living Labs and organized by STEPI, Senior Citizen Academy, Eisai Korea, and Cultural Industry Research Center of Jeonju University, this forum served as a venue for sharing experiences of changing the health and care system and discussing practices to grow citizens into the subject of care and build local care communities along with professional organizations.


The first presenter, Manager Dong-sung Han (Jeonbuk Local Problem Solution Platform), suggested ways of care strategy wherein a variety of subjects are associated by introducing activities and cooperative cases of Jeonbuk Care Network to solve the regional care problems under the subject of "Solving Local Problems with Citizens."


As the second presenter, former President Hae-suk Yu (

Incheon Social Service Center) proposed ways for senior citizens to participate in the care of junior citizens, colleagues, and local community under the subject of "Senior Citizen Care in the Community." “We have to stop perceiving the elderly as the target of care and start thinking of them as senior citizens,” she said. 


The third presenter, Executive Director Seon-mi Go (Jeonju Medical Welfare Social Cooperative), emphasized the necessity of integrated service support system for customized healthcare, welfare, and care by introducing the current status of "integrated healthcare supporters" under the subject of "Jeonju-type integrated local society care with healthcare supporters."


The last presenter, Director Jae-shin Sim (

Kkongbat Cooperative), suggested ways of building a social foundation wherein patients and their families can act as the subject of care while introducing corporate cases of providing care services based on the association of supportive institutions of each disease with the patients and families under the subject of "Patient and Family Become the Subject of Care."


The panel discussion hosted by Policy Chairman Wi-jin Song (Korea Network of Living Labs) was participated in by Hyeon-jeong Guk (Resident-Participated Health Enhancement Center of Mindlle Health Welfare Social Cooperative), Department Head Ran-i Park (Daejeon Public Agency for Social Service), Jeong-ju Seo (Eisai Korea), and Senior Researcher Ji-eun Seong (STEPI) to discuss strategies and practices to turn citizens into the subject of care.

08-16
452nd Science and Technology Policy Forum

The Science and Technology Policy Institute held the 452nd Science and Technology Policy Forum on Wed., Aug. 16th at 4:40 PM (local time in Germany) in Munich, Germany.


Themed “Directions to Vitalize Europe’s Collaboration in National Strategy Technology by Government-Funded S&T Institutes,” this forum, which was a special session of the Europe-Korea Conference (EKC) 2023, was participated in by experts in a variety of fields to analyze the technological innovation in Europe and search for ways to vitalize the collaboration between Korea and Europe through exchange with Korean researchers living overseas.


Senior researcher Ju-yeong Ham of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) gave the first presentation titled "Current R&D Activities for National Strategy Technology and Future Directions," introducing cases of global joint research being conducted at KIST in seven major fields including secondary battery, advanced bio, quantum and more and emphasizing the importance of the role of government-funded S&T institutes as an overseas stronghold.


Director Gyeong-mo Seong of STEPI's Office of Science and Technology Diplomacy & Security Research asserted that government-funded S&T institutes should be used as the means of vitalizing global cooperation between Korea and Europe as he introduced the policy trends in Europe for securing its technological sovereignty by easing foreign dependence under the subject of "Policy Trends in Europe for Technological Sovereignty and Directions for Cooperation with Europe Centering on the Strategy Technology of Government-funded S&T Institutes."


“We should turn our bilateral collaboration with European countries into opportunities for experiencing their multilateral research collaboration system where investment in Europe’s strategy technologies takes place,” Director Gyeong-mo Seong said. He suggested seeking Korea’s chances to participate in the new economic and industrial agenda led by the multilateral researcher collaboration system of Europe centered on norms (carbon neutrality, EU battery law, etc.) and pursuing the collaboration focusing on national strategy technologies by reinforcing the role of government-funded S&T institutes in global cooperation.


Finally, Director Jong-woon Hwang (KIC Europe) analyzed the major issues and current states of research innovation activities in EU, including Germany, and introduced ways of expanding the possibility of their collaboration with Korea under the subject of "Major Duty Activities of KIC and Direction for Vitalizing the Collaboration with Europe." 


In the discussion hosted by Yong-rae Cho (STEPI), Assistant Professor Young-chan Kim (University of Surrey in UK), President Jong-wook Lee (Association des Scientifiques Coréens en France), and CEO Gyeong-won Seo (CODA, Co., Ltd.) took part to discuss ways to vitalize collaboration with Europe through the Korea-Europe global joint research and technological commercialization centering on national strategy technologies.

07-20
How to Respond to Competition for Technology Hegemony and Strategy for Securing National Critical Technologies Forum

The Science and Technology Policy Institute held the Forum on How to Respond to Competition for Technology Hegemony and Strategy for Securing National Critical Technologies on Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 2 p.m. 


Organized by I&TM KAIST and jointly sponsored by STEPI and Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade the forum was initiated to seek the way Korea has to follow for its policy level as well as how to secure its national critical technologies under circumstances wherein technological competitiveness has become the essential factor for a nation’s survival. 


Eui-seok Kim, professor of I&TM KAIST, was the first presenter; he defined in his presentation the national critical technologies that a nation should critically secure in the technology hegemony era based on the results of analyzing more than 86,000 related documents.


Next, Hee-kwon Kyung, Associate Research Fellow of the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade, proposed policy-level measures for Korea to take a leap forward to becoming a global pivotal nation by identifying superior and risk factors of Korea’s cutting-edge industries in the competition where the United States and China mainly have hegemony.


Yong-rae Cho, Research Fellow of STEPI, introduced overseas cases related to the technology hegemony competition and drew the implications that Korea has to consider from the cases.


In addition, he suggested a realistic orientation for Korean policy in line with the era of emerging security.


The last presenter, Professor Tae-sung Yoon of I&TM KAIST, explained the reasons for the technology hegemony competition and the process of its expansion and proposed how to respond on a policy level for Korea’s survival strategy.


06-08
2nd Local Intellectual Property and Local Innovation Forum

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 2nd Local Intellectual Property and Local Innovation Forum under the theme of "Strategies and Tasks for K-Food as a Local Innovation Project through Convergence" at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 at the Local Innovation Hall of Jeonju University.


Sponsored by the Presidential Council on Intellectual Property and co-organized by STEPI, Jeonju University (President Park Jin-bae), and Korea Food Research Institute (President Baek Hyung-hui), this forum was the venue of discussion on strategies for “K-Food” as a new local innovation project converging local intellectual property.


First, Director Hwang Jong-hwan of Knowledge Sharing and Co-prosperity Network presented how to build a model of industrial ecosystem of convergence through “K-Food” under the theme of “Strategies and Tasks for K-Food as a Local Innovation Project through Convergence.”


Next, Senior Researcher Jang Dae-ja of the Korea Food Research Institute introduced the current state of K-Food using local intellectual property and ways of vitalization under the theme of “Utilization of K-Food and Intellectual Property and Cases of Commercialization.”


Lastly, CEO Kim Jeong-hyeok of Slowtech reported a means of cultivating local ventures that combine intellectual properties accumulated in a local area with the dynamic of youth by introducing “ 


Slowtech,” a traditional culture start-up that associates programs for young people’s growth and local innovation, under the theme of “Local Regeneration and Assetization using Local Intellectual Property: Case of Hansan Sogokju in Seocheon.”


The Local Intellectual Property and Local Innovation Forum was initiated to discuss local innovation strategies from new points of view oriented toward local development and problem solving by discovering local intellectual properties, converging them with other knowledge, and connecting collective innovations with the participation of various subjects from inside and outside of local areas.

05-18
Special Lecture on Career Experience at Sejong Daesung High School

On Thursday, May 18, 2023, STEPI provided a special lecture on career experience to 25 first-year students from Sejong Daesung High School. 


The lecture with STEPI researchers was designed to let the students understand the ever-changing science technology and AI environment driven by ChatGPT and think about their future dream jobs. 


Under the theme of "ChatGPT and Future Society," the head of the Future Strategy Team of STEPI, Park Hyun-jun, addressed how new opportunities can be made by generative AI and how the students can set their career path to follow the changes in the future. The students learned the weaknesses and strengths of ChatGpt and how ChatGpt can change the future.


In particular, the opportunities to explore their career path were given to help the students find various possibilities in the new area with information about jobs in the AI field and promising areas worth challenging in the future. 


Before the lecture, Na Da-yeong, a researcher of the Future Strategy Team, had a Q&A session to answer the questions about how a day as a STEPI researcher goes while giving a brief introduction on STEPI to match the level of students.


As part of the 2023 Career & Work Experience Program participated by National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences (NRC) and relevant research institutes, this lecture was conducted to provide an educational venue where students explore their own aptitude and future job through understanding national policy research institutes, its roles, and experiencing how researchers work.

05-16
2023 STEPI Global Symposium in Commemoration of Its 36th Anniversary

On Tuesday, May 16, at 1:30 PM, STEPI hosted the "2023 STEPI Global Symposium’ to mark its 36th anniversary at the Grand Ballroom Hall in The Ambassador Seoul - A Pullman Hotel in Seoul. 


Under the theme of "Great Transformation of the Axis through Bio Startups," this global symposium was designed to seek policy measures to enhance the competitiveness of the bio economy from a perspective of Korea’s strategic growth in the context of global competition for advanced biotechnology that would change the industries of the future. 


In the opening remark, STEPI President Mun Mi-ock said, “Global competition surrounding advanced bio technology that would shift the industries of the future has already started, and we are in a situation where the entry and growth of new industries by using new advanced technologies with higher added value should be constantly promoted.” She also mentioned that a strategic growth perspective is needed now more than ever. 


President Mun stressed the ecosystem of bio startups and their roles through the symposium, saying, “It is crucial to seek policy measures to improve the competitiveness of the bio economy.”


In the first presentation, Chief Business Officer of Israel‘s Minovia Therapeutics Dr. Shai Melcer emphasized the significance of startups in the bio fields through Israel’s start-up Minovia’s activities for developing medicines using molecular cells under the theme of Bioeconomy for Startups.


Head of the Strategic Planning Office of Standigm Kim Han-jo introduced Standigm’s global strategies to develop new medicines using AI technologies, current status of bio startups and mechanism for delivering new technologies to the market under the theme of "Standigm’s Global Strategy: Lessons from Experience." 


In addition, Executive Director of Industry-University Collaboration of POSCO Holdings’ Future Technology Research Institute, Park Sung-jin, addressed the bio innovation ecosystem, and introduced bio enterprises value-up strategies and solutions based on industry-academia-research cooperation under the theme of "Strategies for Building a Bio Venture Ecosystem Based on Industry-Academia-Research Cooperation."


Experts from relevant fields participated in the panel discussion to discuss the bio innovation ecosystem and policy strategies that Korea needs to focus on to move forward. 

05-03
Side Event at the 8th UN STI Forum

On Wednesday, May 2, STEPI hosted a side event for the 8th UN Science Technology Innovation Forum (8th UN STI Forum) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Science Technology Engineering Innovation Policy Asia and Pacific Network (STEPAN) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, U.S.A. 


About 50 experts from Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, UNOSSC, UNESCO Regional Office for East Asia, the UNDP, and the STEPAN participated in the side event organized by STEPI to discuss the policies to promote the utilization of technology innovation to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs). 


In the opening remarks, STEPI President Mun Mi-ock stated, “To keep the promise of SDGs by the international community until 2023, a global consensus should be formed among UN member states to increase the implementation speed and actively utilize science technology as a leverage." She also stressed the importance of much attention and participation from the science and technology industry to achieve SDGs. 


In the presentation session, Director of UNESCO-ENEA Shahbaz Khan introduced the activities of UNESCO as a bridge between science and society under the theme of "Challenges of Mobilizing STI Stakeholders in Achieving SDGs in Asia-Pacific Region." In addition, he also shared the difficulties in the process of implementing SDGs in Asia-Pacific region in 2023. 


Dr. Fernando Santiago from the UNIDO introduced the UNIDO’s industrial policy advisory frames under the theme of "Utilization of SDGs for Policy Technology Innovation Policy Advistory Service."


Sun In-kyoung, leader of Office of Sustainable Innovation Policy Research (STEPI), presented how to contribute to the implementation of SDGs and global problem solving in Korea’s science and technology community through data analysis of national R&D projects under the theme of "Linked Implementation of SDGs with Missions of National R&D Projects."


Moreover, Dr. Cornelio Guterres from East Timor’s INCT pointed out the lack of the government’s relevant systems and shortage of research resources under the theme of "Policy Limitations of East Timor Government for Implementation Support of SDGs."


Lastly, science and technology policy experts from Asian countries participated to discuss the importance of policy capabilities in developing countries to promote both industrialization and SDGs, and establishment of realistic short-term goals and efforts to achieve them as well as long-term goals like SDGs.

04-27
The 451st Science and Technology Policy Forum

On Thursday, Apr. 27, at 2 PM, STEPI and the Korean Association of Science, Technology and the LAW held the 451st Science and Technology Policy Forum in the international conference room (2F) in the Bank Hall.


 Under the subject of Reorganization of Legal System for International Science and Technology Cooperation in Response to the Era of Economy and Technology Security, many experts from various fields participated in this forum and reviewed the pending issues for science and technology policy to cope with the era of economy and technology security. Moreover, the experts sought to find an effective alternative to international science and technology cooperation system.


Mun Mi-ock, president of STEPI, stated in an opening address that “As the era of economy and technology security arrives, the national strategy and the ’international joint cooperation’ which is a core axis of cooperation model among allied nations have become critical.” She added, “We hope that the laws for international science and technology cooperation would be formed in a timely manner to expand the international joint research through international science and technology cooperation with this forum as a stepping stone.”  


Choi Chi-ho, CEO of Korea Science & Technology Holdings, gave a speech under the title of Legal Issues on the International Joint R&D System and Directions for Reorganization of Legal System for Science and Technology Cooperation. He explained the need for the reorganization of legal system for international joint R&D by diagnosing the cooperation among industry, university and institute and the science and innovation network at home and abroad.


Sun In-kyoung, leader of Office of Sustainable Innovation Policy Research (STEPI), gave a speech under the subject of Analysis of Research Security in the Global Research Ecosystem and Leading Countries’ Response Thereto. She stated the importance of research security as research is becoming more and more internationalized and globalized. Moreover, she introduced the need for establishing a strategy for international science and technology cooperation from a perspective of the full cycle by analyzing a response to research security by the leading countries, such as U.S., Australia, Japan, etc.


04-25
Industry and Scientific Technology Innovation Policy Forum

On Tuesday, Apr. 25, at 2 PM, STEPI and the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade (KIET) held the Industry and Scientific Technology Innovation Policy Forum on-line and off-line in the Grand Hall (4F) of Sejong Best Western Hotel.


This forum was conducted with the subject of Diagnosis of the innovation of Korean Enterprises and Seeking Policy Direction Based on Statistics. Moreover, the forum discussed the methods to revitalize the innovation of industry and scientific technology by sharing the key findings and implications of nationally recognized statistics, such as the Survey of Innovation of Korean Enterprises (supervised by STEPI) and the Survey of Knowledge Service Industry (supervised by KIET), etc.


This forum began with the followings: an opening address of Ju Hyeon (president of KIET); a welcoming address of Mun Mi-ock (president of STEPI); and a congratulatory address of Jeong Hae-gu (chairperson of the Economics, Humanities and Social Research Council). After the speeches, Yoo Ho-seok, chief officer of Software Policy & Research Institute, introduced the tide of changes in a macroscopic innovation environment, major innovations and policy direction thereof under the subject of Review and Policy Direction for Recent Innovation Environment at Home and Abroad.


In the second presentation, Lee Joong-woo (researcher of STEPI) diagnosed under the title of Characteristics and Policy Implications of Innovation by Korean Enterprises. He further explained status of Korean innovative enterprises and characteristics based on the results and in-depth analysis of the Korean Innovation Survey, which is run under the Government and hosted by STEPI.


Lastly, Lee Sang-hyeon, chief officer of the KIET, gave a lecture under the subject of Status and Policy Implications of the Knowledge Service Industry in Korea. He explained the status of knowledge service businesses and the result of innovative activities in terms of creation and utilization of knowledge on the basis of the key findings of Survey of Knowledge Service Industry (supervised by the KIET)

04-06
The 1st Local Intellectual Property and Local Innovation Forum

On Thursday, Apr. 6, from 2 PM, STEPI held the 1st Local Intellectual Property and Local Innovation Forum in Dongja Art Hall of Seoul. The forum, with the subject of Strategies and Tasks for New Local Innovation Based on Local Intellectual Property, was also offered online.


The forum, held by the Presidential Council on Intellectual Property and supervised by STEPI, discussed new local innovation strategies for promoting the local development and local problem resolution by finding and utilizing local resources.


Song Wi-jin, honorary researcher of STEPI, gave the first presentation under the title of New Strategy and Task for Local Innovation Based on Local Intellectual Property. Dr. Song introduced the local innovation strategy to respond to local challenges and presented a plan to innovate the local intellectual property based on the mission-oriented and problem-solving platform.


Hwang Jong-hwan, chairperson of Knowledge Sharing and Coexistence Network, gave a lecture on the past and future of local intellectual property and presented revitalization strategies under the title of Model Cases and Status of Local Intellectual Property at Home and Abroad.


Lastly, Kim Mi-ja, manager of Food & Agriculture Research Team in Mungyeong Agricultural Technology Center, introduced model cases of local innovation and local economy revitalization that utilized Mungyeong's magnolia berries under the title of Cases of Application of Local Intellectual Property of Mungyeong and Development Methods. The magnolia berries of Mungyeong are considered as local intellectual property.


The forum was established to discuss local innovation strategies with new perspectives that seek for the local development and solutions for local issues by finding the local knowledge, combining with other knowledge and connecting with collective innovation in which various local and outside subjects participate.


04-04
Workshop for Scientific Technology Cooperation Partnership between Korea and Ghana


On Tuesday, Apr. 4, STEPI and the Ghanian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation held the Workshop for Scientific Technology Cooperation Partnership Between Korea and Ghana in Ghana.


The workshop, which was promoted as a part of the 2023 K-Innovation Partnership Program (K-innovation Program), was participated by senior officials of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and 30 figures from industries, research and academia who discussed the performance of the GIRC Centre’s mater plan established by the second year’s program, follow-up programs, etc.


In particular, a plan for cooperation was discussed with a total of six domestic institutes, such as: STEPI, National Research Foundation of Korea, Korea Technology and Information Promotion Agency for SMEs, Korea Technopark Association, Gyeongbuk TP, and Jeonbuk TP Digital Convergence Center.


In the workshop, seven experts from domestic institutions introduced each institution and explained the status of ODA programs and where the institutions can cooperate.


On the other hand, a kick-off meeting and a ceremony for delivering a master plan was held, in the morning on Apr. 4, to inform the launch of the 3rd year of the K-Innovation Partnership Program.


The K-Innovation Partnership Program is a multi-year program that was promoted from 2021 to 2023. In September 2023, which is the 3rd year, officials from the Ghanian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and the GIRC Centre will visit Korea and receive the training to strengthen capabilities.


03-26
STEPI and Cambodia's Science Ministry Jointly Proclaimthe National Science & Technology Roadmap (Mar. 26–28)

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) of Korea and the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation (MISTI) of Cambodia jointly adopted the "National Science & Technology Roadmap" during a proclamation ceremony held in an event commemorating Cambodia's first-ever National Science, Technology & Innovation Day, which took place from Mar. 26th to 28th.


It was a large-scale national event joined by more than 50,000 participants, including Hun Sen, the incumbent prime minister of Cambodia, high-profile officials from the science and technology field, and university students. While initiatives in the fields of agriculture, education, and health were adopted last year, this year proclaimed the adoption of the roadmap on energy, digital, and tourism.


In a bid to promote awareness of the significance and value of scientific knowledge in developing social economy, the Cambodian government first-ever designated the National Science, Technology & Innovation Day on Mar. 26th, the day the proclamation ceremony was held.


 During the three-day event, Lee Jeong-won, a senior researcher at STEPI, introduced the importance of the "National Science, Technology & Innovation Strategy" and STEPI's support for the development of Cambodia's National Science & Technology Roadmap. Other Korean experts joined the event by sharing Korea's experience and case studies ranging from the national R&D management to the introduction background and characteristics of the National Science & Technology Information Service under the Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea.


The adoption of Cambodia's National Science & Technology Roadmap is a follow-up project (the first-phase policy advisory project was conducted from 2018 to 2019) designed to create policies related to the science, technology and innovation (STI) of Cambodia.


K-Innovation Partnership Program, an ODA project under STEPI, has been organized to support the sustainable development of developing countries based on STI.


Launched in 2014, the program has been assisting recipient countries in developing their economy by providing customized policy consultations and competence support in the STI field. It has yielded accomplishments like the one with Cambodia's case of adopting the National Science & Technology Roadmap and the National Science and Technology Master Plan.

03-16
STEPI Launches Indonesia Policy Advisory Project by Hosting Seminar (Mar. 16)

On Tue, Mar. 16th, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) kicked off its K-Innovation Partnership Program by hosting a seminar on the Indonesia policy advisory project in Jakarta, Indonesia.


On the heels of the integrated launch of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Indonesia is faced with urgent tasks on improving the R&D support system followed by changes in science and technology innovation governance and its structure. In response, STEPI is set to provide policy consultations designed to analyze the nation's R&D infrastructure and funding status and draw reform strategies for three years starting this year. 


At the seminar, Kim Eun-joo, a senior researcher at the institute, introduced the project by explaining its purpose, detailed plans, and anticipated performances resulting from mutual cooperation between STEPI and BRIN. 


In the first session, BRIN officials Tjahyo Pranoto (infrastructure policy) and Ajeng Arum Sari (funding policy) participated as presenters, describing the status and problems of the ongoing R&D support plans in Indonesia.


Korean experts joined the following session by sharing Korea's R&D support policies. First, Kim Yong-joo, head of the Facilities and Equipment Operation Team under the Korea Basic Science Institute, introduced Korean state-run think-tanks' infrastructure and monitoring systems. Furthermore, Hwang Ji-ho, head of the Office of Future Technology Strategy under the Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning, shared the history of Korea's R&D funding support policies, stressing the importance of the efficient implementation of those policies.

03-14
STEPI Hosts Network of Care Living Labs Forum in Jeju (Mar. 14)

On Tue, Mar. 14th at 10:30 AM, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Mun Mi-ock) held the Network of Care Living Labs Forum under the title "Creating Health and Care Innovation Together: How We Can Fulfill It" at the event hall of Social Campus ON in Jeju.


The forum was organized to share various activities for health and care innovation in the region and discuss detailed action plans. The event was hosted by STEPI and organized by JejuSquare, the Jeju National University LINC+ 3.0 Project Group, the DSC Regional Innovation Platform Future Living Lab Center, the R&E Center for Learning Health Systems at Korea University, and the Network of Care Living Labs.


As the first presenter, Seo Jeong-joo, a director at Eisai Korea, introduced the activities and tasks of the Network of Care Living Labs. Seo also stressed the significance of building common visions and strategies that show directions and integrate detailed action plans of each organization in the network.


Kang Ji-woong, chair of the Yongdam 2-dong Community Social Security Association, joined the event as the second presenter to share a public-private partnership business designed to support families in crisis under the theme "Extending Helping Hands: Creating a Good Community Where All Adults and Children Can Walk Together Hand in Hand."


Lastly, Jin Yoon-hye, president of the Seolmundae Social Cooperative, presented a case study on mutual care activities under the program organized to comfort and care for mothers and their children with developmental disabilities.

02-15
The 28th Korean Network of Living Labs Forum (Feb. 15)

On Wed, Feb. 15 at 2 PM, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 28th Korean Network of Living Labs (KNoLL) Forum at the DSC Hall of the Chungnam National University. The forum discussed the theme of “How to Achieve Sustainable Mobility Transformation” both online and offline.


Hosted by the STEPI and KNoLL and organized by the Future Living Lab Center from Daejeon Sejong Chungnam (DSC) Regional Innovation Platform, the forum explored integrated strategies to improve quality of life of local residents by developing mobility technologies and promoting relevant industries, nurturing local talent, and creating jobs. It also discussed the possibility and prospect of Living Labs as a platform to realize these strategies where private and public sectors, industries, academia, and research institutes collaborate. 


Park Yong-Han, the head of the University Innovation Education Headquarters (from DSC Regional Innovation Platform), gave the first presentation titled “Universities Collaborating with Local Communities, Finding Answers from Nurturing Future Talent for Mobility.” Park introduced the DSC sharing universities as a nurturing hub for core talent of future mobility and emphasized the importance of educational curriculum based on living labs focusing on solving regional problems. 


Professor Lim Choong-Jae (Keimyung University) was a second presenter, whose presentation was about “Living Lab-based Experiments on and Assignments of Mobility on Demand (MoD) that Responds to Future Social Changes.” Prof. Lim introduced a case study on MoD, conducted in Gunwi-gun and Dalseo-gu, Daegu, the regions of marginalized mobility and accessibility with welfare services.


Oh Mi-Hye, the head of the Innopolis Campus (from Korea Automobile Research Technology Institute), gave a final presentation with the title of “Carbon Neutrality: Mobility in the Era of the Smart City.” Oh proposed ways to develop technologies and demonstrated the roles of mobility for the minimization of the pollutants harming the environment and the expansion of sustainable mobility in the era of Smart ICT.

12-14
2022 Open Innovation Policy Platform Dissemination Conference (Dec. 14)

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 2022 Open Innovation Policy Platform Dissemination Conference both online and offline on Wed, Dec. 14 at Grand Hall, EL Tower. The conference was jointly hosted by the STEPI, Korea Development Institute (KDI), Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI), and Korea Institute of Public Administration (KIPA).

Starting with a congratulatory message from Kim Beom-seok, director general of the Planning and Coordination Office of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and a welcoming speech by STEPI president Mun Mi-ock was given. The attendees discussed and shared opinions on alternatives for: the creation of a sustainable and innovative smart manufacture ecosystem (STEPI); the establishment of a foundation for the vitalization of a smart space ecosystem (KIPA); the creation of a healthy NFT ecosystem (KISDI); and the creation of a health care MyData ecosystem (KDI).

During her welcoming speech, STEPI president Mun Mi-ock said “open innovation policy methodology” should be actively utilized in policy making and support, emphasizing the necessity of on-site demand-based policy implementation to overcome the current crisis of high interest rates, exchange rates, and prices.

The first speaker Oh Yoon-hwan, director of STEPI Office of Future and Social Innovation Research, introduced the result of the operation of and research on the STEPI open innovation lab for smart production in 2022 and stressed the necessity to narrow the gap between the industrial site and the political site for more effective political support, under the title of “Policy Suggestion to Create a Sustainable and Innovative Smart Manufacture Ecosystem.”

The STEPI Session included on-site experts’ presentations such as “Manufacturing Data Standard and Technology Trends and Introduction of AAS” by CEO Kim Yu-cheol (Nestfield) and “Tesla’s Gigafactory and Toyota’s Nanofactory, Between Innovation and Improvement” by vice-CEO Park Jeong-gyu (Glendale Consulting). Director Kim Mun-seon (Smart Manufacturing Innovation Business Association), research fellow Lee Hang-gu (Korea Automotive Technology Institute), and etc. participated in a panel discussion hosted by research fellow Park Chan-su (STEPI).

12-14
The 27th KNoLL Forum (Dec. 14)

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 27th Korean Network of Living Labs (KNoLL) Forum at the conference room on the sixth floor of the STEPI building on Wed, Dec, 14 at 2 PM. The forum was held both online and offline under the theme of “Our AI Created by Citizens: Civic AI.”

The forum was hosted by the STEPI, organized by KNoLL and Hanyang University LINC3.0 Project Group, and sponsored by the Ministry of Science and ICT. During the forum, the attendees defined innovative AI activities, in which citizens and experts develop and utilize AI technology together in order to respond to challenging social issues such as climate change, population ageing, and resource circulation, as “Our AI” and discussed its current situation and vitalization plans.

The first speaker, policy chairperson Song Wi-chin (KNoLL), emphasized the necessity of new types of innovative AI activities in which AI-based social issue resolving activities are conducted in either participatory type or joint creation type, under the title of “Strategies and Tasks of Our AI Created by Citizens.”

 Song talked about the characteristics and significance of “Our AI” activities, jointly conducted by citizens and specialized bodies. Such activities are done by a series of AI development procedure of “problem setup, data collection/organization, model development/demonstration, and on-site application/social impact.”

The second speaker, representative Kim Mi-yeong (Korean Society of Type 1 Diabetes), introduced the “AI-based artificial pancreas system” developed and used by global patients with type 1 diabetes, under the title of “Patient-initiated AI-base Care Experiment and Project.”

Kim pointed out the institutional and technological situation that prevents a large number of patients with type 1 diabetes from using the system in spite of its outstanding effectiveness, explaining the disease management situation in which forced the patients to develop the system on their own.

The third speaker, CEO Kim Jong-gyu (60 Hertz), introduced technologies and services for the management of small-scaled distributed power, eco-friendly power, and bidirectional power, under the theme of “Experiment and Project of Our Energy Created by Citizens.” The fourth speaker, Baek Myeong-su director of the Citizens' Institute for Environmental Studies, suggested a plan to vitalize citizen science in which citizens collect data and conduct research activities on their own, under the theme of “Our Experiment and Project to Vitalize Citizen Science.”

The last speaker, CEO Seong Mo-se (Hanyang University Family Representative, Huject), shared the living lab-based technology commercialization case of Huject having generic technology of energy harvesting and put emphasis on interested party-based data accumulation and utilization, under the theme of “Interested Party-based Technology Distribution and Commercialization Cases.”

12-12
2022 Technology Regulation Policy Research Conference (Dec. 12)

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 2022 Technology Regulation Policy Research Conference both online and offline in collaboration with the Korea Society for Regulatory Studies on Monday, Dec. 12 at 2 PM, at Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Namdaemun (Hanyang Rooms 3 and 4), under the theme of “Seeking Out Alternatives to Government Regulations.”

Starting with an opening speech by STEPI president Mun Mi-ock and a welcoming speech by Yang Jun-seok, president of the Korea Society for Regulatory Studies, experts shared their opinion about the establishment of a technology self-regulation system during the conference consisting of two sessions: Sharing Research about the Establishment of a Technology Self-regulation System and Experts’ Discussion.

During her opening speech, STEPI president Mun Mi-ock said, “Our economy and society can take a step forward when the government and the private sector establish a more flexible and innovative regulation system together.” She added, “I hope that this conference establishes a foundation for improving relevant systems and responding to the deepening regulation delay issue due to rapidly evolving technologies and industries.”

Yang Jun-seok, president of the Korea Society for Regulatory Studies, said during his welcoming speech, “Self-regulations are a useful means for an organized non-governmental group to regulate action, which should be utilized for our regulatory tools. I hope that today's conference contributes to establishing a socio-economic background for the active use of self-regulations.”

STEPI senior research fellow Yi Gwang-ho divided the issues into climate change and AI and put emphasis on the necessity of the introduction and vitalization of self-regulations so as to overcome the limitations of a government-initiated top-down regulatory reform, under the title of “Plan to Establish a Technology Self-regulation System: Research Results and Policy Suggestion.”

In particular, he stated the current system should change, pointing out the unprofessionalism of the government, the inefficiency of the government-led prior, one-sided, and stiff regulation system, and the current situation where regulatory issues are constantly increasing with the acceleration of technology development and digital transformation.

12-09
Policy Forum of the National Policy Committee of the National Assembly (Dec. 9)

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the Policy Forum of the National Policy Committee of the National Assembly both online and offline with Baek Hye-ryun, chairperson of the National Policy Committee, at Convention Hall on the 12th floor of CCMM Building located in Yeouido, Seoul on Fri, Dec. 9th at 10 AM, under the theme of “South Korea’s technology-centric Indo-Pacific strategy.”

Starting with an opening speech by Baek Hye-ryun, chairperson of the National Policy Committee, a welcoming speech by STEPI president Mun Mi-ock, and congratulatory messages from Park Hong-keun, floor leader of the Democratic Party of Korea, and Kim Jong-min, a member of the National Assembly (assistant administrator of the National Policy Committee), the attendees of the forum discussed establishing national strategies in response to Indo-Pacific strategy, which is considered a global issue, from an integrative perspective.

Baek Hye-ryun, chairperson of the National Policy Committee, proclaimed during her opening speech, stating, “It is hard to say that recent domestic and overseas economic changes are favorable to our economy. We should proactively utilize the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity in order to enhance our competitiveness in the global environment with increasing uncertainty, reorganized resource supply chains, and a variety of emerging trade and commerce issues.”

During her welcoming speech, STEPI president Mun Mi-ock said, “The Biden administration is putting emphasis on the role of the USA in Indo-Pacific and the strengthened cooperation with major countries by suggesting the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity. It is very important to develop technology and secure new partner countries so as to stabilize the current situation where Korean supply chain of raw materials is collapsing due to strategic global competition.”

Park Hong-keun, floor leader of the Democratic Party of Korea, and Kim Jong-min, a member of the National Assembly, stated through their congratulatory messages that discussions regarding Indo-Pacific Strategy should be done focusing on technology and policies in order to secure a global supply chain and gain the competitive advantages.

Song Chi-woong, director of the STEPI Center for Asia-Pacific Strategy on the Frontier Technology, suggested a technology-centric plan to respond to the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) and a technological alliance plan to secure national strategic technologies, under the title of “South Korea’s technology-centric Indo-Pacific strategy.”

In particular, he stressed the technological and geopolitical significance of India in the Indo-Pacific era and referred to India as Korea’s top priority partner for the next three decades.

Lastly, he emphasized that the Republic of Korea should actively develop and utilize advanced technologies and respond to climate change and infectious diseases through a technical partnership with major Indo-Pacific countries who share the same values of democracy.

11-10
STI Data Forum and Korean Enterprise Innovation Survey Symposium

STEPI hosted a STI Data Forum and Korean Enterprise Innovation Survey Symposium, at the council chamber of STEPI, on the 6th floor of Sejong National Research Complex (SNRC), on Thursday, November 10, at 1 PM.

 

Starting with the opening speech given by Moon Mi-ok, the head of STEPI, the symposium was divided into two sessions, including STI Data Forum and Korean Enterprise Innovation Survey Symposium, which was attended by many specialists in the nation to discuss the possible plans for establishing and managing evident-based composite data system.

 

Before full swing discussion, there was an awards ceremony for winners in ‘Korean Enterprise Innovation Survey Thesis Contest.’

 

Lee Jeong-woo, the leader of R&D Innovation Research Team, had the microphone for the first session, ‘STI Data Forum,’ suggested the necessity of establishing a composite data system on the basis of reviewing the range and co-relations between each different surveys progressed on domestic firms in relation with technology and scientific innovation, under the theme, “STI Composite Data Establishment and Management Initiatives.’

 

Following this was a discussion about issues related with establishment and utilization of a holistic database for Science and Technology, attended by Seo Gyeong-suk, the chief of Administrative Data Management Div. (Statistics Korea), Jeong Yong-chan, the head of Data Analysis & Prediction Center (Korea Information Society Development Institute, KISDI) and Professor, Oh Seung-hwan (Gyeongsang National University) and presided by Hong Seong-ju, the director of R&D Strategies Research Center (STEPI).

 

In the second session, ‘Korean Enterprise Innovation Survey Symposium,’ the attendants gave presentations mainly around the prize-winning works in ‘Korean Enterprise Innovation Survey Thesis Contest’ held in 2022, in relation with the outcome of research surveys on enterprise innovation, utilization of such surveys and comparison of barometers of innovation with the international standard.


11-09
Procurement Initiatives Seminar 2022

STEPI hosted Procurement Initiatives Seminar 2022, under the theme of Strategic Public Purchasing Plan based on Innovation and Security Demand, co-hosted by Korea Procurement Service (KPS), both online and offline, on Wednesday, November 9, at 2 p.m.

 

Starting with the opening speech given by Lee Sang-yun, the deputy head of KPS and congratulatory address by Mun Mi-ock, the head of STEPI and Baek Myeong-gi, the head of Korea Instituted of Procurement (KIP), the seminar focused on seeking new directions for public procurement policies corresponding to the increasing demand, such as supporting the growth of new industries and strengthening national security.

 

Lee Sang-yun, the deputy head of KPS, in his opening speech, said, “The Korea Procurement Service has successfully responded to the national crisis by a strategically stocking up on masks and urea solutions, and has made efforts to use public procurement service in a strategic fashion, including constant expansion of innovative items and initiatives.” “We will also make effort to reinforce our roles aimed at strategic procurement, by such a way as providing aids for procurement enterprises’ advancement to overseas market,” he added.

 

Mun Mi-ock, the head of STEPI said, in her congratulatory address, that the Korea Procurement Service may have to seek a strategic procurement initiative that can contribute substantially to the national system in relation to the growth and crisis in our country. She, also, emphasized the necessity of R&D activities in public procurement tied with the capital from the civil sector.

 

Choe Jong-hwa, the director of Future Industry Strategy Research Center of STEPI, said in the 4th session, under the title, ‘R&D Function Reinforcement Initiatives for Civil-Oriented Innovation,’ that, in order to implement a strategic procurement, we must have in place a system for timely procurement that can swiftly respond to the demand of the industry for preemptive purchase or the national demand for security.

 

The seminar continued with the address from Kim Byeong-geon director of KIP, who stressed the innovative procurement method that can correspond to the national future demand, the address of Jo Yong-rae, a researcher at STEPI, who highlighted strategies for public procurement to cope with a national crisis and Kim Gyu-tae, the vice chief of the Research Center (Yonsei University) who introduced an initiative for strategic procurement based on innovation and security demand, under the theme titled, ‘Initiatives for Public Procurement Reinforced by Financial Investment.’

 


11-08
Winners of the ASEAN-ROK Award for Excellence in STI 2022

The Ministry of Science and ICT, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), and the ASEAN Committee of Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) have continued the annual award of ASEAN-ROK Award for Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation for the year 2021 to encourage young scientists and engineers to contribute further on research in the area of Science, Technology and Innovation. The Award was open to professionals pursuing careers in any field of natural sciences or engineering.




The annual award consists of two categories which include the Next ASEAN Innovator, which reaches out to scientists and engineers of ASEAN nationality who aim to establish joint research partnerships with the scientific community in the Republic of Korea, and the ASEAN-ROK STI Pioneer, which targets scientists and engineers of ASEAN nationality who already have prior joint research experience within the Republic of Korea and have the interest to continue and to expand such collaboration. Each awardee will receive prize money of USD 12,000 each, sponsored by The Ministry of Science, Technology and ICT (MSIT) of the Republic of Korea.


We are proud to announce that this year’s winners are Dr.Annie Chai Wai Yeeng (Senior Scientist at Cancer Research Malaysia (CRMY), Malaysian) for the NEXT ASEAN Innovator category and Dr.Randi Azmi (Post.Doc at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Indonesian) for the ASEAN-ROK STI Pioneer category.


Congratulations to both winners in their efforts to achieve further research advancement and collaboration in the STI area! 


STEPI and the ASEAN Secretariat will shortly arrange the official awarding ceremony for both winners in early December in South Korea.


We would like to also extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of the participants of this year’s awards. 


We hope to see you again at the next awards.

11-03
449th Science and Technology Policy Forum

The Presidential Advisory Council on Education, Science Technology (PACEST) held the ‘449th Science and Technology Policy Forum’ on and offline, at the Yeouido Central Park, on the 15th floor of Kensington Hotel, in Thursday November 3 at 2 PM, under the theme, ‘K-Inno Strategy.’

 

The forum, ‘K-Inno Strategy,’ which started with the opening speech from the Moon Mi-ok (head of STEPI) and the congratulatory addresses from the Kim Jin-pyo (Chairman of the National Assembly Baek), Hye-ryeon (committee president of The Political Affairs Committee) and Kim Han-gyu (lawmaker of The Political Affairs Committee) discussed how to respond to the intensifying competition for technology hegemony and how to establish holistic, national strategies and proactive systems for economy, technology and security; the meeting was attended by specialists from all walk of life.

 

In her opening speech, Moon Mi-ok, the head of STEPI stressed the importance of a Korean-style strategy for innovation, in the fierce competition for technology preemption, saying, “the source of the power of a nation is the pool of core technologies the nation has secured.” She said, “I hope this forum will be the trigger that gives rise to active discussions for developing a holistic and balanced strategy to induce international cooperation and foreign investment in Science and Technology.”

 

In her congratulatory address, the Committee President Baek Hye-ryeon said, “At the moment, the United States and China are pressing us with limited options where we have to implement some intensive and balanced strategies to minimize the loss of our national interests.” “The National Assembly must take the lead in establishing a national strategy for Korean-style innovation, on the basis of the direction of policy and various opinions suggested in this forum,” she added.

 

The Chairman of the National Assembly Kim Jin-pyo and Lawmaker Kim Han-gyu also hoped, in both the video and written congratulatory addresses, that the forum would be a meaningful discussion about deducing a national strategy which can help the nation become unshakable in this technology-hegemonic era.

 

When the discussion was in full fling, Professor Kim Yang-hee (Daegu University) introduced the first discussion theme, titled ‘Technology-hegemonic Competition and Korean-style Economic & Security Strategy,’ and emphasized that a SWOT analysis, focused on the nation's identity in economy and security, will help to come up with relevant solutions to cope with a range of newly budding issues in the economy and security area, in a principal and coherent fashion.

 

It continued under the theme, ‘International Cooperation Programs in Science and Technology for Technological Preoccupancy,’ emphasizing the establishment of a full-cycle, global strategy for innovation of Science and Technology, by analyzing internal and external factors such as the intensifying competition for technology hegemony between United States and China.

 

In a talk presided by Son Seung-woo (director of Korea Institute of Intellectual Property), Lee Seung-ju (chairperson of Economic Security and Foreign Affairs Advisory Committee in Chungang University), Bak Byeong-gwan (head of Fraunhofer's Korean office), Bak Cheon-gyo (head of Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology), Lee Jun (director of Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade), Gwon Seong-hun (investigator in National Assembly Research Service) and Oh Jeong-hun (executive director of LG Display) have discussed how to respond to major global powers’ effort to implement aggressive economic and technology security programs.


10-31
10-26
K-Innovation Partnership Program 2022, the Azerbaijani Republic

Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held a forum in Baku, the Azerbaijani Republic from Wednesday, October 26 to Thursday, October 27 to propagate the outcome of ‘K-Innovation Partnership Program 2022.’

 

In this forum the attendants could have a time to share tech commercialization cases in South Korea with experts from the Azerbaijani Republic, as well as a session to demonstrate the nation's first on-line platform fro tech commercialization, which is one of the key achievements of ‘K-Innovation Partnership Program 2022.’

 

Following the opening speech by Senior Researcher, Kim Eun-ju (STEPI) and a congratulatory address by Ambassador, Lee Eun-yong (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Azerbaijani Republic) at the start of the forum, officials concerned from both nations exchanged their opinions over cooperation in Science and Technology including the K-innovation program.

 

Senior Researcher, Kim Eun-ju (STEPI), in her opening speech, expressed her wish for more active cooperation between both nations in Science and Technology, triggered by the K-Innovation project.

 

In his congratulatory address, Vasif Abbasov (chief of Hight Technology park, ANAS-HTP) said, “I expect the K-Innovation program will have a meaningful influence on our country’s commitment to technological innovation.” “This cooperative program will act as a bridgehead between the two nations,” he added.

 

Ambassador, Lee Eun-yong, in his congratulatory address, said, “As the 30 year-long ties between South Korea and the Azerbaijani Republic suggest, we have been through constant growth founded on exchanges and collaborations in various sectors. He finished his speech with an emphasis of the importance of the K-Innovation program’s roles in Science and Technology.

 

The forum continued with briefings on K-innovation program by specialists from South Korea, followed by introduction of South Korean cases related with tech commercialization initiatives, partnerships between the industry and universities, patents, human capital management, and so on.

 

There were also presentations and demonstrations of empowerment activities of the K-Innovation program, under the title, ‘Strategies for Tech Commercialization Initiatives Improvement in the Azerbaijani Republic,’ ‘Strategies for Development of ANAS-HTP Operation Programs,’ and ‘On-line Platforms for Tech Commercialization in the Azerbaijani Republic.’

 

The ‘On-line Platforms for Tech Commercialization in the Azerbaijani Republic’ is designed to be utilized as a tool to give information about policies and programs for tech commercialization and patents, as well as to promote the communication between enterprises and research institutes.


10-07
26th Korea Living Lab Network Forums

STEPI hosted the 26th Korea Living Lab Network Forums with the Kyungnam University WISE LINC 3.0 project group on Friday, October 7, at 2 PM.

 

Held under the topic of "From local to trans-local: Expansion of living lab-based regional innovation," the forum reviewed methods for connecting and cooperating beyond region and area for local innovation activities that are being carried out in various fields.

 

Furthermore, the "Trans-local strategy" wherein local innovative activity is connected to obtain experience and facilitate innovation mutually to structure more complex social challenges and problem-solving was discussed.

 

Senior researcher Seong Ji-eun (STEPI) who was the first speaker investigated the status of local innovative activity and tasks and methods to advance them under the topic of "Trans-local strategy to advance and expand living lab-based regional innovation."

 

As the second speaker, Chairman Kang Jae-gwan of the KPU (Kyungnam University) introduced examples wherein students, residents, and the public participated in solving the regional trash problem and illegal dumping prevention based on AI that uses technology and human resources from universities under the topic of "A case study of teacher startup through living labs: an AI-based monitoring robot for dumping trash."

 

Director Seo Jeong-joo (Eisai Korea) followed with his presentation that introduced the "Music Local project," which connects communities and local musicians all over the country through companies' cooperation with various institutions through the topic of "Achievements and tasks of trans-local corporate-social innovation."

 

Go Dae-gwon (Innosociallab) presented the status of ESG discussion through the topic of "Solving local challenge tasks and corporate ESG activity" to investigate the status of ESG discussion and companies' role and tasks to solve local challenges.


  • DATE : October 7
09-29
2022 Peru K-Innovation Partnership Program

STEPI hosted a workshop for strengthening competence to support the establishment of Peru's science technology and technology prediction system during the 2022 Peru K-Innovation Partnership Program held for 2 days between Tuesday, September 29 and Friday, September 30.

 

Korean experts in science and technology planning participated together with 20 people from Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica (CONCYTEC) researchers, and officials from the academe and industry to share Korea's experience in science technology policies, technology prediction plans, and technology prediction methodology.

 

On September 29, Song Chi-woong, director of the Asia-Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Strategy (STEPI), introduced Korea's Big Push strategy on science and technology policies under the topic of "Development of Korea's science and technology policy."

 

During the following presentation, Professor Lee Jong-il (SUNY Korea) shared the backgrounds of science and technology prediction and R&D management with the topic of "Technology prediction methodology for policy development and execution."

 

In the debate that followed afterward, participants had a Q&A discussion with the topics of Korea's strategy for securing manufacturing technology, methods for R&D and human resource development, public spending on science and technology policies, R&D investment compared to GDP, and mutual interaction between industry officials in the industry and academe.

 

On Friday, September 30, senior researcher Im Hyeon (KISTEP) introduced Korea's technology prediction examples such as the Delphi method, etc., which is a key method in technology prediction methodology, with the topic of "Korea's technology prediction activities and examples."

 

Furthermore, Professor Park Se-hee (Deliverdy, Co. Ltd., former KIAT international cooperation team leader) shared Korea's examples related to the purpose, procedure, and execution of industrial technology roadmaps under the topic of "Korea's technological roadmap that leads to industrial development."

 

Discussed during the in-depth debate on technology prediction were methods for securing technological superiority according to the level of technological development, connection between technology prediction and science and technology policy development policies, methods for drawing social acceptance during the technological roadmap establishment planning stage, as well as methods for cooperating with companies, etc.


  • DATE : September 29 – 30
09-23
Korea-Laos Summit and Workshop for Science Technology Master Plan Establishment

STEPI hosted the Korea-Laos Summit and Workshop for Science Technology Master Plan Establishment in Vientiane, Laos with the Ministry of Technology and Communications (MTC) from Friday, September 23 to Tuesday, September 29.

 

As part of the "K-Innovation Partnership Program with Lao PDR 2020-2022," the event was held to discuss the establishment of the first national science and technology master plan establishment in Laos, participated in by 40 experts from the MTC and key departments and professionals and designed and operated as a practical workshop after the summit.

 

During the "Korea-Laos Summit" held on Friday, September 23, Korea's research team, Minister Boveingkham Vongdara of the MTC, technology innovation chairman Soumana Chulamany, and related officials participated to pledge the success of the task through active cooperation and support.

 

During the "Workshop for Science Technology Master Plan Establishment” held on Monday, September 26, Laos researchers announced the "Laos Science and Technology Master Plan" draft prepared with the help of STEPI and Korean researchers.

 

MTC public workers, local experts, and Korean researchers in charge of the master plan took part in the "Workshop for Science Technology Master Plan Establishment" from Tuesday, September 27 to Wednesday, September 28.

 

On Thursday, September 29, they visited the National University of Laos Socioeconomic Policy Research Center, the Korean Embassy in Laos, etc. to introduce the status of Korea and KOICA Laos office, etc. as well as science and technology cooperation between Korea and Laos through the K-Innovation Laos project and received the pledge of active interest and support for cooperation from each institution.


  • DATE : September 23 - 29
09-22
The 46th Sejong National Leadership Forum

The Sejong National Leadership Committee under the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities, and Social Studies (NRC) hosted the 46th Sejong National Leadership Forum at 1:30 PM on Thu, Sep. 22 at the National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea (MABIK) located at Seocheon, Chungcheongnam-do, under the topic of 'Blue Ocean: Going to the site of Marine Biological Research'.


The forum was hosted by the NRC and STEPI to share experience on how to observe and study the research process with the participation of completely different researchers on specific sites. Kim Min-seop, team leader of MABIK, and researchers who study marine organisms up-close participated to facilitate understanding of the research environment of marine biological resources by realizing the current status and changes of marine biological resources to derive a forecast and preservation methods.


First, Lee Dae-seong, director of planning and coordination (MABIK), introduced the role of the institute which is responsible for establishing the foundations for the marine biological industry ecosystem through strategic procurement, preservation, and the advancement of managing marine biological resources to achieve a country with strong marine biological resource and the diversification of marine bio-bank functions under the title of 'The Role of MABIK'.


Furthermore, Kim Min-seop, leader of the research strategy team, introduced recent issues related to marine organisms such as the importance of securing, preserving, and knowing the status of marine biological resources, climate change, as well as the research site and the attitude of being a researcher under the title of 'The present and the future of marine biological research'.


09-13
Side Event for WEF Nexus Cooperation

The STEPI held a side event in Bangkok, Thailand in ‘UN GSSD EXPO 2022' with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), and the Mekong Institute (MI) on Tue, Sep. 13.


50 experts from international institutions such as the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Thailand, Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia (BAPPENAS), Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR), UNDP, UNOSSC, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) gathered in the side event to discuss the role of science and technology for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus (WEF Nexus) in the Mekong river region.


Moon Mi-ock, president of STEPI said "As the Korea-UNDP cooperation project continues on for more than 10 years, I believe techonlogy will play a great role in the 3rd stage project based on the previous 2 stages for WEF Nexus activity", and emphasized that "STPEI will continue to share science and technology advancements for the development of the Mekong river region."


During the keynote speech that followed right after, Park Hwan-il, director of Division of Global Innovation Strategy Research (STEPI) announced the concept of the WEF Nexus and explained related Korean projects under the title of 'The significance of the WEF Nexus approach in the Mekong river region and suggesting the role of science and technology'.


Suriyan Vichitlekarn, MI Executive Director, stressed the significance of South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC) as a solution to the difficulties that the WEF Nexus is experiencing due to COVID-19 under the title of 'The significance of the WEF Nexus and Mekong river region in the perspective of recovery from COVID-19 and South-South and triangular cooperation'.


The panel debate hosted by Gang Gyung-gu, economic officer for UNESCAP, was participated by major project leaders in the Asia region to discuss; integrated development of Indonesian villages under step 2 Korea-UNDP project; Korea's WEF Nexus initiative; Thailand's Rice NAMA project; WE4F initiative, etc. related to the WEF Nexus, technology application, cooperation between multiple interest parties, and South-South and triangular cooperation.


07-29
The 448th Science and Technology Policy Forum

On Friday, July 29, at 2 PM, STEPI and the KOFST (Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies, President Lee Woo-il) jointly held the 448th Science and Technology Policy Forum, both online and in person, at the Grand hall of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Center.


 Under the topic of “The Outlook for the Downsizing Graduate Schools in Science and Engineering and Our Strategy,” the forum involved domestic experts sharing issues and discussing countermeasures on downsizing graduate schools in science and engineering as population declines.


STEPI President Mun Mi-ock said in her opening ceremony, “We are having difficulties fostering talents in science and engineering, due to the declining school-age population. I hope today’s forum can become a starting point to raise issues on the matter and come up with countermeasures from different perspectives.”


Park Gi-beom, Senior Research Fellow (STEPI), made a presentation to explain the realistic situation where school-age population declines and the looming crisis in graduate schools, based on an analysis about the number of undergraduate and graduate schools in science and engineering, under the theme of “The Outlook for the Downsizing Graduates in Science and Engineering and its Impact.”


Park Gi-beom, a STEPI senior research fellow, emphasized that quantitative decreases of graduates in science and engineering will be found in local universities and science majors onwards and this will lead to qualitative declines, arguing that “Master’s and PhD programs will keep decreasing from 2025 and the programs are expected to almost halve by 2048.“

Accordingly, the total number of graduates will halve by 2040, compared to the level of today, therefore only 10 to 20 universities will be able to maintain their Master’s programs.


In response, Gi-beom Park, a STEPI senior research fellow, highlighted that the current R&D system should be transformed from a graduates-based system to a research teams-based system and also insisted the urgency of policy making for structural reforms in universities and specialized measures for graduate schools.


He especially highlighted that structural reforms in graduate schools and an effective R&D paradigm shift are required, even though policies for graduate schools have been excluded from the discussions on structural reforms in universities due to their autonomy.

07-28
The 44th Sejong National Leadership Forum

On Thursday, July 28, at 3:30 PM, the Sejong National Leadership Committee under the Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences held the 44th Sejong National Leadership Forum at a Multi-purpose Hall on the lobby floor in Sejong National Research Complex on the topic of “Looking Deeper into our Policies.”


Joined by co-authors of a book titled “The Humble Witnesses,” including Professor Im So-yeon (Dong-a university), Kim Yeon-hwa, Seong Han-ah and Jang Ha-won, the forum took place through conversations and discussions between the authors and the audience.


The forum supervised by STEPI was prepared to demonstrate why it is necessary for researchers to participate in completely unrelated research to their study and observe how the research is carried on.


 ○ In addition, the forum aims to improve the understanding on relationships between society and science technologies, by discussing the process of observing and recording observation methods from an object point of view. 


Professor Im So-yeon and other co-authors explained that knowledge would not be limited to the data solely collected by the lab in charge, demonstrating new possibilities that seemingly irrelevant research topics and methodology can provide.


The forum has showed that research topics which are not usually perceived as ‘scientific’ in general (Study methods of migratory birds, meridian massage, mothers learning about autism, plastic surgery) have a variety of connections with science technologies.


The book titled “The Humble Witnesses: involved in migratory birds, meridian massage, mothers learning about autism and plastic surgery” is a book for the general public containing the accomplishments of on-site research conducted by applying the anthropological methodology of “Participant Observation” for the first time, after the concept of “Experimental Research” in Science and Technology Studies (STS) was introduced in academic circles.


Meanwhile, the Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, a public entity under the Prime Minister, launched the Sejong National Leadership Committee which was joined by 26 national policy research institutes in 2018 and has hosted a forum on a monthly basis. There, heads of Ministries, local governments, public institutes and government-funded research institutes join to improve the leadership of decision-makers, so that they can deal with major national issues in a wise manner.


In addition, this forum has been supervised by STEPI since the second half of 2022 and has been held to improve leadership in making decisions on national policies through three major approaches, namely: manifest, practical, and on-site approaches.

07-26
Capacity Building Training for the 2022 Korea – Ghana International Technology Innovation Cooperation Project* (Jul. 26–28)

Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held a capacity-building training in the form of a hybrid seminar for the 2022 Korea - Ghana International Technology Innovation Cooperation Project (K-Innovation)* from July 26 (Tue.) to 28 (Thu.) with around 50 science and technology innovation-related public officials and experts from the Republic of Ghana.


The capacity-building training was organized as part of the K-Innovation project's second year (2021–2023) with a goal to derive implications for the master plan development for the Ghana Innovation Research Commercialization Center through an analysis of the science and technology innovation status of Ghana and case studies of the relevant Korean organizations according to the local conditions in Ghana.


The training was kicked off with an opening address by K-Innovation Senior Advisor and former Vice President of University of Seoul Oh Myung-do and a congratulatory speech by Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation of Ghana. On this day, seven Korean organizations, including Korea SMEs and Startups Agency, Korea Technology and Information Promotion Agency for SMEs, Korea Institute of Startup & Entrepreneurship Development, Korea Technology Finance Corporation, Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology, National Research Council of Science & Technology, and National Research Foundation of Korea, shared Korea’s experiences in science and technology innovation.


Korean experts introduced the history, detailed programs, and experiences of Korea’s leading science and technology innovation organizations, and derived implications and suggestions for Ghana considering the country’s science and technology innovation status.


07-20
The 25th Korean Network of Living Labs Forum

On Wednesday, July 20, at 2 PM, STEPI held the 25th Korean Network of Living Labs Forum at the Onnuri Hall, inside Star Center of Jeonju University.


Hosted by Jeonju University, the Jeonju Information & Culture Industry Promotion Agency (JICA) and Jeonbuk Creative Economy Innovation Center, supervised by STEPI, the Korean Network of Living Labs (KNoLL) and platform solving local problems in Jeonbuk and sponsored by Eroun.net, the forum took place both online and in person, discussing the topic of “Methods of Dealing With Vacant Houses in Communities on the Verge of Extinction.”


Song Wi-jin, chairman of Policy Committee (KNoLL), made the first presentation titled “Role of the University in Addressing Local Challenges,” highlighting the role of universities as a platform in supporting social and industry innovations in an integrated manner, to address local challenges.


The second presentation under the theme of “Living Lab Experiment and Project in Old Downtown of Busan” was given by Professor Oh Gwang-seok, head of Regional Cooperation Center (The National Korea Maritime and Ocean University), raising awareness on social and structural issue of vacant houses and introduced ways to utilize the vacant houses by building social capital.


CEO Jo Kwon-neung (Jibang Co., Ltd.) delivered the third presentation under the theme of “Community Regeneration through Cooperation with Local Management Businesses”, to introduce a local management business which is working together with the local community as one team.


CEO Guk Hyeon-myeong (Between 0 and 0) delivered the last presentation under the theme of “Trend of Vacant Houses in Rural Areas and Potential Utility Values” to introduce the current trend of vacant houses in rural and fishery communities, and ways to make use of their potential value in the face of community extinction.


During the debate session chaired by Professor Han Dong-sung (Jeonju University, Chairman of University Network of Living Labs), Director Kim Man-seok (Community Seum Social Cooperative), CEO Park Yeon-mi (Irae Farm), Senior research fellow Sunb Ji-eun (STEPI) and Professor Lee Ji-suk (the Department of Space Design Convergence Technology in Kunsan University) gathered to discuss the need of countermeasures and projects to deal with vacant houses, which are part of the locally encountered challenges.

07-14
The 3rd Busan-Ulsan-Gyeongnam Network of Living Labs Forum

On Thursday, July 14, at 3 PM, STEPI held the 3rd Busan-Ulsan-Gyeongnam Network of Living Labs Forum at the Maru Zone of Ulsan Center for Creative Economy and Innovation.


Hosted by Ulsan Technopark and Ulsan Network of Living Labs, and supervised by STEPI, the forum took place under the topic of “Living Lab as a Platform for Both Industry-Social Innovations” to seek ways to promote industry and society innovations across the local community.


Senior research fellow Seong Ji-eun (STEPI) made the first presentation to emphasize the need of new perspectives on local innovation policy, under the topic of “Living Lab as a Platform Both for Industry-Social Innovations.”


The second presentation given by Jung Hye-young, Director of Science and Technology Promotion Office (Ulsan Technopark), was under the topic of “Significance of the Living Lab Platform set up by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups,” discussing the significance of creating the living lab platform and its future plan.


Secretary General Kim In-ho (Ulsan Network of Living Labs) delivered the third presentations to introduce the activities of the Ulsan Network of Living Labs, to create convergence platform for industry and social innovation and its future plan, under the topic of “Plan for Building Industry-Social Innovation Convergence Platform.”


During the debate session chaired by Song Wi-jin, Chairman of Policy Committee (KNoLL), Vice chairman Kim Sang-jun (Cooperation Center at Gyeongnam University), Nam Byeong-hyuk, Head of Data Industry Team (Busan Technopark), Professor Lee Seung-ho (UNIST), and Jeong Yeon-jin, Head of External Cooperation (World Food Co., Ltd. Murgerbon) gathered to discuss the need for changing local innovation policies and working on projects.

06-30
The 447th Science and Technology Policy Forum (June 30)

A discussion took place in preparation for the transition to the national innovation system centering on science and technology and in search of a new direction for the regional innovation system.


On Thursday, June 30, at 2 PM, STEPI and Innovative Cluster Association jointly held the 447th Science and Technology Policy Forum, both online and in-person, at the Seoul Global Center International Conference Room (9th floor). 


Under the topic of “Asking the New Direction of Regional Innovation System: Issues and Policy Tasks of Regional Innovation System in Line with the Transition to the National Innovation System,” the forum was attended by experts who shared issues and discussed countermeasures to find core agenda for the new administration’s regional innovation policy and execution plans.


STEPI President Miock Mun emphasized in her opening speech, “The roles of regions are expanding in our attempt to secure the momentum for national innovative growth in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic and global competition for technology hegemony. Especially, there are new approaches to creating regional innovation strongholds through enhanced autonomy and sustainability of regional innovation and strengthened connectivity among regional innovation resources.” 


She expects comprehensive and practical discussions on the issues and policy tasks of regional innovation system that encompass laws, systems, governance, business planning, and cluster through this forum. 


After the opening speech by President Mun, followed by a welcoming addresses by Taeseog Oh, 1st Vice-minister of the Ministry of Science and ICT, and Yang Seung-woo, president of the Innovation Policy Cluster Association. Professor Jongmin Yun (Chungbuk University), gave the first presentation of the forum, titled "Enactment of the Act on Regional Science and Technology Innovation and Reformation Plan for Regional Innovation System Governance." 


The second presentation was given in two parts: the first was by Jongin Choi, vice-president of the Industry-University Affairs (Hanbat University), titled “New Administration's Transition to Regional Innovation Policy and Countermeasures”; the second was by Yeongju Go, president of the Daejeon Institute of Science & Technology for Enterprise & People, titled “Reformation of Planning System for Regional R&D Projects.”


The last presentation was given by senior research fellow Deoksun Lim (STEPI), titled “Issues of Regional Innovation Cluster Policies and Finding a New Direction.”


In the ensuing debate session, experts in various fields gathered to discuss about the issues of regional innovation system and policy tasks.

06-28
The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies - SPREC Space Policy Forum

A discussion to take place with regard to the direction of medium-to-long term policies and foundation of a space development organization in order to secure the upper hand in future national space development and the significance of the second launch of Nuri rocket.


On Tuesday, June 28, at 2 PM, the STEPI Space Policy Research Center (SPREC) and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) jointly held the KOFST-SPREC Space Policy Forum, both online and in-person, on the 12th floor of the KOFST building in Seoul.


Themed “The Significance of the 2nd Launch of Nuri and Direction of Future-oriented National Space Development: How Do We Secure the Upper Hand in Aerospace, Future Societies, and Space Policy?” the forum was attended by experts in Korea who shared issues and discussed countermeasures with regard to the direction that should be taken by our national space development policy.


The forum kicked off with the welcome address by KOFST President Lee Woo Il and consisted of presentations and debates on R&D, industry, administration/government organizations, future, and utilization including the significance of the second launch of Nuri and governance of national space development.


 The first presentation was given by Jun Lee, chief of the Division of Strategy and Planning (KOFST), titled "The Significance of the 2nd Launch of Nuri and Direction of Future-oriented National Space Development." He talked about the significance of independently acquiring the technology to launch projectiles through the launch of Nuri and medium- to long-term direction to achieve the national vision of space development.


Hyeongjun An, head of Research Team 2 (SPREC), gave a presentation titled "Issues on Governance Reformation of Future-oriented Space Development" and explored key points regarding the establishment of the Aerospace Administration and direction of development for establishing an aerospace administration.

During the panel discussion session, experts in various fields participated in heated discussions on the directions that should be taken by our integrated space development with regard to R&D, industrial advancement, balanced development, future, and utilization.

06-27
Foundation of Small-to-medium and Venture Technology Innovation Policy Research Center

A policy research center that will administer policy planning and research will be opened in order to strengthen the technology and innovation competence of small- to medium as well as venture enterprises.


On Monday, June 22, the Ministry of SMEs and Startups (MSS) announced that STEPI has been designated as the "institute for SMEs and venture enterprises technology innovation policy research" with the "Small- to Medium and Venture Technology Innovation Policy Research Center" (Policy Research Center) established within STEPI.


The Policy Research Center was designated as an "institute for SMEs' technology advancement" in accordance with Article 7 of the Act of the Promotion of Technology Innovation of SMEs. The Minister of MSS has the power to choose an institute for technology promotion that meets the requirements among public or government-funded research institutes in order to support the promotions of SMEs' technology innovation efficiently.


STEPI has performed not only policy research tasks in SME technology innovation but also a wide range of fields in relation to startups, venture enterprises, and digital transition. With the designation, STEPI is now eligible for research funding from the MSS, which is necessary for conducting stable and efficient research on policies.


The Policy Research Center is organizing a team to conduct research and investigation on SME technology innovation more methodically including analysis of performance of government R&D support such as KOSBIR and proposal on improvement measures, establishment of direction and strategy of technology innovation policy to foster innovative SMEs, and study and analysis of domestic and international systems and statistics.

06-10
Policy Seminar on Smart Manufacturing Innovative Strategy in Digital Economy

On Friday, June 10, at 2 PM, STEPI jointly held the "Policy Seminar on Smart Manufacturing Innovative Strategy in Digital Economy" with the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Business Association (President Cheolgyu Kang) in COEX.


This seminar was arranged in line with the 11th Smart Tech Korea 2022, a convergence business exhibition of advanced industrial technologies including smart manufacturing and metaverse. 


The event kicked off with an opening address by vice-president Seungwoo Yang (STEPI) and a welcoming address by president Cheolgyu Kang (Smart Manufacturing Innovation Business Association), followed by presentations on innovation strategies for various areas of smart manufacturing drawn from STEPI’s "Smart Manufacturing Open Innovation Lab."


Vice-president Yang (STEPI) said, “It is important to gather the voices of those in the fields who experience firsthand the impending digital economy and arrange prompt yet effective countermeasures,” and emphasized the significance of the seminar.


The first presentation was given by Yunhwan Oh, chief of the Office of Future and Social Innovation Research, titled "Ways to Support the Digital Transitions of Smart Manufacturing-based Small-to-medium Enterprises," and proposed the "construction of an accessible, exploitable smart manufacturing testbed to support the digital transitions of small-to-medium manufacturing companies."


In the following presentation, junior research fellow Myeongjin Song (STEPI) introduced the "Method for Manufacturing Data Sharing-Trade-Vitalization."


“As the importance of manufacturing data is arising in the course of transition to future vehicles in the automobile industry, one of the core manufacturing industries in Korea, we need to organize a data sharing ecosystem among various corporations within the value chain” junior research fellow Yun Jeong-seop (STEPI) stressed during his presentation titled "Smart Manufacturing Trend and Vitalization Plan for Automobile Industry," the last presentation of the event.

05-27
The 22nd Science & Technology + Social Innovation Forum

On Friday, May 27, at 2 PM, STEPI held the 22nd Science & Technology + Social Innovation Forum in the sixth-floor conference room of the office building. The event took place both online and in person.


Hosted by the Korea Association of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and supervised by STEPI and the Impact Alliance, a social venture council, the forum took place under the theme of "Discussing Social Responsibilities of Science and Technology." The participants discussed the "value shift" of science and technology research and innovation activities from the perspectives of industry-academia-research topics.


Professor Hee-je Park (Kyung Hee University, president of STS) made the first presentation titled "Acknowledging Social Responsibility and Tasks of Scientists Perceived through a Local Problem Resolving Project," followed by Professor Taehyun Sung (Hanyang University)'s presentation titled "Social Responsibility and Task of Science and Technology Perceived from the Viewpoint of an Engineering Researcher."


The third presentation, titled "Social Responsibility and Task of Science and Technology Perceived from the Viewpoint of a Researcher from a Government-funded Research Institute, was given by Donghun Shin, a senior researcher at the Korea Institute of Fusion Energy, followed by Jaehyeon Kim, policy chairperson of the Impact Alliance, in his presentation, "Social Responsibility and Task of Science and Technology Perceived from the Viewpoint of a Social Venture Enterprise."


During the debate session chaired by Wijin Song, an honorary research fellow of STEPI; Jieun Sung, a STEPI senior research fellow, Professor Dugap Lee (Seoul National University), Bohyeon Lee (CEO of Nubiz), Professor Eunkyung Lee (Jeonbuk National University), and Jongmin Lee (UST) gathered to discuss the value shift and social responsibility of science and technology.


05-17
STEPI Hosts the 446th Science and Technology Policy Forum

On Tuesday, May 15, at 2 PM, STEPI and the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS) jointly held the 466th Science and Technology Policy Forum, both online and in-person, in Schubert Hall (31st floor) of President Hotel, Seoul.


Under the topic of “National Strategy for Securement of Economic Security and Technological Sovereignty: Beyond Frontier Strategy,” the forum involved experts in Korea sharing issues and discussing countermeasures on how the "current fragmentary strategic direction prepared for global competition over technological hegemony" can retain its coherence and be promoted.


STEPI President Miock Mun made her opening speech, followed by a welcoming address by INSS President Kijung Kim. Experts from various fields, including politics and diplomacy, trade and industry, laws and legal system, and science and technology, also gave their presentations.


In President Mun's opening address, she emphasized that now is the time to implement a national strategy that incorporates science and technology, trade and industry, and diplomacy and security in order to secure national core interests, and expressed her desire that “this forum would be a place of sharing various viewpoints of experts, as well as holding cohesive discussions on national strategies.”


INSS President Kim stressed that the conception of national security is expanding to science and technology and economy, going beyond the conventional military security, and added, “We must pursue a national strategy after building a comprehensive system that encompasses diplomacy and security, as well as science and technology, trade and industry, and laws and legal system.”


With politics and diplomacy as the first topic in the presentations, Professor Wanghui Lee (Ajou University) discussed "the US-China economic security strategies and how Korea and the US can build a comprehensive strategic alliance," and explained the US-China competition in advanced technologies and their foreign affairs and national security strategies.


Under trade and industry, research fellow Kyunghoon Kim (KITA GVC Industrial Analysis TF) gave his presentation about "Korea’s GVC strategy countering the global supply crisis," and described the paradigm shift in the global supply chain and structural issues with Korea's supply chain.


As for laws and legal system, Legislative Research Officer Sunghoon Kwon (National Assembly Research Service) explained about "improving the Korean legal system to foster and safeguard advanced industries" and introduced the policy tasks and legislation trends of the Yoon administration.


The last presentation by Seoin Baek, head of the Office of S&T Diplomatic Policy Research (STEPI), covered the science and technology field under the title of "Direction of Science and Technology Policy of Korea for Securing Technological Sovereignty." The presentation discussed the technological sovereignty securing strategies of the US, Japan, and the EU, and emphasized the necessity of Korea securing an open-type innovative sovereignty strategy.


In a debate session chaired by Hwanil Park, director of the Division of Global Innovation Strategy Research (STEPI), Byungwon Park, a senior research fellow at STEPI; Hyeongdong Lee, head of the Center for Science & Technology & Cyber Security (INSS); Hyungjun Kim, director of the Post-Silicon Semiconductor Institute (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology); and Hyeonsil An, director of the AI Economy Research Institute (Hankyung) deliberated on cohesive strategies to prepare for global competition over technological hegemony, including measures to ensure economic security and technological sovereignty.

04-28
STEPI and INSS Business Agreement Signing Ceremony

STEPI and INSS signed a joint research MOU on science, technology, and security and other related fields at 15:00 on Thursday, April 28, on the 14th floor of INSS conference room.


Recognizing that comprehensive research studies for the advancement and innovation of science and technology are imperative for national advancement, the two institutions agreed to join forces for win-win growth in line with the signing of this MOU and to hold a joint research forum on technology and security and establish national strategies on related fields. 


In accordance with this agreement, the two institutions will collaborate on the following to contribute to their mutual relationship and the advancement of science, technology, and innovation in the fields of industry-university-institution-government-national security: 1. obtain interdisciplinary science, technology, and security policy agenda and issues covering both national security as well as national science, technology, and innovation and determine the direction of national security policy; 2. make the security agenda public through a joint research forum and collaborate to develop the issues; 3. share information on "foreign affairs and national security" and "science, technology, and innovation" and expand the consumer base; and 4. strengthen the network with experts in "foreign affairs and national security" and "science, technology, and innovation" and build the foundation for joint research.


04-07
2022 Korea-Indonesia K-Innovation Partnership Program Commencement Seminar

STEPI (Science & Technology Policy Institute) hosted the commencement seminar of the 2022 Korea-Indonesia K-Innovation Partnership Program on Thursday, April 7, via Zoom video conference. 


 This event was participated in by over 125 government officials and experts from various departments affiliated with K-Innovation and BRIN of Indonesia in order to review the collaboration efforts made until now and to discuss the direction and substance of the program to follow this year.


Entering its 5th year this year, this program has a number of joint research teams consisting of Korean and Indonesian research engineers, each tackling one of the following topics: 1. Role of BRIN in Green Growth Policy; 2. Development of Indonesian STI Human Capital; and 3. Improvement of BRIN Operating System for Mission-oriented Research and Innovation.


The seminar began with the opening address by Hwanil Park, division director of Global Innovation Strategy Research at STEPI, and welcome speech by Nur Tri Aries, Director General of BRIN. They were then followed by a presentation given by principal investigator Jongseon Kim, a research fellow at STEPI, and Dr. Dudi Hidayat, a project manager from BRIN, titled "Introduction to the K-Innovation Partner Program and 2022 Indonesia Policy Advisory Project Plan."


In his opening address, division director Park emphasized the importance of new governance of BRIN that will inevitably follow after the substantial reorganization of science, technology, and innovation of Indonesia. “I hope this consultation project will bring changes to Indonesia’s science, technology, and innovation and strengthen the country's competence,” he added.


In her welcome speech, Director General Nur Tri Aries announced the successful delivery of improvement measures of the STI think tank derived from the "Korea-Indonesia K-Innovation Partnership Program," design of state R&D assessment program, and proposals for the amendment of scientific technology-related laws and regulations to the Indonesian government. She also expressed her deepest gratitude for previous accomplishments.


The first session of the seminar was opened by Prof. Giseok Gwon (Hanbat National University) and his joint research team on the topic "The Role of BRIN in Green Growth Policy."


For the second session, Prof. Seongsu Kim (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) and his team presented the current standings of Korea and Indonesia on the "Development of Indonesian STI Human Capital" and forthcoming research plans.


Lastly, director Yeongju Go of the Daejeon Institute of Science & Technology for Enterprise & People and her team presented on the importance of research on "Improving the BRIN Operating System for Mission-oriented Research and Innovation."

04-04
2022 Korea-Ghana K-Innovation Partnership Program Commencement Briefing

STEPI (Science & Technology Policy Institute) hosted the year 2 commencement briefing on the master plan for the establishment and operation of Ghana GIRC and local interviews on Monday, April 4 via online video conference.


 This briefing was held as part of the year 2 project of the Korea-Ghana K-Innovation Partnership Program ("K-Innovation Program"), consisting of introduction of GIRC Center and discussions based on Korea’s experience in the following 8 fields: governance, internal systems, technology financing / investment attraction, R&D planning / technology development, technology transfer and commercialization, business incubation, industry-university-institute collaboration, and task management.


This was the second year when high-ranking government officials affiliated with science, technology, and innovation in Ghana gathered in one place to deliberate on GIRC’s current and future operations to plan and execute the innovative research commercialization policies of Ghana in depth.


The briefing kicked off with the opening address by Myeongdo Oh, senior adviser of the K-Innovation Program and former vice-chancellor of the University of Seoul, with the principal investigator of the program, Wangdong Kim, and a senior research fellow at STEPI as hosts.


“The GIRC Center understands the significance of innovative research and commercialization in the advancement of Ghana as the central policies of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation of Ghana. I hope, with all the experts from both countries gathered here today, that we can successfully devise a master plan for the GIRC Center by meticulously exploring Korea’s past and Ghana’s present,” Vice-chancellor Oh said in his address. 


He also expressed hope that the K-Innovation Program continues from last year to invigorate collaborations, both in private and public sectors, in the fields of science, technology, and innovation between Korea and Ghana and open the door to establishing and executing the GIRC Center master plan. 


Afterward, a presentation was given by STEPI senior research fellow Wangdong Kim, who described the general condition of year 2 of the program. Oliver Boachie from the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation of Ghana presented on the "Present and Future of the GIRC Center."


 It was followed by Q&A wherein domestic experts in the 8 fields discussed support policies and major programs in accordance with the current status of the GIRC Center.

03-29
Operational Programs of ANAS-HTP in Azerbaijan: Implementation and Capacity Building Year 1 Commencement Seminar

STEPI (Science & Technology Policy Institute) hosted on Tuesday, March 29, the Year 1 Commencement Seminar of Operational Programs of ANAS-HTP in Azerbaijan: Implementation and Capacity Building via Zoom video conference. 


 As part of the K-Innovation Partnership Program, the theme of this 2022 seminar was Improvement and Capacity Building of Technology Commercialization of ANAS-HTP in Azerbaijan through Consultation.


 The seminar began with the opening address by Miock Mun, president of STEPI, followed by congratulatory messages from Irada Huseynova, vice-president of ANAS, Eunyong Lee, ambassador of Korea to Azerbaijan, and Ramzi Teymurov, ambassador of Azerbaijan to Korea, and by the welcome address of Vasif Abbasov, General Director of ANAS-HTP. Over 40 Korea-Azerbaijan technology innovation experts and stakeholders participated in the event.


“Scientific and technological innovations play a critical role in economic transition. I hope this program plays a big role in systems improvement and capacity building for ANAS-HTP in Azerbaijan,” President Moon said in her opening address.  


Vice-president Irada Huseynova of ANAS praised the successful economic growth achieved by Korea and expected STEPI to play an important role in Azerbaijan making breakthroughs in scientific technology. Ambassador Eunyong Lee expressed in his message his hope for the collaboration based on mutual respect between STEPI, which was founded in 2018, and ANAS-HTP to become a solid foundation for advancement of relationship between the two nations.


Ambassador Ramzi Teymurov commended the past 30 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and Azerbaijan, noting that this collaboration will be an opportunity for the two nations to become even closer. Lastly, General Director Vasif Abbasov believed that the experiences of Korea would have significant impacts on the program operations of ANAS-HTP including its technology commercialization and business incubation services.


Senior research engineer Eunju Kim gave the introduction to the "2022-2024 Azerbaijan International Technological Innovation Collaboration Program," with Bunyamin Seyidov, head of International Collaboration, giving a presentation on the Performance and Significance of Collaboration between STEPI and ANAS-HTP.


Afterward, Vugar Babayev, director of ANAS-HTP, gave a presentation on the Technology Commercialization of Azerbaijan and Current Standing of ANAS-HTP Technology Commercialization Program. Sujeong Son, senior research fellow at STEPI, talked about the Role and Structure of Technology Commercialization. Prof. Isa Gasimov (Baku Engineering University) gave a presentation on the System and Policy of Technology Commercialization in Azerbaijan.


Lastly, Prof. Jongin Choi (Hanbat National University) gave a presentation on Korea’s Major University/Institution Technology Commercialization Programs and Their Implications followed by Q&A. He also shared his consultation research and business plan for 2022.


03-10
The 3rd ASEAN-ROK Online STI Workshop

The Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT, the ASEAN Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology's National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development (NATEC), as well as other organizations, convened to discuss the development of technological entrepreneurship and commercialization.


On March 10 (Thursday), the 3rd ASEAN-ROK Online STI Workshop, co-hosted by STEPI and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), was held via Zoom, with 118 officials and experts from ten ASEAN member countries in attendance.


Under the topic "Corporate Innovation, Open Innovation to Support National Innovation Ecosystem: the Roles of Big Corporations, Universities, and Vocational Colleges - to support start-ups and SMEs' innovation," the workshop focused on strengthening Korea's relationship with ASEAN as a strategic partner and promoting comprehensive cooperation, including exchange of human capital and knowledge.


Following the workshops held in April (host country: Korea) and June (host country: Cambodia) last year, this year's workshop was held under the theme "Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Post-Pandemic Economies." Some of the agendas presented this day were "Open innovation in the ecosystem: Corporation case studies,” “Open innovation platform for corporate innovation,” and “Technology entrepreneurship and lab-based startup: COVID-19 cases and implication.”


The workshop began with topic-based presentations, first and second presentation, by Dr. Pham Hong Quat, NATEC Secretary-General, and Kim Martin, CEO of the Shinhan Future Research Institute in Vietnam.


Dr. Pham emphasized the importance of startup networks and the prospects for Vietnam's startup and innovation ecosystems.


Kim gave the next presentation on corporate innovation analysis, stating that "changing corporate culture through the CEO's leadership in an open innovation ecosystem motivates all employees to participate.” 


Nguyen Huu Dung, the chairman of VinaCert, gave the third presentation. He introduced corporate case studies illustrating the ecosystem's food chain, as well as open innovation in corporate ecosystem policies.


Quynh Nguyen, CEO of Vietnam's BambuUp, in the fourth presentation, introduced the success factors of an open innovation platform for corporate innovation, emphasizing the importance of connecting with customer experiences and bolstering capabilities.


In the fifth and final presentations, Dr. Jong-in Choi, professor and vice-president of Hanbat University, provided an overview of Korea's technology entrepreneurship and laboratory-based startups, focusing on COVID-19 cases and implications.


Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh, manager and co-founder of KisStartup, a Vietnamese innovation support and startup mentoring company, moderated the panel discussion, where Dr. Pham Hong Quat (NATEC) and Rath Saravuth (ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meeting) also joined to discuss approach initiatives to the platform and the roles of stakeholders in corporate innovation and the startup ecosystem.

01-17
Winners of ASEAN-ROK Award for Excellence in STI 2021

The Ministry of Science and ICT, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), and the ASEAN Committee of Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) have continued the annual award of ASEAN-ROK Award for Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation for the year 2021 to encourage young scientists and engineers to contribute further on research in the area of Science, Technology and Innovation. The Award was open to professionals pursuing careers in any field of natural sciences or engineering.


The annual award consists of two categories which include the Next ASEAN Innovator, which reaches out to scientists and engineers of ASEAN nationality who aim to establish joint research partnerships with the scientific community in the Republic of Korea, and the ASEAN-ROK STI Pioneer, which targets scientists and engineers of ASEAN nationality who already have prior joint research experience within the Republic of Korea and have the interest to continue and to expand such collaboration. Each awardee will receive prize money of USD 12,000 each, sponsored by The Ministry of Science, Technology and ICT (MSIT) of the Republic of Korea.


We are proud to announce that this year’s winners are Asst. Prof. Yanwei Lum (Singapore) for the NEXT ASEAN Innovator category and Dr. Muhammad Adly Rahandi Lubis (Indonesia) for the ASEAN-ROK STI Pioneer category.


Congratulations to both winners in their efforts to achieve further research advancement and collaboration in the STI area! STEPI and the ASEAN Secretariat will shortly arrange the official awarding ceremony for both winners in early 2022.


We would like to also extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of the participants of this year’s awards. We hope to see you again at the next awards.


  • DATE : 2022-01-17
01-11
The 24th Korean Network of Living Labs Forum (Jan. 11)

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 24th Korean Network of Living Labs Forum online together with Lee Won-wook, President of the Science, ICT, Broadcasting and Communications Committee, and Yoo Ki-hong, President of Grand Education Transition Committee of the Democratic Party on Tuesday, January 11 at 2 p.m.


The purpose of the forum was to review the implementation system of the social problem-solving R&D project, discuss how to link public procurement and local governments, and encourage local universities’ participation under the topic of “Social Problem-Solving R&D Project 2.0.”


Yoo Ki-hong, President of Grand Education Transition Committee of the Democratic Party, said in the opening speech, “Our mission in this age is to overcome integrated crises including climate crisis, health crisis, and economic crisis in the face of a revolution such as the change in the population structure and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and to discover new agenda for innovation. Through this forum, we will be able to share goals and targets of the social problem-solving R&D project and Living Lab, and discuss the future direction of development as a model that drives innovation in the region and foster talents.”


Mun Mi-ock, President of STEPI, said in the welcoming speech, “The social problem-solving R&D project is experiencing a delay in terms of project vitalization and formation of an innovative ecosystem against the existing policy. I hope this forum is the beginning of the social problem-solving R&D project 2.0 and a new, innovative ecosystem.”


Lee Won-wook, President of the Science, ICT, Broadcasting and Communications Committee, said in the congratulatory message, “The social problem-solving R&D project is no longer an experimental project. It should now develop into a strategic project performed at the forefront. This is why we need the social problem-solving R&D project 2.0." Lee added, “I hope to see social problem-solving R&D projects and Living Lab become the new innovative model and mainstream project.”


 Song Wi-chin, Director of the Korean Network of Living Labs, gave the first presentation on the “Direction and Tasks for the Development of the Social Problem-Solving R&D Project” where the current system for the social problem-solving R&D project was reviewed and methods of advancing the system were suggested.


Song emphasized, “We need to approach the social problem-solving R&D project as a leading project of transformative innovation policy. We need the right system to promote the project as well as innovative ecosystem for this.” 


The second presenter, Kim Byeong-geon, President of Innovative Procurement Research Center (Institute of Procurement), gave a presentation on the subject, “Joint Outcomes and Tasks of Social Problem-Solving R&D and Public Procurement” where he introduced various methods of linking public procurement with social problem-solving R&D projects and shared cases of innovative procurement.


Kim said, “Innovative procurement is a powerful way of applying the outcome of social problem-solving R&D in the real world,” emphasizing the urgency of forming a cooperative ecosystem that can truly act as priming water.


Kim Min-su, Head of Center for People’s Participatory Research, gave the third presentation on the “Tasks for the Utilization and Expansion of Social Problem-Solving R&D Outcomes in the Local Community,” and highlighted the implications of social innovation and the importance of demand-oriented R&D in the current age of market failure, government failure, and technological failure. 


Kim said, “In the process of social problem-solving R&D, discovering issues and planning are more important than proposal and execution,” and suggested utilizing and spreading the outcome, developing outcome sharing systems, the reality of existing Living Lab operation, as well as the gap between demands in the local field and R&D as important issues.


Kim Min-su, a professor at Dongguk University, gave the last presentation on “How to Accelerate the Social Problem-Solving R&D Project in Universities” and shared outcomes of social problem-solving university living lab and future tasks. 


Professor Kim commented that “There is a greater emphasis on the role of universities to solve social problems,” and emphasized that living labs operated by universities are sustainable platforms that not only solve social problems, but also train skilled workforce in the related fields.


In the panel discussion where Han Dong-sung, a professor at Jeonju University and a chairperson of University Network of Living Labs, took the chair, Kim Jae-hyun, Chairman of Policy (Impact Alliance), Park Hui-je, a professor at Kyung Hee University, Seong Ji-eun, a senior research fellow at STEPI, Shin Dong-hun,a senior researcher at National Fusion Research Institute, and Heo Jeong-eun, a senior researcher at National Research Foundation of Korea, participated and discussed various ways of advancing the social problem-solving R&D project. 

  • DATE : 2022-01-11
01-03
New Year's message

Dear. colleagues of the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI). This is the STEPI president, Mun Mi Ock.


In the Year of Imin (Black Tiger) under the Asian zodiac, I hope that the STEPIan’s research and home will be filled with the powerful energy of the tiger and good luck.


It has already been a year since I made my first inauguration greeting at the STEPI on January 19 last year. I have spent a great and rewarding time doing a lot of things since joining our institute, which I always considered to be the mainstream and cradle of policy knowledge with outstanding researchers in science and technology innovation policy.


I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the vice president and officials from the Strategic Planning and Management Division, each research division, research team and research center for their full support to help our institute to achieve many results and take a step closer to the public last year.


Taking office, I thought that the policy development capabilities and roles of our institute were more important than ever in order to “not stop at the achievements of science and technology, but lead to national innovation”. This idea suggested a management vision as “World-class national Innovation policy institute of a global leading country based on science and technology ̄Better science and technology, better life” and established the management goal of “three management goals and eight implementation strategies”. Our institute took the first step with the three management goals: “Science and Technology Policy Research Leading National Innovation” led by the three research departments, “Research System for Promoting Policy and Enhancing Effectiveness” spreading results to domestic and foreign networks to promote performance and planning with various policy stakeholders, and “Management Innovation” realizing the value of responsibility and integrity through diverse communication with the public and internal members. 


Now is the time to seriously aware of the rapidly changing policy environment in 2022 and prepare for our institute to respond to a new situation by referring to its achievements over the past year.


The global society had a very tough year in 2021. 

Symbolically, the New Normal era seems to be raging and becoming fixed. The world has suffered a crisis of “Double-New Normal” because of the “economic new normal” caused by low growth in developed countries after the global financial crisis and the “social new normal” emerged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A representative environmental factor that has accelerated the Double-New Normal is the global competition for hegemony that has continued and become more severe for the last four years.


In 2022, the internal and external situations is not going to be easy. The international community predicts that the impact of the secondary shock, such as disturbance and reorganization of the global value chain (GVC) caused by hegemony competition in each country, would be as bad as the first shock of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, it is highly likely that various economic and social problems that have been dormant will rise to the surface around the world, raising serious concerns.


The Global Double-New Normal refers to a state of transition to a society different from the existing one. Therefore, the national demand for innovation is expected to increase. In addition, the role and responsibility of our researchers, who propose a leading agenda for science and technology innovation policies to overcome the national crisis driven by the global shock and provide momentum for new growth, are greater than ever before.


Therefore, I would like to suggest some research and management keywords that the STEPIans, including myself, should share and focus on this year. 


First, it is necessary to contemplate future innovation from a mid- to long-term perspective. 

The unprecedented situation in which the global crisis is affecting people's daily lives is seriously threatening our future. Future research conducted by STEPI researchers over a decade explored and developed a methodology for it, suggested the direction of science and technology innovation policies to prepare for the future society, and developed future prediction scenarios. With the current uncertainty at its peak, it is urgent to build a research system that can practically utilize the accumulated know-how based on the research experiences that showed the future society from a macroscopic point of view.


Second, the ability to immediately respond to highly influential and important tasks in the difficult situation facing now is also an essential competency. A representative pending issue would be preparing a more full-scale policy research response system for our institution on the subject of technology security. The hegemony conflict between the U.S. and China, which began in earnest in 2017, intensified pressure on China as the establishment of a global alliance system centered on the U.S. was consolidated in 2021. Considering that Western countries such as the U.S. began diplomatic boycotts of the Beijing Winter Olympics earlier this year, the global new Cold War led by the U.S.-China hegemony competition is expected to continue this year. The important fact is that science and technology are at the center of the huge confrontation between the forces of maritime liberal democracy and the forces of continental totalitarianism. Following the recently proven ability of the STEPI's researchers to respond to timely policies related to the subject of technology security, we should now be promptly prepared for more intensive science and technology innovation policies. 


The derivative of the future is the present, and the integral of the present is the future. 

The future we desire cannot exist without accumulating a meaningful present, and the present without hope for the future will also be meaningless. 

We will make every efforts to carry out strategic research this year with “future innovation” and “technology security” as the representative core agendas for researching the future and present, respectively, and strengthen related research groups. 


Third, the problems and challenges of the global society that arise in the process of innovation and development toward the future society are not separated from those of Korea. Thus, we should also deepen policy research that comes up with solutions from an integrated perspective on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), government’s dilemmas, and social problems. Let's intensify research to analyze and diagnose the evolution of problems that will not only be chronic from the past to the present, but also problems that will become a major obstacle in the future if not solved now.


I will communicate with you at all times to become a researcher who lets abilities be pride by actively practicing ESG management that considers transparency, integrity, and the environment.

Furthermore, I will look into and support your research results to be good.


I am sure that if we all put ourselves in each other's shoes and create a culture of respect and consideration, we will have a rewarding and successful year. Let's do our best to make the STEPI the true headquarter of global science and technology innovation policy.


In the new year of 2022, I hope that each of you achieves your own goals and dreams and that all of your family are healthy and full of luck. Happy New Year. Thank you.


  • DATE : 2022-01-03
2021
12-17
Opening of the Technological Regulations Policy Research Conference (Dec. 17)

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) jointly held the Opening of the Technological Regulations Policy Research Conference with the Korea Society of Regulatory Studies under the theme “Response to Global Technological Regulations” on Friday, December 17 at 2 p.m.


The conference was held through online live-streaming service to share the results of researches on the agenda of global technological regulations related to “digital trade” and “response to climate changes” as part of the fifth-year project of the “agenda-setting research for the innovation of technological regulations,” a multi-year project of STEPI.


The event started with the opening remarks by Lee Myeong-hwa, director of the Division of R&D Strategy Research of STEPI, and congratulatory remarks by Kim Seong-jun, president of the Korea Society of Regulatory Studies, The first session followed featuring presentations by Baek Seo-in, assistant research fellow of STEPI, on the “Major Issues and Case Analysis of Global Technological Regulations in the Field of Digital Trade” and by Choi Hae-ok, assistant research fellow of STEPI, on the “Major Issues and Case Analysis of Global Technological Regulations in the Field of Response to Climate Change.”


In relation to the digital trade field, Baek provided policy proposals on ▲ data regulations, ▲ AI ethics and regulations, ▲ cutting-edge hardware and software import/export and use control, ▲ digital tax, and ▲ conformance certification test.


Regarding the field of responding to climate change, Choi presented policy proposals on ▲ emission trading system, ▲ carbon tax, ▲ carbon border adjustment, ▲ RE100, and ▲ evaluation and certification.


In the second session, Lee Gwang-ho, senior research fellow of STEPI, gave a presentation on related companies’ current responses and policy demand under the theme “Influence of global technological regulations on major domestic industries.”


Giving an overview of issues in each field and the status of companies, Lee presented policy proposals including the ▲ establishment of an integrated response system and pursuit of medium- and long-term strategies, ▲ establishment of a system for monitoring regulation trends and pursuit of information support project, ▲ strengthening of correlation between the response to trade problems and conformance evaluation system, and ▲ foundation of cooperative platform in the same type of business and expansion of incentive structure.


In the panel discussion chaired by Kim Seong-jun, a professor at Kyungpook National University, Park Seon-ju, a professor at Kyungpook National University, Gwon Gi-seok, a professor at Hanbat National University, Hong Seung-heon, assistant researcher of the Korea Institute of Public Administration, and Jeon Min-yeong, director of the Technical Regulatory Cooperation Division of the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, participated and had a discussion on the regulation issues in each field.


12-15
Opening of the 2021 K-Innovation Dissemination Forum

As part of its K-Innovation Partnership Program, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) opened the 2021 K-Innovation Dissemination Forum at the Grand Ballroom Baekdu in Dragon City, Seoul, on Wednesday, December 15.


This forum was held to publicize the results of the K-Innovation Partnership Program, STEPI’s ODA program, in 2021 and to seek more effective methods for the project.


The opening speech by Song ChiUng, vice president of STEPI, opened the forum, followed by a set of presentations and a discussion on the project cases in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, and Ghana by more than 50 experts in Korea and abroad participating virtually or in person.

 

In his keynote speech on “Korea’s STI (Science, Technology & Innovation) Policy for Economic Transformation,” Chung Sungchul (Wonjeong Institute, former president of STEPI) introduced the experience of Korea in achieving successful economic growth despite its limited capital by choosing strategic R&D areas.


Chung stressed that there is no surefire way of scientific and technological development and economic growth that can be applied to—and is effective for—any country, and that it is important to share each other’s experiences and lessons to establish and practice strategies for environments in different countries.


[Cambodia] In the Cambodia session, the presentation by Pagnarith Srun, section chief of Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, on Cambodia’s STI Roadmap 2030 produced as a result of the K-Innovation program was followed by the presentation on “K-Innovation in Cambodia: Past, Present, and Future” by Lee Jungwon, senior research fellow of STEPI.


Next, Hul Seingheng, director of Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, participated online to discuss Cambodia’s capacity reinforcement in science and technology innovation and ways of development of the K-Innovation program.


[Laos] In the Laos session, Sun Inkyoung, assistant research fellow of STEPI, gave presentation on the “2021 STI Survey of Lao PDR.” Soumana Choulamany, director general of the Ministry of Technology and Communications, talked about the “Technology and Innovation Development Status in Lao PDR.”


The panel consisting of Dr. Sengpasith Houngaloune of Laos, Lee Jejung (former professor of the National University of Laos), and Ketnaphone Chulamany discussed the challenges in scientific and technological innovation in Laos and solutions.


[Indonesia] In the Indonesia session, Dudi Hidayat, director of the National Research and Innovation Agency, gave a presentation on the “Recent Changes in STI Systems in Indonesia and Way Forward.” This was followed by the presentation on the “K-Innovation Partnership Program in Indonesia” by Yim Deok Soon, senior research fellow of STEPI.


In the discussion that followed, Kim Seong-soo, a professor at the Hankook University of Foreign Studies, participated to make arguments on the changes in governance and ways of development for the future.


[Ghana] Lastly, in the Ghana session, Oliver Boachie, special adviser to the Minister of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, gave a presentation on the “State of STI in Ghana.” Kim Wangdong, senior research fellow of STEPI, talked about the “2021 K-Innovation Program with Ghana.”


Derrydean Dadzie, CEO of The Heritors People, participated in the ensuing discussion to discuss the roles of STI in Ghana’s economic advancement and cooperative methods in the future.

12-10
Opening of the 2021 STEPI Global Symposium

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 2021 STEPI Global Symposium through online broadcasting starting Friday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m.


The global symposium was themed “Global STI (science, technology & innovation) for Resilient and Sustainable System in the Post-COVID Era.” It was an opportunity for experts at home and abroad to share issues and seek solutions related to rebuilding public trust in science and  global cooperation in science and technology.


Starting with the opening remarks by Mun Mi-ock, president of STEPI, and congratulatory remarks by Jung Hae-gu, chairperson of the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities, and Social Sciences Korea, and Kim Bok-chul, chairperson of the National Research Council for Science & Technology Korea, the symposium had two sessions: ▲ Rebuilding Public Trust in Science and ▲ Vision for Global Cooperation in Science and Technology.


In the first session, Jiro Kokuryo, a professor at Keio University and the first presenter, explained the current state of the socio-technical system and introduced a digital institution newly established in 2021 in Japan under the theme “AI for Social Good: What Are We After?” 


He also described the ethical challenges related to data use and correlation between human and machines.


In the next presentation, Fernanda Beigel, a professor at the National University of Cuyo and a member of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina, introduced the history of open science that began in 1960 in her talk on “The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science and Its Implications on Public Trust in Science.” 


At the same time, she explained the necessity of open science for global communities based on the experiences and lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendation of UNESCO on open science.


In the second session, Mario Cervantes, senior economist of the OECD Science and Technology Policy Division, showed the ratio of global cooperation in all scientific researches and major cooperating countries in his talk on “Strengthening Multilateral STI Collaboration for SDGs.”


He pointed out the fundamental problems in global collaboration in science and technology and stressed the importance of global cooperation after the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendation of OECD on the scientific and technological collaboration for the implementation of SDGs.


Lastly, Marta Pérez Cusó, economic affairs officer of the Technology and Innovation Section of the Trade, Investment, and Innovation Division of UN ESCAP, explained the purpose of establishment of national STI policies as well as the STI policies that address the problems of inequality.


She also emphasized the importance of dissemination of inclusive innovation, not the next-generation technology.


A panel discussion followed each session. The first discussion was chaired by Lee Hyun-sook, professor of Biological Science at the College of Natural Science of Seoul National University, with the participation of Park Chan-soo, chief director of the Division of Innovative Growth Strategy of STEPI, and Park Buhm-soon, faculty member of the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy of KAIST and member of the Subcommittee on Social and Human Sciences & Natural Science of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO.


The chair of the second discussion was Jang Yong-suk, senior research fellow of STEPI, and its panel consisted of Park Hwan-il, chief director of the Division of Global Innovation Strategy of STEPI, and Oh Young-ju, president of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security. The panel had an intense discussion on the topic of the session.




12-01
Opening of the Busan-Ulsan-Gyeongsangnam-do Living Lab Network Forum (Dec. 1)

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the Busan-Ulsan-Gyeongsangnam-do Living Lab Network Forum on Wednesday, December 1, at 2 p.m. at Pyeonghwa Hall on the 1st floor of the Changjo Gwan building in Kyungnam University.


Jointly sponsored by STEPI and LINC+ Project Team of Kyungnam University, this event was themed “Linking Bu-Ul-Gyeong with Living Lab” to share the activities and solutions for problem solving based on the living lab in Busan, Ulsan, and Gyeongsangnam-do regions, which are facing similar problems caused by the changes in industrial structure.


Seong Ji-eun, senior research fellow of STEPI, gave the first presentation on the theme “How to link and scale up the living lab activities between regions” and emphasized the need for strategies to link and scale up the various experiments in operation in each region for the transition of Bu-Ul-Gyeong’s system.


Next, Jeong Eun-hui, a professor at Kyungnam University who talked about the “Living Lab Activities in Gyeongnam and the Way to Link Bu-Ul-Gyeong,” introduced the living lab activities that are being practiced by universities in Gyoengsangnam-do and highlighted the need to go beyond the one-shot project for sustainable living lab activities.



Lastly, Kim In-ho, secretary-general of the Ulsan Living Lab Network who gave a presentation on the “Living Lab Activities in Ulsan and the Way to Link Bu-Ul-Gyeong,” introduced the living lab activities in Ulsan and emphasized the necessity of mutual learning of each region’s activities.


In the discussion chaired by Song Wi-jin, director of the Korean Network of Living Labs, Kim Eun-yeong, researcher of the Gyeongsangnamdo Women & Family Foundation, Nam Byeong-hyeok, team leader of Busan Techno Park, Noh Seong-yeo, a professor at Tongmyong University, and Jeong Yeon-jin, director of the Ulsan Network of Living Labs, participated to discuss ways to vitalize the Bu-Ul-Gyeong living lab network, including how to engage companies to actualize social impact as well as the ways to establish innovation platforms for the regional transition on a super-regional dimension.


11-23
21st Science Technology + Social Innovation Forum Open (Nov. 23)

In order to advance innovation activities of social ventures, a venue was set up to discuss a full-scale meeting together with science technology.


From 2:00PM on Tuesday, November 23, the Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held, both online and offline simultaneously, ‘The 21st Science Technology + Social Innovation Forum’ along with Impact Alliance, a consultative body for social ventures.


The subject of the forum was ‘Social Venture Meets Science Technology.’ The forum was organized by Impact Alliance, hosted by STEPI and the Korean Network of Living Labs (KNoLL), as well as being sponsored by Erounnet, Crevisse, and the Ministry of Science and ICT.


In the forum, the participants discussed why social ventures need to meet science technology, what the current status and future tasks are, and strategies that can be implemented to accelerate the meeting between the two.


The first presenter, Song Wi-jin, a senior researcher at STEPI, discussed the topic, ‘Science technology innovation policies and social ventures’, and explained, as well as advocated, for the importance of the meeting between the two.


In the second presentation titled, ‘Social ventures’ technology innovation capability diagnosis and tasks,’ Baek Seung-cheol, CEO of social venture Percent, diagnosed technology innovation capabilities of social ventures, and proposed tasks for future improvement. 


Jeon Il-su, the leader of the Planning Team at Impact Alliance, who gave the third presentation, talked about the meeting of social ventures and science technology through the subject, ‘How can social ventures meet science technology?’ 


Following the presentations, technology-based social venture case studies were introduced such as innovation activities of Todo Works, who supply a DIY kit that converts manual wheelchairs into electric wheelchairs, Noul, who invented a malaria testing platform using AI, and 4EN, who develops eco-friendly materials using agricultural waste such as coffee grounds.


The ‘21st Science Technology + Social Innovation Forum’ has been held since May, 2014, led by STEPI in order to strengthen the connection and cooperation between science technology and social innovation.


11-05
‘Building Indonesia-Korea Center of Excellence for Digital Start-up Development’ Joint Workshop Open (Nov. 5)

On Friday, November 5, 

the Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held a joint workshop by the name of ‘Building Indonesia-Korea Center of Excellence for Digital Start-up Development.’


STEPI, the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia, as well as the Investment Coordinating Board collaborated together in making this workshop happen. The purpose of the joint workshop was to explore the direction of policy advisory, and inspect the progress of joint research projects. 

Around 40 digital start-up experts from South Korea and Indonesia participated in the workshop and engaged in passionate discussions.


For sessions organized by the Indonesian participants, Muhammad Neil El Himam, Vice Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, gave a presentation on ‘Policies and Challenges for Digital Start-Ups,’ Andria Buchara, Deputy Director of Investment Coordinating Board, on ‘Investment on the Indonesian Digital Economy,’ and Dr. Trina Fizzanty of the National Research Innovation Agency (Badan Riset dan Inovasi Nasional; BRIN) on ‘Indonesian Digital Start-Up Ecosystem.’


Following the presentations, Rama Mamuaya, the founder of Daily Social, gave a presentation on ‘Digital Capabilities of Digital Start-Ups,’ Arief Widhiyasa, CEO of Agate International, on ‘The Indonesian Game Start-Up Ecosystem,’ and Cipto Adiguno, Chairperson of Asosiasi Game Indonesia, on ‘Global Partnership in the Indonesian Game Industry.’


Kim Yeong-hwan, a researcher at STEPI, started the sessions organized by the Korean participants by giving a presentation on ‘The Korean Start-Up Ecosystem and Nurture Policy.’ Following the presentation, Hwang Yun-seong, Director of Daejeon Creative Economy Innovation Centre, gave a presentation on ‘The Korean Start-Up Ecosystem and Born2Global Center,’ Go Han-sin, an assistant manager at Korea Business Angels Association gave one on ‘Korea’s TIPS Program and Angel Investment Ecosystem,’ and Kwon Hyeok-tae, CEO of Coolidge Corner Investment, gave one on ‘The Korean Venture Capital Ecosystem.’


 The ‘Indonesia-Korea Center of Excellence’ is a South Korean innovation sharing model that performs comprehensive policy research on government innovation/systems according to the agreement that was established by the Economics, Humanities and Social Research Council in South Korea and the Indonesian Ministry of Industry in 2018. The center's goal is to facilitate bilateral responses to the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution, reinforce mutual cooperation between the two countries, and promote ‘Making Indonesia 4.0.’ As a detailed project, STEPI is acting as an advisory body for the center.


The research program, which has, at this point, been going on for four years, is participated by Korean and Indonesian researchers for the establishment of a digital start-up center in Indonesia. The researchers are conducting joint research projects on ▲ Global Digital Economy and Digital Transformation, ▲ the Indonesian digital technology enterprises and ecosystem, case studies on policies and systems related to digital start-ups, ▲ South Korean digital technology enterprises and the ecosystem, ▲ major policies and programs related to digital start-ups, ▲law and systems, and governance as well as sharing cases regarding successful programs and promotional agencies. In addition to this, the researchers are working on policy consultations, joint research projects, and joint workshops to reinforce the invitation capabilities in order to deduce policy advice that is related to the research subjects.


11-02
2021 Seoul S&T Forum Open (Nov. 2)

On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, the Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the ‘2021 Seoul S&T Forum’ at THE PLAZA Seoul.


Organized by the National Research Council of Science & Technology 

and co-hosted by STEPI and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), through the sponsorship of the Ministry of Science and ICT, the forum was held on the subject of ‘The research paradigm shift to prepare for the post-COVID world.’ The main purpose of the forum was to share knowledge on data-based R&D that was developed by Korean and international experts at government-funded Korean research institutes and throughout the global community, as well as to explore ways to develop upon it. 


The event was held both online and offline simultaneously. Around 50 Korean speakers and distinguished guests visited the venue while overseas speakers and audiences attended the event online via a YouTube channel.


For the keynote speech, Professor Tony Hey, a chief data scientist at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK, gave a presentation on the subject of, ‘A.I. for Science: Transforming scientific research’, and shared impacts that AI and machine learning technologies would have on science technology.


Following the keynote speech, experts from government-funded Korean research institutes including KIST, STEPI, KISTI, and KAIST as well as UC Berkeley, USA, and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan, presented and discussed data-based R&D policies, and the establishment of smart lab environments.


Celebrating its 8th anniversary this year, the forum first started along the G20 Summit held in Seoul back in 2010. It has been used as a place where science technology research and policy leaders from government-funded Korean research institutes and international organizations and government officials participate to discuss solutions to global problems using science technology.


10-07
STEPI Participates the "Asian Society for Innovation and Policy Conference 2021: Pandemic, Innovation and Asia" and Hosts a Special Session (October 7 to 9)

The Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) participated in the "Asian Society for Innovation and Policy Conference 2021: Pandemic, Innovation and Asia" held at Jeju National University from October 7 (Thursday) to October 9 (Sunday). STEPI hosted a special session under the theme of “Strengthening Indonesian STI system” to provide an opportunity of sharing the achievements of Korea to the Asian market.


STEPI is promoting Indonesia's three-year plan for the science and technology innovation governance advisory project (2020 – 2022). Currently, the institute is in its second year of the project and is conducting research on various topics such as the evolution of Korea's science and technology policy system and the role of think tanks, the establishment of a monitoring and evaluation system for Indonesia's national R&D programs, and the analysis and reform of science and technology-related laws and regulations. 


At the opening ceremony on the 7th (Thursday), STEPI President Mun Mi-ok gave a keynote speech on the prosperity in Korea and Asia, detailing the impact of changes in industrial development and scientific and technological innovation on human life. She also highlighted the importance of the roles of scientific and technological innovation in the Sustainable Development Goals.


On the 8th (Friday), senior researcher Lim Deok-soon (STEPI) and Dr. Dudi Hidayat (Indonesia National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN)) held a session on strengthening Indonesia's STI system capabilities based on Korea's science and technology innovation system and development experience.


Professor Kwon Ki-seok from Hanbat University), the speaker of the first presentation, shared the findings on the “evolution of Korea’s science and technology policy system and the role of think tanks” by tracing the evolutionary path of the establishment and development of Korea’s science and technology innovation policy think tanks centered on STEPI and analyzed their characteristics and success factors.


Ko Young-joo, head of the Daejeon Institute of Science & Technology for Enterprise & People, presented ways to improve Indonesia's evaluation system through analysis of Korea's national R&D system under the topic of “measures to establish a monitoring and evaluation system for Indonesia’s national R&D program.”


Professor Kim Sung-soo from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies made the final presentation of analyzing the current status and characteristics of Korean science and technology laws and regulations and introduced implications for Indonesia's recently reorganized BRIN under the topic of “measures to analyze and reorganize laws and regulations related to science and technology.”


In the comprehensive discussion following the presentations, Dr. Lee Jung-hyeop (Competitiveness Unit, Thailand), Prof. Mohan Avvari (Nottingham University, Malaysia), Prof.Pravit Khaemasunun (Thanassat University, Thailand), Dr. AnugerahYuka Asmara, Dr.Kusandar, and Dr. Dadang Ramdhan (BRIN, Indonesia) discussed the importance of establishing a think tank that reflects the characteristics of Indonesia's national innovation system.      


Since 2014, STEPI has been providing science and technology policy education and training and advice to experts from major research institutions, including the government officials in the field of science and technology policy in Indonesia, the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). Through this project, STEPI achieved outstanding results, such as supporting the enactment of the National System of Science and Technology in Indonesia in 2019 and the establishment of BRIN, which was launched on September 1, 2021.


10-06
STEPI Hosts the 443rd Science and Technology Policy Forum (October 6)

On October 6 (Wednesday) at 2 p.m., the Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) hosted the 443rd Science and Technology Policy Forum to explore ways of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through science and technology.


 Under the theme of "the role of science and technology innovation for the implementation of the SDGs,” participants of this forum discussed the future direction along with the efforts that Korea is undertaking to achieve SDGs through the use of science and technology, such as the implementation of the SDGs through Korean science and technology and support for the implementation of SDGs in developing countries.


This year's Science and Technology Policy Forum was held jointly with the “Science and Technology ODA Forum” of the K-Innovation ODA Program hosted by STEPI.


The forum, which started with the opening speech by Mun Mi-ok, the STEPI president, was not restricted to only for those concerned with science and technology policy. Professionals from the relevant private sector, international organizations, and universities participated in presentations and discussions on two sessions: Korea's SDGs implementation and STI; and SDGs and STI in international development and cooperation.


In the first session, assistant researcher Sun In-kyung (STEPI) presented "national R&D project for sustainable development" and Lee Eun-kyung, head of the UN Global Compact Network Korea, gave a presentation on “corporate SDGs iplementation and scientific and technological innovation.”


In the second session, Kim Ji-hyun, head of the Office of SDG Innovation Research (STEPI), shared details on “STI and SDGs implementation support in developing countries” and Director Choi Ah-reum (Dot Inc.) focused on “the role of technology-based startups to achieve SDGs.”


Following the presentations, in a comprehensive discussion led by Hwan-il Park, director of the Division of Global Innovation Strategy Research (STEPI), all the presenters, including Kang Su-il, the director-general of the International Environment Research Institute (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology), discussed future directions such as ways to contribute to the international community through Korean science and technology.


09-08
SPREC, the 1st Space Policy Forum

The National Space Policy Research Center at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 1st Space Policy Forum at Best Western Hotel in Sejong-si starting Wednesday, September 8 at 1:00PM. The event was held both online and offline.

 

Themed Role and Direction of National Space Development and Space Policy, the forum was held to look back on the achievements made by South Korea in the last 30 years of space development and listen to opinions of the related industry and academic experts concerning the role and development direction of the national space policy.

 

Cho Hwang-hee, director of the National Space Policy Research Center, started the forum with a welcome speech. It was followed by congratulatory speeches from Go Seo-gon, Chief of Research and Development Policy at the Ministry of Science and ICT, and Moon Mi-ok, Director of STEPI. Ahn Hyeong-jun, Leader of SPREC Research Policy Team 2, gave a presentation titled 30 Years of National Space Development: Development and Performance of Space Policy.

 

During the presentation, Ahn explored the history of national space development in South Korea over a period of one generation since the beginning of space development in South Korea in the 1980s. He also addressed the historical implications of the latest space policy issues such as abolition of the South Korea-US missile guidelines, the Artemis Accords, and the launch of Nuri.

 

Yim Jong-bin, Leader of SPREC Policy Research Team 1, gave the second presentation on the subject Tasks and Development Direction for National Space Policy. As a case study, the presentation explored Space Traffic Management (STM), which has become an important issue in the field of space policy due to the increasing number of states and companies entering the space development business in recent years.

 

Yim emphasized the need to expand the space policywhich is conventionally focused on research and technology developmentto a comprehensive policy covering economy, national security, and diplomacy.

 

In the panel discussion chaired by Bang Hyo-chung, a professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Chairman of the Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, experts in related fields including Shin Jae-sik, manager of the Giant Public Space Policy Division at the Ministry of Science and ICT, Lee Jun, a general manager of the Strategic Planning Division at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Lee Jae-jin, general manager of the Space Science Division at the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Kim Gi-geun, Director of the Space Technology Center at the Agency for Defense Development, Kim I-eul, CEO of Satrec Initiative, Kang Gyeong-in, Head of the Space Technology Group at the National Research Foundation of Korea, and Yu Jun-gu, a professor at the Korean National Diplomatic Academy, discussed what should be the role and direction of national space policy in order for space development in South Korea, which has entered a new phase, to take a leap forward.


09-07
Training program for “2021 South Korea-Indonesia International Technology Cooperation Project” held

The Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) conducted a training program titled “2021 South Korea-Indonesia International Technology Cooperation Project” for 35 government officials and experts from the Ministry of Science and Technology Innovation in Indonesia from Tuesday, September 7, to Wednesday, September 8. The training program was offered in the form of an online seminar. 


The training program, aimed at strengthening the science and technology policy capabilities of Indonesia, consisted of various themes including South Korea’s major STI policy and policy methodology, role of think-tanks and governance, national research and development program evaluation system, and law and policy related to science and technology.


In particular, the training program sought to strengthen the policy planning and execution capacity and science and technology competitiveness of Indonesia, a partner country of South Korea, by sharing South Korea’s experience in science and technology innovation governance (adjustment mechanism, legal system, and financial system).


On the 7th (Tuesday), the training program started with greetings from Dr.


Dudi Hidayat of the National Research and Innovation Agency (Badan Riset dan Inovasi Nasional; BRIN), the policy consultation program manager of the cooperating organization, and Yim Deok-sun, Senior Research Fellow at STEPI. South Korean experts with extensive practical experiences also participated in the training program.


In the first session, Dr. Choi Yeong-rak (former director of STEPI) introduced South Korea’s science and technology innovation policy instruments and major science and technology policies of each developmental stage during his presentation on “South Korea’s Science and Technology Innovation Policy Instruments.”


Professor Seo Il-won (of Chonnam National University) led the second session on “South Korea’s Think-Tanks and Governance” and talked about the schematicized theory transfer of the ideal think-tank policy system. 


In the Q&A session, the last part of the program, Professor Kwon Gi-seok (Hanbat National University) answered questions from the Indonesian training participants and emphasized the need to define the characteristics of Indonesian R&D and execute policymaking based on it.


A lecture on South Korea’s national research and development evaluation system and legal system for science and technology was held on the 8th (Wednesday), with Dr. Kwon Jae-yeong (Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation & Planning) giving a presentation on the subject “National R&D Evaluation Program.”


In the session that followed, Professor Kim Bong-cheol (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) emphasized that the development of legal system in the science and technology field played a major role in the development of South Korean economy and industry during his presentation on “Science and Technology Law and System in South Korea.”


Go Yeong-ju, Director of the Daejeon Institute of Science and Technology for Enterprise and People (DISTEP) and Professor Kim Seong-su (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) also participated in the Q&A session, introducing South Korea’s performance management and evaluation budget plan and major laws that played a key role in the process of science and technology development in South Korea in the last 60 years. 


The “South Korea-Indonesia International Technology Cooperation Program” is part of the science and technology ODA program operated by STEPI since 2018. The program provides support for the Indonesian government and science and technology innovation research institutes to strengthen their policy planning and execution capabilities.


Through the program, STEPI has made big achievements including the enactment of the Science and Technology Framework Act in Indonesia in 2019 and provision of support for the establishment of BRIN on September 1, 2021.

09-01
South Korea-Laos high-level talks and 2020-2022 initiative meeting for application of K-Innovation to the national science and technology research and development in Laos held

As part of the international technology cooperation assignment, the Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the South Korea-Laos high-level talks and the 2020-2022 initiative meeting for the application of K-Innovation to the national science and technology research and development in Laos together with the Laos Ministry of Technology and Communications (MTC) on Wednesday, September 1.


The forum was held through cooperation between STEPI, Laos MTC, and Lao Embassy in South Korea. Around 60 South Korea-Laos experts attended the event online and in person and discussed the South Korea-Laos science and technology trends and 2021 project plan.


“Despite various restrictions faced by international cooperation due to COVID-19, I hope K-Innovation provides an opportunity for South Korea and Laos to share progress and information on science and technology innovation policies,” Vice President Song Chi-wung said in the opening remarks, emphasizing the importance of ongoing exchange. 


MTC Director Soumana Chulamany, who gave the welcome speech, noted that South Korea is a country with strength in science and technology innovation. “It is an important starting point for our cooperation wherein we write a science and technology master plan based on the experience of South Korea in achieving its own development,” he added.


According to Ambassador of Laos to South Korea Thieng Boupha, who gave the congratulatory speech, K-Innovation is a meaningful program that provides an opportunity for both countries to share useful information on science and technology innovation policy, strengthen capabilities, and continue cooperation. He also expressed hope for the successful operation of the program.


Seon In-gyeong, Associate Research Fellow at STEPI, gave the first presentation on the subject “K-Innovation Partnership Program” and introduced the objective of the K-Innovation Laos program, details of STEPI’s consultation, and 2021 research schedule.


After the presentation, Director Soumana Chulamany talked about the “Operation and Development of Science and Technology Innovation in Laos,” covering topics such as science and technology innovation governance, development strategy for national science and technology innovation and R&D institute, and science and technology innovation demand.


Choi Yeong-rak, former chairman of the research group and former Executive Director of STEPI, gave a special lecture on the topic “Korean Economy and Development of Science and Technology Innovation.” The former chairman discussed the main characteristics of South Korea’s development experience and application points, covering topics such as creation of the market, roles of the government and companies, policy execution capability, and lessons from South Korea’s experience.

08-25
El Salvador completes online training on science and technology innovation policy and strategy development process

The Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) completed the official schedule for the training course “Science and Technology Innovation Policy and Strategy Development” provided to 15 operation-level government officials from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, National Science and Technology Committee, and Science and Technology Policy Team at the Innovation Office under the Presidential Office in El Salvador.


Jointly provided by STEPI and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the training took place online due to the current situation with COVID-19, which makes it difficult to invite the trainees to South Korea. South Korea’s science and technology innovation policy know-how was shared during the online course.


The training sought to help promote the social and economic development of El Salvador and consisted of various programs on science and technology innovation policy planning and development and operation of science and technology complex, pre-recorded lectures given by science and technology experts on topics such as science and technology innovation and industry, question and answer session, online seminar for action plan development, and team activities for action plan development.


In particular, experts with extensive practical experiences in South Korea’s science and technology policy establishment and technology transfer provided detailed case studies together with theories in the form of pre-recorded lecture.


The South Korean experts also held real-time virtual meetings to develop an action plan for the revitalization of technology transfer and commercialization based on in-depth analysis of the current status of technology transfer in El Salvador and major issues in the country.


08-20
The 2nd Living Lab Forum for Sustainable Development

The Science and Technology Policy Institute held online, in a non-face-to-face manner, the 2nd Living Lab Forum for Sustainable Development starting 2 p.m. on Fri., August 20, jointly with the Korea University Sustainable Development Research Center and the Korea University Industry-University & Institute Partnership Division Center.


The forum was held under the theme “How could we achieve private-industry-academe-institute-government cooperation in the transition to sustainable caregiving?” It was a venue for seeking step-by-step transition strategies for expanding various experiments on caregiving, linking dots to make sides.



Seong Ji-eun, the first presenter and senior researcher of the Science and Technology Policy Institute, analyzed the caregiving transition activities by subjects and suggested ways of scaling up through association and cooperation under the theme “How could we associate/cooperate and scale up for the transition to sustainable caregiving?”



“Currently, in public institutions, companies, colleges, and local residences, various transition experiments on caregiving focusing on the person concerned, consumer, local society, and patient are ongoing,” Seong said. He emphasized the need to make efforts to associate each activity for scale improvement and development of platforms.


The second presenter, NUbiz CEO Lee Bo-hyeon, introduced various living lab cases that apply ICT based on the local society under the theme “How to associate science technology and local society for the transition in caregiving.” In particular, Lee emphasized the living lab as an innovative method led by consumers and local societies. “Convergence with science and technology is important for the transition to sustainable caregiving,” he said.


The last presenter, Cheong Haejoo, professor of the Korea University Division of Health Policy and Management, shared sustainable local society-participatory integrated caregiving cases under the theme “Experience of health improvement projects associated with participatory healthcare in a group in underprivileged residence.”


Professor Jeong stressed that we could secure the sustainability of integrated caregiving by forming a governance structure wherein residents can participate firsthand and the service delivery structure through which we can use the public-private-civil resources that already exist in local societies based on prior careful study.


She also suggested the key tasks related to the role of universities in the caregiving innovation experiment in local society: redesigning the incentive structure in the university for field-centered research, reorganizing the education of graduate school in related fields, and securing the faculty in the fields of practice and mediation research.


In the panel discussion led by Professor Choi Jae-uk (Korea University College of Medicine), Director Seo Jeong-joo (Now Social Innovation Lab), Kim Seong-cheol (Korea University School of Media & Communication), CEO Bae Yun-jeong (Medi Plus Solution), and Professor Kim Jun-seon (Korea University School of Health and Environment Science) participated to discuss diverse practical measures for caregiving transition.

08-10
2021 Space Diplomacy Forum

The Science and Technology Policy Institute held the Space Diplomacy Forum 2021 jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the theme “Envisioning a Better Future through Space Diplomacy” on Thu., August 12 at Josun Hotel.


Held in both face-to-face and non-face-to-face means, the forum invited experts in space diplomacy at home and abroad, including major space development countries like the United States and Germany and UNOOSA (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs) as well as officers in charge of foreign embassies in Korea. They discussed current issues, such as exploration related to space development, norms, and sustainable development goals along with ways of expanding the network of major countries.


In his welcome speech, Choi Jongmoon, 2nd Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, expected the forum to become a place for discussion for the reinforcement of space diplomacy and cooperation. “As the global society is carrying out space exploration and development more and more actively, we need related global norms for actively responding to various issues such as space object collision, grievance mediation, and space debris as well as for the safety of human beings and building of a predictable environment. Through global cooperation in the field of space, we could deduce the resolution for our common tasks,” he said.


In his congratulatory speech, Mun Mi-ock, president of the Science and Technology Policy Institute, noted that global cooperation in the field of space is becoming more important than ever in attaining the sustainable goals set by the global society and the detailed targets under UN SDGs. "We should strengthen multilateral cooperation from the viewpoint of space diplomacy, veering away from the frame of global collaboration centering on the exchange of space technologies to solve the problems faced by humans such as climate and environment," he stressed.


In his closing speech, Lee Seong-ho, Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs, explained that contributing to the consistent goal of realizing profits shared by all human beings requires taking an approach that embraces various fields from the universal perspective of space diplomacy. "We should work together for sustainable space technologies, space exploration, and space norm formation based on collaboration, instead of competition between countries,” he stressed.


As a pre-event, Steven Morrison, a Korean adoptee who worked actively in the field of space as a former senior project engineer at The Aerospace Corporation in the United States, had time to share his experience in developing a career in the space area with undergraduate students.

07-20
STEPI, the 22nd Korea Living Lab Network Forum... ‘How shall we bring about institutional improvements for the elevation of the Living Lab?’

Together with the Korea Living Lab Network and the University Living Lab Network, the Science and Technology Institute (STEPI) on Tuesday July 20 hosted a non-face-to-face, online forum under the theme ‘How shall we bring about institutional improvements for the elevation of the living lab?’ 「The22nd Korea Living Lab Network」.

The forum kicked off with an opening address by Mun, Mi-ok, President of STEPI and a congratulatory address by Yoon, Nansil, Institutional Innovation Secretary of the Presidential Secretariat. Then various sectors of society from the university, researchers and civil society discussed the difficulties of the Living Lab and the major tasks ahead, not to mention how to bring about institutional improvements.

Through President Mun’s greetings, she emphasized that “Because Living Lab is a horizontal type of cooperation, it can contradict somewhat with existing policies and systems” and stressed institutional improvements to vitalize the Living Lab.

Presidential Secretary for Institutional Innovation Yoon, Nansil, through her congratulatory address stated, “To solve the problems of the Living Lab, policies should be geared not to public servants, industries or scientific researchers, but to the people, who are the ultimate consumers of the changes” and let it be known that “she wants to find the factors that will help make the Living Lab a level more advanced."

Professor Han, Dongsoong of Jeonju University (President of Korea Living Lab Network) gave the first presentation under the topic ‘The major issues and institutional improvement proposals of university Living Lab activities’ indicating the tasks ahead of them in terms of Living Lab activities.

The second presentation, under the theme ‘The major issues and proposals for institutional improvements for the pushing of the Living Lab as a social-problem solving research activity ’was given by Heo, Jeong-eun, Head of the Public Technology Division of the Korea Research Foundation, who conveyed matters for improvement for the activities of the Living Lab where the consumer participates in the solving of social problems through research, and for sustainable results.

The 3rd presentation was led by Kim, Minsu, Operation Director of the Citizen Participation Research Center, who under the theme ‘The major issues and proposals for institutional improvements of Living Lab activities as innovation activities with citizen participation.’ The presentation touched on the important changes and the expansion of innovation through region-based Living Lab activities.

The 4th presentation was led by Song, Wijin, Senior Researcher of the Science and Technology Policy Institute, and under the theme ‘The major issues and proposals for institutional improvements of Living Lab activities as integrative models of science technology and social innovation’, and he stressed the need for new support organizations and for new program planning for the vitalization of the Living Lab.

Hwang, Hyeran, Vice-President of the Daejeon Sejong Institute chaired the panel discussion, which saw the participation of Researcher Kim, Eun-yeong (South Gyeongsang Province Foundation of Women Family), Kim, Hyung-gyun, (Assistant to Lawmaker Lee, Yong-bin), Seong, Ji-eun, Senior Research Commissioner (STEPI), and Choe, Yi-seong, (Representative of Center for Social Innovation). They all discussed proposals for improving the institution for the elevation of the Living Lab.

07-20
STEPI, the 441st Science and Technology Forum’s “Spectrum of Science and Technology Policy Researchers” opening

On July 20 (Tuesday) at 14:00, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI President Mun, Mi-ok) through the 「the 441st Science and Technology Policy Forum 」explored changes in the expectations and the responses of science and technology policy researchers.


Planned under the theme “Spectrum of Science and Technology Policy Researchers,” the forum aims for the smooth cultivation of science and technology policy researchers through the educational institutions of science and technology policies so as to exchange personal opinions and understanding the necessary capabilities of policy researchers.


Kicked off with STEPI President Mun, Mi-ok’s opening address, this event was led by Senior Research Commissioner of STEPI Kim, Seok-gwan under the presentation title of “The concept of talent of science and technology policy researchers and skills mismatch (from the consumer viewpoint)” and those concerned in the educational institutions of science and technology policy research sat down for a debate-type discussion.


In the debate led by Hong, Seongmin, head of the Science and Technology Talent Policy Center, ▲the necessity and anticipated demand for the graduate school of science and technology policy, ▲the right person for the science and technology policy and the planning of the graduate school curriculum ▲the problems and difficulties in establishing a science and technology policy graduate school ▲the cooperation measures of consumer agencies (research institutions) and the necessity for government support, were discussed.


At the forum, the debaters included Prof. Lee, Jeongdong (Seoul Nat’l University Technology and Business Management Cooperative Curriculum), Prof. Jeong, Jaeyong (KAIST Technology and Business Management Department), Prof. Park, Sangwook (Seoul Nat’l University Cooperative Curriculum of Science History and Scientific Philosophy), and Prof. Kim, Soyeong (KAIST Science and Technology Policy Graduate School), along with the two persons who led the presentation, Go, Yeongju, Daejeon Science and Industry Promotion Agency head and Kim, Seok-gwan, Senior Research Commissioner of STEPI.


President of STEPI Mun, Mi-ok stated “The necessity for outstanding talent is becoming ever more important for better science and technology and related innovation and development policies,” adding, “Through this forum, I hope that through our country’s science and technology policy and innovation policies, outstanding talents of policy researchers will be developed, and that this will become the starting point for raising their contributions.”

06-04
STEPI Holds 440th Science and Technology Policy Forum "National Research Institutions as They Should Be"

On June 4, the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (hereinafter referred to as the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), President Mun Mi-ok) held the “440th Science and Technology Policy Forum” under the theme of “National Research Institutes as They Should Be”. Its main objective was to find ways to improve the budget and legislation needed to establish the missions and objectives of national research institutes. This forum, co-hosted by the Democratic Party's Office of Rep. Hong Seong-guk and the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences (Chairman Jeong Hae-gu) and supervised by the Science and Technology Policy Institute, addresses problems within the support system that arise when national policy research institutes promote national core policies as government think tanks, specifically from the perspective of the budget and legislation, and seeks to find viable solutions.

The forum began with opening remarks from Assemblyman Hong Seong-guk and Chairman Jeong Hae-gu of the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, and remarks by Mun Mi-ok of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute. It then proceeded as a discussion between heads of national research institutes and those related.

The discussion chaired by Deputy Director Song Chi-woong (Science and Technology Policy Institute) included ▲ Directions for setting up a budget and legal system that better reflects the mission and purpose of national research institutes; ▲Current issues and problems within the policy research community regarding the process of project planning and budgeting; ▲Cases and the current status of policy designation by national research institutes and science and technology research institutes; ▲Plans to improve the budget and legal system of national research institutes based on the results of the review of related laws.

The participants included Jo Yong-rae, head of the Future Strategy Team (Science and Technology Policy Institute), Choi Hwan-yong, Senior Research Fellow (Korea Legislation Research Institute), Kim Hyeon-no, head of the Planning and Coordination Team (Korea Environment Institute), and Kim Tae-woo, head of the Management Division (National Research Council of Science and Technology).

Immediately after the discussion, a forum for the heads of national research institutes was held under the supervision of the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, with the participation from President Oh Jae-hak (Korea Transport Institute), Director Yoon Je-yong (Korea Environment Institute), and Director Kim Gye-hong (Korea Legislation Research Institute).

Mun Mi-ok, director of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, stated, “Until now, national research institutes have preserved their uniqueness and specificity as research-purpose institutes carrying out policy development activities required for national economic and social development. However, there have not been enough opportunities to publicly discuss the development directions of the support system that they require to achieve the mission and purpose proper to national think tanks. We hope that this forum will present developmental alternatives for establishing the mission and role of national research institutes.”

06-04
STEPI Hosts 2nd ASEAN-Korea Science and Technology Innovation Workshop


On Friday, June 4th, the Science and Technology Policy Institute of Korea held the “2nd ASEAN-Korea Science and Technology Innovation Workshop” attended by a total of 70 public officials and experts from 10 ASEAN countries, including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

This workshop, co-hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, was designed to share major science and technology policies and cases of innovation between Korea and ASEAN countries under the theme of “COVID-19 economic recovery, technology, innovation and business”.

In the workshop's opening remarks, Vice President Song Chi-woong (Science and Technology Policy Institute) emphasized “the importance of using science and technology as a driving force for sustainable economic development given the history of recurring epidemics.”

In a congratulatory speech, HUL Seingheng, director of the Cambodian Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, claimed, “By following the example of Korea’s economic development through science and technology, Cambodia will not only overcome the COVID-19 pandemic through scientific and technological innovation but also will strive towards economic growth and sustainable development.”
  At this workshop, where Cambodia was taken as an example, the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology, and Innovation of Cambodia presented the ▲Prospects for the Science and Technology Innovation Ecosystem in Cambodia and the ▲ Roadmap for Science and Technology Innovation 2030 in Cambodia.

  After the congratulatory remarks, Director Hull Seing-haeng gave the first presentation, introducing the main roles and functions of the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation of Cambodia, which was formed in March 2021. Then he presented a number of STI policy implementation plans and introduced the Cambodian Science, Technology and Innovation Council, those of who were responsible for the coordination of the 8 STI-related agencies as well as all stakeholders.

  Dr. SRUN Pagnarith, head of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Division of the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, who was in charge of the second presentation, introduced the 'Cambodia Science and Technology Innovation Roadmap 2030' and emphasized necessity of the relationship between the government, industry, academia, and infrastructure, as well as the importance of empowerment.

He further stated that the Cambodia STI Roadmap 2030 is comprised of ▲Governance; ▲Education; ▲ Research; ▲ Cooperation; ▲ Ecosystems, and additionally predicted that collaboration among stakeholders would be possible through methodologies such as scope setting, baseline analysis, the establishment of vision/goal/goal timelines, and consulting workshops.

In the panel discussion, chaired by Dr. Crystal Yeo, Director of General Medical Services (Singapore Institute of Science and Technology), Senior Research Fellow Lim Deok-sun (Science and Technology Policy Institute of Korea), Senior Research Fellow Lee Jeong-won (Science and technology Policy Institute of Korea), and Dr. Tan Shin Bach (Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology) discussed the feasibility of the Cambodia STI Roadmap 2030 and the future tasks and cooperation between countries required to achieve this goal.

05-10
STEPI Celebrated its 34th Anniversary

On May 10 (Mon), STEPI held a non-face-to-face online celebration for its 34th anniversary (May 7 (Fri)) with only a small number of participant including award recipients in order to practice ‘social distancing’ due to COVID-19.

President Mi-ok Mun of STEPI said in a commemorative address, “Thank you for the hard work of all our staff members who fulfill our mission for the development of science and technology in Korea even in the difficult conditions under COVID-19. I hope we will work together to make STEPI comprehensively studies science, technology and innovative agendas for country, society and better life for the people”

At this event, awards were given to employees who accomplished excellent reports and the STEPlan prizes for those who showed outstanding performances.

The Excellent Report Prize was awarded to Senior Researcher Tae-jeong Ha and Researcher Seung-woo Yang of R&D Innovation Research Group, the Excellent Policy Contribution Prize to Senor Researcher Gwang-ho Lee and Researcher Jong-hwa Choi (Head of Strategy Planning Office) of Innovation System Research Group, and the Excellent Cooperation Research Prize to Researcher Chang-su Park (Head of Innovation Growth Strategy Research Headquarter), and the Excellent Research Paper Prize to Researcher Cheong-won Woo (Head of Project Planning Team). 

In addition, Researcher Hyeong-jun Ahn and Researcher Yong-rae Jo (Head of Future Strategy Team) of Innovation System Research Group were awarded with the Best Achievement Prize and the Excellent Contribution Prize, respectively.


Besides, Researcher Byeong-won Park of the Science Technology Diplomacy Policy Research Group and nine others were selected as the STEPIan of the year which is awarded to excellent employees.

05-06
STEPI Future Research Published a Book for the Public ‘The Future of Post-COVID-19 Daily Lives’

 

The STEPI is a national research and development institute that studies how rapid technological advancement brings about changes in society and seeks ways to cope with new opportunities and risks, and this time, it forecasts the appearance of our society after COVID-19 pandemic. Activity restrictions and social distancing have been continuing for a long time, which not only blocks physical communication with the outside, but also leads to changes in our daily lives different from the past, such as enabling economic and social activities in a personalized space.

 

To connect these situations to opportunities, our society must try new innovations and design a ‘future vision’ that everyone can relate to. This is because only when we can vividly portray the social image of the future we hope for, we can live “the future we made” rather than to live in the “accepted future.” In this context, the STEPI has newly arranged and published a book for the public to easily understand based on the research results of the 2020 Future Research Project “The Future Society that the People desire After COVID-19.”

 

In order to prepare for the post-COVID19 era, it is important to capture the large trend as well as the goal and direction we should have. In line with this, this book explores the future trends that will become the new normal in the post-COVID-19 era, reflecting the unprecedented changes in each field of the society triggered by COVID-19 and the mid to long-term perspective for 10 years and beyond. Unlike other existing books that mainly deal with concerns of experts, this book contains the insights of experts and the ideas of society members in balance that came out from several workshops held with the general public beyond mere technology forecast. Based on the derived future scenarios, it analyzes the differences between the future and the present in each sector, and proposes a comprehensive countermeasure to alleviate the gap. Meanwhile, it contains short stories written by four leading science fiction writers in Korea in each field, so readers can sympathize with and imagine the future more broadly through the future scenarios, imaginations, and novels by the writers.

 

The post-COVID-19 era is not a distant but near future. This book, which overlooks our present and future from various perspectives, will help us to bring the upcoming post-COVID-19 era closer to our vision. This book would be STEPI’s meaningful attempt to establish a new vision for the post-COVID-19 era and communication in the future society.


04-14
STEPI held The 1st Internal Exchange Meeting

- Date and Venue: April 14 (Wed) 13:00~14:00, Small meeting room #545 & Zoom

- Speaker: Jong-hwa Choi, Chief of Strategic Planning Office

- Subject: “Hey, have you tried it?” Introduction of 28 innovation tasks of STEPI and collecting opinions from members

 

On April 14, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held an internal exchange meeting aimed at learning about research experiences and latest policy issues related to science and technology innovation and promoting communication among members by sharing institutional management issues.

 

The first internal exchange meeting was held as a forum for requirements for improving strategic planning and management support, selecting short and long term solutions, and collecting opinions from members. Therefore, a total of 28 innovation tasks were selected by gathering the innovation tasks suggested by the departments under the Strategic Planning and Management Division, and the selected tasks were classified into three stages of significance (upper, middle, and lower) in consideration of consumer convenience, urgency, and efficiency.

 

After the announcement, the members gave various opinions, and in particular, they emphasized that there is a need to improve work understanding among the employees by establishing a bulletin board for the innovation task promotion status board to share the work progress. In addition, they mentioned that mutual understanding will be enhanced through internally sharing such innovation tasks, making it easier to discover additional innovation tasks.

 

As such, the internal exchange meeting became a place to sympathize with the need for continuous interest in the management issues of the institute, and it was found that continuous improvement should be accompanied by listening to the opinions of members.

 


04-12
STEPI begins to serve as a cooperation window in Korea for UNESCO Asia Science and Technology Policy Network


STEPI leads the vitalization of UNESCO Asia Science and Technology Policy Network
- Acting as a cooperation window in Korea and vice-chairman -

 Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Mi-ok Moon) announced that it began to work as a cooperative window for the Korean side of UNESCO Science and Technology Policy Asian Network (STEPAN), Researcher Eun-jeong Shin (Head of Science and Technology Diplomat Policy Research Group), and Associate Researcher In-gyeong Seon were elected to Vice Chairmen of STEPAN.
- UNESCO Asia-Pacific Science Office* held a regional meeting of Science and Technology Engineering Innovation in March and proposed to resume the ‘Science and Technology Policy Asian Network (STEPAN)’**, which had been suspended.
* UNESCO Asia-Pacific Science Office: UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized organization under the United Nations which promotes education, science, culture and international cooperation. It’s Asia-Pacific Science Office is in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is promoting science projects with Asia-Pacific member states.
** Science and Technology Policy Asian Network (STEPAN): UNESCO STEPAN was established in 1988 and operated until 2011, and STEPI participated in it as a cooperation window for Korea at that time.

 The meeting was held online and attended by 40 people from 16 countries recommended by the UNESCO National Committee including STEPI.
- The participants supported resumption of STEPAN, and proposed to expand the scope of  network from Asia to Asia-Pacific, and they discussed the charter and action plan for future activities of STEPAN, and plans for electing chairman and vice chairmen.

 In the online election after the meeting, Researcher Eun-jung Shin of STEPI Associate Researcher In-gyeong Seon were elected as vice-chairmen of STEPAN.
- As vice-chairmen, Researcher Eun-jeong Shin will serve for the Open Science Sector, and Associate Researcher In-gyeong Seon will support the Sustainable Development Technology Sector, and the vice-chairman's term of office is four years.

UNESCO STEPAN plans to act as a policy network to share and discuss all sorts of issues related to science and technology policy in Asia-Pacific in addition to open science and sustainable development technology.
- At the first official meeting which will be held in April led by the new chairman and vice-chairmen, the charter and action plans of STEPAN will finalized.

 President Mi-ok Moon of STEPI said “The revival of UNESCO STEPAN will be a very symbolic opportunity in the context of increasing the role of science and technology for solving global problems, and activities in the Asia-Pacific region are particularly important. As the cooperation window of Korea’s side and vice-chairman of key action areas, STEPI will accelerate the activities of STEPAN.”


02-23
Policy Discussion on How to Facilitate Convergent Research with Voluntary Cooperation without Border

On the 23rd, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President: Mi-Ock MUN) held the 439th Science and Technology Policy Forum to discuss how to facilitate convergent research with voluntary cooperation that does not have border.
 
Jong-Hwa CHOI (Head of Office of Future Industry Research) delivered a presentation to analyze the current status of convergent R&D in Korea, and relevant policy, law, and institution. In turn, CHOI introduced how to enhance convergent R&D process, and how to build and expand relevant ecosystem. CHOI also proposed improvement measures to facilitate voluntary convergent research and ecosystem for convergent R&D.

The panel discussion was joined by Gun-Hee HAN (head of Yonsei Institute of Convergence Technology), Mi-Young SONG (senior researcher from Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine), Min-Sun KIM (chief researcher from Korea Institute of Industrial Technology), Jae-Seung LIM (CEO of Cellatoz Therapeutics), Ho-Cheol CHOI (head of Office of Policy Development, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology), Seung-Woo YANG (researcher from STEPI), and Joo-Won LEE (head of Convergence Technology Division, Ministry of Science and ICT).

Gun-Hee HAN (head of Yonsei Institute of Convergence Technology) explained cases where convergence is limited due to borders in R&D, and emphasized how to focus on supporting R&D, which can be volatile and uncertain.

Mi-Young SONG (senior researcher from Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine) highlighted the importance of convergent R&D that resolves social issue. SONG emphasized that we need separate standard to consider gap between R&D project and actual research. Also, SONG called for institutional support, training for convergence, and better social awareness.   
 
Min-Sun KIM (chief researcher from Korea Institute of Industrial Technology) mentioned that we need to differentiate convergent research by considering how to participate In the past, there was no clear definition of range and concept of convergent research. Therefore, we need categorization system, and all stakeholders should participate from the beginning.

Jae-Seung LIM (CEO of Cellatoz Therapeutics) highlighted that we should have a new system to distribute performance. Unless we address the wage and incentive issue, convergent research will still be a challenge. We need top-down convergent research to make improvement early on.

Ho-Cheol CHOI (head of Office of Policy Development, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology) explained the challenges in creating potential for innovation at the individual researcher level. CHOI emphasized the significance of convergent research. There are challenges in identifying research topic and finding right researcher and engaging in exchange of human resources. Also, there is issue of performance evaluation. Therefore, according to CHOI, we need flexible organization and relevant legislation to resolve such problems.

Seung-Woo YANG (Researcher from STEPI) discussed formation of overall convergent R&D system, and mentioned that it is unfortunate how researchers’ opinions are not used to make actual legislations because there are limitations that the Ministry can work with. This is because they are based on scope. and what we need is laws and institutions based on their function. From the perspective of the country and the researchers, we might need special provisions for innovation.

President MUN said, “we need to overcome limit of existing law and institution to facilitate convergent research through voluntary cooperation without border.” MUN added, “we hope to find policy alternatives to facilitate innovative and convergent R&D with this forum.”
 
02-04
STEPI Holds In-Depth Discussion on How to Revise “the System to Assess and Use Research Performance” in the Era of 100 Trillion into National R&D


As of now, national R&D projects spend 100 trillion. There was in-depth discussion on how to revise the system that is used to assess and utilize national R&D projects at the Plaza Seoul. This event was streamed online on February 4.

 

The discussion was hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT, and supervised by the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), and was streamed online. 

 

Seok-Rae LEE (Head of Performance Evaluation Policy Bureau, Ministry of Science and ICT) made opening remarks, followed by the presentation by Seung-Woo YANG (Chief Director from STEPI). The presentation discussed how to revise the system for assessing and using research. In this presentation, YANG touched on four main topics. They are the changes that national R&D projects face from home and abroad and the necessity to build response system, the role of performance assessment system within National Innovation System (NIS) and status of research performance assessment method, issues regarding the system to assess and use research performance and how to revise relevant law and institution, and how to revise the system to assess and use research performance and how to approach legislation in the future. 

 

The presentation was followed by a comprehensive discussion session. This session was joined by leaders from industry, academia, research institution, and public organization. They are Seok-Hun LEE (president of Scientists and Engineers' Association of National Research Institutes (SEANRI) and senior researcher from Korea Basic Science Institute), Joon-Ho LEE (president of the association of deans from the colleges of science in Korea and dean of College of Natural Science, SNU), Sung-Hoon CHUNG (former president of the association of deans from the colleges of engineering in Korea and Executive Vice President of Business and External Relations, Hanyang University), Won-Yong KIM (former head of KUCRI and Executive Vice President for Research, CAU), Ae-Ri MOON (director of National Strategic R&D Programs, National Research Foundation of Korea), and Eun-Young LEE (head of Performance Evaluation Policy Division, Ministry of Science and ICT). They discussed how to revise the method for assessing research performance. 


In this discussion, the participants touched on requests from academia and research community on how to revise the system to assess and use research performance. They also discussed how the Ministry of Science and ICT and management institutes can provide support and improve institution, 


STEPI plans to continue cooperating with the Ministry and relevant committee in the National Assembly to work on revising the system for national R&D projects. 

 

01-19
Dr. Mi Ock Mun, inaugurated as the 15th President of Science and Technology Policy Institute

 

The 15th president of STEPI, Dr. Mi Ock Mun started working after the online inauguration ceremony on January 19, 2021.


In her inauguration address, Dr. Mun said, “The researches by STEPI should be supported with policies to be expanded and utilized in the fields of industrial economy, social and cultural system, regional innovation, and global cooperation so that the innovations in science and technology could extend to national innovation. We should propose policies one step ahead to expect Korea to become a global leading country where ‘better science technology makes better life’, and the policies should be guaranteed with implementation and effectiveness.”


Dr. Mun graduated from the Department of Physics at Pohang University of Science and Technology, and received her master's and doctorate degrees from the same graduate school. After serving as a member of the 20th National Assembly, she served as the advisor to the President for science and technology at the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea, and the first vice minister of the Ministry of Science and ICT.

 

As a member of the 20th National Assembly, Dr. Mun submitted a bill to revive the Ministry of Information and Communication and the Vice Prime Minister-level Ministry of Science and Technology. The National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Science (NRC) under the Prime Minister held the 294th Board of Directors on January 15, and appointed Dr. Mun as the 15th President of the Science and Technology Policy Institute.

 

2020
12-09
STEPI held ‘2020 STEPI National Challenge Research Achievement Briefing Session’ on the 9th

 

With the increase in food delivery and online shopping due to COVID-19, the Korean Peninsula is suffering from household wastes. The export route of recycling products sent to China has been also blocked, making the situation even worse. In addition, marine debris floating in the sea threatens the Earth's ecosystem.

 

The trash crisis is not a recent problem. For a long time, the government has devised various policies to solve this problem, but it is considered a ‘dilemma’ since there’s no clear solution. To solve this social difficulty, the science and technology community is preparing a new alternative.

 

STEPI (Science and Technology Policy Institute · President Hwang-hee Cho) has promoted ‘A study on innovation strategies for economic and social systems from the perspective of science and technology for solving national difficulties’ and has been seeking knowledge, systems, methods, and means for breaking through the social challenges.

 

At the STEPI’s briefing of research contents to solve national difficulties through online and offline on the 9th, policy alternatives for domestic waste issue was suggested such as Introducing a trading system for efficient waste disposal and preparing plans to revitalize the industry, Establishing a recycling certification organization, and Establishing a circulation base for recycled PET bottles. In addition, alternatives to solve the problems of national defense (corruption in defense businesses  / advanced military science and technology) and regional difficulties (decline of local industry /decline of regional population) were also presented.

 

Deputy Researcher Hyeok Lee of STEPI who is in charge of the research results of the Environmental Division, diagnosed the path that the environmental problem became a dilemma and the complexity through analysis on the interested parties.  As a result, household waste is proven to be a dilemma with high complexity and uncertainty although it has long been regarded as a difficult problem due to its repetitive occurrence, but the solution seems far off yet even with policy-level efforts.

 

In order to solve the problems of household waste, he said, “The system should be improved to emphasize solving the problem through market such as industry revitalization.” It seems that he emphasized the need to revitalize the industry for efficient waste treatment, such as establishing a transaction system for efficient waste disposal or a recycling certification organization, and installation of environment-friendly incineration treatment facilities.

 

Regarding marine debris, he said, “The issue has begun to attract attention since the 2000s. If a solution is not properly prepared now, the complexity and uncertainty are likely to intensify over time. The public role is emphasized as there is a possibility of conflict among ministries. However, since it is linked to the household waste issue, the necessary of policy that links the two is empathized.”

 

Deputy Researcher Hyeok Lee with the experts from industry, academy and institutes prioritized policy alternatives and selected 12 for household waste and 10 for marine waste as a result of analysis through AHP (refer to the table above). However, he said, “The existing platform has been supplemented and enhanced by applying the national challenge platform, and new solutions have been sought through experts with various interests in the environmental field, but there are still areas to be supplemented.” He revealed additional research plans for the future.

 

Senior Researcher Tae-Jung Ha at STEPI presented an analysis focusing on corruption in defense businesses in the field of diplomacy/defense and advanced military science and technology. According to him, in the past, the corruption in defense industry was related to power such as slush funds of former presidents or high-ranking officials, but it changed when the Defense Acquisition Program Administration was established to prevent this. Although the scale became smaller, other forms of corruption began to emerge such as exaggerating costs, leaking business secrets, and manipulating tax invoices.

 

Regarding the advanced military science and technology, Senior Researcher Ha said, “Due to the decrease in the number of troops because of the population reduction, the need for defense based on science and technology is being emphasized. However, the system is not being realized, so there is a high possibility that the problem will become permanent and deepened over time.”

 

Furthermore, Senior Researcher Ha said establishing policy alternative pool through analysis on complexity of each challenge and integration between difficult issues and diagnizing uncertainty through analysis of causal loop map are priority and  ‘Strenthening Defense Leadership’ is the most urgent policy.

 

In addition, appropriate level of audit system, simplification of audit procedures, restructuring of the innovative defense planning and management system (PPBEES), and securing technical planning and R&D performance capabilities of the requirement military were presented as priorities.

 

Deputy Researcher Woong-gyu Han at STEPI announced the results of regional department research as an alternative to regional industry decline and regional population reduction, such as ‘Reinforcement of cooperation among neighboring regions and creation of industrial clusters in the pan regional economic zone,’ ‘Reinforcement of youth support for regional industry promotion,’ and ‘Improving settlement conditions and expanding policies supporting women.’ In particular, he emphasized that “Linkage and cooperation between regions are important beyond the efforts of individual regional innovation.”

 

In the following discussion, former ADD Director In-ho Kim said, “Corruption in defense industry is an issue that has continued from the past to the present, and the issue of high-tech science military continues to the future. However, the deeper the valley of the corruption in defense industry, the more the high-tech science military is slowing down. Therefore, these two issues cannot be separated. PPBEES was introduced 40 years ago in 1979  for the efficiency of increased defense tax enforcement. Only by innovatively changing it to fit the science and technology base, we will be able to overcome the difficulties without falling behind in international defense industry.”

 

Professor Yong-cheol Jang at Chungnam National University said, “The issue of waste is closely connected with the general public, but the contents of the presentation were difficult for the people to understand. We should talk about this easily so the general public also recognizes it as a problem and refer to public opinion.”

 

CEO Seok-bong Lee of DaedeokNet also said “We select and talk about challenges, but they can be actually solved when not only experts but also the general public empathize with the problem.” And he also said “Please consider the contents for the general public to empathize.”

 

Director Chang-yoon Lee at the Ministry of Science and ICT who has been promoting the regional subcommittee empathized, “Rather than simply presenting a policy, we should seek and present solid policy suggestions that can solve the problems by mobilizing humanities society and science society and conduct supplement works.”

 

Professor Dong-pil Cheon of Pukyong National University suggested a further study saying, “I hope we can see what effect will be achieved when the proposal from the forum is implemented as a policy.”

 

12-09
2020 Global Korea Expo 2020 Opens... International Cooperation Achievements in One Place

 

The ‘2020 Global Korea Expo’, which examines the achievements of international cooperation conducted by Korea and seeks future directions, began its three-day schedule at The K Hotel in Seoul on the 9th.
This expo was hosted by the National Research Council of Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Korea Land and Housing Corporation, and a total of 150 organizations including government ministries, public institutions, and national research institutes participated.

 

At the opening ceremony on the morning of the first day, more than 30 domestic and foreign key figures participated through online and offline including Prime Minister Sye-gyun Jeong, Chairman of Congress Byeong-seok Park, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Seong-hyuk Moon, and Gyeongbuk-do Governor Chul-woo Lee.

 

Chairman of the Board Kyung-ryung Seong of National Research Council of Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, who prepared this event said, “This is the first attempt to explore Korea’s future international cooperation strategy. Since the world is experiencing unprecedented health crisis and economic crisis at the same time, we also should help countries in poorer situations and contribute to common prosperity.”

 

There were also online congratulatory remarks by major domestic and foreign figures.
Prime Minister Sye-gyun Jeong said through a video message, “We have been faithfully serving as a bridge between developed and developing countries. In particular, this year, we are actively responding to requests for cooperation from other countries around the world including developing countries during the COVID-19 crisis. I hope that various visions and strategies are suggested for Korea to advance as a leader in the international society in the post-coronavirus era.”

 

OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria said “Korea is the only country that has become a donor country from an aid recipient country, and is a role model for many developing countries. This expo is expected to show Korea's commitment to supporting developing countries and its will to join in efforts to end COVID-19.”

 

At the opening ceremony, the ‘Vision Declaration’ was addressed that Korea should seek to become a world leader contributing to world peace, prosperity and sustainable development.

 

As a special event, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sung-hyuk Moon  and Chairman of Congress Byeong-seok Park connected with the Antarctic Research Institute via real-time video conference, interviewed with the crew members dispatched to Antarctica, and delivered a message of support to them.

 

Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland gave a keynote speech through online under the theme ‘International Cooperation for World Peace and Sustainable Development’.

 

The pre-ceremony performance of the group Inalchi Band attracted worldwide attention with traditional Korean Pansori music mixed with modern pop.


This expo was designed to take a look at the diverse and rich experiences of Korea, the only country in the world that has converted ‘from a beneficiary country to a donor country’.

 

In particular, the expo focuses on roles and tasks in the post-coronavirus era, such as ‘K-Quarantine’ and the Korean New Deal.


The expo consisted of various programs such as conferences, presentations of best practices by institution, youth job consulting, exhibitions and public relations, and cultural events.

 

The conference was proceeded under 19 topics such as K-quarantine and health care Countermeasures on the environment and climate change Urban development eco-smart city Inclusive multilateralism initiative and strategy.

 

36 organizations including the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) presented approximately 100 best practices of international cooperation through online and offline.
All programs are also broadcast online in consideration of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

 

12-04
STEPI Held ‘2020 STEPI International Symposium’ with World-renowned Scholars

 

This international symposium was held under the theme of ‘Innovate Science and Technology Innovation Policy: Science and Technology Innovation Policy in Response to the Era of With Coronavirus and Digital Transition’. A large number of domestic and foreign science and technology innovation experts participated in this symposium to identify challenges from various cases and seek new opportunities.

 

Beginning with the opening remarks by President Hwang-hee Cho of STEPI and the congratulatory address by 1st Vice Minister Byeong-seon Jeong of Ministry of Science and ICT, domestic and overseas experts gave presentations as follows. Alessandra Colecchia, Chief of Science and Technology Innovation Team of OECD on ‘The Digital Transition Era and Science and Technology Innovation Policy after COVID-19’  Former Chancellor Mel Horwich of Hungary CEU Business School on ‘The Form of the Future US Innovation Portfolio and the Impact of Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic’ Chief Carlston Eckhart of TUV Rheinland Consulting Digital Manufacturing Team on ‘Flexible Production through Digital Transformation: The 4th Industrial Revolution and GAIA-X’ ▷ Professor Patarapong Intarakumnerd of Graduate School of Policy Studies in Japan on ‘The Innovation Policy in South Asia in accordance with COVID-19’ President Mekuria Teklemariam of Policy Research Institute in Ethiopia on ‘the Development of ICT policy to fight COVID-19 in Africa: Collaborative project based on best practice cases in Korea’.

 

As domestic experts, Researcher Il-young Jeong of STEPI presented ‘The Future of the Korean Digital Healthcare Industry: Challenges and Possibilities, and ▷Chief Myeong-hwa Lee of STEPI National Research Development Analysis Group on ‘Korea's COVID-19 Response Strategies and Implications.’

 

President Hwang-hee Cho of STEPI said, “In the process of adapting to environmental changes resulting from COVID-19 pandemic and building a flexible and resilient system throughout the economy and society, the importance of science and technology innovation is being emphasized more and more. I hope that through this event, we share how major countries approach the big variable called COVID-19 in innovation, and discuss the further direction of the science and technology innovation policies in the new normal era.”

 

11-25
The 21st Korea Living Lab Network Forum

 

A forum was held to examine various community · technology experiments conducted in the regions such as sustainable circulation · sharing · caring economy and agricultural and rural areas, and to expand them to the level of the whole nation and society.


The 21st Living Lab Network Forum was held as an online live broadcast on November 25 (Wed) at 2pm at Jeonju Lahan Hotel under the theme of ‘Living Lab Platform and Local Capitalization & Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Living Lab.’
[Source] [KNoLL] Results of the 21st Korea Living Lab Network Forum | Author Science and Technology and Social Innovation

 

This forum was jointly hosted by STEPI, Korea Network of Living Labs (KNoLL), Jeonbuk Network of Living Labs (JNOLL), Ministry of SMEs and Startups, Ministry of Science and ICT, Ministry of Education, Jeollabuk-do, Korea Research Foundation, and National Information Society Agency, and jointly organized by National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Jeonbuk Digital Social Innovation Center, Jeonbuk Creative Economy Innovation Center, Jeonju University, Jeonju IT & CT Promotion Agency, and the Jeonbuk Branch of Korea Institute of Science and Technology. It gathered Living Lab activists and experts from all over the country to share the achievements and plan the spread of sustainable agricultural and rural areas, caring economy, and circular economy.

 

The forum began with an opening address by Professor Dong-sung Han (President of Jeonju National University Regional Innovation Center) who is the chairman of the Jeonbuk Living Lab Network Promotion Committee, and a welcome speech by the co-chairman,  Kwang-jin Park (Jeonbuk Creative Economy Innovation Center). It was followed by congratulatory remarks by Congressman Yun-deok Kim, a member of the National Assembly representing Wansan-gu and Congressman  Ho-young Ahn, a member of National Assembly representing Wangju, Muju, Jinan, and Jangsu. After that, the forum had two sessions: ‘Living Lab Platform and Local Capitalization’ and ‘Living Lab for Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Community’.
 


The first session was on ‘The Living Lab Platform and Local Capitalization’. Jae-min Lee (Head of Jeonju University LINC+ Social Economy Collaboration Center) presented ‘The Local Currency and Asset Conversion’ centering on the Kkotjeon (flower coin), which is Jeonju’s regional currency, and points of sharing economy, Hyung-woong Park (Head of Jeonbuk Digital Social Innovation Center) presented ‘A town that innovates through joint nurturing’ centering on the diffusion welfare center, and Sun-young Kim (Secretary General of Band Foundation) presented ‘Social Finance and Citizen Capitalization,’ and examined various living lab experiment projects in each region, such as sharing economy, caring economy, and circular economy.

 

Center Head Jae-min Lee presented the results of the Living Lab with Kkotjeon, the community currency of Jeonju, and said that the local currency should be designed in a regional circulation type rather than economic incentives to secure persistency, and it was confirmed that the community currency is a way to raise awareness of contribution to the community and a sense of belonging and pride in the region. 

 

Center Head Hyung-woong  Park, presented a case of Haksan Welfare Center in Pyeonghwa-dong, Jeonju, and talked about the Living Lab project which was making a joint nurturing village where children are happy. He introduced a vision to make a firm, reassuring, and generous village, and missions with six action plans, and specific plans including encouraged children, confident parents, and money-making village.

 

Secretary General Seon-young Kim introduced the status of currently spreading social finance and regional capitalization and shared the cases of citizens’ capitalization of Habit Together,  assetization of Mokpo Geonmaek (dried fish with beer), and other assetization projects being promoted by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security other institutions. He emphasized that these assetization projects are in the early stages and require many institutional supplements and encouragement policies.

 

The first session’s panel discussion was moderated by Senior Researcher Wi-jin Song (STEPI), and participated by Executive Director Seon-mi Goh (Jeonju Medical Welfare Social Cooperative), Professor Min-soo Kim (Dongguk University), and Center Head Gyu-ok Ji (Gunsan Social Economic Center). They discussed policies of expanding assetization of diverse regional transformation experiments and structuring platform, and matters to improve.

 

 

The second session was on ‘The Living Lab for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Community.’ Researcher Ji-eun Seong (STEPI) presented ‘Application and Tasks of Living Lab for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Community,’ Byeong-seok Kim, Manager of Planning and Coordination (National Institute of Agricultural Sciences), on ‘Current Status and Tasks of Living Lab Project to Solve Rural Issues,’ and Representative Ye-won Cho (Wageningen Care Farm Research) on ‘How to Apply Living Lab to Korea's Care Farm with a Case of Dutch Care Farm.’

 

Researcher Ji-eun Seong (STEPI) pointed out the characteristics of Korean agriculture R&D as project planning and implementation centering on technology supplier, thesis patented-oriented evaluation, relationship between experts and users based on linear model, and the lack of comprehensive insights on   production-distribution-processing-consumption, and emphasized the need to introduce a perspective of transition to a sustainable social technology system based on the Living Lab and to establish a system for interdisciplinary research cooperation.
To this end, she argued that the problems should be solved through a horizontal network of government-researcher-farmer-consumer and emphasized the importance of agricultural/rural Living Lab platform.

 

Byeong-seok Kim, Manager of Planning and Coordination Division (National Institute of Agricultural Sciences), presented the current status of the Living Lab projects and future tasks to solve the pending issues of agricultural and rural areas.

Currently, 10 tasks are being carried out in the fields of agricultural facility infrastructure, agricultural production environment, and rural living environment in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs and Rural Development Administration, and then he introduced details. Moreover, as the development direction of the Living Lab, he emphasized that the field-centered research base should be expanded, and cooperations with farmers and workers in the field of agricultural industry are needed from the task selection to the task implementation, evaluation, and performance diffusion.

 

CEO Ye-won Cho (Wageningen Care Farm Research) introduced the Dutch Care Farm, which is being carried out for the socially underprivileged, and discussed ways to apply this case into Korea. Care Farm is an important part that can improve the quality of nursing care and welfare services and take charge of the increasing welfare demand. She argued that it can promote insufficient welfare services and regional development in rural areas, and provide an opportunity to heal those who are vulnerable with the existing social system.

 

After the presentation of the second section, panel discussion was moderated by Gyeong-mi Kim, Head of Agricultural Environment Division (National Institute of Agricultural Sciences), and Jeong-sang Lee (Jeonju National University), Representative Seong-oh Jang (Social Enterprise Welfare Union), and Chairman of the Board Soo-cheol Hwang (Center for Food, Agricultural & Rural Policy) participated and discussed about sustainable agricultural and rural society.

 

The 「21st Living Lab Network Forum」 was conducted in accordance with the quarantine rules for the ‘social distancing’ caused by COVID-19, so it was broadcast live online through YouTube channels (Korea Living Lab Network, University Living Lab Network, Jeonbuk Creative Economy Innovation Center, and Jeonju IT&CT Industry Promotion Agency).

 

Dong-sung Han, head of the Regional Innovation Center at Jeonju University, was moderator of the forum and said “As we experience COVID-19, the role of region is more important for the transformation of agricultural and rural communities and the platformization projects of the Living Lab. I hope that this forum will be an opportunity for substantial change to achieve sustainable transformation.” This forum was held in a zero-waste manner with the cooperation of the Jeonbuk Sustainability Council.

 

11-25
Presidential Policy Planning Committee Korean New Deal Daejeon Sejong Chungnam Listening Sympathy Great Debate ‘Korean New Deal, Finding Way in the Region’

 

The Presidential Policy Planning Committee (Chairman: Dae-Yeop Cho) helds the Inclusive Korea New Deal Listening and Sympathy Daejeon Sejong Chungnam Great Debate under the theme ‘Korean New Deal, Finding a Way in the Region’ with the Economic and Humanities and Social Sciences Research Association (Chairman of the Board: Seung-ryung Seong), Daejeon Metropolitan City (Mayor: Tae-jeong Heo), Sejong Special Self-Governing City (Mayor: Chun-hee Lee), Chungcheongnam-do (Governor: Seung-jo Yang) STEPI (President: Hwang-hee Cho), Daejeon Sejong Institute (President: Jae-geun Jeong), Chungnam Research Institute (President: Hwang Yoon) at the headquarters of Korea Railroad Corporation (Main Auditorium) for two days from November 25 to 26.

 

This great debate is held to create ‘a forum of listening and empathy’ where the voices of local residents are heard at a local level and the experts from various fields contemplate and communicate together for the successful implementation of the Korean New Deal. On the first day, an opening remarks was given, and  followed by a keynote speech by Dae-yeop Cho, Chairman of Policy Planning Committee, a special lecture by Myeong-soo Son, Vice Minister for Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transparent, and sessions and round tables by three fields. On the second day, two special sessions are held.

 

As countries around the world are struggling with the re-spreading and prolongation of COVID-19, Korea’s K-Quarantine is recognized as a good example  for the world, and based on these achievements, K-Quarantine and K-Economy have an opportunity to lead the world.

 

In this trend of the time with the great change, the Korean New Deal is a future vision as a national innovation strategy to turn the crisis of COVID-19 into an opportunity for Korea’s great transformation.
 
Therefore, an opportunity for heated debate and empathy is prepared to find the answer from the ‘region’ on how to realized the Korean New Deal and ways to open the regional era for a just transition and making a foundation to become a leader country in the world. 

 

The opening ceremony began with the opening remarks of Dae-Yeop Cho, President of Policy Planning Committee, and welcoming addresses by Mayor Tae-Jeong Heo of Daejeon Metropolitan City, Mayor Chun-hee Lee of Sejong Special Self-Governing City, Governor Seung-jo Yang of South Chungcheongnam-do, and President Hwang-hee Cho of STEPI. Following that, Congressman Young-sun Park (Chairman of Daejeon Metropolitan City Party),  Congressman Jun-hyeon Kang (Chairman of Sejong Special Self-Governing City Party) and Congressman Hun-sik Kang (Chairman of the Chungcheongnam-do Party) gave congratulatory remarks.

 

Dae-yeop Cho, Chairman of the Policy Planning Committee, suggested the “Vision of the Korean New Deal as Just Transformation and World Leading Korea” through a keynote presentation on the theme of ‘The Korean New Deal and the World Leading Country’. After that, Vice Minister Myeong-soo Son gave a special lecture under the topic ‘The Korean New Deal, the Future of Korea Leaping as the First Mover’.

 

The first session was moderated by Professor Seon-hyuk Kim (Korea University), on the subject of ‘The Korean New Deal, What to do,’ and Jong-won Kim, Dean of AI Graduate School (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology) presented  ‘Sustainable Infrastructure Filled with D.A.M’, Senior Researcher Jang-min Choo (Korea Environment Institute) on ‘Green New Deal 2.0’, and Professor Gong-hoe Kim (Gyeongsang National University) on ‘Inclusive and Safe New Deal’. The Korean New Deal policies are introduced and presentations and debate are proceeded on the direction of supplementation and development of the Korean New Deal, which was proposed by the Policy Planning Committee.

 

The second session was moderated by Professor Jong-heon Jin (Kongju National University) on the topic of ‘The Korean New Deal, Finding a Way in the Region’, and Policy Planning Officer Jae-yong Jeong (Daejeon Metropolitan City) presented  ‘The Beginning and Center of the Korean New Deal, Daejeon-type New Deal’, Policy Planning Officer Je-il Ryu (Sejong Special Self-Governing City) on ‘The Sejong-type New Deal for Sustainable City Development’, and Policy Planning Officer Young-myeong Kim (Chungcheongnam-do) on ‘The Comprehensive Plan of Chungnam-type New Deal.’
Following that, the direction of regional-centered the Korean New Deal was discussed. 

 

The third session was moderated by Professor Soon-chang So (Konkuk University) on the subject of ‘The Korean New Deal, Finding a Way in the Field’, and the voices of the industrial sites and the cases of local sites are presented and debated.

 

Assistant Chief Kook-hee Yoon (Korea Water Resources Corporation), CEO Young-jun Yoon (Panasia Co., Ltd), Vice-President Chang-ho Song (Lake Materials), CEO Seung-il Nam (Samsung Digital Solutions), and  Director  of Research Chan-jong Park (PlanI Co., Ltd) introduced the voices from the industrial and local sites.

 

On the first day, the final session was a round table under the theme of ‘The Korean New Deal, Finding a Way From Cooperation and Solidarity Between the Central and Local Regions’. The moderator was President Hwang-hee Cho (STEPI), and Chancellor Jin-suk Lee (Chungnam National University), Chancellor Seong-su Won (Kongju National University), President Jae-geun Jeong (Daejeon Sejong Research Institute), President Hwang Yoon (Chungnam Research Institute), President Jae-heyon Park (Korea Water Resources Corporation), President Gyeong-cheol Kim (Daejeon Urban Railway Corporation), Co-representative Tae-sik Yoo (Chungnam Social Group Representatives Council), and Chief Reporter Je-i Kang (Jungdo Ilbo) participated in a comprehensive examination of the central and local roles necessary for successful implementation of the Korean New Deal and the plan to establish cooperative governance.

 

On the second day, Special Session I was moderated by Hyeon-soo Kang (Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements), on the theme of ‘K-Quarantine, Finding a Way of the Local Economy’, and President Joon-wook Kwon (National Institute of Health) presented on ‘Future Prospects and COVID-19 Quarantine Measures’, Professor Sang-min Eom (Myongji University) on ‘COVID-19 Quarantine Policy and Economy’, Director Chang-yong Moon of Science Industry Bureau (Daejeon Metropolitan City) on ‘Finding the Way with K-Quarantine and D-Bio’, and President Man-ki Bang (Chungnam Research Institute) on ‘Chaungnam’s Measures and Implications of COVID-19’, and then, discussions were proceeded on ways to ensure safe quarantine and coexistence of local economy.

 

Special Session II was carried out under the theme of ‘Just Transformation of the Regional New Deal and Social Dialogue’.

 

The first topic, ‘The Role and Tasks of Community-Based Social Dialogue’ was moderated by Professor Ju-il Kim (Korea University of Technology and Education), and Certified Labor Attorney Won-bok Lee (Chungcheongnam-do) presented ‘The case of social dialogue operation in Chungnam,’ Chairman In-ho Cho (Korea Western Power Branch) on ‘the Cases and Tasks for Building and Operating Social Dialogues Led by Labor Union’ and there was a discussion on the presentations.


The second topic was ‘How To Do Social Dialogue for the Successful Foundation of the Regional New Deal’ moderated by President Moon-ho Lee (Walk-in Innovation Research Institute), and Chancellor Sang-tae Yeo (Youth Foundation) presented ‘Regional Social Dialogue and Institutional Innovation Plan’ and then a discussion was proceeded.

 

The ‘Korean New Deal Listening and Empathy Debate’ was held for the second time in Daejeon Sejong Chungnam starting from Gwangju Jeonnam on November 10-11. In consideration of the recent spread of COVID-19, thorough quarantine measures were implemented and the number of participants in the event hall was minimized. The contents of the event were broadcast in real-time through social network services of the Policy Planning Council.

 

11-23
STEPI and GBST (Institutes of Green Bio Science & Technology Seoul National University) signed an MOU for Mutual Research Cooperation

 

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Hwang-hee Cho) and the Institutes of Green Bio Science & Technology Seoul National University  (GBST, President In-Bok Lee) signed a business agreement on November 23 (Mon) to establish a long-term cooperative relationship for international sustainable development in the field of science and technology innovation and development cooperation projects.


As the two organizations, which jointly recognized the importance of international cooperative activities in science and technology innovation, this agreement enables multilateral cooperations such as strengthening research capacity and creating synergy, mutual support for research infrastructure and information exchange, science and technology innovation and joint discovery of development cooperation projects.

 

Through this agreement, the two organizations will cooperate on the following. Development of joint research projects and carrying out science and technology policies, Joint hosting of domestic and international academic events, Matters regarding international development cooperation and support, Mutual exchange of personnel and information, and mutual use of research facilities of each other’s institution.

 

In addition, they plan to strengthen the mutual competitiveness and development of STEPI and GBST in the future through cooperation of other mutually agreed matters and joint development plans.
President Hwang-hee Cho of STEPI said, “I hope this agreement based on mutual trust will serve as a cornerstone for the establishment and development of international cooperative activities to strengthen global competitiveness in science and technology. Starting from today's meeting, we will endeavor to create a better future policies for science and technology innovation based on mutual trust and solidarity.”

 

Following the business agreement, the two institutes had 「STEPI-GBST Joint Seminar」 and shared the previous research cooperation performances and achievements such as ‘STEPI’s International Technology Innovation Cooperation Activities and Achievements (In-kyung Seon, Director of STEPI Development Cooperation Research Group)’ and 'Seoul National University Pyeongchang Campus Wellness New Industry Promotion Plan (Kang, Sang-ki, Director of GBST Planning Office)’.

 

11-16
STEPI transferred know-how in science and technology innovation policy to El Salvador through KOICA’s online training course 「Policy on Science and Technology Park and Technology Transfer Commercialization」


The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Hwang-Hee Cho) had an official schedule of the training course 「Policy on Science and Technology Park and Technology Transfer Commercialization」 for five days from November 16 (Mon) (November 15 (Sun) local time) to 21 (Sat) (20 (Fri) local time) for 13 working-level officials of El Salvador's Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, and Science and Technology Policy Division under Minister of Innovation.

 

This event was jointly held by STEPI and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA, Chairman of the Board Mi-kyung Lee) to deliver know-how of science and technology innovation policies through online since the previously conducted training program by invitation was impossible to do this time due to the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

 

This training was conducted for the socio-economic development of El Salvador and various online programs were offered such as Planning and development of science and technology innovation policies, Technology transfer and commercialization,Video lectures by experts in science and technology fields such as operation of science and technology complexes, Q & A, Online seminars for action plan, Team-specific activities for action plan.

 

In particular, video lectures by experts with abundant field experiences related to establishment of science and technology policies and technology transfer of Korea were provided with specific cases. Moreover, based on in-depth analysis of El Salvador's technology transfer status and major issues through workshops with domestic experts, an action plan was also established and real-time video conference was conducted on the activation of technology transfer commercialization.

 

President Hwang-hee Cho of STEPI said “I hope that this online training will help El Salvador understand the process and experience of Korean science and technology development, and promote development of science and technology complex and technology transfer projects. We plan to continue the cooperation between two countries including support for developing the established action plan together.”

 

Furthermore, this training was the second year program of 「Science Technology Park Policy and Technology Transfer Commercialization」 which has been conducted since 2019 to support establishing a foundation for science and technology cooperation between Korea and developing countries and help excellent science and technology experts and companies advance abroad in the future by contributing to strengthening the capacity of the governments of developing countries in science and technology innovation policies.

 

11-02
[Linked Event of 438th Science and Technology Policy Forum] ‘Symposium Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Birth of Late Songgok Choi Hyeong-seob’ was Held (11/2)

 

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) together with the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) had a symposium on the 2nd to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of late Songgok Dr. Choi Hyeong-seob.

 

This symposium was held to remind and publicize the achievements and spirits in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of late Songgok Dr. Choi Hyeong-seob (Nov.2, 1920-May 29, 2004) who laid the foundation for Korean science and technology and contributed to the national development.

   

This event was sponsored by the Ministry of Science and ICT and co-hosted by KIST, STEPI, and the Korea Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST).

   

Especially, in connection with STEPI's 438th Science and Technology Policy Forum, this symposium was broadcast live online and general public could watch it through YouTube.

 

The event began with the opening remarks of President Yoon Seok-jin of KIST, followed by welcoming speeches from President Cho Hwang-hee of STEPI, Chairman Lee Woo-il of KOFST and Chairman Park Ho-gun of KIST Association, and then congratulatory messages from Chairman Lee Won-wook of Science and Technology Information Communication Broadcasting Committee and Hong-Taek Yong Head of Research and Development Policy Division of Ministry of Science and Technology Information and Communication.

   

The symposium was started with the presentation of ‘Korean Science and Technology Designer, Dr. Choi Hyeong-seob’, by professor Mun Man-yong of Chonbuk National University, and former chancellor Yeom Jae-ho of Korea University gave a topic presentation of ‘The Leadership of Dr. Choi Hyeong-seob and the Future of Korea.’ Moreover, Ryo Hirasawa, an emeritus professor at Tokyo University, who has visited Korea every year on the anniversary of the late Dr. Choi Hyeong-seob, commemorated him through video this time.

   

Afterwards, the panel discussion was moderated by Park Won-hoon former president of KIST, and the discussion was participated by Choi Young-rak former president of STEPI, Professor Choi Hyung-seop of Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Kim Eun-young former president of KIST, and Ku Jong-min senior researcher at KIST about the footsteps of Dr. Choi and the future of science and technology in Korea.

   

Director Yoon Seok-jin of KIST said, “I hope that this will be an opportunity to remind the late Dr. Choi Hyeong-seob’s achievements, philosophy, and enthusiasm that have contributed to the development of Korean science and technology. I hope that his spirit will be passed on to the current generation of researchers and will be a great motivation for the researches that open up the future.”

   

Songgok Dr. Choi Hyeong-seob was the first director of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology as a scientist who fulfilled his role as a pioneer in the dawn of the Korean science and technology. He received a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Minnesota and then worked at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST at that time) as director and served as Minister of Science and Technology for the longest time (7 years), laying the foundation for theory and policy of Korea's science and technology development theory and policy.

   

After that, he served as the chairman of the Korea Federation of Science and Technology Societies, and passed away on May 29, 2004 and was buried at Daejeon National Cemetery. His achievements as a scientist in his life include 12 books such as ‘The Research Institute Where Lights Doesn’t Go Out’ and 120 research papers in the fields of metallurgical engineering and science and technology policy. He was awarded Order of Civil Merit Rose of Sharon Medal in 1996.

 

10-27
 [The 437th Science and Technology Policy Forum] was held on the ‘Women's Entrepreneurship and Current Status and Tasks of Business Activity’ (10/27)

 

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) and the Women's Economic Research Institute, an affiliate of the Women's Business Center, announced on the 26th that they would hold the ‘437th Science and Technology Policy Forum’. The forum was held at 2pm on the 27th and was broadcast live online.

 
The forum was set up to explore policy tasks to revitalize women's business activities and inspire entrepreneurship. Relevant organizations, ministries and experts interested in women's business, business activities, and entrepreneurship participated in the forum.

 
Research Fellow Young-Hwan Kim (STEPI) gave the opening presentation on ‘The characteristics of Female Entrepreneurship and Ways to Promote Start-up by Women.’ Research Fellow Kim Young-hwan emphasized the need for study on the female entrepreneurship and start-up, and explained that female entrepreneurship has a different process and demand/supply factors than that of existing male-centered entrepreneurship. In addition, he described about the achievements, major current status, and strengths and difficulties of female entrepreneurships to date, and the opportunity factors for female entrepreneurship in terms of socioeconomic dimension, industry and market level, corporate and business level, and household and individual level.

 

In the following presentation, CEO Song Hyun-ok (Dasom Information) talked on ‘The Success Cases of Women’s Enterprises through Startup and Growth’. As a female entrepreneur and as a founder, she gave a detailed presentation on the social difficulties and the growth process of leading an IT company. Also, as an experienced person, she delivered an impassioned talk about
suggestions for women's enterprises in the growth period, and how the support for women's enterprises can be achieved realistically.

 
In the discussion conducted by Vice President Song Chi-woong of STEPI as the moderator, △ Kim Moon-sun (Hanyang University) △ Kim Mi-ran (Korea Institute for Women Entrepreneurship) △ Research Fellow Bo-ryeKim (Women's Economic Research Institute) Secretary Lee Kyung-gyu (Small and Medium Venture Business Department) and △ CEO Lee Jeong-hee (Kickstart Investment)participated.
 
For more information, visit the Website of Science and Technology Policy Institute [Science and Technology Policy Forum] tab or the Women's Enterprise Information Portal Women's Business Institute.

 

10-23
[The 436th Science and Technology Policy Forum] was held on the ‘Data-based National R&D Management Innovation Plan’(10/23)

 

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) announced on the 25th that it has explored the direction of data-based R&D management policy through the ‘436th Science and Technology Policy Forum’.

 
This forum co-hosted by STEPI and the Korea Technology Innovation Society and organized by STEPI was held on the 23rd. Data-based R&D management policy to enhance productivity of national R&D development was discussed under the theme of ‘Data-based National R&D Management Innovation Plan.’

 
Senior Research Fellow Hwang Seok-won gave a presentation on ‘Data-based R&D Management Innovation Plan’ and Senior Researcher Kang Hee-jong on ‘Data Infrastructure Innovation Plan for R&D Management System’.

 
General Manager Yang Seung-woo of Innovation System Research Division moderated the panel discussion and General Manager Kim Jae-soo of National Science and Technology Data Division (Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information), Professor Lee Min-gyu (Pukyong National University), Director Lee Seok-rae of Performance Evaluation (Ministry of Science and Technology Information and Communication), Associate Research Fellow Yeo Young-joon (National Assembly Futures Institute) and Senior Reporter Oh Chun-ho (Korea Economic Daily) participated in it on the specific aspects of the data-based R&D management policy.

 
President Cho Hwang-hee said, “According to the research support system integration plan announced in January 2019, different regulations are being standardized which had been different for each institution, and various research support systems of each institution are being integrated and reorganized. We look forward to providing innovative policy alternatives for data-based R&D management such as building a data platform through this forum.”

 

09-29
“Technology Commercialization in the 4th Industrial Revolution: 20 Years of Policy Achievement and Remaining Task” (live-streamed)

 

On September 16th, Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 435th Science&Technology Policy Forum with the theme of “technology commercialization in the 4th Industrial Revolution: 20 years of policy achievement and remaining task” at Grand Hyatt Seoul and live streamed the forum.

 

This event was held to celebrate the 20 years of history of technology commercialization policies in Korea. It was begun with presentations of Soo-Jeoung SOHN (Research Fellow from STEPI) and Chi-Ho CHOI (President of KARIT).

 

Research Fellow SOHN pointed out that science, technology, and innovation should lead the growth of our economy and society, and we should improve added value, quality of life, and quality of knowledge. Moreover, SOHN touched on the advance of technology commercialization in the past 20 years, and proposed three pieces of policy advice for the future. First, we need to find out how to utilize “growth-engine” projects in a more organic way. In the past two decades, legislation about technology transfer and commercialization has emerged but there has not been organic connection. Second, we need to identify role of R&I and review transferred technology at the supplier level. Third, we need a platform to oversee group commercialization.

 

President CHOI from KARIT delivered a presentation on accomplishment of public technology commercialization and our remaining tasks, and focused on the perspective of technology supplier to suggest a direction and propose measures to facilitate technology transfer and commercialization.

 

In 2000, “TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND COMMERCIALIZATION PROMOTION ACT” was enacted in order to promote commercialization. This involved transferring technology from public research institute to private sector. Also, this act was enacted to build a foundation for technology transfer, assessment, and data distribution so that technology from private sector can be easily traded. In sum, this act was enacted to enhance technological competence of industry as a whole.

 

The number of technology transfers in Korea increased by 2.4 times from 2011 to 2018, which marks a quantitative growth. In specific, the number rose from 3,420 to 8,105. At the same time, the rate of technology transfer increased by 8.3% from 26% to 34.3%. In this month, the number of companies in research complex reached 1,001.

 

However, the efficiency of technology transfer (which indicates the income from technology transfer compared to its R&D cost) only increased by 0.13%p. Moreover, the success rate of commercialization of transferred technology decreased from 18.3% in 2010 to 14.7% in 2018, marking a 3.6%p decline. The number of transferred technologies per contract was reduced by 16.7%.

 

CHOI explained that there is quality issue in Korea. The current system does not take risk to innovate, and we need to ensure validity of knowledge. CHOI pointed out that public technologies don not have commercial value, companies lack commercialization capacity, and organizations in between and market do not have capacity. Most of all, according to CHOI, we need to make efforts to bridge the gap between industry and public research community.

 

CHOI added that we should strengthen cooperation among industry, academia, and research community, and fortify the network of science/innovation at home and abroad. The government needs to support building solidarity and trust among stakeholders; companies should cooperate to do innovative research so that they can overcome structural challenges.

 

President CHO of STEPI expressed that “domestic policies for technology commercialization have found a new direction after the Act was enacted in 2000.” CHO added that “this forum should be a venue to reflect on the past 20 years of technology commercialization policies and seek further growth.”

 

After the two presentations, panel discussion was held. The discussion was chaired by Se-Jun LEE (Senior Research Fellow at STEPI), and joined by Jong-Heung PARK (Executive Director of ETRI), Mi-Jin SON (CEO of Sugentech), Jong-Seok LEE (Director of Market and Innovation for Industrial Technology Division, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy), Yoon-Cheol YIM (CEO of Technovalue), Ki-Sool JANG (President of KAUTM), and Sun-Hak CHO (Director in charge of technology transfer and entrepreneurship, Ministry of Science and ICT). More details about presentations and discussion can be found at the STEPI website (International Activities-Science and Technology Policy Forum).

 

08-19
Gender Summit Global for SDGs from August 19 to 20

 

From August 19 to 20, STEPI held the “Gender Summit Global 2020: UN SDGs Integrating Gendered Innovations in Science, Technology, and Innovation.” STEPI held this summit with Korea Federation of Women’s Science&Technology Associations, GISTeR, Green Technology Center, and PORTIA from the United Kingdom.
The summit focused on reviewing the role of gendered innovations to achieve the SDGs. At the summit, former UN Secretary General Ki-Moon Ban delivered a keynote address. Minister Ki-Young Choi from the Ministry of Science and ICT delivered a speech. There were other speakers from relevant institutions such as the UN, the World Bank, and WMO; more than 500 experts from 30 countries participated as speakers.

 

President Hwang-Hee Cho of STEPI made a welcoming address, and highlighted the importance of equality and diversity in research community to ensure quality science research and achieve the SDGs. At the same time, President Cho explained that the summit is expected to facilitate discussion about diversity for science, technology, and innovation.

 

Sang-Hee Kim, who is the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, delivered a welcoming address as well. She is the very first female Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly in Korea and also a member of the Science, ICT,

 

Broadcasting, and Communications Committee. At the summit, she expressed the will to take the lead in improving institution for the fields of science and technology to support gendered research.
In the keynote address, Ban highlighted the importance of women’s empowerment in science, technology, and innovation. Moreover, he emphasized that we need global partnership and awareness to support inclusive quality research that involves diverse population.

 

There were nine sessions in this event, and STEPI organized the eighth session with the theme of “Advancing Science and Inclusive Career Pathways in Sustainability-related Emerging Research and Innovation Fields.”

 

The first speaker of the session was Sarah Huggett, who is the head of Analytical Services APAC at Elsevier. Huggett examined the journey of researchers through a gender lens and focused on research participation, publication, and career progression. Huggett explained that female researchers are significantly less likely to continue with their career path than their male counterparts, both in terms of research and publication. They are less likely to participate as lead author, and we need more efforts to establish gender equality in research.

 

The second speaker was Rector Curt Rice from Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway, who provided insight into institution for gender equality in research. Rice explained that male researchers have conducted more research after the COVID-19 outbreak. On the other hand, female researchers have shown less research activity. Women seem to take heavier domestic burden after daycare centers closed and people started working from home.

 

The third speaker was Carlotta M. Arthur, who is serving as the Director of the Clare Boothe Luce Programme for Women in STEM from the Henry Luce Foundation (US). Arthur spoke about the necessity of research cooperation and training among various disciplines to resolve real-world problems. According to Arthur, real-world problems like COVID-19 require an approach that involves not only health but also economics and psychology; however, the current research system does not support this comprehensive approach.

 

The fourth speaker was Laura Camfield, who is a Professor at the University of East Anglia (UK). Camfield touched on education about study methodology in terms of gender and social context. Camfield mentioned the decision factors of research topic and method that can change depending on social role and context; we need education to ensure accuracy of cited material and distribute resource according to study conditions.

 

The fifth speaker, Professor Myong-Sook Oh at Hongik University, spoke about the efforts to include more women in chemical engineering. Oh explained that women tend to appreciate social value more; therefore, to motivate more women to take a social role, we need research that focus on social value and environment. At the same time, Oh explained that female researchers are found only in specific sub-sectors under chemical engineering, which is an issue that we need to address.

 

The sixth speaker was Dorothea Strueber, who is the Manager of SDSN in Spain. Strueber introduced the policies of SDSN member institutions for SDGs, and explained how SDSN engages in global SDG study and education. Strueber introduced the SDSN program for monitoring and solution, and policies for international support and cooperation as well.

 

The last speaker of the session was So-Young Kim, who is the Professor leading Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy at KAIST. Kim asked, “why so few women of science at the top?” Kim explained that women are still a minority in major positions of science and technology fields; they are a minority among new and incumbent positions, project managers, heads of organizations, and award winners. Kim added that the number of women is growing slowly, and many women in the STEM field are taking temporary position and experiencing career disruption due to childrearing burden. Some of the major causes are difficulties found in organization structure, research activity, and research culture; Kim expressed that we need to identify the root causes and suggest effective solution.

 

07-22
Launching Ceremony of Gyeongnam Living Lab Network and the 20th Korea Living Lab Network Forum

 

The 20th Korea Living Lab Network Forum was held with Gyeongnam Living Lab Network Launching Ceremony at Changwon Convention Center On July 22.

 

More than 120 people including the organizations participating in the network and those related to living lab network in other regions attended the launching ceremony. 21 organizations including state-owned corporations, state-owned organizations, research institutes as well as universities and related civic groups in Gyeongnam Province participated in the ‘Gyeongnam Living Lab Network.’ Their policy is to spread innovation across all sectors of society such as industry, economy, education, and urban development with various innovative actors. Since the citizens participate in every process and take leading role in the Living Lab, it can naturally become a consumer-oriented autonomous social-problem solution method.

 

Governor Kim Kyung-soo said in a welcoming address on this day, “There is always an answer in the field, and the citizens in the field know the best way to solve problems. The Living Lab is a textbook to solve problems and the activities match the slogan of our province ‘Make New Gyeongnam Together.’

 

Following the launching ceremony, Senior Research Fellow Song Wi-jin of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Policy gave a keynote speech at the ‘Korea Living Lab Network Forum.’ After that, Yun Nan-sil, Head of Gyeongnam Society Innovation Promotion Bureau, Jeong Eun-hee, Head of Gyeongnam University Regional Society Innovation Center, and Professor Choi In-gyu of Inje University gave presentations.

 

The Gyeongnam Living Lab Network plans to conduct various activities such as sharing information, mutual exchange between participating organizations, holding regular forums, and training practitioners and activists.

 

06-18
The 19th Korea Living Lab Network Forum was held on 18 June

 

The 19th Korea Living Lab Network Forum was successfully held on 18 June in the convention hall on the 4th floor of Kimdaejung Convention Center.

 

The forum was co-hosted by Korean Network of Living Labs (KNoLL) and Gwangju Network of Living Labs (GNoLL). At the same time, Chonnam National University, Chonnam National University LINC+ Project, Honam University LINC+ Project, Gwangju Senior Technology Center, Gwang-ju Science & Technology Promotion Agency, and JCIA supervised the forum.

 

A “living lab” is where end users and producers pursue innovation together in real-life situations. It involves partnership among public sector, private sector, and other people, and is recognized as a practical solution to encourage more end users to contribute to science&technology and community innovation.

 

To practice social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19, special measures were taken at the forum. First, the number of attendees was minimized and it included mostly working-level staff members. Second, human body temperature detector and registration system were installed at the entrance. Third, body temperature was monitored in real time. Fourth, the event was streamed online. Fifth, seats were distanced from one another.
President Byung-Seok Chung delivered welcoming remarks in written form. Oseop Jo (Buk-gu, Gwangju) and Yong-Bin Lee (Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju), who are the members of National Assembly, delivered congratulatory remarks via video.

 

A number of renowned experts from Gwangju and Chonnam shared their experience. People who have experience in smart aging R&D, community care service, and other living lab activities delivered presentations and joined discussion. People from universities, public organizations, research institutes, and civil society shared their experience in living lab R&D and community innovation.

 

The first keynote lecture (via video) was by Director Hisashi Haraguchi from Omuta Future Co-creation Center. Haraguchi introduced “Life Salon,” which is linked to community care system in Omuta, Fukuoka (Omuta is 20 years ahead other communities in Japan in terms of aging). Haraguchi introduced living lab management cooperation system and organization structure. When different teams provide welfare, health, industry, and employment services to people in need, there were difficulties due to vertical system management; Haraguchi emphasized more comprehensive and “person-centered” service delivery for welfare, health, education, and employment.

 

The second keynote lecture was delivered by a globally renowned scholar in the field of aging, Professor Sang-Cheol Park from Chonnam National University. There are higher COVID-19 death tolls in the U.S. and European countries than in Korea; according to Park, this is partly because of technical differences but more likely due to cultural differences. Park further emphasized that we need a transition from “smart aging” to “smart well aging” that involves not only technology but also wider community culture, education, healthcare system, and national institution.

 

Professor Sook-Hee Jung from the department of cosmetology science at Nambu University touched on care service with fragrance, color, skincare, and nail art. Jung introduced case study of living lab in hospital and healthcare-at-home service center, and suggested combining this with AI to create new services and industries.

 

Manager Hyeong-Jin Na from JCIA introduced a living lab in Naju that works with dementia patients by using ICT, and showed that there is a project that involves environment, transport, culture, and communication to resolve social gap. This is linked to SOS lab and SW service project by the Ministry of Science and ICT.

 

Hyun-Yong Jang, a senior team manager from Gwangju Senior Technology Center, introduced living lab that works with dementia patients and senior citizens who got injured due to falls. With living lab management process for senior citizens, it is possible to work with enterprises and build new projects.

 

The discussion session was chaired by Wi-Chin Song, a senior research fellow from STEPI. The discussion covered topics including living labs in Gwangju and Chonnam that work on aging, and strategies to build a new preparation model for aging by using health, ICT, cosmetic, and AI.
 

The discussion was joined by Professor Yong-Han Ko (Department of Film and Theatre at Honam University), Dr. Gwang-Sung Park (head of the aging research institute at Chonnam National University), Jung-Joo Seo (department head at Eisai Korea), Ji-Eun Sung (PD at KNoLL), Min-Cheol Shin (Director at GSTEC), and Min-Cheol Lee (Director at Gwangju Social Innovation Platform).

 

Professor Jae-Kook Kim, who is leading the Chonnam National University LINC+ project team, took a chief position in the leadership of this forum and mentioned that “not only Gwangju and Chonnam but also other cities in Korea should have discussion about aging society.” Kim said that “it would be great if this forum can serve as an opportunity to identify new model of aging society by considering regional characteristics of Gwangju, Chonnam, urban cities, and rural communities.”

 

06-05
Smart Manufacturing Open Innovation Forum on 5 June

 

To prepare for rapid digital transition in the era of platform economy, experts from industry, academia, and research institutes joined to discuss the future of smart manufacturing and search for direction of science&technology policies.

 

STEPI (President: Dr. Hwang-Hee Cho) announced that Smart Manufacturing Open Innovation Forum was held on the 5th at the Plaza Seoul to identify the future of smart manufacturing and policy direction. Also, a starting ceremony was held for “working group of smart manufacturing open innovation lab,” which is a consultative group that seeks policy initiatives.

 

Participants of the forum searched for response measures to rapid technological change and high uncertainty in the world. This approach is led by working group, and is called “open innovation lab method.” President Cho delivered welcoming remarks; Byung-Hwan Kim from Ministry of Economy and Finance, who is a leader of innovative growth department, delivered congratulatory remarks. Also, Hyo-Joon Kim from AHK Korea (also a Chairman of BMW Group Korea), and Director Sung-Jin Ahn of KOFAC made congratulatory remarks. Professor Sung-Ryul Kim from Gyeonggi University of Science and Technology gave a keynote lecture with the title of “Smart Manufacturing and Digital Business.” This was followed by a discussion on major policy tasks.

 

The “working group” of smart manufacturing open innovation lab explores policy initiatives, suggests strategic response measures, and consists of three committees and approximately 30 members, who are experts from industry, academia, and research groups.

 

The first committee is led by Jeong-Dan Choi from ETRI. This committee looks for policy initiative of “element technologies,” including machine and equipment, electronics, and ICT. The second committee is in charge of digital business model, and is led by Sang-Kyu Jang from SPTEK. The third committee explores test bed and Professor Kim from Gyeonggi University of Science and Technology is leading this committee. Each strives to find policy measure for smart manufacturing.

 

President Cho said, “it is urgent to find strategies and policy initiatives for smart manufacturing since it is expected to alter future industry and society.” Cho added that “smart manufacturing open innovation lab is significant because experts join efforts to maximize our collective intelligence to identify policy initiatives.”

 

This forum was held along with “Smart Manufacturing Open Innovation Lab and Research Project” that has been implemented by STEPI since January to suggest a system for policy initiatives and mobilize experts’ know-how.

 

05-28
"Deep Insight: to Find Korea’s Path in Big Data" was held by NRC and supervised by STEPI on 28 May

 

National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences (NRC) hosted 2020 Korea Future Forecast, a conference to discuss the future of Korea with 21 policy research institutes and other organizations. The event was held on the 28th, and was supervised by STEPI.

 

This year’s theme was “deep insight: to find Korea’s path in big data.” Various organizations including NRC and 21 research institutes joined to forecast the future of Korea and to reach consensus by using objective data and proven methodology.

 

There was a special session on how to better understand and predict external shocks such as COVID-19, which can threaten health and well-being. Many participants shared insight on how to analyze shocks and provide fast and logical response.

 

Overall, there was keynote lecture, special session on COVID-19, session to forecast world’s future, and session to forecast Korea’s future.

 

Professor Geun Lee from Seoul National University analyzed the world before and after COVID-19, and explained that we need more independent national policy for exchange rate. Lee added that “we’re not going back to normal” in terms of global economy.

 

Dr. Joon-Hyung Kim, who is the Chancellor of Korea National Diplomatic Academy, explained how Korea can pursue further growth. Kim cited the cases of the U.S. (free market) and China (authoritarian model). The growth model for Korea should consider both crisis and potential.

 

The special session covered how COVID-19 spreads and how we should respond to the pandemic as a nation.

 

Dr. Myong-Hwa Lee (Head of the Office of National R&D Research from STEPI) gave a presentation under the theme of “direction of new science, technology, innovation policies and lessons we learned from COVID-19.” Lee shared what current situation implies, and touched on current policy issues that we discovered.

 

Dr. Man-Ki Song from International Vaccine Institute explained the prospect of COVID-19 vaccine development, and how companies, research institutes, and regulatory bodies are joining efforts. Song also explained some concerns in the current situation and how we can respond to them.

 

In the session to forecast the world’s future, many participants shared how we can achieve innovation, prepare for new normal, and engage in international cooperation amid changes of global technology, economy, and security landscapes (including COVID-19 and digital transition).

 

In the next session, there was discussion on the future of Korea, and the theme was inclusive nation and innovative growth. The session covered insight on welfare, quality of life, economy, industry, company, region, environment, climate, and other factors that can affect our lives.

 

Among the organizations that joined this event, there were STEPI, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, Korea Institute for Industrial Economics&Trade, Korea Energy Economics Institute, Korea Institute of Child Care & Education, Korea Information Society Development Institute, Korea Institute for National Unification, Korea Development Institute, Korean Educational Development Institute, Korea Institute for Curriculum & Evaluation, The Korea Transport Institute, Korea Labor Institute, Korea Rural Economic Institute, Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, Korea Women's Development Institute, Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training, National Youth Policy Institute, Korea Maritime Institute, Korea Institute of Public Administration, Korea Environment Institute, Statistical Research Institute, Korea Credit Bureau, Korea Enterprise Data, and the Korean Association of International Studies.

 

Kyung-Ryung Sung (Chairman of NRC) expressed that “we should work with professional groups from multiple sectors to prevent and address communicable disease. We should significantly improve our ability to forecast future and set future-oriented policy for technology, industry, economy, jobs, education, population, welfare, climate, environment, energy, north-south relations, international relations, global order change, and other topics.”

 

04-29
STEPI held the 432nd Science and Technology Policy Forum

 

“How should national science&technology policy change in order to respond to infectious disease?” (online streaming on April 29th, 2020)

 

Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President: Hwang-Hee CHO) held the 432nd Science and Technology Policy Forum from 2:00 p.m. under the theme of “how should national science&technology policy change in order to respond to infectious disease.” There was no physical presence of audience at this live-streamed forum; many participants called for a change of national science and technology policy in order to respond to infectious disease.

 

Dr. Myong-Hwa LEE from STEPI delivered the first presentation, and the topic was “new direction for science and technology policy and lessons learned from the COVID-19 outbreak.” In this presentation, Dr. LEE noted that science and technology policy needs to focus on security of life, policy governance based on data and expertise, advanced global cooperation in research, and comprehensive innovation research. Moreover, Dr. LEE highlighted that “the R&D budget for infectious disease in 2018 was merely 1.4%” to explain the significance of security of life. Dr. LEE emphasized that “instead of simply improving efficiency, we need stable support in the medium- to long-term just like how we support national defense R&D.”

 

Dr. Woo-Sik SON from the research team for transmission dynamics of infectious diseases of the National Institute for Mathematical Sciences (NIMS) made a presentation about “simulation of how new infectious disease spreads.” Dr. SON highlighted the importance of creating simulation in understanding and responding to infectious disease.

 

Dr. SON noted that “there is no vaccine or treatment against new infectious disease, which means that non-pharmacological intervention is the only solution” and that “it is indispensable to create simulation of how infectious disease spreads and analyze the impact of prevention policy.” According to Dr. SON, “we need to design a simulation that enables us to analyze the impact of prevention policy.”

 

Yong-Rae CHO, who is the head of Future Strategy Team at STEPI, called for the medium- to long-term response measure by making a presentation with the theme of “science and technology strategy for security of life.”

 

Dr. CHO noted that “we need a measure to respond to infectious disease that might cause national shock in the longer term” and that “short-term crisis management is insufficient.”

 

Moreover, Dr. CHO explained how we need a new perspective to see data related to infectious disease; according to Dr. CHO, “we need to combine data from multiple sectors instead of just looking into science or medical data.”

 

Many others shared opinion in the following discussion, which was chaired by Vice President Chi-Ung SONG of STEPI. The discussion was joined by other participants including Dr. Man-Ki SONG, who serves as the Acting Deputy Director General of Science at the International Vaccine Institute, Professor Beom-Jun KIM from Sungkyunkwan University, Sugentech CEO Mi-Jin SON, and Vice President Seung-Kyu LEE of Korea Bio. The discussants highlighted that it is crucial to have support from government and policy measure.

 

Sugentech CEO Mi-Jin SON explained that “we need a policy that can quickly lead to impact by spending a large amount of research funds in the beginning in order to respond to infectious disease” and added that “no one can predict how the COVID-19 outbreak will unfold, which means we must be prepared to face the worst case scenario since we cannot even know what might happen in the autumn.”

 

Vice President Seung-Kyu LEE of Korea Bio said that “it is of course important to build infrastructure against infectious disease, but it is most important for government to advance regulatory system” and added that “we need a policy to create and renew diagnostic equipment and bio industry.”

 

President Hwang-Hee CHO explained that “there is need to establish new science and technology policy by discussing about innovative research to focus on solving problem” and added, “we hope that the opinions we heard at this forum will contribute to building forward-looking policy for science and technology.”

 

04-13
Seminar on Research System Innovation was Held on April 13th

 

On April 13th, the Office of Institutional Innovation Research of the Division of Innovation System Research at STEPI held a seminar with the theme of current status of government R&D and its direction. Director Je-Joon LEE from Research System Division of the Ministry of Science and ICT joined the seminar as a speaker. Also, the seminar was joined by 18 research fellows including Chief Director Seung-Woo YANG of the Division of Innovation System Research.

   

At the seminar, the participants discussed the advances made so far in R&D system including joint management rules. At the same time, the participants discussed current tasks to advance R&D system and future directions under consideration.

   

Director Je-Joon LEE touched on the direction to improve R&D system. In this context, there are following rules to support researchers so that they can maximize potential. ① We should acknowledge innate properties of R&D such as uncertainty and unpredictability. ② We should differentiate various tasks based on their features and purposes. ③ We should clarify accountability for research and administrative tasks. ④ We should support novice research fellows and personnel who support research activities. ⑤ We should establish code of ethics based on field experience.

   

The seminar participants reached a consensus that we need to listen more to those in the field, have a long-term improvement measure, and better institution to prepare for the future and fundamentally enhance research activities. We should not only have better institution but also have a policy strategy presented by main center of innovation.

 

04-08
Project Seminar on Innovation Ecosystem was Held on April 8th

 

On April 8th, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Studies at STEPI held a seminar to discuss the innovation ecosystem in Daejeon. Former Director Jong-Tae IHM of CCEI Daejeon and Senior Research Fellow Hye-Ran HWANG from Daejeon Sejong Research Institute joined the seminar to share their remarks.

   

Former Director IHM from CCEI Daejeon delivered a presentation about startup ecosystem in Daejeon and explained our tasks based on the experience in the field. There are around 30,000 skilled professionals in Daejeon with master’s or doctor’s degree. There are 26 research institutes funded by the government and 53 research institutes of large corporations. At the same time, there are industrial complex, research companies, venture firms and startups linked to KAIST. This explains why there are many tech startups in Daejeon (39%) other than the metropolitan area, and there are more state-of-art tech companies in Daejeon than in other regions; in sum, Daejeon has a favorable environment for startups. These firms have attracted investment worth 200 billion, and the overall impact to the local economy amounts to KRW 300 billion. However, it is also true that much support is required for these firms to commercialize their ideas. To this end, it is recommended to establish research center to develop BM (Business Mode), local fund of funds, open innovation forum, or a scale-up strategy such as a secondary fund.

   

Senior Research Fellow Hye-Ran HWANG from Daejeon Sejong Research Institute gave a presentation about policy direction to become an innovation platform city by citing the case of Daejeon. Daejeon was able to play a core role in catching up with innovation by establishing Daedeok Innopolis; however, there was a lack of clear mission in the 2000s and a delay in building research capacity to compete on the global stage. To overcome these issues, Daejeon is striving to make a transition to innovation system, and we need a fresh policy direction. As of now, there are abundant research resources such as R&D investment and human resources. There are excellent sources of knowledge as well. These factors make Daejeon a good environment for entrepreneurs. However, it is also true that its small size has limitations. Also, most of the support is utilized to incubate startups; new firms find it difficult to survive in the market, and they do not have enough access to venture capital. In order to address these issues, we can try the following according to Senior Research Fellow HWANG. △ To build an innovation platform city that can serve as a hub to spread innovation by consolidating and offering various service functions for “commercialization of research outcome”△ Re-creating Daedeok Innopolis by organizing urban innovation space △ To nurture venture firms and plan commercialization of innovative R&D by establishing cooperation between academia and industry in Daejeon. This way, Daejeon can establish innovation governance that pursues innovation-driven local growth.

   

At the seminar, the participants learned that Daejeon has a favorable environment for startups with its Innopolis, and that the city can build a successful innovation ecosystem in the future. However, the participants also discussed that there might be difficulties since the city does not have human resources and material support system that are found in the metropolitan area. Therefore, there needs to be differentiated routine in Daejeon to build a specialized cluster that can scale up and implement business activities without turbulence.

 

03-31
“Policy Research Project Seminar on National Response to the COVID-19 Crisis” was Held on March 31st

 

On March 31st, the Department of Strategic Planning at STEPI held a project seminar. The theme of the seminar was “policy research on national response to the COVID-19 crisis.” The participants discussed preparation measures and response strategies for the novel coronavirus from science and technology perspective, and touched on social changes that are expected in the post-COVID-19 world.

   

First, the COVID-19 crisis was defined as an external shock at the national level, and the importance of science and technology to overcome the crisis was highlighted. After Korea saw the first confirmed case in January, the country minimized the spread of damage thanks to quick response measures including testing kits. Science, technology, and innovation played a significant role in this process. However, the participants also mentioned that we should be equipped with higher level (or capacity) of science and technology that will allow us to overcome another virus in the future. At the same time, each stakeholder needs to make efforts to streamline and spread innovation in order to overcome any crisis.

   

Next, the participants discussed a potential revision of global value chain and change of work culture and technology due to the novel coronavirus. In other words, it was expected that COVID-19 will disrupt the existing global value chain and increase protectionism, leading to a change of the global trade order. Therefore, what we need is a solution based on science and technology. On a separate note, the participants discussed that we should study technologies related to changes brought by COVID-19 (including working from home, online class, online conference and online medical care); at the same time, it was discussed that we should study long-term improvements that can be made in terms of technology and policy.

   

The participants also highlighted that institution and international cooperation will play an important role for science and technology innovation. There was a consensus that we need a control tower to quickly respond to infectious disease that can be unpredictable, and we need agile operation of research institutes. At the same time, the participants shared that we need to work with developing countries where infectious disease might start, and find cooperation measures with international organizations for technology and policy.

 

01-30
In the Era of Bio-Economy, How Will We Become a Bio-Health Powerhouse? (Dec. 16)


The Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held a joint forum together with the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), which was themed on 'In the Era of Bio-Economy, How Will we Become a Bio-Health Powerhouse?' on December 16 in Seoul, Korea. The forum was jointly hosted by the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities & Social Science (NRC), the National Research Council of Science & Technology (NST) and the National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK).

 

This joint forum was organized in order to come up with policies and measures to enhance Korea's competitiveness in the Bio-Health industry, which is one of core industries for the next generation.

 

The NRC, NST, and NAEK have organized joint forums to discuss 'Ways to Bolster Innovation Ecosystem' to establish a consensus on the transition in order to innovation economy for the rebound of global economic growth. The latest forum was the fourth of the series.

 

Professor Park Ha-young (Seoul National University) opened the forum by proposing infra-oriented tasks for the sake of the global commercialization of the Korean bio-health industry and the AI-based innovation of the bio-health industry through her presentation on ‘Tasks of the Korean Bio-Healthcare Industry as a Core Industry for the Future Generation’.

 

In the following session, president Kim Jang-seong (KRIBB) shared his view on the global paradigm shift in the bio-health R&D under the theme of ‘Ways to Global Bio-Health Powerhouse’, presenting the future direction of R&D to become a bio powerhouse by 2030.

 

Dr. Lee Myong-hwa, head of Office of National R&D Research (STEPI) delivered a presentation on 'Current Status of Bio-Health Policy and Improvement Measures' and introduced policy-based measures such as encouraging collaboration and coordination between related ministries, consolidating institutional foundation, and expanding policy experiments.

 

Chairman Seo Jeong-seon (Korea Biotechnology Industry Organization), in his presentation on 'Digital Healthcare Revolution and Bio Regulation Reform', predicted that the power would move from doctors to patients as patient-centered precision medicine takes root. He also made a proposal to establish the right ecosystem for bio industry upon the matured healthcare revolution.

 

Last presenter was president Choi Yun-seop (Digital Healthcare Partners) who talked about 'Digital Healthcare Start-Up and Related Regulation' to introduce the current status of Korea's digital healthcare start-ups and ways to improve related regulations.

 

After the presentations, Dr. Hyun Byung-hwan, head of the Korea Technology Innovation Society (Daejeon University) moderated a panel discussion in which the representatives of the government, university, research institute, and industry - namely Mr. Lim In-taek, head of Office for Healthcare Policy (Ministry of Health and Welfare), professor Kim Gwang-pyo (Kyunghee University) and Dr. Choi Yun-hee (Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade) - have gathered and came up with a practical strategy to build an innovative ecosystem for the nation's bio-health industry.

 

Dr. Seong Kyeong-ryung, chairman of the NRC said, “Hopefully, this forum provides a venue where the related parties work together to reinforce our competitiveness in the bio-health industry and realize the unlimited potential we have.”

 

2019
11-12
The 430th S&T Policy Forum on “Startups’ Sustainable Growth” (November 12)

 

On November 12, the 430th S&T Policy Forum was hosted by the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) at Seoul Dragon City Hotel. Under the theme of “Startups’ Sustainable Growth,” the forum was jointly organized by STEPI, the Korea Youth Entrepreneurship Foundation and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to share successful cases of companies achieving growth and overcoming challenges At the forum, participants also explored the development direction of policy environment that can promote sustainable corporate growth. 

 

In the keynote speech, Prof. Carl Schramm of Syracuse University stressed that the ambitious objective of “entrepreneurship is to make the world rich and consequently improve the well-being of people’s life.” He said that more and more universities have been opening entrepreneurship related courses as well as startup incubation programs after the success of the Silicon Valley. He, however, expected startups to decline by about 30% over the next two decades as new challenges are rather withering despite those efforts. Prof. Schramm argued that the government should present a broad but realistic vision of “a successful entrepreneur” by creating a social atmosphere favorable for starting startups through macroeconomic growth and reducing unnecessary regulations.  

 

Next, senior vice president of Lego Chem Inc. Se-jin Park gave a case presentation under the title of “From the Startup of a Bio Venture to Its Public Listing.” He started his presentation by introducing the “Two and Three Law,” which means cost is spent twice more than expected while time is spent three times more than expected. He stressed this rule by saying he has been always bearing this in mind for the past 13 years since he started his bio venture company. He advised prospective entrepreneurs to set a funding plan and remember this rule before they arrange funding through venture capitalists. In addition, he emphasized the importance of timing, organizational and human resources management and entrepreneurship throughout his presentation. 

 

MVL CEO Kyung-sik Woo continued the case presentation on the theme of “Challenges to Enter the Global Market.” He has been operating a blockchain-based, free vehicle calling platform in Singapore and Vietnam since December 2018. In just four months after launching the service in Singapore, where Grab has a strong foothold after its acquisition of Uber, his service recorded more than 240,000 drivers and 160,000 users. Through the service, he aims to improve drivers’ life quality, create better user experience and provide more reliable taxi services.  

 

Lastly, CEO of Crevisse Partners Jae-hyun Kim made a presentation on “Entrepreneurship for Impacting the World.” According to Kim, impact investing refers to ‘investment in companies for the purpose of solving various social and environmental problems.’ This type of investment is becoming increasingly popular as it exerts positive impacts on the society while still generating investment returns. the ethical investment in the past was simply ‘not investing in bad companies,’ but it is now evolving into ‘investing in companies that essentially give good influence on the society and people’s life.’ He also expressed his hope for prospective entrepreneurs to understand that businesses can solve various social problems.  

 

This forum served as an opportunity to spread a positive perception about entrepreneurs, encourage challenges, and create an entrepreneurial-friendly atmosphere in preparation for the future society.  

 

10-07
The 16th Korean Living Lab Network Forum – How Will We Activate and Link Local Living Lab Networks?

 

Living lab networks from different regions, which are creating a venue for cooperation between company, industry, university, institute and government as a platform that puts science technology and social innovation leaders together, have gathered for the first time.

 

The Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held "the 16th Korean Living Lab Network Forum" at the Korea Federation of Bankers Building, Myung-dong, Seoul from 1:30 PM on Thursday, September 19.

 

The forum was jointly hosted by STEPI and the Korean Network of Living Labs (KNOLL), and organized by Gwangju Living Lab Network, Daegu Creative City Forum, Busan Living Lab Network, North Jeolla Province Living Lab Network with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Science and ICT, Honam Research Center of the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies, under the theme of "How Will We Activate and Link Local Living Lab Networks?".

 

A number of presentations were made during the forum: Dr. Young-hwa Kim, director of Honam Research Center of ETRI on about 'Current Status and Challenges of Gwangju Living Lab Network', Mr. Hee-dae Kim, center head of Daegu Technopark on 'Current Status and Challenges of Daegu Living Lab Network', Mr. Hong-geun Cho, head of Busan Creative Economy Innovation Center on 'Current Status and Challenges of Busan Living Lab Network', and Dr. Dong-soong Han, head of the Regional Innovation Center of Jeonju University on 'Current Status and Challenges of North Jeolla Province Living Lab Network'.

 

In the following panel discussion, which was moderated by Dr. Wee-jin Song, senior research fellow of STEPI, Mr. Min-soo Kim, head of the steering committee of the Center for People's Participatory Research, Mr. Bo-yeol Kim, head of Regional R&D and Innopolis Promotion Division of the Ministry of Science and ICT, Dr. Ji-eun Seong, research fellow of STEPI, Mr. Joo-hyun Lee, head of Business Advancement Department of the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT), Mr. Ho-il Jeon, head of National Life Research Support Center of the National Research Council of Science & Technology, and Mr. Yi-seong Choi, co-CEO of the Korea Innovators Network participated as panelists.

 

Dr. Seong of STEPI mentioned through the remarks of appreciation that “The players from company, industry, university, institute and government, who didn't use to associate with one another, started to form a kind of platform to address the local society's problem and bring about social innovation”, adding that “We will connect the dots that have been scattered, and make them into more meaningful and tangible aspects.”

 

10-07
STEPI Launched the 1st「National Wicked Problem Forum」

 

In order to find out breakthrough of national wicked problems such as environmental, economic and employment issues and come up with a solution for each issue, experts from industry, university and institute have got together.

 

* Wicked Problem: Problems revolving government planning such as policy planning and social issues that tend to be ambiguous with no clear solution. Such problems depend on political decision and never get perfectly resolved, which causes repeated conflicts. Prime examples are climate change, poverty, terrorism, food exhaustion, and energy issue.

 

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) launched the "National Wicked Problem Forum" and appointed the members of the "National Wicked Problem Forum Committee", which is a joint solution development community of industry, university and institute, at Oakroom, The Plaza Hotel, Seoul on Thursday, 19, September 2019.

The "National Wicked Problem Forum" will play a role to come up with strategies to respond to the socio-economic system problems, which have been felt by the people but entrenched in our society, through an innovative approach including a variety of methodologies, policy ideas and action plans for the citizens.

 

The National Wicked Problem Forum Committee will also take up multiple roles for the national wicked problems. The committee, consisting of a governing committee and four sub-committees, will be organized with 20~30 experts from the related industries, universities, and institutes. Dr. Hwang-hee Cho and the heads of the sub-committiees will lead the governing committee.

 

The 1st sub-comminate will focus on industrial technology security issues under the leadership of Mr. Deok-hyeon Yoo, the advisor for Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction. The 2nd sub-committee, digital welfare committee, will be led by professor Gwang-joon Kim from Yonsei University's College of Medicine. The 3rd sub-committee, led by Mr. Young-cheol Kim, head of Policy Planning Department of Jeju TP, will be committed to tackling environmental problems together with other sub-committees.

 

Lastly, legal committee will be situated under the above mentioned three sub-committed and take care of each area's legal issues. The legal committee will be led by Professor Yi-hwan Kim from Sungkyunkwan University.

 

Dr. Hwang-hee Cho, president of STEPI explained that "National wicked problems do not just mean the social conflict, but more complicated issue that requires a broader innovation across the economic and social system.” He also said, "I am excited with the National Wicked Problem Forum as it is the first step of a multi-disciplinary research to define a variety of wicked problems and set the direction of innovation strategy.”

 

On the other hand, STEPI has worked on a research project titled "Socio-economic System Innovation Strategy to Tackle National Wicked Problems from Science Technology Perspective" since January this year. Through the research, STEPI listed up 40 national wicked issues in 10 areas through researches such as sorting out issues by region, analyzing network analyzation, and implementing word imbedding, as well as preview meetings.

 

09-02
Science & Technology Parks (STP) Policy and Technology Transfer and Commercialization Workshop

 

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) provided 'Science & Technology Parks (STP) Policy and Technology Transfer and Commercialization Workshop' for 21 days from July 25 (Mon) to August 14 (Wed), 2019.

 

The event, jointly planned by STEPI and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), was organized to share our knowledge and experience in STP policy-making, assessment, and implementation as well as technology transfer with developing countries in response to their attention toward Korea's economic development and continued request for knowledge sharing.

 

The training was provided to 20 experts, mostly working-level officials in charge of science & technology policy, from Tunisia, Palestine, Azerbaijan, El Salvador, Laos, and Afghanistan by Korean experts who know the know-how and theoretical background of Korea's science & technology innovation policy based on abundant work experience in terms of science & technology policy-making and technology transfer. The program included detailed case studies as well.

 

The participants learned and analyzed the status and key issues of Korea's technology transfer through a workshop with the experts, and set up their action plan to encourage the commercialization of technology transfer. Through the action plan presentation, they had a chance to introduce their plan and receive feedback from experts to make the plan more applicable.

 

Hopefully, all the participating countries in the 3-week training will be able to understand Korea's science & technology development process and experience, and upgrade their action plan selected through the workshop.

 

09-02
「How Will We Nurture Innovative Economic Ecosystem to Improve Industrial Competitiveness?」(Ⅰ)

 

Seminar on ‘Global Battle over Industrial Hegemony and Ways for Korea to Bolster Technology Dominance’

 

On Thursday, August 1, 2019, a seminar was held at the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry building, Seoul to discuss about ‘Global Battle over Industrial Hegemony and Ways for Korea to Bolster Technology Dominance’ under the main theme of 'How Will We Nurture Innovative Economic Ecosystem to Improve Industrial Competitiveness?'(I). The seminar was arranged amid Japan's export restrictions since July 4, 2019 and further curbs to come in order to come up with measures to nurture Korea's innovative economic ecosystem as a means of reinforcing the nation's industries including parts and materials industry.

 

The seminar, which was hosted by the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Science (NRC Korea)/the National Research Council of Science & Technology (NST), and organized by the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI)/the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology(KRICT), started with the opening speech by Dr. Kyeong-ryung Seong, chairman of the NRC Korea and the congratulatory speech by Dr. Kwang-yun Won, chairperson of the NST before presentations on three topics and panel discussion.

 

The first presentation themed on "Korea's Technology Competitiveness: Measures to Overcome the Vulnerability in Parts & Materials Sector" was delivered by Dr. Yong-seok Kim, head of Advanced Functional Polymer Research Center of KRICT. According to his diagnosis, Korea's overall industry is subordinated to Japanese chemical materials because Japanese companies maintain monopolistic market dominance and standard barrier. Also, Korean companies have hesitated to invest in R&D as it takes time and money. That is why he called for more multi-faceted countermeasures including ways to apply Korean resist, response to the restrictions in cooperation with the US, sourcing diversification, and securing independent production system. He also emphasized the role of government-funded research institutions to be expanded to the development of materials and common technology.

 

The second presentation on "Ways for Win-Win Cooperation between Large Companies and SMEs" was offered by Mr. Shin-wook Kook, head of Planning and Coordination Division of the KOFCA, who highlighted the need of developing our own chemical material and begging the home production of such material. He said the win-win cooperation ecosystem for large companies and SMEs would be the solution. For more detailed strategy, he proposed the year-round operation of Consultative Counsel of Commissioned Enterprises, where large companies and their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd partners can jointly develop technology, and requested the government and large companies to play more roles when it comes to technology, legal issues, funding, marketing, and compensation of new material development.

 

In the third presentation, Dr. Tae-jeong Ha, vice president of Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) talked about "Securing Technical Leadership for Korea's National Competitiveness". He mentioned that what brought the export restrictions is Japan's feeling of threat as the national competitiveness gap between Korea and Japan has been narrowed, while on the surface the restrictions came from political and diplomatic affairs. He added that, against this backdrop, we should strengthen the management system of strategic core materials while encouraging innovative public purchase in the short-term. In the mid- and long-term, he proposed expanding basic research as well as more challenging research, bolstering root industries, and upgrading the national innovation system.

 

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Byeong-hwan Hyun, president of the Korea Technology Innovation Society. The panel members were Mr. Chang-ho Yang, president of the Korea Maritime Institute, Dr. In-ho Kim, visiting research fellow of STEPI, Mr. Ji-pyeong Lee, senior research fellow of LG Economic Research Institute, Dr. Seok-in Jang, senior researcher of the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade, Mr. Joo-young Lee, head of IT, Medicine, Science Desk of Yonhap News, Mr. Jeong-cheol Jeon, head of R&D Strategy Team of the National Research Council of Science & Technology (NST), Mr. Do-geun Kim, head of Research Planning Coordination Division of the Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS).

 

The seminar was attended by Dr. Hwang-hee Cho, president of STEPI, as well as other heads of government-funded research institutions including Dr. Dae-hee Kim, president of the Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI), Dr. Yoo-chan Kim, president of the Korea Institute of Public Finance, Dr. Seong-ho Ahn, president of the Korea Institute of Public Administration, Dr. Je-yong Yoon, president of the Korea Environment Institute (KEI), Dr. Kyoo-sik Bae, president of the Korea Labor Institute, Dr. Byeong-seong Kwak, president of the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), and Dr. Myeong-joon Kim, president of the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) to discuss ways to foster an innovative economic ecosystem in order to strengthen the competitiveness of our industries, including the parts and materials industry.

 

08-30
The DMZ International Forum on the Peace Economy: Establishing an Innovation Ecosystem for a New Economy on the Korean Peninsula (Session III: Industry, Science and Technology)

 

On October 29, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) co-hosted the Parallel Session III on Industry, Science and Technology of the DMZ International Forum on the Peace Economy jointly with the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade (KIET) and the Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI) at Lotte Hotel in Seoul.  

 

Under the theme of “Establishing an Innovation Ecosystem for a New Economy on the Korean Peninsula,” the session was composed of three presentations and a panel discussion.  

 

The first presenter Choon Geun Lee, senior research fellow from STEPI, delivered his presentation on “Cooperation in S&T and ICT between South and North Koreas for the New Economy of the Korean Peninsula,”, which was soon followed by the second presentation by senior research fellow Seog Ki Lee from KIET on “Strategies for Inter-Korean Cooperation to Realize a New Economy on the Korean Peninsula.” The last presentation was made by senior research fellow Mimura Mitsuhiro of the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia on “Solving the North Korean Nuclear Issue and Deepening Economic Integration in Northeast Asia.” 

 

Following the presentations, a panel discussion was proceeded by a group of six panelists including head of Industrial Bank of Korea’s Economic Research Institute Bong-hyun Cho, head of Center for ICT Trade and Inter-Korean Cooperation Research of KISDI Sang-yirl Nam, head of STEPI’s Division of Global Innovation Strategy Chi Ung Song and three presenters.  

 

The forum was co-hosted by the National Research Council for Economics and the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) and was co-organized by 14 government-funded research institutes including STEPI for the purpose of promoting the understanding of the new Korean Peninsula system and the peace economy policies. 

  

07-23
The 429th S&T Policy Forum on “New Space Age: The Current State of Korea’s Space Industry and Policy Initiatives

 

On July 18, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) hosted the 429th S&T Policy Forum at Conrad Hotel in Yeoeuido, Seoul. Under the theme of “New Space Age: The Current State of Korea’s Space Industry and Policy Initiatives,” this forum aimed to review the current state of Korea’s space industry and develop relevant policies and strategies at the national level in the New Space era.  

 

The first presenter Dr. Hyung-jun Ahn, associate research fellow of STPEI’s Office of Institutional Innovation Research, delivered a presentation on “Korean Space Industry and the Landscape of New Space.” Dr. Ahn started his presentation by explaining the arrival of ‘New Space’ and changes in the government role. The ‘New Space’ refers to an innovative industrial ecosystem where the private sector leads the development of space-related business models unlike the government-led ‘Old Space.’ He then explained changes in the government role from leading space development to purchasing space products from the private sector. He also introduced the recent trends of space industry by mentioning the increase of small-cap venture companies and venture investments in space industry driven by decreasing development costs resulting from rocket technology innovations and satellite miniaturization. In addition, he indicated a trend of space industry seeking for long-term uncertain interests through projects on space residents, space mining and space factories.  

 

The second presentation was made by Dr. Eun-jung Kim, senior research fellow from the Aerospace Research Institute. In her presentation on “New Space from the Perspective of Space Industry Value Chain,” Dr. Kim explained a major shift from ‘supply chain’ to ‘value chain.’ In the past, a small number of space companies with technological advantage dominated the supply chain by supplying their technologies and products to certain limited customers. In the new value-chain system, however, a large number of companies capable of providing specialized services for specific sectors offer values tailored to customers’ needs by combining their technologies and services and, thus, attaining competitive advantage. In addition, she asserted the need to develop strategies from the perspective of innovation chain to create new markets by building networks and innovation processes that can help promote public-private partnership for cooperation and competition in the era of New Space.  

 

The next presentation was delivered by Starbust Aerospace partner Jong-won Park on the theme of “Space Startup Accelerator: Win-Win Cooperation between New Space and Old Space.” In the presentation, Park explained key features of space industry and their changes and he also presented cooperation between startups and large space companies. He said the space industry used to be characterized as a monopoly market, but with the advent of New Space era, changes are being made to the market environment and space companies’ market positions. In fact, space industry has been a government-led market, so only a handful of companies with technologies have formed a monopoly market. In the New Space era, however, startups are now emerging as new competitors. In this situation, he stressed the need to actively respond to changes in the market by creating a virtuous cycle of investment and industrial development leading to ‘Startup-Venture Capital-Major Company.’  

 

After the presentations, a panel discussion was moderated by head of STEPI’s Division of Innovation System Research Seok-won Hwang. Prof. Seon-gon Lee of Inha University, director of KIET Center for Defense and Space Industry Young-soo Ahn, CONTEC CEO Seong-hee Lee and three presenters formed the panel and proceeded the discussion under the theme of “The Role of S&T Policy in Preparation for the New Space Development Era.”  

 

07-04
The 20th Science & Technology ODA Forum

 

Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 20th Science & Technology ODA Forum at STEPI building at 10 am on Tuesday, June 18. This year's forum was organized to discuss the future direction of ODA convergence project, which has been carried out as a way of improving the effectiveness of the government's ODA effort, under the theme of "Challenges for Activating Science & Technology ODA Convergence Project."

 

Mr. Tae-jin Kim, manager of the Project Strategy Planning Dept. of KOICA, shared "KOICA's Execution Plan for ODA Convergence Program" as the first presenter of the day. Mr. Kim emphasized the need for a convergence platform to connect ODA and non-ODA and explained three types of ODA convergence in KOICA. The first type of convergence, he said, was the 'convergence of project means', where a variety of organizations, free/pay ODA and private funds/global funds share information and work together. The second type would be the 'convergence of project planning'. Currently, KOICA and other ministries pursue a physical convergence, where they first develop their own programs and then search common ground to come up with a certain convergence program. However, they will work for a chemical convergence going forward, where the agencies start to work together in the initial stage of a program planning, beginning from joint site investigation. The third type would be the 'convergence of sector/space'. For the case, he took KOICA's project in the central area of Vietnam as an example, which has been intensively supported with ICT, transportation and roads through Korea's ODA, saying that the ODA should be able to support both different sectors and spaces to secure sustainable urban development.

 

It was followed by the second presentation on "Science & Technology ODA Convergence Project: Concept Definition and Challenges” by Dr. Wang-dong Kim, head of the Office of STI ODA Project of STEPI. According to Dr. Kim, the concept of ODA convergence project needs to be established as it will play a critical role in determining the range and direction of a project. He also explained the types, features and approaches of the project as well as problems and challenges. As ODA convergence project is a long- and mid-term large-scaled project which require numerous experts and organizations to take part in, high-quality communication and reconciliation are necessary along with enough time and budget, Dr. Kim said. He also mentioned the need for a new way of participation, where a company makes a top-down plan and then forms a consortium.

 

After the presentations, there was a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Chi-woong Song, Chief Director of the Division of Global Innovation Strategy of STEPI. The panel included Mr. Hyeong-yong Jeon, deputy director of the Budget Office of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Mr. Min-ho Cho, deputy director of the Europe and Africa Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Science and ICT, and Dr. Jung-won Lee, Senior Research Fellow of the Office of STI ODA Project of STEPI. Mr. Jeon explained why we need ODA convergence from the perspectives of the aid effectiveness and budget. Dr. Lee said the sector of science & technology is connected to not only policy but also social system and industries, which makes the sector inherently integrated. Yet, he said, convergence in the field of science and technology should be a means to maximize the performance and effectiveness, not a purpose of a project itself.

 

With the growing need for ODA convergence projects, the forum provided an opportunity to explore various forms of development cooperation. Hopefully, this will raise the understanding of ODA convergence project, and government ministries and ODA agencies will solve the challenges together for effective ODA implementation.

 

07-04
Opening Ceremony of the 1st STEPI Student Press Corps

 

STEPI held the opening ceremony of the "1st STEPI Student Press Corps" and announced its official start at the 5th floor of STEPI Building at 11 am on Thursday, May 30.

 

The press corp consists of 6 student reporters, who will raise awareness about the nation's science and technology policies and report STEPI's major research performances and other news related to the institute for seven months until December this year.

 

The members of the corps will undertake a variety of missions and promotional activities related to STEPI both on SNS such as blog and Facebook, and offline.

 

In addition, the press corps will be paid a small amount of monthly allowance and will be given opportunities to participate in major events and researches. They will also receive various benefits at the end of their activities, including a reward for outstanding reporters.

 

At the ceremony, Mr. Jong-hwa Cho, director of the Division of Strategic Planning of STEPI, said: "There is a lack of channels to let the public know about STEPI's research achievements, and I hope the student press corps will become a communication channel between STEPI and the people."

 

Dr. Hwang-hee Cho, president of STEPI, said that "I believe the young, enthusiastic and smart reporters of the corps will play a major role in attracting public attention and interest in science and technology policies.” He also encouraged the reporters to take pride in themselves as STEPI members and to build good memories in their college lives while working in the corps.

 

Through the activities of STEPI Student Press Corps, which is operated for the first time by STEPI, it is expected to enhance the public awareness about STEPI with creative contents based on a young perspective.

 

06-10
The Dominican Republic Delegation Visited STEPI

 

The delegation of the Dominican Republic paid a visit to STEPI on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

 

The delegation, which consisted of 15 members who are working-level public officials of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and MSMEs and other experts from universities and R&D institutes, including Mr. Ignacio Antonio Mendez Fernandez who has led the delegation as the Vice-Minister of Industry, Commerce and MSMEs and Mr. Edwin Rafael Ricardo Corniel, the Vice-Minister of High Education, Science and Teachnology, met STEPI experts to learn about Korea's experience and know-how in the field of science and technology.

 

During their visit, STEPI offered a workshop in which Dr. Yong-seok Jang, Senior Research Fellow at STEPI's Office of Multilateral Cooperation Project presented on “Korea's Technology Innovation Process and Policy”, and Dr. Chae-yoon Lim, Research Fellow at STEPI's Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Studies on “Policy and Technical Support for SME's Technology Innovation” to introduce Korea's success cases in the process of the nation's technology innovation.

 

Dr. Jang first explained the background: how Korea has developed its science & technology innovation policy. He pointed 'select and concentration' strategy as the biggest factor that has led Korea's economic growth. With limited natural resources, Korea focused on a couple of selected areas that have more likelihood of success, rather than investing in all areas. His presentation highlighted the significance of a strategy, sharing Korea's technology priority over the years and the relevant science and technology policy.

 

Dr. Lim, on the other hand, provided a detailed explanation about the importance of SME's technology innovation and the Korean government's R&D support for companies in the hope that the Dominican delegation will 'get new ideas for their system'. e also mentioned that while the past 40 years were all about government's active intervention and abundant policy experience like supporting private research firms, tax credit and SME-only R&D program, now the system has to be converted to private investment by leveraging accumulated expertise and resources.

 

There was a Q&A session as well after Ms. Eun-Joo Kim, head of Global Training Program Team intorudced the current status of STEPI.

 

Dr. Hwang-hee Cho, president of STEPI, explained the visit of the Dominican delegation is a meaningful opportunity to deliver Korea's successful experience and know-how in science & technology innovation, adding that “STEPI will continue to make steady effort to contribute to enhancing Korea's global position and expanding diplomacy by spreading the nations's science and technology policy around the world.”

 

This visit was made as a part of Invitational Workshop: Capacity Building in the Dominican Republic for the Development of Innovation and Industrial Entrepreneurship, a multi-year training project by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), upon the request of the Korea Institute for Development Strategy (KDS) which is the operator of the program.

 

06-10
「UN STI From」 Side Event


Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held a side event of the「UN STI Forum」under the theme of “innovation through connecting science technology and social culture” at 8 a.m. local time on May 15, Wednesday at the UN headquarters, New York.

 

This event, jointly held by STEPI and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), was organized to help understand the roles of art and humanities in the implementation of science technology policies and come up with human-centered approaches.

 

Dr. Hwang-Hee Cho, president of STEPI and Mr. Se-Joong Kwon, head of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Scientific Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened the event with their opening remarks and congratulatory remarks. Afterwards, r. Chi-woong Song, head of Division of Global Innovation Strategy of STEPI and Dr. Leonie Bradbury, Director of Art and Creative Initiatives of HUBWeek delivered their presentations respectively on ‘Connecting Science Technology and Social Culture’ and ‘Convergence o Art and Technology’, which were followed by discussions.

 

Dr. Chi-woong Song introduced a wide range of governmental policies that have been in place which were designed to develop Korea's science culture and enhance the public awareness of technology, such as the designation of ‘Science Day’ and the monthly publication of ‘Science and Technology’. He presented many more examples of the government's effort to raise our future generation's interests in science technology. Also, emphasizing the ultimate need of further investment in human resources, he shared his belief that a technology can prosper only when the technology is for the society and people.

 

Dr. Leonie Bradbury presented Boston's HUBWeek activity as an example of a platform where art and science technology are met and connected. HUBWeek is a non-profit organization established by Harvard University, MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, and The Boston Globe, a respected newspaper in the eastern United States back in 2014. It holds a variety of events, including annual conference, exhibition and EXPO, for a week for the purpose of the convergence and communication of art and science technology.

 

Dr. Bradbury showed how HUBWeek works as a citizen's platform where individuals and organizations in the fields art and science technology build network with each other to tackle social issues, pursuing new discoveries and innovations through multidisciplinary approaches.

 

After the presentations, discussions were followed. Dr. Hwan-il Park, head of Office of Multilateral Cooperation Project of STEPI pointed out that innovation in science technology has made both positive and negative impacts on human activities and human beings as a whole, but policy has failed to catch up the speed of technology evolvement, which requires a balance between technology and policy. Furthermore, he stressed that we need to think about measures to improve social acceptance of new technology in the process of technology transition.

 

Dr. Hwang-Hee Cho, president of STEPI, said "Science technology has been deeply embedded in our daily lives, and thus the policy for science technology innovation needs to be able to popularize science and technology, beyond just technical innovation." He also mentioned that "Through this event, I look forward to providing a forum to discuss ways to innovate science and technology based on human-centered approaches to solving social problems at the global level."

 

The「UN STI Forum」 has been held as an annual event to reach a consensus on the importance and role of science & technology in the sustainable development of global society since 2016. This year, the forum was organized under the theme of "Citizen Encouragement to Foster Equality and Tolerance through Science & Technology Innovation", celebrating its 4th anniversary.

 

05-20
The 428th S&T Policy Forum on “Research System Innovation for System Transformation”

 

On May 20, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) hosted the 428th S&T Policy Forum at IBS Science and Culture Center in Seoul to share recent trends in research system innovation and to explore innovation strategies at the national level.  

 

The first presenter, Dr. Eun Jung Shin, head of STEPI’s Office of Institutional Innovation Research, delivered a presentation titled “Research System and Innovation: Issues and Controversies.” In her presentation, Dr. Shin pointed out the limited growth potential of Korea’s R&D investment after a continued impressive growth for the past two decades. In order to create new outcomes from the existing resources that have bene already employed, she asserted the need to expand discussions on institutional improvements in relation to R&D planning, execution, and evaluation, cooperation among researchers, and commercialization of R&D results. 

 

The second presentation on “The Direction of National R&D Innovation: Focused on the Discussions of Research System Innovation Planning Group” was delivered by Prof. Seung-bok Lee of Seoul National University. Prof. Lee presented the direction of national R&D system innovation by suggesting “coordination of interests and values” as keywords of institutional innovation of research. Topics addressed in the presentation include the establishment of a conflict-of-interest system in research ethics, the establishment of a sustainable basic research ecosystem, the materialization of research scholarships for graduate students in science and engineering, the development of an optimal number of researchers, the improvement of national R&D status, and the efficient management of national R&D projects. When addressing these topics, Prof. Lee first identified issues relating to institutional innovation and then presented the improvement directions to solve those issues. 

 

After the presentations, head of STEPI’s Division of Innovation System Research Seok-won Hwang moderated a panel discussion under the theme of “Institutional Innovation for Research Data.” Experts including KIST Convergence Research Center director Joo-sun Kim, Seoul Economic Daily senior reporter Kwang-bon Koh, Korea Institute of Chemistry principal researcher Young-joo Koh, Ministry of Science and ICT’s Division of Research System Innovation chief Jae-heun Lee, and STEPI Office of Institutional Innovation Research senior research fellow Min-hyung Lee participated as panelists. Issues dealt with by the panelists are diverse ranging from R&D process to the relations between system and institution, structured issues of research ecosystem and research ethics. In particular, Dr. Young-joo Koh asserted the need to redefine the concepts or values required for researchers and help them internalize these concepts or values by expanding the conceptual scope of research ethics raised from a narrow perspective. Jae-heun Lee from MSIT argued that the development of general ethical norms on such issues as a conflict of interests, social responsibilities and researchers’ code of conduct should all start with an open discussion of these issues. 

 

The forum served as an opportunity to review the current state and issues of institutional innovation of research and to present its future direction, when a myriad of issues are being raised and various experiments are being conducted on the modes or mechanisms of STI inside and outside of Korea.  

 

05-17
The 14th Korean Living Lab Network Forum on “Korea and the Netherlands Meet at the Smart-Aging Living Lab”

 

On May 17, the 14th Korean Living Lab Network Forum was held at aT Center in Yangjae, Seoul under the theme of “Korea and the Netherlands Meet at the Smart-Aging Living Lab.” The forum ended successfully with an active participation of a total of 250 participants including 50 from the Dutch side. 

 

In this forum, Korea and the Netherlands met for the first time for living lab activity. The forum was arranged to share each country’s living lab experience and explore potential areas of bilateral cooperation.  

 

The event was jointly hosted by STEPI, the Offices of National Assembly Members Yong-hyun Shin and Kyung-jin Kim, and the Korea Network of Living Labs (KNoLL) and was co-organized by the Korea Health Promotion Institute, the Korea Health Industry Development Institute, Kyunghee University’s Specialized Graduate Program on Aging, and Nubiz Inc.. The Ministry of Science and ICT, Nuffic Neso Korea, and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies participated as sponsors. 

 

Over 50 Dutch professors and students participating in living lab activities across Korea and the Netherlands participated in the event. The event was held successfully through an active participation of Korean players who are planning or running living labs in smart aging like smart care services.  

 

At the forum, National Assembly member Yong-hyun Shin of the Bareunmirae Party stressed “the need to use living labs to solve the problems caused by aging” in the congratulatory speech and he also mentioned the importance of promoting living lab activities in Korea as a globally accepted user-centered model.  

 

In another congratulatory remarks, National Assembly member Kyung-jin Kim from the Party for Democracy and Peace emphasized the need to “specify issues and explore solutions for tackling social challenges like aging through cooperation between user groups and experts” and hoped for the advancement in science and technology capable of providing better solutions. 

 

In his welcoming speech, the Dutch Ambassador to Korea Lody Embrechts expressed his sincere hope “for the forum to become a cornerstone for bilateral cooperation in living lab activities between Korea and the Netherlands” by mentioning the history of the two countries’ living lab activities in smart aging which began in September 2016 when the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited Korea. 

 

President In-seong Cho of the Korea Health Promotion Institute introduced his institute by saying “the institute has been implementing R&D projects for promoting health since 2018 and is now planning its mid- and long-term development direction that is directly applicable in the field including public healthcare centers and primary care hospitals. The institute was founded in 2014 as a quasi-government organization under the Ministry of Health and Welfare. He also expressed his plan to “enhance the institute’s expertise and its applicability by supporting competitive living lab projects” based on the feedbacks and experiences to be presented at the forum.  

 

In her presentation on “The Current State of Living Lab Activities in Korea,” Dr. Ji-eun Seong of STEPi introduced cases of living lab activities led by the central and local governments, intermediary organizations, universities and civil society and presented future policy initiatives of securing credibility and sustainability of key players. 

 

The second presenter Prof. Monita Feher Pontis of the Dutch Hogeschool introduced smart city related living lab projects currently under implementation in the Netherlands such as the Brainport project in her presentation on “Living Lab Activities in the Netherlands.” 

 

In her presentation on “The Current State and Future Direction of Korea’s Smart Aging,” Prof. Young-sun Kim of Kyunghee University Special Graduate Program on Aging diagnosed the aging Korean society and introduced the elderly-friendly projects currently under implementation. 

 

Profs. Fraka Bakker and Lars Hopman from Hogeschool introduced living lab projects for promoting the wellbeing of the elderly in their presentation on “Living Lab Case Studies for the Aging Population in the Netherlands: Past, Present, and Future.”  

 

In the following discussion session, participants discussed potential areas of bilateral cooperation such as the community care living lab and they also explored diverse channels of cooperation including training, manpower exchange, and joint project planning. 

 

Dr. Ji-eun Seong of STEPI who prepared this forum expressed her wish to use the forum to expand the scope of bilateral cooperation in living lab activities by mentioning that the Netherlands is applying its living lab experience to cope with various social issues related to aging, regional economy, education and jobs. 

 

05-09
Capacity Development Workshop for Tanzania's National Technology Development Roadmap

 

STEPI provided the 3rd Capacity Development Workshop for Tanzania's National Technology Development Roadmap by inviting the officials, working-level staff members and experts from Tanzania's Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Mineral Resources Institute, Commission for Science and Technology, Industrial Research and Development Organisation and Export Processing Zones Authority. Since it was held as an extension of the 1st workshop in Korea from August 21 to August 24, 2018 and the 2nd workshop in Tanzania from October 21 to October 26, 2018, this year's workshop was designed to enhance the participants' capability to develop roadmap based on the previously acquired methodologies. The workshop offered a variety of lectures and practical exercises, targeting a draft of a national technology roadmap to be completed by the second half of this year.

 

STEPI researchers along with Dr. Hyun Yim, the senior research fellow from KISTEP, and Dr. Ki-ha Hwang, the research fellow from KISTEP, shared the actual examples of technology roadmap after touching on the concept of such roadmap and its development methodology. The practical exercises were conducted in three groups: group A chose to work on the cotton textile industry, group B agricultural industry, and group C mining industry. During the exercise, each group listed up the candidates of strategy products based on vision establishment and environmental factor analysis, and decided which strategic product or service requires preferred investment by evaluating the economic impact, strategic importance and success potential of each candidate on a scale of 1 to 5. Finally, group A selected clothing and lint (bandage) as their strategic products, group B cashew nuts, cotton, grain (cereal) and spice, and group C gold, graphite and iron.

 

Following the exercise, the three groups completed their technology roadmap by coming up with core technologies relevant to their strategic products. Group A's strategic product to nurture cotton industry was clothing. They made the list of core technologies required for the clothing commercialization and developed a virtual technology roadmap to be continued by 2028. In the meantime, group B chose cashew nuts as their strategic product for the agricultural industry. They also listed up required core technologies and laid out a virtual technology roadmap. Group C did the same thing. They saw gold was the strategic product for mining industry, and came up with core technologies that are essential for delivery, transportation, mining and energy procurement to have a virtual technology roadmap.

 

At the end of the exercise session, the participants introduced their roadmap by group and shared opinions and feedbacks with each other. After the pilot program where they got used to technology roadmap development, they agreed to design more concrete roadmap based on actual industrial data and expert opinions.

 

Afterwards, the participants moved to the State University of New York, Korea to listen to Professor Jong-il Lee's lecture. With the introduction of national technology roadmap as a policy, Professor Lee emphasized why a nation needs a technology roadmap by analyzing the correlation between technology and policy, R&D and forecast. He also stressed the importance of industry, exports and appropriate development plan for the sake of the development of successful technology roadmap.

 

After the lecture, a promotion tour to IFEZ was given through which the participants visited IFEZ promotion center, Smart City operation center, Incheon Urban History Museum and the SUNY Global Campus in Songdo, Incheon, Korea, and learned about the operating status. On the last leg of their visit to Korea, they visited KIST’s history museum, KISTorium, to get information about the history of KIST, foundation background and researches underway at the moment, and have a Q&A session.

 

For further progress, STEPI has agreed to send its research team to Tanzania to provide an intensive workshop and assist the completion of Tanzania's technology roadmap draft in August this year.

 

05-09
13th Korean Living Lab Network Forum


On April 18, 2019, the 13th Korean Living Lab Network Forum was held in Ferrum Tower located at Euljiro-station, Seoul, Korea, under the title of 'Living Lab Forum: Innovation to Address Social Issues’.

 

This forum was hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT, organized by Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) and participated by Korean Network of Living Labs (KNoLL). In order to encourage the active participation of various government departments for the sake of addressing social issues, Korea's first 'living lab guideline' was presented.

 

The forum and Living Lab received such intensive attention from the public, with the number of the participants, including citizens, local government officials, civil society organization members and officials from government ministries, reaching more than 250.

 

Mr. Gwang-jun Ryu, the head of Science and Technology Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Science and ICT said, “While Korea's science and technology was all about making fast achievement and contributing to economic growth through development and commercialization, the recent policies in the Moon administration started to adopt new perspectives” and added, “Science technology is for sure supposed to contribute to the nation's technology development, but above all, human-centric R&D that improves the quality of the people's lives has been more emphasized” in his congratulatory speech in the forum.

 

He also mentioned that "Living Lab holds a great significance as it moves out of the existing framework which is led by experts, and thinks of ordinary people and their lives first” by adding that “Although the guideline may not satisfy all the requirements since it is the first-ever Living Lab Guideline, it is still meaningful as a first step, and we make sure it is continuously improved".

 

The speech was followed by the presentation on ‘Challenges to Address Social Issues through Science Technology and Living Lab’ by Mr. Min-won Jung, the head of Science and Technology Policy Adjustment Division of the Ministry of Science and Technology. He said “The existing science technology was recognized a special area for experts only. In the 21st century, people have put more emphasis on the quality of life and make more active participation in state affairs" and went saying, “The government established its 2nd master plan against this backdrop. The plan present top 40 social issues in each of 10 different sectors based on the level of the people's aspiration and the likelihood of professional solution”.

 

In the presentation, he also said that “Living Lab has been operated on a separate manner by multiple ministries. Due to lack of coordination between the ministries, results vary despite the same purpose. The related ministries will strive to make a joint effort for Living Lab.”. Lastly, he explained, “Some Living Labs are not focusing on R&D. The government will establish a platform where R&D and policy improvement are linked together to tackle the same problem, which is a social issue in this case.”

 

The second presentation was delivered by Dr. Ji-eun Seong, Senior Research Fellow at STEPI, who stressed that “Living Lab Guidelines have been developed by all of us". According to her, not only researchers but anyone can take part in the living lab. She informed that “R&D on social issues and living lab have many things in common. Both are required to innovate everything from R&D planning, operation to evaluation. As it becomes an innovation model or a pattern maker itself, the trend has been spread to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport as well as the Ministry of Interior and Safety”.

 

Dr. Seong also stressed the need of cooperation of every involved player, such as private-public or industrial-educational cooperation, to deal with social challenges like fine dust, low fertility, and aging society, saying "Living lab becomes a venue of cooperation where ordinary citizens can meet experts". She did not forget to mention that “Living lab is not a cure-for-all. We may fail, but the process will give us lessons”. She finished the presentation by saying “R&D by one single party, whether the party is citizens or the government, will never solve the issue. Living lab allows companies, government, universities, research institutions, and administrative agencies to be integrated with one another."

 

The following free discussion session was moderated by Dr. Wee-jin Song, Senior Research Fellow at STEPI, together with many participants including Min-soo Kim, director of Living Science, Je-seon Kim, head of the Hope Institute, Yun-taek Kim, retina specialist at Kim's Ophthalmic Clinic, Dong-soo Baik, head of Convergence Research Team under Convergence Research Policy Center of KIST, Deok-young Jeong, vice curator of Mirae Museum in Seongnam, Korea, Won-jin Choi, deputy director of Local Innovation Policy Division of the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, and Jeong-eun Hur, the head of Division of Public Technology of the National Research Foundation of Korea.

 

Dr. Ji-eun Seong, a Senior Research Fellow at STEP, who organized the forum in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and ICT, pointed out that “Living lab has been introduced for R&D to tackle social issues, but still lacks expertise and know-how". She also mentioned about her expectation for the forum, saying that “Hopefully, this forum will become a venue where expertise, experience and know-how required for the planning and operating of a living lab can be shared with researchers, research managers and related government officials“.

 

The 14th Korean Living Lab Network Forum will be held under the theme of "Korea Meets Netherlands in Smart Aging Living Lab" at aT Center, located near Yangjae station, Seoul, Korea, at 2 pm on May 17.

 

04-30
The 427th S&T Policy Forum on “U.S.-China Technological Hegemony Competition in the Digital Transformation Era and Korea’s Policy Responses”

 

On April 25, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) hosted the 427th S&T Policy Forum at President Hotel Schubert Hall in Seoul. This forum was held to explore the direction of Korea’s STI policy responses to the technological hegemony competition between the U.S. and China, which is the essence of the on-going trade war between the two countries. 

 

In his presentation on “The Current State of the U.S.-China Technological Hegemony Competition and Its Future,” the first presenter Dr. Suk-in Chang, senior research fellow from the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIIET) asserted the need to analyze the technological hegemony competition between the U.S. and China by mentioning that the essence of the on-going trade war between these rivals is to gain competitive advantage and secure a dominant position in new technologies and industries. He also argued that, in order for Korean companies to maintain their sustainable competitive advantage in new industries, it is necessary to analyze the technology hegemony competition between the U.S. and China and explore Korea’s proper responses. He then gave the audience an overview of the Made in China 2025 Policy of the Chinese government and the trade protectionism of the U.S. government, key agendas in the trade war and trade negotiations between the two rivals. He also stressed the need to create an environment that can foster investment in Korea’s new technologies and called for an action to redefine the government policies for discovering and developing strategic new industries while monitoring the U.S.-Chinese trade war and their technological hegemony competition. 

 

The second presentation on “China’s Technology Innovation Capability and Korea’s Responses” was made by Seo-in Baek, associate research fellow of STEPI’s Office of Multilateral Cooperation Research. Dr. Baek analyzed that China has become a security threat to the U.S. and that the U.S. attempt to keep China in control might accelerate China’s technological rise, while explaining the background of the technological hegemony competition between them. He also pointed out that robotics and AI as China’s key strengths, which have generated globally competitive Chinese companies like BAT (Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent). China’s policy in these technology areas is known to be favorable for promoting R&D activities of innovation agents like industries, universities and research institutes and for encouraging cooperation among them. Dr. Baek further emphasized the need to develop a “Comprehensive National Strategy to Cope with China’s Rise,” forecast China’s policy changes, and develop market entry strategy customized to each region in China. 

 

Then, head of STEPI’s Office of Multilateral Cooperation Research Dr. Hwan-il Park took over as chair and proceeded a panel discussion under the theme of “U.S.-China Technological Hegemony Competition and Korea’s Responses.” Prof. Young-ja Bae of Konkuk University, head of Yeosijae China Research Team Jin-seok Yoo, and head of Mirae Asset Asia Research Center Pil-sang Lee joined as panelists. Most of the panelists forecasted the acceleration of China’ STI despite the U.S. containment of its rival. Yoo said the conflicts between the two the countries were focused on the economic sector in the past, but recently, the focus has shifted to the issue of S&T data platform. He then asserted Korea should contemplate on how it should react considering that S&T-based technological hegemony is expected to become an important factor determining the international order in the future. 

 

Participants used the forum as an opportunity to examine the current state and significance of global technological hegemony competition as well as driving forces of China’s S&T competitiveness and its innovation capabilities. At the forum, they also explored Korea’s STI policy directions and cooperative measures in response to the above-mentioned changes in the environment surrounding Korea.  

 

04-17
STEPI-UNESCAP Joint Training Workshop on STI Policy Development

 

Science & Technology Policy Institute or STEPI, led by Dr. Hwang-hee Cho, provided 'STI Policy Development Training Workshop' jointly with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific or UNESCAP East and North-East Asia (led by Ganbold Baasanjav) from Tuesday on 19 March to Friday on 22 March (Friday) at Songdo, Incheon, Korea.


The event, which was titled 'Training Workshop on STI Policies for Sustainable Development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution' was attended by government officials and experts from 10 Asia-Pacific countries.


It was held as part of an effort to promote the execution of 'the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development', in which STI policy is considered one of the core means of sustainable development. Many experts home and abroad participated in the event to share their knowledge in STI policy, technology, related regulations, and actual cases of advanced countries. Other participants also had opportunities to introduce their own experience and capabilities.


On the first day, Tuesday on 19 March, the event was officially commenced with the opening speech by Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav, the head of UNESCAP ENEA Office and the congratulatory speech by Dr. Hwang-hee Cho, the president of STEPI. And Dr. Young-rak Choi, former president of STEPI, Professor Jun-seok Hwang at Seoul National University, Ms. Marta Pérez Cusó, Economic Affairs Officer at UNESCAP Bangkok Office, Professor Sabrina Luk at Nanyang Technological University and Mr. Joshua Chambers (founder of Govlnsider) delivered presentations about STI policy and SDGs, policy design and assessment, frontier technology and public service innovation.


The speakers presented the history of Korea's STI growth, key STI policy tools, and policy monitoring/assessment methods while introducing frontier technology-related policies of many other countries. Also, after the session, the participants discussed about processes to realize innovation as well as ideas to innovate service and governance. Among a variety of presentations, the one on the history of Korea's STI growth and its examples was especially well-received by the audience, which was followed by a series of questions and active debates.


On the second day, Wednesday on 20 March, Professor Satoru Otake at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute of the University of Tokyo, Professor Xudong Gao at Tsinghua University Research Center for Technological Innovation, Professor Xielin Liu at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Jin Chen at the Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy in Tsinghua University, Dr. Eun-jeong Kim at the Korea Legislation Research Institute and Dr. Jae-yoon Ho, a research associate at the University of Cambridge gave their speeches under the themes of government's role for STI, STI-related laws and regulations, and the current status and examples of STI policies. The session offered an opportunity to share China's technological innovation cases and exchange opinions on STI regulations in the fourth industrial revolution era and other core-technology-related issues.


On the following day, Thursday on 21 March, Mr. Jian Xi Teng, Programme Officer of UNESCO Bangkok Programme Officer, Professor Seon-yang Jung at the Department of Technology Management in Konkuk University and Professor Masaru Yarim at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology provided their presentations on human resources and public-private cooperation to share human resource development measures for the fourth industrial revolution era and discuss on the innovation for substantiality.


On the last day, Friday on 22 March, every participant paid a visit to K-city, Korea's self-driving test bed, and companies located in Pangyo Techno Valley as part of field work at Korea's major science and technology research sites. Dr. Hwang-hee Cho, the President of STEPI announced that “with this year's workshop, jointly held for the first time since the MOU was signed with UNESCAP in February 2018, STEPI plans to continuously expand its cooperation in the area of STI with UNESCAP in line with the fourth industrial revolution in the coming years.”

 

04-17
Visit to China's Major Science & Technology Innovation Research Institutes

 

From 3 to 6 March, 2019, the official visitor group of 5 including Dr. Hwang-hee Cho, President of STEPI, visited the Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASISD), the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development (CASTED), the Korea-China Science & Technology Cooperation Center (KOSTEC) and Samsung Economic Research Institute China (SERI China) in order to expand its academic exchanges with Chinese institutes.

 

First of all with CASSID, a consensus that the existing exchange needs to be converted to joint researches that include both sides' researchers has been reached. Accordingly, the two institutes agreed to first share key research topics such as AI, smart mobility, robot and other subjects related to the fourth industrial revolution, and then make a final decision on joint research topic together. To make sure such a joint project is well executed, both institutes confirmed a detailed timeline and persons in charge so that the staff for active communication between the researchers.

 

At CASTED, we have recognized the existing problems in the Korea-China Science and Technology Innovation Forum and discussed how to improve such problems. Both CASTED and STEPI agreed to adopt more concrete topics from researchers' perspective going forward as the forum was too uniform and more like a one-time event. Also, the two institutes decided to exchange researchers in three areas: National Innovation System, International Innovation System, and cooperation with Asian and Southern American countries in relation to China's One Belt, One Road Initiative while sharing key research achievements and report lists. Furthermore, the two parties agreed to conduct joint researches and publish the result on academic journals.

 

In addition, the visitors paid a visit to KOSTEC and SERI China to collect data required for STEPI's China researches in 2019. In KOSTEC, we have learned the role and function of the center as well as the challenges of Korea-China Science & Technology Cooperation. With the center, we also discussed possible ways for STEPI researchers to participate where a seminar in China which requires many experts. A visit to SERI China provided an opportunity to understand the difficulties local Korean companies are faced with and the current status of China's industrial policy.

 

The official visit to Chinese institutes made two meaningful achievements: First, Korea-China science & technology network has been upgraded from institute-centered one to researcher-centered one. CASISD under the Chinese Academy of Science and CASTED under the Ministry of Science and Technology agreed to have joint researches with STEPI, which will be led to the publication of joint research reports on topics that both institutes finally select. We have established a long-term, practical framework where a variety of perspectives and research methods of researchers are shared. Second, all of the institutes we visited recognized the need for a new method of Korea-China science and technology cooperation. They saw both China-Japan-Korea Seminar and Korea-China Science and Technology Innovation Forum need to change in format as well as in structure while research institutes take on bigger roles. In that regard, we agreed to make efforts to transform such forums into a practical venue for exchange where researcher freely share their research achievements, which is led by research institutes.

 

STEPI will continue to strive to expand our exchange with both CASISD and CASTED and support cooperation between researchers.

 

03-29
The 426th S&T Policy Forum on “Data-based SEM R&D Support Policy”

 

On March 28, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) hosted the 426th S&T Policy Forum at EL Tower House Hall in Seoul. This forum was held to present the direction for government’s efforts to double its funding support for SMEs’ R&D activities. 

 

Associate research fellow of STEPI’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Dr. Seung-hwan Oh delivered the first presentation on “The Outcomes of Government Support for SEMs’ R&D Activities and Its Challenges.” In his presentation, Dr. Oh raised the issue of the lack of data-based approach to analyzing government support for SMEs’ R&D activities as most of analyses have been conducted only from the corporate finance perspective. In relation to this, he particularly pointed out the lack of behavioral and integrated data. Dr. Oh thus stressed the need to build integrated data on government support for SMEs’ R&D activities by developing a data-based selection model and digitizing the government’s policy decision-making process. 

 

The second presentation was delivered by former president of the Korea Technology Innovation Society Dr. Yong-ho Moon on “Plans to Build a Data-Based SME R&D Support System.” In his presentation, Dr. Moon suggested the need to develop a system for selecting SMEs’ proposals and analyzing their technological capabilities. He also proposed setting up a corporate valuation system, which will help improve the success rate of commercialization through simulations of various scenarios. He then presented a future direction for the digitization of SME R&D support that covers not only the proposal selection stage but also the provision of actual support. 

 

Following the presentations, a panel discussion on “Direction of Government Support for SMEs’ R&D Activities” was moderated by Joo Ryang Lee, head of STEPI’s Division of Research on Innovation Policy for Growth. Among panelists who participated in the panel discussion are ASEIC Secretary General Se-jong Kim, Ministry of SMEs and Startups’ Technology Human Resources Policy Officer Young-tae Kim, president of the Korean Society for Innovation Management and Economics Byung-hyeon Lee, Director Jang-Jae Lee of the Research Institute of S&T Innovation and Strategy under KISTEP, and vice president of the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade Young-sam Cho. Most of the panelists agreed on the need for government’s preemptive support to encourage innovations at SMEs. They particularly recognized the need for data-based strategic support to help SMEs cross the so-called “devil’s river.” 

 

This forum served as an important opportunity to review the past achievements and limitations of the government support for SMEs’ R&D activities and explore a new direction in its endeavor amid a significant growth of government funding for SMEs’ R&D, which has already exceeded KRW 3 trillion.  

 

02-20
The 425th S&T Policy Forum on “STEPI STI Policy Outlook 2019”

 

On February 20, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Hwang-hee Cho) hosted the 425th S&T Policy Forum at President Hotel’s Schubert Hall. It was this year’s first S&T Policy Forum, where participants discussed the contents of the “STEPI STI Policy Outlook 2019” published by STEPI and shared experts’ feedback on the report. 

 

In his presentation on “New innovation Ecosystem that Changes People’s Life,” Head of STEPI’s Division of Innovation System Research Seok-won Hwang, the first presenter, projected future policies from the perspective of innovation system. Dr. Hwang suggested plans to innovate R&D at the national level through an integrated management of national R&D by merging 17 different R&D budget management systems and 20 different personnel management systems and expanding investment in basic originative research. He also called for the advancement of an innovation ecosystem through regulatory sandbox. He even stressed “autonomy” through a bottom-up approach, “responsibility” in a top-down approach, and “accumulated structure” as key principles of innovation ecosystem that need to be reinforced in the future. 

 

In particular, he pointed out that the bottom-up and top-down approaches need to be discussed in a balanced manner. He also stressed the importance of respecting researchers’ autonomy, which would allow voluntary and spontaneous execution of risk researches in an environment where researchers are not afraid of failure. In case of responsibility in a top-down approach, he explained the role of government is crucial in discovering and realizing public missions and leading them to scaleups. In this context, he emphasized the importance of developing user-oriented missions, presenting clear targets in specific numbers if possible, and transforming and scaling up these missions into innovative public projects. Furthermore, he also asserted the need to accumulate collective failure experiences and the importance of publicly releasing performance data as open data, which would help accumulate and use knowledge for generating great successes. 

 

The second presentation on “The Outlook of Innovative Growth Policy” was made by head of the Division of Research on Innovation Policy for Growth Dr. Joo Ryang Lee. He explained that a new corporate valuation is a key for successful innovative growth by mentioning “digital capacity” not the sales volume as a key determinant of corporate value. He stressed the importance of maximizing digital capacity in all sectors of primary, secondary and tertiary industries by having digital enterprises lead innovative growth as they are now redefining existing industries and the current rule of game. Regarding polices to create jobs in science and technology field, he proposed the co-creation strategy, through which science, business and civil communities work together. For policies to promote new future technologies, he proposed a strategy of precisely verifying and specifying promising future technologies. Lastly, for policies to support SMEs’ R&D activities, he suggested a strategy of reinforcing technological competitiveness of SEMs through a transformation into entrepreneur economy 

 

The last presentation was delivered by Dr. Chi Ung Song, head of STEPI’s Division of Global Innovation Strategy on “Global Innovation Policy Outlook.” In the presentation, Dr. Song indicated that it is time to develop a grand national strategy that will help Korea effectively respond to changes in global environment such as the war between the U.S. and China to take over technological hegemony. He also asserted the need to develop regionally customized strategies for the U.S., Europe, China, and countries of New Northern and New Southern Policies while suggesting S&T diplomacy and ODA as keywords of this grand national strategy. 

 

Following the presentations by the STEPI experts, STEPI’s Vice President Dr. Tae-jeong Ha moderated a discussion session, where many experts shared opinions on the key contents of 2019 STI policy. Among panelists who participated in the panel discussion are Ministry of Science and ICT’s Performance Evaluation & Policy Division head Kwang-soo Kim, Prof. Young Bae of Soongsil University, and Prof. Jong-il Lee of the State University of New York. They all agreed on the need to build a new innovation ecosystem, to enhance the country’s digital capacity and to develop a grand national strategy as an effective response to changes in global environment. Then, they pointed out the need to innovate the whole system rather than making individual sporadic changes in order to bring a formidable change to the gigantic ecosystem.  

 

02-19
The Russian Venture Company Delegation visits STPEI.

 

On February 19, the 17-member delegation of the Russian Venture Company including its CEO Alexander Povalko visited STEPI and discussed ways to promote STI cooperation and build cooperative networks between the two parties. Commemorating the Russian delegation’s visit, STEPI hosted “Korea-Russia STI Seminar” as a venue for sharing each other’s knowledge and information in STI. 

 

The Russian Venture Company is a state-run supporting organization in charge of implementing national technology initiatives of the Russian Federation. Established in 2006, it aims to lead Russia’s S&T development, develop new markets based on public-private partnership, and develop financial means for economic growth. The delegation visited Korea to explore cooperative measures in relation to the innovation initiative that the Russian Venture Company is pushing ahead and to seek for opportunities for Russian high-tech firms like technology-based startups and SMEs to enter the Korean market. They also expressed their strong interest in Korea’s S&T policy planning process while explaining their motivation to visit STEPI. 

 

Following the introduction of the institute by head of the Division of Global Innovation Strategy Chi Ung Song, head of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Studies Sun-woo Kim presented on the current state of Korea’s SME innovation policy implementation and related issues. Associate research fellow Hee-tae Yang from the Division of New Industrial Strategy Research delivered a presentation on the current state of Korea’s digital policy implementation and related issues. The Russian delegation was especially interested in how Korea sets its S&T policy priorities including the techniques or the verification  mechanism the Korean government employs to support national S&T policies, changes in government policies or models for promoting industry-university cooperation, and national strategies on high-tech. 

 

The seminar served as a starting point for pursuing STI cooperation and building cooperative networks with Russia, a major partner country of the New Northern Policy that the Korean government is pursuing as its key national agenda.   

 

02-13
The 2019 Republic of Korea National Vision Council II

 

On February 13, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Hwang-hee Cho) co-hosted the 2019 Republic of Korea National Vision Council II jointly with the Presidential Committee for Balanced National Development, the National Research Council for Economics, the National Research Council of Science & Technology, and other related organizations at Grand Hillstone Hotel in Jeonju. STEPI supervised a conference session with the Korean Society for Technology Management & Economics and the Korea Entrepreneurship Society, and facilitated presentations and panel discussions under the theme of “Technology Innovation Strategies and Initiatives Driving Innovative Growth.”  

 

In the first presentation on “Diagnosis of the Government’s Innovative Growth Policy and Policy Recommendations”, Vice President Tae-jeong Ha of STEPI diagnosed the current state of the government’s policies on innovative growth and presented mid- to long-term initiatives and directions in four areas including the national STI system, new industries and service industry, corporate ecosystem and human resources development.  

 

The second presentation was “Strategy for Creating New Industries in the Ear of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” made by Prof. Han-kyun Woo of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, who examined the vision and strategy to effectively cope with changes in core industries including manufacturing and related key initiatives. He also explored the future direction of innovation policies including those for the manufacturing industry.  

 

The final presenter Prof. Dong-woo Yang of Hoseo University reviewed the outcomes of Korea’s startups and venture companies in his presentation on “The Current State of the Korean Startup Ecosystem and Challenges” and explained challenges facing the government, universities, venture capitalists, and incubators that need to be solved. In particular, he emphasized the importance of creating an environment and culture necessary to inspire entrepreneurship.  

 

In the panel discussion following the presentations, experts from various organizations participated as panelists and exchanged their views on innovative growth policies. Head of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Studies Sun-woo Kim of STPEI argued the need for easing government regulations on R&D related businesses to include more SMEs in the category, citing that SMEs classified as real estate brokerage or finance businesses are currently excluded from the government R&D support despite their high growth potential. He also suggested the need to expand TIPS Program and the need to deregulate venture capitalists’ share investment in startups. In particular, given the diverse sizes and business areas of SMEs, he mentioned the need to provide a constant support for the “First Step Project” and “World Class 300 Project,” but he also emphasized the need to adjust the ratio of the projects to receive government support to effectively achieve innovative growth.  

 

Kyung-mi Lee from the Presidential Committee for Balanced National Development argued that the first step should be to define the rationale for pursuing innovative growth. She also pointed out that innovative growth requires people innovation along with social system innovation. According to Lee, the concept of region has been missing in the government’s policies though the discussions on innovative growth though the regional innovation system are key requirements for innovative growth. Also, she argued the need for reviewing the institutional strategy and efficiency of the government’s current innovative growth policies and how they are related to past policies, while mentioning the need to apply the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) frame to the analysis of innovative growth.  

 

Prof. Byung-heon Lee of Kwangwoon University stressed that now is the time for structural reform of the key agents involved in innovative growth including the government-funded research institutes, universities and companies and called for the government’s leadership in reforming these agents. Prof. Jeong-hoon Lee of Yonsei University also pointed out that the perspective of regional innovation is very important in innovative growth. He also asserted that a bottom-up innovation ecosystem participated by citizens and companies is vital in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Furthermore, Prof. Young-seok Ok of Pukyong National University presented an example of the Busan Dandi Venture Forum, which was established spontaneously as a venue for facilitating local startups and their exchange in the startup ecosystem. Citing this example, he emphasized the importance of creating a spontaneously formed ecosystem, where youths are not afraid of failure in starting their businesses. In addition, Prof. Jeong-hee Han of Hongik University asserted the need to reinforce entrepreneurship education at universities and make entrepreneurship education a core element of lifelong education.  

 

01-30
The First Asia-Pacific S&T Cooperation Forum for 2019

 

On January 25, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) co-hosted the first Asia-Pacific S&T Cooperation Forum for 2019 jointly with the Ministry of Science and ICT at the Korea-ASEAN Center in Seoul.  

 

This forum served as a venue to promote communication between experts from international organizations and policy users. Related institutions in charge of S&T cooperation and experts form major international organizations in Asia-Pacific region participated in the forum to share last year’s cooperation achievements and to discuss this year’s cooperation directions.  

 

International organizations in Asia-Pacific region who participated in the forum include APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and UNESCAP (United Nations’ Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific). 

 

Other participants of the forum were also from STEPI, KISTEP, APCTP, APEC Mentoring Center for the Gifted in Science, APEC Climate Center, KEITI, and APEC Virtual Center.  

 

The forum discussed the promotion of international S&T cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region by sharing the collaborative achievements and the major plans of each major international organizations in the region (e.g. APEC, ASEAN, and UNESCAP) and gathering expert opinions. In particular, the major contents discussed at the forum relating to ASEAN cooperation will dealt with as key agenda at the Korea-ASEAN Commemorative Summit to be held in November.   

 

01-30
STEPI Outlook 2019: Publication of S&T Policy Outlook

 

Commemorating the beginning of the year 2019, STEPI published the “STEPI Outlook 2019” to present the direction of Korea’s STI strategy. This report has been developed through the diagnosis and prospect of the country’s 10 selected S&T policy themes.  

 

S&T policy issues that were highlighted in 2018 include i) the Fourth Industrial Revolution, ii) a major transformation into an advanced national R&D system for improving people’s quality of life, iii) the restructuring of R&D system to be researcher-centered focusing on autonomy and responsibility to promote creative basic research, and iv) strengthening corporate innovation capacity and job creation to support innovative growth. 10 STEPI experts diagnosed the government’s current S&T policies from the perspectives of innovation system, innovative growth and global innovation to explore specific direction of the country’s STI strategy. Based on the results of the diagnosis, they have presented important implications for S&T policy implementation in 2019.  

 

In the report, head of the Division of Innovation System Research Seok-won Hwang asserted the need to build a new innovation ecosystem that can change people’s lives. For this purpose, he called for evidence-based policy planning and a transformation of national R&D management system from project-based management to researcher-based management. He also stressed the need to plan and execute national strategic projects in close collaboration with organizations with expertise under respective ministries, so that the public can practically benefit from those national strategic projects.  

 

Head of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Studies Sun-woo Kim presented 10 risk factors for companies from the perspective of innovation capability and proposed ‘entrepreneurial economy’ as a policy direction for supporting SMEs’ R&D activities. He also suggested technology innovation policies for SMEs, which include promoting R&D convergence activities through open innovation and supporting scaling up of companies by eliminating growth hurdles.  

 

Head of Division of Global Innovation Strategy Chi Ung Song argued that Korea now requires new global innovation strategy as changes in the global value chain (GVC) are unavoidable amid the technological hegemony competition triggered by the US-China trade war. He presented key strategies to cope with these challenges that include expanding investment in the US and establishing local production bases in the American market, expanding joint research with American universities, research institutes, and companies, preparing for the opening of the Chinese consumer market and the so-called ‘Red Supply Chain,’ and strengthening policies to promote technology cooperation with countries of the New Northern and New Southern policies.  

 

The STPEI Outlook 2019 is composed of diverse contents. It contains not only these experts’ forecasts but also the results of a survey conducted with the general public and experts that are included in the section titled “The Public Opinion on STI Policy.” Another key content of the report is “SIT Policy Suggestions from Key Figures,” which introduces S&T policy orientations and goals pursued by experts from various sectors. 

 

2018
12-19
The 424th STEPI S&T Policy Forum: STPEI Roundtable Discussion on Innovative Growth Commemorating the Publication of The Science Technology Policy

 

On December 19, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Hwang-hee Cho) hosted the 424th STEPI S&T Policy Forum under the theme of “STEPI Roundtable Discussion on Innovative Growth Commemorating the Publication of The Science and Technology Policy at the Diamond Hall of the Coex Intercontinental Hotel, Seoul. The discussion, held as part of STEPI’s 424th S&T Policy Forum, was hosted to provide a venue for diagnosing current policies on innovative growth, one of the core policy agendas of the Korean government, and presenting their future direction.  

 

This forum consisted of presentations and panel discussions by presenters and panelists with expertise in innovative growth, which is also the theme of STEPI’s first edition of its newly-launched publication “The Science Technology Policy.” The first presentation was made by Vice President Tae Jeong Ha of STEPI, who spoke on “The Current State of the Government Policy on Innovative Growth and Policy Recommendations.” Dr. Ha assessed that Korea is suffering from what he calls the “Korean R&D paradox” in which R&D is only improving quantitatively, not qualitatively. As such, he stressed that now is the time to “specify the strategy of innovative growth for the sake of improving Korea’s growth potential.” 

 

The second presentation was made by Sanghoon Ahn, senior research fellow at KDI, who presented on “Innovation and Economic Development: Focused on Productivity and Firm Dynamics,” from a macro perspective of innovative growth. Dr. Ahn specifically pointed to statistical data showing that the chances of someone becoming an innovator is related to their parents’ income level. Based on this observation, he stressed that “innovation and inclusion are not separate objectives” and that “equal opportunity needs to be guaranteed to achieve innovative growth.” 

 

The third presentation was made by Woon-Sun Hong, Director of the Small Business Institute’s Division of Local Economic Research Department, who delivered on the “Impact of Technology Innovation Activities on Companies’ Innovative Growth.” In his presentation, Dr. Hong emphasized the key role SMEs play in innovative growth. After analyzing the relationship between R&D and corporate growth indices such as sales and employment of SMEs and large companies, Dr. Hong argued that “while increases in R&D do not lead to growth in large companies, they do have a positive impact either on sales alone or sales and employment together in SMEs who hire 5 to 49 employees.” 

 

Finally, Young Rak Choi, honorary research fellow at STEPI, gave the last presentation entitled “Developing a New Science and Technology Policy,” focusing on the role S&T policy plays in innovative growth. Dr Choi emphasized the need to “develop audacious S&T policy capable of building capacities and systems required for competing globally instead of simply benchmarking S&T policies of the developed countries.” 

 

Following the presentations, a panel discussion was held with the moderation of Chairman Kyoung Ryung Seong of the Economics, Humanities and Social Research Council. Panelists had a heated discussion on the current and future policies on innovative growth. Among the panelists are Prof Jeong Dong Lee of Seoul National University’s Graduate Program on Technology Management, Economics and Policy, Director Chan Goo Lee of Chungnam University’s Graduate School of National Public Policy, Editorial Writer Hyeon-sil Ahn of Hankyung News, and Director Seok Hee Bae of Ministry of SMEs and Startups’ Technology Security and Cooperation Office. The panelists agreed that, in order to attain innovative growth, the government should focus on its role of setting out long-term directions for the future and determining priorities rather than intervening in the nitty-gritty details when it comes to S&T cooperation and technology development and their applications. 

 

The roundtable discussion on innovative growth provided an opportunity to expand on the understanding of the government’s core policy agenda on innovative growth and critically assess the current state of its implementation. We expect that insights drawn from the presentations and the discussion will provide an important momentum to deliberate on the future direction of the government’s innovative growth policies as well as the role of STI in innovative growth in the years ahead. 

 

12-07
The Capacity Building and Training Program for Experts from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and Kathmandu University of Nepal (December 3rd – 8th)

 

STEPI held a capacity building and training program for six days from December 3 to December 8 by inviting seven researchers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and two professors from Kathmandu University in Nepal. The program was held as part of “K-Innovation 2018 Project” to strengthen capacities of the two institutes.  

 

The program included experts’ lectures on Korea’s experience in R&D strategy planning and the formation of science parks. Participants also visited Kyungpook Technopark, Daegu Technopark, Daedeok Innopolis, Hanbat University’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and Incubation Center, where they learned about Korea’s expertise in developing STI system and science technology parks.  

 

The training program provided four in-depth lectures on STI policy, regional innovation system, and technology commercialization as well as visits to five sites such as Kyungpook Technopark, Daegu Technopark Healthcare Platform Center, and Daedeok Innopolis Foundation. 

 

The program started with the opening remarks by Deok Soon Yim, Senior Research Fellow at STEPI and the congratulatory remarks by Ki Gook Kim, STEPI’s Senior Research Fellow at its ODA Project Office. It was then followed by lectures on “Korea’s Technology Catch-up and Transition” by Professor Jae Yong Choung of KAIST, “Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurial University” by Prof. Jongin Choi of Hanbat University, “An Introduction to Korean S&T and Innovation Policy” by Prof. Soon Yang Chung of Konkuk University, “Regional (Sub-national) Innovation System in Korea: Search for Best Practice” by Jang-Jae Lee, research fellow at KISTEP, and “Tech Commercialization Concepts and Startup Case Studies” by Kwang Hoi Park, President of Rehoboth, Korea’s leading business incubator. These lectures were all followed by constructive discussions.  

 

This capacity building program included various helpful lectures and field visits for professors and experts from the two institutes. This program is expected to provide a positive synergistic effect in fostering R&D capacities of the two countries and establishing the Cibinong Science and Technology Park in Indonesia. 

 

11-27
The 423rd STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum – Institutional Innovation for Research Data


The Science and Technology Policy Institute held the 423rd STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum on the theme of "Institutional Innovation for Research Data" on November 22 at The Plaza Hotel. This event was led by the Office of Institutional Innovation Research and was set as a venue for re-examining the value of science and technology research data and discussing the measures and tasks for introducing and implementing Data Management Plan (DMP).

 

At this forum, three topics were presented and a panel discussion was held. For the first presentation, Prof. Won-sik Shim of Department of Data Science/Library and Information Science of Sungkyunkwan University presented 'The Value of Research Data and DMP'. He said that there have been much debate about open data, but an integrated approach called open science is needed to make the innovations brought by the digital revolution to social-economic benefit rather than mere open data perspective, and he emphasized the role of government. Particularly, he stressed that it is required to establish the DMP, which is a core policy tool, before the start of the research. Furthermore, he said that it’s important for researchers to change their perception of data sharing, build necessary infrastructure, train specialists, and build a legal basis and reward system.

 

After that, Dr. Eun-jung Shin, a Research Fellow from the Office of Institutional Innovation Research, STEPI examined how DMP should be conducted in national R&D projects and emphasized that it is important to make a guideline that can be used in the actual research field. In addition, she said that social and economic costs can be reduced if DMP is fully implemented using existing research project management system, and the regulation of government R&D management will be the legal basis. Finally, Dr. Sang-hwan Lee, Director of the Research Data Hub Center, KISTI analyzed the current status of the data management system, and found that about 70% of the data being produced is formal data, while most are managed by individual researchers through mobile media. He pointed out that the reasons of having difficulties in research data sharing is because it is considered as personal asset.

 

At the panel discussion, the need for introducing DMP system in terms of efficient use of R&D resources was reaffirmed, and it was announced that the government will introduce DMP limiting to national R&D project next year as a pilot project. In addition, participants agreed that many advanced countries that have introduced the system before Korea are still in their infancy, so this should be fully considered and it is necessary to create a culture of recognition change. Furthermore, since there are many actual data rather than digital data in the actual research field, we should consider how to manage the two data in the future.

 

About 70 experts in the field of science who actually manage research data and those who are interested in data sharing policy attended this forum as audiences, and they reaffirmed the necessity of data sharing in order to improve the utilization of research data. The discussions in the forums are expected to help improve the appropriateness of future policy proposals with the onset of system renovation for domestic research data.

 

11-27
2018 Korea-ASEAN Youth Forum

 

The Science and Technology Policy Institute jointly held the '2018 Korea-ASEAN Youth Innovation Forum' with the theme ‘The Entrepreneurship for Making Better Lives in Korea and ASEAN’ with Korea-ASEAN Center, Seoul Metropolitan Government, and Korea Youth Entrepreneurship Foundation on November 12 (Monday) at Seoul Dragon City. The Forum was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Small and Medium-sized Ventures, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the ASEAN Foundation. The forum which celebrated its fourth anniversary this year, was held in conjunction with the GEW Korea 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Week.

   

In the 'ASEAN-Korea Young Innovators Talk' session, which was organized by STEPI, under the theme of 'Making Better Lives through Innovation', the participants shared and discussed about the success stories of innovation startups. First, CEO Cho Eun-hyeong of Innopresso who developed Mokibo, a touch mouse integrated keyboard, gave a lecture on "Why Do I Make a Fusion Keyboard, Mokibo?".

   

Cho said that the process of innovative start-up itself is a valuable experience apart from successes and failures, and he shared his experiences of discovering himself and learning through creating a company. Quan Q. Nguyen co-founder and chief marketing officer (CMO) of edutec start-up SAY Global, which provides Korean language education by linking Korean seniors and foreign youths gave a presentation with the topic "Lessons from My Parents: How Two Non -Business People Helped Me Build My First Startup?" He has a lesson learned from parents who have helped the founding process and emphasized five things; be curious to find problems, not to be impatient, challenge boldly, be kind and grateful, be humble and always try learn. After the lectures of the two speakers, panel discussion and active question and answer were followed for the plan to revitalize youth innovation business with the moderator Yun Il-sun who is a consultant of Born2Global Center.

   

In the 'ASEAN Start-up Idea Pitching' session, 11 teams from the finalists of 279 teams of Korean and ASEAN youths who participated in the competition for the idea competition announced innovative business ideas and received feedback from expert judges. The awards were given to the top four teams selected based on the results of the expert evaluation and the audience's field vote. "Korkkaek" team from Laos who announced the idea of ​​recycling abandoned squatting wood to produce eco-friendly products won the popular prize. "Phinix" team in Malaysia who collected old clothing and textile waste and proposed business for reproduction by local artisans and handicapped people won the bronze prize; and they received $500 respectively. 'Chhlat' team from Cambodia which proposed an idea to reduce the use of disposable bottled water bottle and offered recyclable foldable silicone bottles with installed water-coolers equipped with advertising functions to provide drinking water refill service on a monthly basis won the silver prize and $800. Lastly, ‘Brainstat Group’ team from Indonesia which proposed sensors and applications to prevent sleepy driving and traffic accidents by monitoring the EE signal of the driver and alarming when there is an abnormality won the gold prize and $1,000.

   

Through the forum, we hope that more Korean and ASEAN young talented people will contribute to making better lives of the people around the world by cultivating global entrepreneurship and challenging innovation.

 

11-27
Career Experience Program at Sejong National Research Complex


The Science and Technology Policy Institute held a job and career experience program jointly organized by the National Research Council of Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences and the related research institutes from November 20 to 21. This program was designed for middle school students to enhance their understanding of the role of national research institutes and explore careers according to their area of interest, utilizing the regional characteristics of Sejong City where national research complex is located.

   

The event was attended by 15 Yeonseo Middle School students on November 20, and 27 students from Jeoneui Middle School on November 21. The program was composed of two lectures: in the first lecture, they discussed about artificial intelligence which is a core technology of the fourth industrial revolution under the topic ‘The future with artificial intelligence’ and predicted the future society. Through introducing diverse artificial intelligence technology examples and conceptual explanations, students could see that artificial intelligence is used not only in robots but also in more fields. In addition, they could understand the artificial intelligence by watching a video of future society using artificial intelligence products and service, and could imagine the future and think about the negative effects that artificial intelligence can bring as well.

 

Next, a lecture was given on the theme of ‘Technology-based start-up and entrepreneurship'. This lecture encouraged entrepreneurship and opportunity to capture opportunities and challenges with a small idea, and to explore various possibilities in career exploration. In addition, various quizzes were given to break the prejudices that students have about entrepreneurs and made them to think that everyone can become an entrepreneur. Finally, the students were introduced about the entrepreneurial motives and business models of familiar start-ups, and they learned about the characteristics and significance of Young Innovators.

 

Through these two lectures, students had a meaningful time to understand the changing science and technology environment as well as business environment, and also could dream about their future. In particular, they thought about new jobs in the era of artificial intelligence, and had a career exploration opportunity to find a diverse possibilities in start-up.

 

11-27
STEPI In-House Seminar on ‘Smart City Policy Trends and Direction’

 

On November 21, the Innovation Enterprise Research Group held a seminar on the topic of 'Smart City Policy Trends and Direction'. Dr. Jeong-Chan Lee, an associate research fellow of the Smart Green Urban Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Human Settlement, to present about the concept and definition of smart city, and the researchers in the field discussed policy trends and directions.

   

Firstly, Dr. Lee introduced various definitions around the world of smart city. He said the Article 2 of the Smart City Act of Korea defines it “a sustainable city that provides a variety of city services based on urban infrastructure built by convergence and complex of construction, information and communication technologies to improve city competitiveness and quality of life.”

   

In addition, he said that the characteristics of Korean Smart City are developing data based innovation model and demonstrating and implementing it, and stressed the following three key points. The first is to establish a data hub and Urban Operating System (UOS), thereby standardizing data and technology, enabling citizens to participate in services and measuring their satisfaction which can be obtained from the city. The second key is the Civic City use case type for urban problem solving. The third is the Inno City, which is a living lab type for technology innovation and business creation. He also introduced cities such as Songdo, Siheung, Anyang, Sejong, and Daegu that are gradually introducing smart city infrastructure.

   

The researchers compared the cases of European cities in the high ranking World Smart City, and discussed the issues such as citizen participation, personal information infringement, digital divide (‘gap of information and technology utilization’ between generations, hierarchy, regions, and sexes). Moreover, they discussed the current situation of developing countries which try to introduce Korea’s smart city case and the plan of international cooperations.

 

11-22
The 423rd STEPI S&T Policy Forum on “Institutional Innovation for Research Data”

 

On November 22, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Hwang-hee Cho) hosted the 423rd STEPI S&T Policy Forum under the theme of “Institutional Innovation for Research Data” at the Plaza Hotel. The event was spearheaded by the Office of Institutional Innovation Research and was designed as a platform for re-examining the value of S&T research data and discussing measures and initiatives for implementing the Data Management Plan (DMP). 

 

The forum provided presentations on three topics, which was followed by a panel discussion. Prof. Won-sik Shim of Sungkyunkwan University’s Department of Data Science/Library and Information Science presented on “The Value of Research Data and DMP.” He argued that despite having been much discussion on open data, an integrated approach—namely, open science—is still needed to allow innovations brought by the digital revolution to produce socioeconomic benefits going beyond the simple perspective of open data. He also emphasized the role of government in such endeavors. With regards to DMP, one of the core policy tools, he specifically stressed the need to establish it prior to the initiation of research, check its appropriateness and monitor its implementation. In addition, he argued it is vital for researchers to change their perception of data sharing, build necessary infrastructure, train specialists, and build a legal basis and reward systems. 

 

In the following presentation, Dr. Eun-jung Shin, Research Fellow from STEPI’s Office of Institutional Innovation Research, examined how DMPs be conducted in national R&D projects and stressed the importance of setting guidelines which can practically be used in the research field. In addition, she argued that, if DMP is fully implemented within the existing research project management systems, socioeconomic costs can be reduced and that national R&D program management regulations can also serve as legal basis for DMP. Finally, Sang-hwan Lee, Director of KISTI’s Research Data Hub Center, analyzed the current state of data management system at government-funded research institutes and concluded that roughly 70% of the produced data is structured data, and that such data is mostly managed by individual researchers through mobile media and rarely through systems at the institutional level. In addition, he argued that the reason why research data sharing is difficult is because many consider such data as their personal possessions.  

 

In the panel discussions, participants reaffirmed the need for introducing DMP system to ensure efficient use of R&D resources. In fact, the Korean government announced earlier that it would pilot DMP next year for national R&D projects and improve it afterwards in a step-by-step manner. In addition, participants agreed that because DMP is still in their infant stage even in developed countries who have already introduced DMP before Korea, it is necessary to change researchers’ perception of research data. Furthermore, the forum addressed the need to distinguish and manage two different types of data, digital data and real data, in the field of research which often produces more real data than digital data.  

 

The forum was attended by experts from science and technology community who are involved in the management and application of research data as well as an audience of over 70 people who are interested in data sharing policy. The forum reaffirmed the need for data sharing as an attempt to improve the applicability of research data. Suggestions from the forum including the institutional innovation for research data are expected to enhance the appropriateness of future policy proposals.  

 

11-19
KOICA-STEPI Global Training Program “2018 High Level STI Policy and Strategy Development”

 

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Hwang-hee Cho) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) jointly held the KOICA-STEPI global training program called the 2018 High Level STI Policy and Strategy Development for 20 days from 11th of October to 30th of October, 2018 at relevant science and technology institutions in Korea including the two host institutions.  

 

This program was attended by 11 civil servants and experts from Azerbaijan, Laos, Ecuador, Paraguay, Nepal, Indonesia, Ghana and Cambodia working in the field of science and technology. A total of five module programs were offered with respect to S&T policy planning, S&T human resources development, technology development strategy and industrial promotion, S&T policy cases, and country reports and action plans. In additions to these main programs, some field activities were also conducted.  

 

The 20-day program included 16 different lectures and discussions, over 10 visits to relevant S&T institutions, 11 country reports and action plan presentations, and cultural programs. 

 

The program was kicked off by an overview presentation by Eun-Joo Kim, Head of Global Training Program Team at STEPI, who explained how the participants could prepare their individual presentations on S&T strategy development process, country reports and action plans. This was then followed by lectures and discussions on respective topics.  

 

With regards to the topic of S&T policy planning, Dr. Chi Ung Song, the Chief Director of the Division of Global Innovation Strategy at STEPI delivered a lecture titled “Technological Knowledge in Economic Development and Development Cooperation”, emphasizing the strategic importance of technology acquisition and application as key elements of national economic development. In two lectures on “Korea’s Key S&T Policy Measures” and “Korea’s STI Master Plan”, Dr Young Rak Choi (former Head of the Korea Research Council for Public Technology) explained how to develop roadmaps necessary for designing a country’s long-term S&T development direction and what are the key requirements for applying and implementing the roadmaps. Dr. Chul-Soo Lim from KISTI made a presentation titled “S&T Data Analysis and Management”, which focused on ways to improve the effectiveness of national R&D investment and its management transparency.  

 

In the area of S&T human resources development, Prof. Manyong Moon of Jeonbuk National University gave a lecture titled “Korea’s S&T Human Resources Policy”, which focused on discussing its history, outcomes, and limitations. Jeong-Yoon Cho, President of the Global Skills and Qualifications Agency, lectured on how to develop and apply a qualifications system for developing a more effective S&T human resources system by focusing on Korea’s vocational training and qualifications system in science and technology. 

 

With regards to the topic of technology development strategy and industrial promotion, Dr. Dong-Joo Joo of the KIET made a presentation entitled “Korea’s Experiences in Economic Growth and Industrial Development” while Dr. Deok Soon Yim of STEPI made a presentation on “Strategic Innovation Cluster Management with an Emphasis on Industry, Academia and Research Institute Partnership,” explaining policy and operational requirements for successful innovation clusters. Prof. Seungjae Choi of the Korea Entertainment Law Society discussed current intellectual property policy of Korea in his lecture on “Korea’s IPR Policy and Recent Disputes” while Prof. Moon-kyum Kim of Soongsil University lectured on “Strategies to Support SMEs’ R&D Activities.” Dr. Yoo-hyun Won of KIST lectured on “The Role and Success of the Government-Funded Research Institutes in Korea’s Technology Acquisition.” Dr Young Rak Choi (former Head of the Korea Research Council for Public Technology) explained Korea’s unique trajectory to economic development and its meaning in his lecture “Key Success Factors of Korean Economic Development.” Prof. Jong-in Choi of Hanbat University introduced worksheets and algorithms necessary to develop value propositions based on the theory of TPM (technology-product-market) and translate them into actual business models in his lecture on “Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization.”  

 

On the topic of S&T policy cases, Joo Ryang Lee of STEPI lectured on “Korea’s Agricultural Revolution and the New Community Movement” while Min Ho Kang, head of Encore-Korea Initiative, lectured on “Korea’s ICT Development Policy and Cooperation Experiences in Domestic and International Joint Research” and Prof. Jaejeung Rho of KAIST explained key considerations for “Korea’s Global IT Cooperation.” 

 

In addition, this program included a country report session where each participant from respective countries made a presentation on their national S&T data and related challenges and S&T strategy development issues. In the country report session, participants were provided with an opportunity to identify challenges facing their country through a comparative analysis of S&T policy environment between Korea and their respective countries. To solve those challenges, participants were also provided with opportunities to discuss each country’s current practice, so that they could develop action plans for effective policy planning and implementation. In this process, participants also received experts’ feedback.  

 

This program also provided participants with opportunities to promote their knowledge and experience by including visits to Korea’s leading universities, research institutes, and companies such as STEPI, KIST, KISTI, KAIST, Osong Bio Promotion Foundation’s Cosmetics & Beauty Expo, ETRI, KIET, Samsung Innovation Museum, Buyeo Smartfarm, the Pangyo Techno Valley, Chungnam Technopark as well as visits to Korea’s leading cultural institutions and sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Sejong Government Complex, the Korean Folk Village and Jeonju. Through these visits, the participants were able to understand how Korean S&T institutes were operated.  

 

This program was designed to transfer theoretical and practical expertise to developing economies to assist their efforts in S&T policy planning, evaluation and project operation. It also aimed to improve developing countries’ policy planning and knowledge acquisition capabilities that would enable them to systematically explore solutions for their S&T issues. This will ultimately promote developing countries’ S&T development capabilities tailored to their unique development environment. In addition, this program intended to provide a human network between civil servants from developing economies and Korean experts and is expected to contribute to developing cooperative networks amongst nations. 

 

10-29
The 422nd STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum - Discussion on the Future Outlook of Science and Technology: Deep Learning and Blockchain

 

The Science and Technology Policy Institute held the 422nd STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum on the theme of "Discussion on the Future Outlook of Science and Technology: Deep Learning and Blockchain" on October 19. This event was set as a venue to prospect future development potential and long-term strategies of the nation based on the understanding of deep learning and blockchain technology which is gaining attention as the core technology of the 4th industrial revolution.

   

This forum began with a brief presentation by Dr. Byeong-Sam Choi, Head of the Office of Future Industry Research, and discussion sessions followed in a form of question and answer with experts from the fields of technology, academy, policy, and law in order to form a social discourse on the deep learning and the development of the blockchain. In the first session, the technological and social aspects of “Technical limitations and possibility to solve social concerns on deep learning" were discussed. As for the 'Usability of deep learning', there was a discussion about whether deep learning can perform well on narrative type knowledge including common sense or structured language besides analyzing patterns or rules based on data. Prof. Seong-bae Cho (Yonsei University) said that deep learning has limit in processing traditional knowledge with no pattern at this point in time, but researches are being conducted actively, so this problem can be solved in near future. He also said that deep learning is an excellent technology for data patterning better than any other technology, thus efforts to apply it to the industry are also necessary. In addition, Senior Researcher Hyeong-seok Chu (Software Policy & Research Institute) said that this problem can be solved if two types of structurally different artificial intelligences are used by combining deep learning that is optimized for pattern recognition and common artificial intelligence that can utilize tacit knowledge of human.

   

Next, in terms of society, there was a discussion about what utility or problem could be caused to humans when artificial intelligence is introduced into the market. Dr. Choi commented that responsibility is the most important issue for the dissemination and diffusion of products, and the companies or the government should initiatively lead this project. In addition, it is impossible to predict the reduction of jobs due to artificial intelligence and deep learning, but artificial intelligence will affect all kinds of occupations in society, and it is necessary to consider the role and purpose of human being in a changed society, and take preemptive responses such as re-education.

   

The theme of the second discussion was "The technical limit of blockchain and the possibility of solving the social concern". Regarding the transaction processing speed of blockchain and the system overload issue, Dr. Jong-hyeon Kim (Institute for Information & Communication Technology Promotion) said the demand for transaction and accuracy differs depends on the nature of transaction, so it would be possible to apply blockchain to suitable fields. Moreover, Mr. Jung Yeon-taek, a lawyer from D’Light said that the key attribute of blockchain is securing confidence through transparency rather than speed, so if blockchain can be implemented with a high degree of reliability, it can consequently have higher efficiency even if the speed is lower than other systems. In addition, about coexistence of personal information protection law and blockchain, he said that a contract can be concluded by combining subscription and approval, and the disclosure of coding content can be regarded as subscription. Thus, blockchain can be classified as a special form of contract that implementation is conducted simultaneously with approval, so they can coexist if separate regulations are supplemented.

   

As wrapping up the discussions, the panels concluded that deep learning and blockchain technology are component technologies to move to the next level from the past centralized science and technology development to decentralization. Therefore, we should not undermine their potentials due to hasty measurements at the initial stage, and it is important for researchers to freely share and mutually develop information on the open platform.

   

This forum raised policy implications on the technology and supply side, society and demand side, and advantages and potentials as well as limitations on promising technologies such as deep learning and blockchain that are attracting nationwide attention. Based on the discussions in the forum, it is expected to help establishing policies for future technological development, dissemination and regulation.

 

10-29
STEPI In-House Seminar on “Major Issues of US Science and Technology Innovation Policy and Prospect of Clean Energy Innovation”

 

The Office of Multilateral Cooperation Project invited Professor David M. Hart (George Mason University, USA) on October 10th and held a seminar on the subject of 'Major issues of US Science and Technology Innovation Policy and Prospect of Clean Energy Innovation.'

  

Professor Hart introduced the major changes in Trump's STI (Science Technology Innovation) policy in terms of R&D budget, personnel placement, regulation, and foreign policy. Unlike the Obama administration, which actively pursued STI policies such as expanding the White House Science and Technology Policy Office and significantly expanding R&D budgets for STIs, the Trump government is taking the opposite policy as he appointed scientists who opposes to climate change to the Secretary of Science and Technology, and greatly cut the budget of Ministry of Energy related to energy efficiency.

   

However, the Senate is strongly supporting R&D budgets for clean energy, so there was no significant impact on the final R&D budget approval. In addition, the state of California has shown a remarkably different step from the Trump government including the maximization of energy efficiency through expansion of new and renewable energy and the announcement of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the state level (reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990). There is also a "We Are Still In" state movement in the United States that still supports the Paris Climate Change Convention.

   

Professor Hart explained about the clean energy innovation policy of the US after the withdrawal from Paris Convention focusing on power, transportation, and R&D. He said that openness of national research report and expansion of user participation at the Ministry of Energy, strengthening local energy innovation system, improvement and reformation of energy technology demonstration program, regulatory reformation, tax breaks based on technology diagnosis innovation, and strengthening international cooperation in RD&D are necessary for the improvements in R&D policy, physical science, expansion of engineering R&D funding,

   

Following Professor Hart's presentation, STEPI researchers had an in-depth discussion on R&D policies and budgets of the US as well as regulations and prospects for electric vehicles and renewable energy policies.

   

Professor Hart is currently a full-time faculty member at George Mason University School of Public Policy and served as assistant director of the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

 

10-29
Regional Research Seminar on 'Transition of local industrial support projects and improvement direction of local special industry development projects'

 

On October 11th, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Studies held a seminar on the theme of 'Transition of local industrial support projects and improvement direction of local special industry development projects'. The seminar invited the Senior Researcher Jang Bo-young of Local Project Unit at the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology to present about the process and status of the local industrial policy. And then there was a performance evaluation of the participating researchers and discussions about improvement measures.

   

Firstly, in the presentation related to the status and contents of the local industrial policy, the economic cooperation industry development project (referred to as the "economic cooperation project") and the local concentration industry development project (referred to as the "local concentration project) were explained. The economic cooperation project supports industries that are likely to generate synergies between value added and employment through autonomous cooperation among 14 cities and provinces in the non-metropolitan area. For example, the nano-convergence material project is operated by Ulsan and participated by Gyeongnam and Jeonnam. Another example is the secondary battery project which is operated by Chungnam and participated by Chungbuk. The local specialization project selects main businesses in the region to revitalize the regional economy through sales increase of local companies and creation of local jobs. Examples are the wireless convergence in Daejeon and the smart knowledge service / smart distributed energy in Daegu.

   

According to Dr. Bo-young Jang, it is necessary to set up a spatial unit and real link to promote local projects that reflect local industry and innovation ecosystem as a future improvement direction. It is also needed to prevent the indiscriminate increase of representative industries by region and enhance the effect of targeting. She also said that it is necessary to improve the selection method of local business for the upbringing of new growth engine.

   

Therefore, the participating researchers agreed that the goal should be set in consideration of the internal and external changes in the local industry and the mid and long-term growth trends, and they discussed about the importance of the private-sector-led industrial policy.

 

09-21
STEPI In-House Seminar on ‘Understanding Innovative Growth’

 

Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), held an in-house seminar on “Understanding Innovative Growth” on August 23rd. In the seminar, Dr. Seong-min Hong, head of the Division of Research on Innovation Policy for Growth and Dr. Chan-soo Park, head of the Office of Institutional Innovation Research respectively made subject presentations, and STEPI researchers led a variety of discussions on innovative growth.

 
The subject presentation addressed the concept of innovative growth, challenges of science & technology policy and corporate innovation. First, Dr. Seong-min Hong explained the background and concept of innovative growth as well as major policies related to innovative growth. He also presented the challenges of the science & technology policy for the promotion of innovative growth. Innovative growth has become the fundamental of income-led growth through the development of new growth engine by maximizing added value and encouraging innovative start-ups. In order to accomplish such goal, we need innovation in the whole society from the science & technology to the social and economic systems. To support these, we have 4 innovations (science & technology innovation, industry innovation, people innovation, social system innovation) and 8 core projects are under way. Accordingly, the presenter claimed that we need to deal with rapid technology advancement such as the 4th industrial revolution, and adopt paradigm shift based on the establishment of infrastructure which emphasizes the role of the private sector.


On the other hand, Dr. Chan-soo Park pointed out today’s challenging environment where SMEs, the key players of innovative growth, cannot create economic and social values through ‘innovation’ being trapped by various issues such as 52-hour workweek and minimum wage increase, stressing the need of change in the multiple elements of our corporate ecosystem.

 

And then a Q&A session was followed where many STEPI researchers, where highly interested in the government-led innovation growth, expressed their opinions and make discussions. To share key opinions, while some pointed out that innovation has no substantial difference from the past policies (creative economy), some stated that the government and research institutions should pursue the same direction. When it comes to the government’s policy requirements regarding innovation growth, the importance of rapid response was highlighted. For new issues, which cannot be explained with the existing theories, some researchers emphasized theoretical researches. Regarding the recent government policy such as the minimum wage increase, it was stated that the increased wage can partially address labor exploitation in the short term and contribute to the innovative growth in the long term. Strategy-wise, there were some who urged an immediate discussion on what policy researchers should do for the sake of innovative growth.


The seminar provided a forum for researchers to define the concept of ‘innovative growth’ through active discussions and to reach a consensus that the strategy and priority of each research may differ. The participants looked forward to having another opportunity to learn and share knowledge through further advancement of discussions.

 

09-21
STEPI-MSIT Seminar for Future Policy Community

 

External Strategy Team of the Division of Strategic Planning of STEPI hosted 4 rounds of future policy community seminar from July 17th to August 28th for new officials of the Ministry of Science and ICT who joined the ministry within 3~5 years. The seminar was organized to educate the officials with the technologies and industry trend that lead the 4th industrial revolution, come up with policy counter measures, and establish policy knowledge community based on the young policy makers of the MSIT and the policy researchers of STEPI.


Dr. Jong-hwa Choi, Dr. Seo-in Baik, Dr. Cheong-won Woo and Dr. Young-hwan Kim of STEPI respectively delivered their lectures themed on ‘Conditions for the Formation of Innovation-led Initial Market’, ‘In-depth Analysis on China’s 4th Industrial Revolution’, ‘Ways to Adopt Energy Blockchain’ and ‘Current Status and Improvement of Support for SME’s R&D.’ A total of 90 staff members from various departments of the MSIT participated throughout the 4 rounds of the forum.


In the first round of the seminar, Dr. Jong-hwa Choi stressed the need of public purchase policy to accomplish a government-led technology innovation and introduced Korea’s public procurement system together with other countries’ examples. In the second round, Dr. Seo-in Baik introduced the 4th industrial innovation technology of China based on policy, industry, corporate and regions. He touched on the current status of AI, in which China takes the lead at the moment, and China’s competitiveness and limitations from the domestic market centered on manufacturing industry to the software and hardware segments. In the third round, Dr. Cheong-won Woo made a subject presentation to take a look at the potential use and growth of blockchain technology where high transparency and reliance can be secured. In particular, he emphasized the necessity to adopt energy blockchain which is expected to have significant impact both socially and economically, and shared various overseas cases. In the last seminar, Dr. Young-hwan Kim presented the current status and limitations of our support for SME R&D, and compared with other countries’ cases to support SME R&D to discuss ways to overcome the vicious circle of Korea’s SME R&D.


At the end of the Seminar for Future Policy Community, we conducted a survey to the new officials of the MSIT. According to the survey, the participants answered the lectures improved their understanding of the relevant subject, which reaffirmed the strong commitment of the ministry toward the studying community. On the other hand, some participants pointed out that, given the nature of new officials as the future partner of our policy community, the seminar should have put more focus on the key elements of the policy environment and structural issue. We plan to organize the second seminar by considering these feedbacks.

 

09-21
The 421st STEPI Science & Technology Policy Forum – Finding Ways of R&D Performance Encouragement in Demonstration

 

Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 421st STEPI Science & Technology Policy Forum under the theme of “Finding Ways of R&D Performance in Demonstration.” The forum was organized by the Office of National R&D Research to seek ways to produce R&D performances in demonstration, such as the commercialization of national science technology R&D projects.


The forum was commenced with the opening speech of Dr. Tae-jeong Ha, Vice President of STEPI and the subject presentations delivered by Dr. Wang-goo Gang, head of Unmanned Vehicle Advanced Research Center of Korea Aerospace Research Institute and Professor Hyun-deok Kim of Kyungpook National University. After the presentations, a panel discussion, which was moderated by Dr. Seok-won Hwang, head of the Division of Innovation System Research of STEPI, was followed, where Mr. In-cheol Yang, CEO of Solmedix, Dr. Young-eun Yoo, head of the Department of Nano Manufacturing Technology of Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Mr. Yeon-ho Bang, head of the Growth Engine Planning Division of the Ministry of Science and ICT, Dr. Yong-rae Cho, Associate Research Fellow of the Office of National R&D Research of STEPI and the attendees of each session participated.


First, the subject presentations touched upon the meaning of demonstration in the fields of research and policy planning. Under the topic of the expansion of the concept of demonstration with the rising importance of R&D planning, Dr. Wang-goo Gang highlighted the importance of demonstration in the initial stages of research and shared actual cases. According to his presentation, the success rate of R&D inevitably declines in an environment with higher risk although various demonstrations are tried in the processes of product development, test, operation and mass production. In order to increase the success rate of a R&D, he argued that we need to try more diverse and more phased methods of demonstration. For the development of a new technology, since there is no basic concept, he saw the establishment of concept via early demonstration was necessary. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of investment in advance demonstration by sharing the development process of the F-35 aircraft of the US and the case of the unmanned X37B spaceship. Through DARPA’s end-game method, which applies phased R&D approaches, he also presented how it could help grasp source technology. Professor Hyun-deok Kim took the software development project for the application of 3D printing in the health care being carried out by Institute of Advanced Convergence Technology and the remote water supply check system of Daegu Metropolitan City as the examples of demonstration. He stated that the higher the industry is regulated, the more critical it is to secure demonstrated data. He particularly emphasized the utilization of demonstration in new technology to accelerate its market release because new technology has no qualification standard in place. Against this backdrop, he suggested the need of restructuring of the existing R&D system, pointing out the practical challenge where the ways of research expense execution vary.


In the panel discussion followed, a variety of opinions and solutions on the current R&D demonstration and future approaches were introduced. First, as mentioned in the subject presentations, it was claimed that more flexible RFP is required in an environment with increased risk because the likelihood of the success of a R&D at the point of its completion can be improved only when RFP can freely evolve based on the result of demonstration. Also, there were some who indicated that the accumulation of data produced in the stage of demonstration would allow us to capture new demand and new opportunity in the market. In other words, as the R&D of new technology lacks grounds for R&D achievements, it can be used as the basis of R&D by creating and accumulating data through demonstration at each stage of R&D, and used to search for new markets and new demand. In conclusion, a consensus was reached that the demonstration in a R&D task is an essential process to maximize the success rate of the task, and therefore it is necessary to expand support for demonstration. While there are a lot of administrative constraints to carry out the demonstration within R&D stage, many agreed that there is another limit on the expansion of a separate budget for demonstration. Considering all, it was concluded that it is required to discuss measures to enable R&D and demonstration to coexist.


The forum, which was attended by not only experts in the domestic science and technology field who are closely related to the demonstration of the national R&D but also more than 50 participants who are interested in the related policy, provided an opportunity to take a glance at the current status of demonstration for R&D performance and come up with ways to adopt more advanced demonstration going forward. We had many brilliant R&Ds that eventually failed in the commercialization phase, which makes the stage of demonstration more critical. Therefore, the discussions made in the forum are expected to advance further and help the creation of future R&D performance.

 

09-11
Future Policy Community Seminar held by STEPI and the Ministry of Science and ICT

 

STEPI’s External Strategy Team under the Office of Strategic Planning held four rounds of Future Policy Community Seminar starting from July 17th to August 28th inviting young deputy directors from the Ministry of Science and ICT who had joined the ministry within 3 to 5 years. This Seminar was planned as an opportunity to learn knowledge related to changes in technology and industries that lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution, search for appropriate policy responses, and build a knowledge community of young policy makers from the ministry and STEPI policy experts.  

 

Drs. Jong Hwa Choi, Seo-in Baik, Cheong-won Woo and Young-hwan Kim of STEPI respectively delivered their lectures on “Conditions for the Formation of Early Markets led by Technology Innovation”, “In-depth Technology Analysis of China’s Fourth Industrial Revolution”, “Exploring Plans to Introduce Blockchain in the Energy Sector” and “Current State and Improvement Plan of Policies Supporting SMEs’ R&D Activities.” Four rounds of lectures were held as a Brown Bag lunch on every Tuesday. A total of 90 members from various departments of the ministry participated in the seminar.   

 

In the first round of the seminar, Dr. Jong Hwa Choi stressed the need for public procurement policy enabling government-led technology innovation. He also introduced Korea’s public procurement system along with foreign examples of technology innovation-led public procurement. In the second round, Dr. Seo-in Baik explained Chinese technologies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in terms of their policies, industries, firms and regions. He also dealt with the current state of the Chinese AI technology — an area where China aspires to become a global leader — and China’s industrial competitiveness and its limitations in various sectors ranging from manufacturing to software and hardware industries. In the third round, Dr. Cheong-won Woo lectured on the growth potential and industrial application of blockchain technology that could provide high levels of transparency and reliability. He specifically emphasized the need to adopt blockchain technology in the energy sector, where the technology’s socioeconomic impact is estimated to be significant. He also shared various case studies from overseas. In the last round of the seminar, Dr. Young-hwan Kim explained the current state and limitations of the Korean system for supporting SMEs’ R&D activities, compared it with foreign systems and discussed how Korea can overcome the existing vicious cycle of ineffective support for SMEs’ R&D activities.  

 

At the end of the seminar, a survey was conducted with the participants. In the survey, the participants responded positively, saying the seminar helped improve their understanding of relevant topics and the lecturers were qualified experts in the field. The survey also confirmed the ministry’s strong commitment toward a voluntary research community. Some of the participants pointed out though that the seminar should have focused more on the key elements or structural issues of policy environment rather than specific policies or analyses considering participants’ needs or expectations for becoming potential partners of the future policy community. STEPI will accommodate these feedbacks to better plan the next seminar.  

 

09-04
The 421st STEPI S&T Policy Forum on “Finding Practical Solutions to Create R&D Outcomes through a Demonstration Approach”

 

On August 30, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Hwang-hee Cho) hosted the 421st STEPI S&T Policy Forum under the theme of “Finding Practical Solutions to Create R&D Outcomes through a Demonstrative Approach.” The forum was organized by STEPI’s Office of National R&D Research in order to find practical solutions to draw successful outcomes from national R&D programs like the commercialization of R&D results. 

 

The forum commenced with the opening speech of Vice President Tae-jeong Ha of STEPI. Presentations were delivered by Wang-goo Gang, head of Korea Aerospace Research Institute’s Unmanned Vehicle Advanced Research Center, and Prof. Hyun-deok Kim of Kyungpook National University. The event was them followed by a panel discussion, which was moderated by Dr. Seok-won Hwang, head of the Division of Innovation System Research of STEPI. The panel discussion was participated by In-cheol Yang, CEO of Solmedix, Young-eun Yoo, head of Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials’ Department of Nano Manufacturing Technology, and Mr. Yeon-ho Bang, head of the Growth Engine Planning Division at the Ministry of Science and ICT, and Yong-rae Cho, Associate Research Fellow at STEPI’s Office of National R&D Research and other panelists.  

 

Firstly, presentations dealt with the issue of demonstrative approaches in the fields of research and policy planning. Wang-goo Gang emphasized the importance of demonstration in the initial stages of research by addressing the expanded concept of demonstration as result of the increased importance of R&D planning and he also shared relevant case studies on the topic. Gang argued that the reality was that R&D inevitably declines in environments that pose higher risk, despite demonstrations being tried in processes of product development, testing, operation and mass production. As such, he stated that diverse step-by-step approaches needed to be tested in order to increase the success rate. In addition, he argued that the establishment of basic concepts through early demonstration was necessary since new technologies under development tend to have no established concepts readily available. He shared case studies on the development processes of the F-35 aircraft and the unmanned X37B spaceship, which proved the importance of investment in early demonstration. He also explained DARPA’s phased approach to R&D to suggest ideas helpful in finding new fundamental technologies. As examples of demonstrative approaches, Prof. Hyun-deok Kim cited the case of Institute of Advanced Convergence Technology using software development project for the application of 3D printing in the healthcare sector and the case of Daegu Municipal Government using remote water supply check systems. He argued it is critical to secure empirical data in industries that are highly regulated. Since new technologies do not have qualification standards in the first place, he also emphasized the importance of utilizing a demonstrative approach in new technologies in order to accelerate the release of new technologies or products to the market. He argued that a restructuring of the existing R&D system was necessary for such endeavors and pointed to the practical problems in funding demonstration-related costs withing the R&D budget., a problem that is more acute since funding methods necessarily vary by field. 

 

In the ensuing panel discussions, various opinions and demonstrative approaches to R&D were discussed. As suggested in the presentations, it was argued that a more flexible approach to RFP is needed for environments exposed to higher risks. The possibility of successful R&D towards its completion can be enhanced only if RFP, based on the result of demonstration, can evolve flexibly. Arguments were also made that accumulation of data, when produced at the demonstration stage, would allow us to capture new market demands and opportunities. In other words, since R&D of new technologies lacks the foundations for performance success, one can create and accumulate data through demonstration at each stage of R&D, all of which can be used as basis for R&D and for the development of new markets and demands. In sum, participants all recognized the importance of demonstration as a vital process for maximizing the success rate of an R&D project and they all agreed on the need for expanded support for demonstration. In the meantime, participants also admitted the existence of administrative hurdles in conducting demonstration as part of R&D. Despite such obstacles, there was a consensus among participants on the difficulty of allocating a separate budget for demonstration. In conclusion, the forum suggested further discussions to find solutions for including demonstration as part of R&D.  

 

This forum was attended by experts form science and technology community who are keenly interested in the demonstration process of national R&D programs as well as an audience of more than 50 who are also interested in relevant policy areas. The forum provided an opportunity to assess the current state of demonstrative approaches to creating R&D outcomes and discuss various methods to implement an advanced demonstration process. In fact, a demonstration process is becoming increasingly important because of frequent failures in the commercialization of R&D outcomes despite excellent R&D outcomes. As such, the fruitful discussions from the forum are expected to be of practical help for creating successful R&D outcomes and commercialization.   

 

06-28
STEPI In-House Seminar on “Asian Industry Trend and Issue”

The Office of Multilateral Cooperation Project of STEPI held an in-house seminar on the “Asian Industry Trend and Issue”, which gave an opportunity to have an intensive discussion on the Asian industry trend with a guest speaker, Mr. Phil-sang Lee, head of Hong Kong Research Division of Mirae Asset Global Investments.


Lee shared his insight by saying that the supply chain of robot production and big 3 components are concentrated in Asia, and Chinese companies have been rapidly growing in the recent years. He particularly mentioned the cloud and software industries in China. Since more than half of Amazon’s profit is generated from cloud service, companies are expected to pay more attention to the cloud sector. According to his analysis, while China’s current economic size stands at 70% of the US economy, the size of Chinese cloud and software industry is only 3~10% of that of the US, which indicate much potential for further development going forward.


Autonomous vehicle is another area to which major multinational companies have turned their attention. From Lee’s perspective, the autonomous vehicle business model has been already formed. The future of autonomous vehicle may be bright as the analysis shows that robot tax has less expenses than owner-driven car and shared car. But it is not negligible that the emergence of robot taxi can cause the sudden decrease in finished car sales and consequently affect the national key industries.


In addition, he mentioned about the growth of China’s native brands as well as the paradigm shift in the Chinese pharmaceutical industry with the increasing popularity of the biosimilar industry.


There were questions about the potential of Vietnam’s industrial development and the US-China trade war. First of all, in the case of Vietnam, it is not likely to achieve as significant growth as China due to its low GDP and small market. For the US-China trade war, he took the previous US-Japan trade friction as an example to forecast China would probably no longer maintain a submissive attitude and make a different move, for example further strengthening Chinese corporations.  


To the question asking the competitiveness and chances of Korean companies to enter the overseas battery/solar energy market, he was not so optimistic for Korean companies’ entry to the Chinese market considering the barrier imposed by the Chinese government against imported goods and Chinese companies' high market dominance in the particular segment.

 

06-28
STEPI In-House Seminar on the “Present and Future of Drone Technology”

 

The Office of Multilateral Cooperation Project of STEPI held an in-house seminar on the “Present and Future of Drone Technology” on June 5. For the seminar, Hyun-beom Lee, senior researcher of R&D Center for 4th Industrial Revolution of Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials made a presentation about the drone technology and industry as a guest speaker and moderated a follow-up debate with STEPI researchers. 


In his presentation about the definition and utilization of drone, Dr. Lee stressed the growing trend in the sector of Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) among others before explaining the various roles of drone which is applied in military, agriculture, research, commercial and other purposes. He also touched on the technical aspect of drone such as drone’s control, autonomous flight, sensor and etc. As he introduced the advertisements of Lexus, KMel robotics and Intel, which highlighted drone technology, the technical evolvement of drone seemed apparent. Ehang 184, Airbus ‘Vahana’ and Uber ‘Elevate’ were also mentioned. Particularly, he analyzed DJI from China with the overwhelming dominance in the drone market in detail.


According to Dr. Lee, DJI maintains 1/3 of its workforce as researchers and its products boast excellent hovering flight capability and gimbal technology with competitive prices. It is notable that all of the eight graduates of HKUST (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)-DJI Joint Innovation Laboratory entered DJI (seven graduates) and Tencent (one graduate) while most of Ph.D. recipients in Korea join private and government research institutes, which indicates that in China young scientists are more interested in innovation and technology development than job security.


In conclusion, he emphasized that it would be important to understand the level of future technology for the outlook of the drone market through basic research trends. Lastly, he predicted that drones are expected to advance in terms of autonomous flight (entertainment, Air Taxi) and active interaction and utilization.

 

06-28
STEPI In-House Seminar on “Trends on Collaborative Robot Technology and Industrial & Service Robots in China”

 

The Office of Multilateral Cooperation Project of STEPI hosted an in-house seminar to take a look at “Trends on Collaborative Robot Technology and Industrial & Service Robots in China” on June 19. For the seminar, Dr. Doo-yeol Goh, senior researcher of Department of AI at Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials was invited and explained about collaborative robot and the Chinese robot technology and industry before having active discussions with STEPI members.


Through his presentation on the concept, technology and trend of collaborative robot, Dr. Goh introduced what makes collaborative robot special and different from the conventional robots. He pointed out that the regulations concerning collaborative robot have been stably established around the world while we are still in the early stage in Korea. He also added, however, we are gradually revising related regulations. Currently, UR from Denmark, Rethink Robotics from the US, ABB from Switzerland and Fanuc from Japan are viewed as the leaders of the collaborative robot market, where the growth is faster than that of the industrial market. Dr. Goh attributed the rise of collaborative robots to four major reasons: decrease in skilled workers, price decline, flexible installation, and system scalability.

 

Regarding the Chinese robot industry, he explained industrial robot and service robot separately. China is expected to make up 1/3 of the global industrial robot market by 2018 and 45% of the global market by 2019 as the largest industrial robot market with dramatic growth. What’s striking here is that when it comes to the number of robots per 10,000 persons, Korea is no. 1 in the world. According to him, Chinese industrial robots has multiple problems such as lack of technology elite, disproportionate focus on basic research rather than application technology, low quality, low reliability, excessive redundancy, avoidance of locally produced robots in China and high dependency on imported core parts.

 

On the other hand, China’s service robot has shown drastic growth for the last 10 years. Such advancement was possible as many internet & IT companies like Baidu and Alibaba have utilized AI, cloud computing and big data. However, he mentioned that there is still a technology gap of 5 to 10 years between China and advanced countries.

 

Overall, a gap still exists between the Chinese robot industry and the advanced countries. However, it is notable that Chinese are developing a variety of robots, which haven’t even produced in Korea, and are persistently pursuing technology development and application. 

 

06-11
The Workshop on Capacity Building in STI Policy Formulation and R&D Commercialization in Sri Lanka (May 30th – June 5th)

 

From May 30th to June 5th, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Hwang-hee Cho) hosted the Workshop on Capacity Building in STI Policy Formulation and R&D Commercialization for 80 Sri Lankan officials from the science and technology ministry and related institutes in the capital city of Colombo. Officials from over 10 institutes including the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research (MoSTR), the National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) took part in the event. 

 

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Science, Technology and Research (MoSTR) and the National Science and Technology Commission (NSTEC), which serves as the country’s advisory council for science and technology policy, requested STEPI to provide local training for experts for the purpose of improving their competency in science and technology policy. 

 

As such, STEPI hosted a local workshop for the purpose of assisting Sri Lanka in formulating its STI policies and managing its R&D programs and sharing Korea’s expertise and experience in the field. The workshop also provided grounds for analyzing the current state of Sri Lanka’s S&T policy and developing S&T cooperation agenda between the two countries. 

 

The program started with the opening remarks by Eun-Joo Kim, Head of Global Training Program Team at STEPI, and the congratulatory remarks by acting secretary-general of NASTEC), Ananda Namal. In addition, Young Rak Choi, honorary research fellow at STEPI lectured on “Korea’s Economic Development Model” and “Korea’s STI and Its Development Experience.” Hyun Im, Senior Research Fellow at KISTEP lectured on “Feasibility Study and Planning of National R&D Programs” while Hyun Woo Park, Senior Researcher at KISTI lectured on “Technology Commercialization.” These lectures were all followed by constructive discussions.  

 

Acting secretary-general Ananda Namal called for continued interest and support from the Korean government, emphasizing that “formulating a viable S&T policy and a policy roadmap is essential for the advancement of S&T-based industries in Sri Lanka.” 

 

As a response to such request, STEPI plans to consult Sri Lanka next year on formulating S&T foundations and relevant policies through ODA programs that actively meet the nation’s S&T cooperation needs.  

 

05-29
Seminar on ‘ICT Innovation System and Role of Government-Funded Research Institutes’

 

The ‘Science and Technology Fields Government-Funded Research System Diagnosis and Innovation Plan’ (PM: Dr. Min-Hyeong Lee, Senior Research Fellow) research team of held a seminar on the theme of “ICT Innovation System and Government-Funded Research”. The discussion invited the Head of Group, Mr. Byung-cheol Choi of Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) as the presenter, and many researchers participated in the seminar. 

 

First, the presenter explained about changes due to the 4th Industrial Revolution including the speed of technology development, the changes of the industrial DNA due to digital DNA (Data, Network, Algorithm, Architecture), and the changes in industrial ecology (changes in manufacturing, distribution, bio / medicine, agriculture ‧ livestock ‧ fisheries, defense, finance, and the competition landscape). In response to these social changes, he insisted that the government-funded researches should strengthen the role of IDX (Intelligent Digital Transformation) platform (hub) and strengthen research on convergence and basic ‧ original R & D fields.


According to the presenter, it is important to establish the optimal national social system and to create new value because there will be competitions between systems in the future society. Therefore, the government-funded research institutes should build a convergence platform for data accumulation and utilization for intelligent digital transformation (IDX). However, the convergence and basic ‧ original R & D in Korea still have a big technological gap compared to global advanced countries and the government is busy establishing the policy that follows advanced country’s model, as the presenter pointed out.


He insisted that basic ‧ original R & D allows to foresee future by responding to rapid technology development, and it is the foundation of creating new technologies and new industries as the starting point of major industrial development such as nuclear power, radio communication, and new medicines. However, Korea has insufficient basic R & D investment compared to advanced countries, and the competitiveness of future original technologies such as AI is weak. Therefore, continuous and consistent research and reinforcement of investment in basic and original technologies are required to respond to the 4th industrial revolution.


Finally, he presented common questions for the government-funded institutes, expectations and realities of the institutes, problems of innovative policies, and problems of the government-funded institutes, and also explained about the ETRI R&R (selection of focus areas, reinforcement of investment in focus areas, expansion of professional lab, direction for the right rope, etc.).

 

05-29
Regional Research Seminar - 4th Industrial Revolution and Local Industrial Policy Issues

 

On May 16, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Studies held a seminar on the theme 'The 4th Industrial Revolution and Local Industrial Policy Issues'. The seminar invited Director Kim Hee-seong of Nextelligence as a speaker and researchers discussed about related topics.


First, at the presentation on the changes of production and jobs due to the 4th Industrial Revolution, some raised assertions that there are changes in the manufacturing production methods and the manufacturing paradigm is changing in terms of connectivity, ICT, and employment. It is mentioned that the 4th Industrial Revolution has raised expectation on improving productivity growth rate and the growth engine, and the major changes are taking place in terms of the service at factories, production networks and manufacturing industries. The cases of GE and Adidas were introduced as major examples. The presenter pointed out that as a result of this shift in manufacturing-related jobs, the demand for new job skills and technical skills are polarizing and the income inequality increases.


These environmental changes are leading to policy issues related to the local industry. Major issues were discussed including legal system, R & D environment, manpower, and benefits distribution. Examples of overseas cases were presented including the smart specialization in EU, the case studies about Lombardy in Italy and Navarra in Spain, and Japan's local creation strategy and local future investment promotion laws.


As the 4th Industrial Revolution is a global issue, there was a consensus that it is important to have the approach that enhance each region’s strength and focus on core based technology rather than on a specific part. In relation to future regional industry, some suggested that there should be policy plan for core domestic issues and the ways to derive regional strengths.

 

05-29
Regional Research Seminar - 4th Industrial Revolution and Local Industrial Policy Issues

 

On May 16, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Studies held a seminar on the theme 'The 4th Industrial Revolution and Local Industrial Policy Issues'. The seminar invited Director Kim Hee-seong of Nextelligence as a speaker and researchers discussed about related topics.


First, at the presentation on the changes of production and jobs due to the 4th Industrial Revolution, some raised assertions that there are changes in the manufacturing production methods and the manufacturing paradigm is changing in terms of connectivity, ICT, and employment. It is mentioned that the 4th Industrial Revolution has raised expectation on improving productivity growth rate and the growth engine, and the major changes are taking place in terms of the service at factories, production networks and manufacturing industries. The cases of GE and Adidas were introduced as major examples. The presenter pointed out that as a result of this shift in manufacturing-related jobs, the demand for new job skills and technical skills are polarizing and the income inequality increases.


These environmental changes are leading to policy issues related to the local industry. Major issues were discussed including legal system, R & D environment, manpower, and benefits distribution. Examples of overseas cases were presented including the smart specialization in EU, the case studies about Lombardy in Italy and Navarra in Spain, and Japan's local creation strategy and local future investment promotion laws.


As the 4th Industrial Revolution is a global issue, there was a consensus that it is important to have the approach that enhance each region’s strength and focus on core based technology rather than on a specific part. In relation to future regional industry, some suggested that there should be policy plan for core domestic issues and the ways to derive regional strengths.

 

05-29
2018 STEPI International Symposium (The 420th STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum)

 

STEPI held the 2018 International Symposium on "The Role of Korea in Global STI Development Cooperation” on Thursday May 24 to celebrate the 31st anniversary of STEPI. The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and it was set as a place to explore Korea's future path in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

 

At the symposium, Dr. El Tayeb Mustafa, the President of the Future University in Sudan and Dr. Hongjoo Hahm, the Deputy Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP gave keynote speeches. Three researchers from STEPI: Dr. ChiUng Song, the Chief Director of the Division of Global Innovation Strategy; Dr. Wangdong Kim, the Head of the Office of ODA Project; and Dr. Hwan Il Park, the Head of the Office of Multilateral Cooperation Project gave topic presentations. Afterwards, Dr. Deok Soon Yim, a Senior Research Fellow from STEPI as the moderator conducted panel discussion session with three panelists: Dr. Shumete Gizaw, the State Minister of Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Jonathan Wong, the Chief of Technology and Innovation of UN ESCAP, and Prof. Dong Ju Choi, the Dean of the Graduate School of International Service at Sookmyung Women’s University, and participants from each session.


In his keynote speech, President El Tayeb Mustafa introduced the development history of STI and advocated the transition of science and technology policy ideology with the case of international organizations. In particular, he explained that global policy researches for the development of science and technology-related fields are increasing and regional and international cooperation are being strengthened; he asserted that international cooperation on science and technology innovation for climate change, achieving SDG, destructive technology development and green economy construction are needed to establish a future strategy.


After that, Dr. Hahm from UN ESCAP introduced the training and research activities of UN ESCAP for developing countries, and explained the close relationship between economic development and science and technology. He asserted that global economic inequality is linked to inequality in science and technology, thus, solutions are necessary. In particular, he thought that innovations in science and technology will be a powerful means of realizing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and urged the private sector to revitalize participation to achieve SDGs which require huge investment. He also added that the importance of science and technology can be recognized through Korea's Official Development Assistance (ODA) activities, and raised the need to produce a result-oriented framework in the future.


Following that, the status of Korean government’s policies for supporting developing countries, the status of STEPI’s ODA projects, and countermeasures for climate change issues were presented. Dr. Song explained the importance of 'Learning by Doing' for knowledge production rather than mere technology development and introduced major cases of leading technology development by Korea through Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) and Agency for Defense Development (ADD). In addition, he explained how Korea has promoted science and technology-industrialization policies that have been linked closely with the establishment of economic growth policies from the 1960s to the 2000s, and asserted that industrialization of science and technology and economic growth in developing countries are possible through the transfer of Korea’s experiential solutions.

 

Dr. Kim introduced the development cooperation project which was established and promoted by the International Innovation Cooperation Center (IICC) of STEPI. He explained that IICC is an STI ODA platform which provides knowledge to partner countries, policy advisory services to relevant ministries, cooperates with international organizations, and facilitates domestic and overseas networks and also presented a blueprint for future international conferences and joint research projects. Finally, Dr. Park presented how Korea is responding to climate change issues among global challenges and suggested STI cooperation measures to solve the problems.

 

At the panel discussion involving all keynote speakers and presenters, diverse opinions on how Korea should promote development cooperation in science and technology were suggested. First, there was a consensus on the need of various approaches for Korea's science and technology development cooperation, and as Korea's ODA is steadily increasing, there is now a need to selectively promote STI ODA with proven effectiveness. Ultimately, it was pointed out that the clear definition and purpose of science and technology development cooperation should be established, and statistical information and record keeping for the related policy establishment are important. In addition, it was also argued that a multilateral cooperation system is needed to resolve fragmentation of Korea's science and technology development cooperation, and some claimed that the main agents who carry out ODA projects are structurally scattered at present. They argued that the cooperation system should be processed between ministries, organizations, and companies because the effectiveness of ODA projects is less in such fragmented situation.


This symposium was attended by about 100 people who are domestic and overseas experts in science and technology and those interested in STI development cooperation. They examined the current status of ODA projects in Korea and STEPI and discussed about measures and Korea’s role to promote global STI development cooperation for the future. We hope that STEPI will become the center to develop global STI strategy and create a blueprint to develop more effective ODA projects in the future.

 

05-24
2018 STEPI International Symposium (The 420th STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum)

 

In commemoration of its 31st anniversary, the Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Hwang-Hee Cho) held the 2018 STEPI International Symposium under the topic of “Korea’s role in Global STI Development Cooperation” beginning at 1.30 pm on May 24 at the Seoul Sheraton Palace Gangnam Grand Ballroom. The event was held concurrently with the 420th STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum. STEPI held the event with the sponsorship from the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the purpose of searching Korea’s future path in STI.  

 

Among our distinguished guests, President El Tayeb Mustafa of the President of the Future University of Sudan and Officer-in-Charge Hongju Hahm of UN ESCAP delivered the keynote speeches. Chief Director of the Division of Global Innovation Strategy of STEPI Dr. Chi Ung Song, Head of STEPI’s Office of ODA Project Dr. Wangdong Kim, and Head of STEPI’s Office of Multilateral Cooperation Research Dr. Hwanil Park led the presentation. Senior Research Fellow of the International Innovation Cooperation Center Dr. Deok Soon Yim chaired the panel discussion while State Minister Shumete Gizaw of the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology, Chief of Technology and Innovation at the UN ESCAP Jonathan Wong and President Dong-ju Choi of Sookmyung Women’s University’s Institute of Global Governance and others from respective sessions participated as panelists.   

 

At his keynote address, President Mustafa presented the development history of STI by explaining how international organizations have led the change of directions of scientific and technological policy. He specifically emphasized the fact that global research as well as international and regional cooperation to improve scientific development are on the rise and suggested that regional and international cooperation and partnerships need to be pursued to tackle climate change, promote international STI cooperation to attain SDG, develop disruptive technologies, and build green economy. 

 

Officer-in-Charge Hongju Hahm of UN ESCAP delivered the following keynote address, where he introduced the role of the UN ESCAP such as training and research for developing economies and explained the close relationship between economic development and science and technology. He suggested that solutions should be made to tackle the problem of economic inequality leading to scientific and technological inequality. He especially emphasized that, with respect to recent issues such as SDGs, scientific and technological innovation could be a powerful enabler and called for the private sector to increase its participation in order to attain SDGs which require huge amounts of investment. In addition, he mentioned that Korea’s ODA programs attest to the importance of science and technology and emphasized the need for a result-oriented framework in the future.  

 

In the presentation session, researchers from STEPI’s Global Innovation Strategy Division made presentations on the current state of Korean policies for assisting developing economies, STEPI’s ODA projects, and solutions to deal with global issues like climate change. Director Chi Ung Song emphasized the importance of ‘Learning by Doing’ for the sake of creating knowledge instead of simply pursuing technological development. In this context, he introduced how Korea led its technological development through its leading organizations such as KIST, KAERI, and ADD. In addition, he explained how Korea pursued a policy of science and technology-based industrialization in conjunction with its economic development from the 1960s till the 2000s and argued that the transfer of Korean experiences to developing economies would help them achieve science and technology-based industrialization and economic development. In addition, Dr. Wangdong Kim introduced how STEPI developed its IICC in order to deal with the rising demand for STI ODA from developing economies. The STEPI team explained that STEPI as a STI platform is also involved in providing knowledge to cooperating countries, advising relevant government authorities on policies, working as a partner to international organizations and promoting networks within and outside Korea. In addition, it presented the blueprints for future international conferences and cooperative research. Lastly, Dr. Hwanil Park explained how Korea is responding to the issue of climate change among other global challenges and suggested STI cooperation plans as countermeasures to deal with the climate change.  

 

Various opinions were presented as to how Korea should promote development cooperation in science and technology at the panel discussions where keynote speakers and presenters all participated as panelists. First, a consensus was built on the fact that a multifaceted approach was needed with respect to Korea’s role in development cooperation in science and technology. Participants all paid attention to the need for the selectively promoting ODA in science and technology as Korea’s ODAs have consistently been on the rise. In short, it was suggested that objectives and definitions of S&T development cooperation need to be clear cut. The importance of maintaining statistical data and records to develop relevant policies was also raised. In addition, arguments were made that multilateral cooperation needed to be pursued to solve Korea’s fragmented S&T development cooperation efforts considering the decentralized structure of Korean institutions in charge of ODA projects. Under such circumstances where the effectiveness of ODA projects is undermined by the fragmented implementation structure, it was suggested that ODA should be pursued through active cooperation between ministries, institutions and companies. 

 

This symposium was attended by over 100 guests including experts from the scientific community in and out of Korea as well as those interested in STI development cooperation. The symposium also served as a forum to review STEPI’s ODA performance as well as to discuss future ideas and Korea’s role in promoting global STI development cooperation. We hope that this symposium serves as a momentum for STEPI to lead the development of Korea’s global STI strategy and provide the blueprints for developing more effective ODA projects. 

 

04-18
419th STEPI Science & Technology Policy Forum-Discussing Start-ups with Young Scientists

 

Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 419th STEPI Science&Technology Policy Forumu nder the theme of “Discussing Start-ups with Young Scientists” at the Science Hall of University of Science and Technology (UST) on April 18. The forum included ‘Young Innovators Talk’ event which has been organized by STEPI since 2013. This year, UST and Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation (KOEF) also participated in the talk as co-hosts.


Congressman Seoung-Lae Jo (representing Yuseong-gu A, Daejeon), Dr. Hwang-Hee Cho, President of STEPI, Dr. Kil-Choo Moon, President of UST, various experts and researchers from government-funded research institutes as well as students who are interested in business start-up took part in the forum, where young entrepreneurs shared their successful start-up stories and discussed about starting business amongst young scientists.


CEO Boo-Ki Kim of Standard Energy, which develops a new form of secondary battery, and Strategy Director Se-Hwa Hong of Byrobot, which manufactures drones and other robots being applied in real life, made presentations about their start-up experience. After the presentations, a discussion was followed with a panel of experts including Sun-Woo Kim, head of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Studies of STEPI, Seo-Kyun Kim, head of the SME Cooperation Division of ETRI, and Soo-Hong Kim, head of Cultural Diffusion Team of KOEF under the moderation of Prof. Jeong-Min Park of UST.


As former scientists transformed to business founders, the presenters mostly focused on their know-how accumulated while running start-ups. They both addressed technology development and management.
First, regarding technology development, they highlighted that the development of efficient and competitive technology is the very basic of successful start-up. They also stated that entrepreneurs should find a way to develop efficient technology that meets consumers’ needs through precise understanding of industrial ecosystem, and technology with competitiveness in multiple aspects should be first developed since marketable technology is essential for new companies.

 

Second, from corporate management perspective, they mentioned that reckless challenge should be avoided, however, surmountable hardship could be strong motivation. According to them, start-up companies should secure their competitive edge by understanding distribution structure and competitors, and think in investors’ point of view, but work with investors who could relate to the company’s business plan. They also added an advice that not only investors but also who you actually work with are quite important.


From the followed panel discussion, a variety of ways to encourage business start-up by young scientists and top-level researchers were produced. Through Q&A session with the audience, the panelists shared their opinions on success and failure factors of technology start-ups.

 

First of all, it was stated that, in order to tackle the lack of quality jobs for highly educated workforce, entrepreneurship education and research-based support for start-ups are required. More specifically, measures to be led by the private sector, e.g. increased participation of large companies to promote technology start-up, and mentor-mentee system utilizing highly experienced retirees were proposed. Furthermore, for the improved perception of entrepreneurs, many emphasized the need to open up opportunities for entrepreneur as an occupation.

 

In the meantime, it was pointed out that it is difficult to know the current status of high-quality workforce. And some mentioned that we need an in-depth discussion if it is a right thing to just promote technology-based start-up under the circumstances where graduate students studying science and engineering can’t conduct research independently. Also, more practical support measures were discussed such as making infrastructures like the introduction and activation of compulsory program for future start-ups and providing capital investment in technology start-ups to assist their actual business operation.


During Q&A session, success and failure factors for technology start-up were debated. Most of the participants agreed that we need to change our perception of start-up and university education system since other countries have settled environment where students with good ideas or competitive technology are encouraged and supported to establish start-ups. For major failure causes in Korea, some suggested that we are just too obsessed with technology development without following the quickly changing domestic and overseas trend, which leads to the lack of system to deal with certain mistake or failure in new business.

 

Today, news about the seriousness of youth unemployment has become nothing special. While the government has continued its effort to reduce youth unemployment by promoting business start-up, many in the field still think that there is no sufficient support or infrastructure in place. Hopefully, the experiences of the successful entrepreneurs and the opinions of related researchers exchanged in the forum will be a foundation for improving the environment for future scientists’ start-up in Korea. 

 

04-13
Regional Research Seminar – Current Status and Improvement Direction of Local Industry Support

 

On April 13, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Studies held an internal seminar under the theme of ‘Current Status and Improvement Direction of Local Industry Support’. Jeong-hoon Kang, the head of Regional Industry Planning Team of Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) was invited to make a presentation. Many researchers of STEPI participated and discussed on related issues. Currently, the policy for nurturing local industry has been led by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy to enhance local cities’ competitiveness by cultivating each region’s specialized industries.


In the presentation, the progress and achievement of each regime’s regional industry promotion policy were introduced, which led to a discussion with the participants on the problems and improvement direction of such policies.

 

The regional industry promotion policy was started as a pilot project for an innovation cluster in the People’s Government, and then expanded to regional strategic industry in the Participation Government. The Lee Myung-bak administration converted it to R&D-oriented regional industry to enhance global competitiveness and strengthened support for export. And the Park Geun-hye administration put more focus on the job creation of industry. Major regional industry promotion projects include regional development plan, regional industry development plan, and regional industry supporting plan, which are resulted in the balanced regional development, the enhancement of regional innovation capability and the growth of regional key industries.

 

Despite these achievements, multiple problems were pointed out. To name a few, the vulnerability of regional industry in environmental changes, support concentration on manufacturing industry which undermines autonomous growth, weakened investment effect under limited budget, and the limitations for discovering and cultivating new business. In order to improve the issues, it was claimed that we need to build a new growth hub that can accelerate nation-wide balanced growth. In particular, many reached a consensus that we need to nurture new industries and form a cross-regional ecosystem through cooperation between regions in preparation for the 4th industrial revolution. Also, some highlighted the need to foster the competitiveness of regional specialized business and crisis response capability by transforming each region’s key business to smart business.

 

The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Studies of STEPI plans to hold seminars in relation to the innovation of regional SMEs on a continuous manner throughout the year.

 

03-30
The 418th STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum-Industry Innovation through Blockchain

 

On Friday, March 30, STEPI hosted the 418th Science Technology Policy Forum on the topic of “What are the policy measure for the industrial application of Blockchain?”.

 

More than 50 professionals from the industry, university and institute including researchers and professors in various fields, journalists, government officials, related industry employees attended the forum and exchanged a wide range of opinions on ways to promote Blockchain-based industry.

 

The Office of Future Industry Research of STEPI organized the forum to share its ongoing researches such as the current status of Blockchain technology, the outlook of next-generation Blockchain technology, the meaning of Blockchain as a general-use technology and political indication of its industrial growth, with critical aspect that we need to talk about “how to innovate industry and achieve innovative growth through Blockchain by understanding the domestic and overseas trends of Blockchain-related technology”.

 

The presentations were delivered by two speakers. Sang-hoon Hyun, CEO of D3 Research, and Eui-seok Kim, the head of Future Business Team of the Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation respectively talked about ‘Blockchain Technology Trend’ and ‘Blockchain Technology Revolution in the 4th Industrial Revolution’. Afterwards, a panel discussion was followed with Byung-sam Choi, the head of the Office of Future Industry Research of STEPI as the moderator. The panel consisted of Joong-yup Lee, senior researcher of Software Policy & Research Institute, Kyung-hoon Kim, vice research director of Korea Information Society Development Institute, and Je-young Lee, associate research fellow of STEPI.

 

Through an enthusiastic debate, the panelists shared Blockchain technology status and utilization cases, and came up with many policy-related ideas to help the expansion of Blockchain industry.

 

First of all, the technology-wise, they talked about the fundamental of Blockchain technology which enables the transparent and reliable information exchange without transaction intermediary. Furthermore, in line with the presentations, they covered from Bitcoin-based technology to the recent development of smart contract. The difference of public Blockchain, which is accessible for everyone based on anonymity, and private Blockchain, which is allowed only to verified users, was discussed as well.

 

As examples of the industrial use of Blockchain, cases of Blockchain application as general-use technology were introduced, namely products & logistics tracking and management, medical data recording, public document and e-document management service, etc. Other nations’ utilization cases were introduced too, such as Blockchain-based inter-bank settlement system in the UK, Blockchain city project in China, and Block-chain-based land management system in Sweden.

 

Lastly the panel discussion touched on the policy direction to encourage the spread of such Blockchain industry. Most of the participants agreed that infrastructure for Blockchain should be constructed first. For specific measures, many ideas were proposed: public-private Blockchain pilot project, technology industry promotion policy through diversification of Blockchain R&D topics, and business model development through Hackathon or business idea contest. Also, the need of adequate system to establish secure transaction environment was highlighted. To do so, some mentioned that regulation and policy for Initial Coin Offering (ICO) should be first discussed and the government should scale up its market monitoring to ensure the transaction environment is secure for users.

 

It was a meaningful forum given the role of STEPI to reflect obscure current issues, Bitcoin technology in this case, onto actual policy so that we can use it as a future engine of our economy or society. It is expected that not only more learning of the new technology but also further researches on its industrial application would be followed.

 

03-29
417th Science and Technology Policy Forum

 

STEPI jointly with the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology held a forum titled theme “The Role and Responsibility of Science and Technology for Creating a Better Society for the Disabled” at the Daejeon Convention Center on Friday, February 23.

 

The objective of the discussion was to seek ways in which science and technology can contribute to the disabled, who are socially vulnerable. The focus was on developmental disabilities, searching for ‘people-focused’ science and technology policies that will enhance the quality of life for the developmentally disabled persons.

 

During the debate, three policy directions were mainly discussed. First, along with the argument that R&D for fundamental treatment must be conducted, the needs for expanding research on the genetic causes of disabilities and treatment methods were raised. Furthermore, the urgency of promoting research networks covering both domestic and overseas was stated.

 

It was also argued that government investment on R&D should be made considering various disability characteristics, and reached a consensus on the need for preferential policies for revitalizing R&D investment for the socially vulnerable, including disabled persons. Various opinions such as the necessity of customized science and technology research that can actually help the disabled in difficult situations they face were voiced out; and in order to develop such customized technology, it was suggested that operating a nationally recognized treatment institution is essential in addition to medical treatment. Moreover, many experts who actually are families of disabled persons or involved in disability-related R&D, participated as an audience, and actively suggested realistic policies that the government should consider.

 

The Presidential Advisory Council stated that all comments from the debate will be discussed in depth; moreover, in order to actualize policies it declared its plan to hold discussions with ministries and related organizations to review science and technology policies for the disabled, and finally reporting the results to the President. 

 

Demand for policies for the disabled is continuously increasing nevertheless there are still many critics that point out that we are still far from developing science and technology policy that can actually help disabled persons

 

Finding technological evidence of disabilities and researching corresponding treatment methods in particular are crucial, and consequently South Korea is also in urgent need of establishing a necessary policy to support the aforementioned issues. Rather than simply increasing the amount of research grant, establishing effective R&D policies is important. Furthermore, to implement such policies effectively, gathering additional opinions on various types of disabilities is required. Indeed this discussion is a starting point to draw up blueprints for R&D policies related to disabilities; and how policy solutions will arise in the future, is being observed with keen interest.

 

03-25
Korea-China Research Institutes Discussed the Area & Measure of Cooperation

 

For three days and four nights from March 25, STEPI members visited Shanghai Academy of Science and Technology (SAST) and Shanghai Industrial Technology Institute (SITI) to discuss on 2018 business and the operation of Korea-Shanghai Innovation Cooperation Center. They also met major institutes in Shanghai including the Shanghai Institute of Science & Technology Management (SISTM), the Shanghai Research Institute of Science Technology Policy, the Shanghai Institute for Science of Science (SISS), the Korean Consulate General in Shanghai to make discussions on cooperation measures.

 

The SISS was the first institution that STEPI visited in Shanghai. It has been expanding in size from a small research-oriented organization. The SISS and STEPI agreed to make joint effort in comprehensive area by holding joint seminar on concrete topic for current issues and organizing joint team to focus on common interest of both institutes. Particularly, we were able to reach a consensus as their areas of interests were similar to STEPI. The SISS also requested to share the know-how that STEPI has accumulated in the policy research for the past 30 years.

 

In the discussion with the SISTM, the issue of STEPI’s resource displacement, which has had many difficulties, was raised. We also discussed about ways to activate the exchange of visiting scholars. By sharing topics for joint research, the SISTM and STEPI can organize events such as talk show or run periodical innovation policy seminar together. Based on such discussion, both institutes agreed to establish TF and start to exchange potential research topics and data.

 

Lastly in SITI, we talked about the operation of the Korea-China Innovation Center and the utilization of STEPI asset in the center. More specifically, we came up with ways to hold joint innovation policy workshop or make collaboration in publication projects. SITI expressed particular interests in big data, the development direction of medical industry, technology-innovation-based public procurement, the diffusion effect of innovative products and forecasting model among STEPI’s research subjects. We agreed that further cooperation needs to be made considering the difference in the character of two institutes. It was decided that STEPI offers joint research topics, but both institutes make a detailed plan and guideline together for the platform operation.

 

03-15
Two Types of Industry 4.0 and South Korea’s Choice


On March 15, the Division of Research on Innovation Policy for Growth held a discussion on the topic of “Two Types of Industry 4.0 and South Korea’s choice.” The presentation began with the key question: “How must we approach the fourth industrial revolution”, and explored the origins and dissemination of Industry 4.0. By reviewing national and international debates as well as technology drivers, it was suggested that we need to approach the current changes not from the perspective of a disconnected revolution, but a ‘deepening digital conversion.’

 

Furthermore, it was emphasized that In Korea, which has a manufacturing-oriented industrial structure, the 'institutional innovation' should be pre-established in order for the Industry 4.0 (Digital Conversion) to successfully take root. Regarding innovative research, the need for systematic innovation and changing the typical policy establishment process (Expanding R&D investment → Establishing strategy: ‘Select and Focus’ → Fostering personnel/Building infrastructure/Improving institution) was mentioned.

 

One of the key points which were raised during the discussion was that since regulatory reform in Korea is a very complex issue, it is necessary to consider the reality (accumulated during our history) and the public interest (linkage with other institutions). Thus, policy researchers should take time to review the relationship between regulations, connectivity, and overseas cases comprehensively. In addition, the need for institutional and administrative approaches was discussed to prove the advantage of abolishing regulation is greater that the potential damage. Ultimately, we need to overcome the general approach of 'alleviating entry-level regulation' but rather approach at a micro level after understanding the situation on-site though it may take time.

 

03-13
Technology Start-ups and Entrepreneurship

 

On March 13, STEPI held a “Technology Start-ups and Entrepreneurship” policy exchange meeting with the ‘Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and ‘Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation.’ As the main topic of the meeting was Industry 4.0 and innovative growth, a heated discussion on corresponding strategies for Industry 4.0 took place.

 

In the era of the fourth industrial revolution, it is more important to enhance the level of quality than quantity. It was emphasized that structural economic and social problems such as a slowdown in potential growth rate and social polarization, should be tackled with ‘human-centered’ approach. Regulatory improvement is another task that needs to be solved; for example, the regulatory sandbox is currently restricted to limited areas. To overcome such limitations, the necessity of expanding the scope of application was raised. Fostering human resources that will match the requirements of the fourth industrial revolution is another key factor:  the importance of innovation in education including basic computer education such as coding was discussed as an example.

 

Furthermore, the ‘Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ stated that it aims to achieve innovative growth led by the private sector; and the government would act as a supporter in this process. With regards to support for start-ups, the efforts to rid of industry classification was mentioned. The purpose is not to impose restrictions since we cannot predict where innovation would be created; moreover classifying the fourth industrial revolution into specific industries has its limitations

 

02-23
417th Science and Technology Policy Forum - A Joint Discussion with the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology

 

STEPI jointly with the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology held a forum titled theme “The Role and Responsibility of Science and Technology for Creating a Better Society for the Disabled” at the Daejeon Convention Center on Friday, February 23. 

 

The objective of the discussion was to seek ways in which science and technology can contribute to the disabled, who are socially vulnerable. The focus was on developmental disabilities, searching for ‘people-focused’ science and technology policies that will enhance the quality of life for the developmentally disabled persons. 

 

During the debate, three policy directions were mainly discussed. First, along with the argument that R&D for fundamental treatment must be conducted, the needs for expanding research on the genetic causes of disabilities and treatment methods were raised. Furthermore, the urgency of promoting research networks covering both domestic and overseas was stated. 

 

It was also argued that government investment on R&D should be made considering various disability characteristics, and reached a consensus on the need for preferential policies for revitalizing R&D investment for the socially vulnerable, including disabled persons. Various opinions such as the necessity of customized science and technology research that can actually help the disabled in difficult situations they face were voiced out; and in order to develop such customized technology, it was suggested that operating a nationally recognized treatment institution is essential in addition to medical treatment. Moreover, many experts who actually are families of disabled persons or involved in disability-related R&D, participated as an audience, and actively suggested realistic policies that the government should consider. 

 

The Presidential Advisory Council stated that all comments from the debate will be discussed in depth; moreover, in order to actualize policies it declared its plan to hold discussions with ministries and related organizations to review science and technology policies for the disabled, and finally reporting the results to the President.  

 

Demand for policies for the disabled is continuously increasing nevertheless there are still many critics that point out that we are still far from developing science and technology policy that can actually help disabled persons

 

Finding technological evidence of disabilities and researching corresponding treatment methods in particular are crucial, and consequently South Korea is also in urgent need of establishing a necessary policy to support the aforementioned issues. Rather than simply increasing the amount of research grant, establishing effective R&D policies is important. Furthermore, to implement such policies effectively, gathering additional opinions on various types of disabilities is required. Indeed this discussion is a starting point to draw up blueprints for R&D policies related to disabilities; and how policy solutions will arise in the future, is being observed with keen interest.

 

12-19
Korea-Canada Science & Technology Innovation Symposium

 

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.

 

12-01
The 2017 ASEAN Global Business Plan Competition

 

On December 1, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) co-hosted the 2017 ASEAN Global Business Plan Competition’ jointly with Daejeon University International Office.  

 

The event was held with over 40 participants including experts and international students from ASEAN countries who are currently studying at Daejeon University as part of Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ “Korea-ASEAN Future Leadership Development and Exchange Program.” Total six teams presented their business plan proposals. Each team’s proposal was evaluated through expert comments and peer reviews including feedbacks between participants.   

 

Three teams received awards and the ‘Hot Fridays’ team who developed breakfast delivery service on mobile application for those who often skip their breakfasts won the first place. The ‘Hot Fridays’ team received the highest score in all areas of novelty, feasibility, detail, and profitability. The ‘For Food’ team that combined food delivery and social entrepreneurship placed the second and the ‘DIY Bakery’ team that provides DIY cake baking program placed the third.   

 

Participants were introduced to Sejong Special Self-governing City and toured KDI School of Public Policy and Management, National Library of Korea, and Sejong Lake Park and participated in cultural exchange programs. ASEAN future leaders enjoyed the opportunity to enhance their understanding of Korea and Sejong Special Self-governing City, thus building a foundation for cooperation in the future.  

 

By providing a chance for ASEAN students to share their business culture and business proposals, this event is expected to become a venue for promoting their entrepreneurship and networking, leading to more active global entrepreneurship.  

 

11-20
The Advanced Training on STI Policy for Tunisia

 

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Jong Guk Song) hosted a 17-day training course on “Advanced Training on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for Tunisia” for 15 Tunisian officials and experts from the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR) and other S&T related public institutions from November 20 to December 6.  

 

The third-year goal of this STI policy course for Tunisia is developing an action plan for Tunisia’s S&T policy and technology transfer and strengthening competency and expertise of working-level Tunisian officials. The event was conducted as part of STEPI International Innovation Cooperation Center’s multiyear training course for Tunisia and it marks the third year following the first and second courses in 2015 and 2016.  

 

The three-year training course aims to enhance understanding of STI policy and its contribution to socioeconomic development and share Korea’s experience in technology transfer and commercialization and human resources development. It also aims to promote S&T cooperation between Korea and Tunisia in the long term.  

 

In the first year, the program focused on enhancing basic competency of trainees through STI policy training modules by taking the Tunisian government’s requests into account. The STI policy training modules were designed to first start from the beginning level and then move onto the advanced levels. In the second year, the course reflected upon surveys conducted with the first-year trainees and focused on competencies related to “technology transfer and commercialization, and national S&T policy and strategy development” under the same module. The second-year course was conducted in Tunisia in line with Tunisia’s “National Technology Transfer Day” event, so its impact was formidable and widespread.   

 

In the planning stage of the third-year training course, a needs survey was conducted with prospective trainees to understand their interests and their institutions’ development strategies and core initiatives. The course provided lectures, workshops and field trips to effectively share Korea’s experience and knowhow in STI policy, technology transfer and commercialization, and industry-society-agricultural technology innovation.     

 

During the course, trainees were introduced to Korea’s policy tools for S&T development and tips on detailed strategy planning and policy operation such as Korea’s strategy of importing foreign technologies. Workshops were also conducted on the current state and improvement needs of Tunisia’s technology import and technology transfer and commercialization. The course also included field trips to KAIST, ETRI, KIET, and Mungyeong Agricultural Technology Center.  

 

09-25
Signing of a Partnership Agreement between STEPI and IDB

 

On September 25, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Jong Guk Song) signed a partnership agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to promote cooperation in STI policy for Central America.   

 

This agreement was signed to establish a platform for systematic cooperation between the two institutes amid increasing demand for STI cooperation between Korea and Central American nations. The agreement aims to promote a cooperation mechanism in STI policy for Central American region, so that the cooperation platform and projects for the region are effectively implemented.  

 

Key contents of the agreement include enhancing STI competency of government officials and experts of Central American countries, building STI networks between Korea and Central American countries and hosting networking events, promoting joint research and personnel exchange, and exploring projects for enhancing STI competency.  

 

After signing the agreement, President Jong Guk Song of STEPI commented that “STEPI has been conducting various projects with IDB to enhance STI competency as an important means of economic development in Central American nations such as Chile, Uruguay, and Paraguay.” He also stressed that “this agreement will serve as a steppingstone for implementing STEPI–IDB joint projects for Central America more systematically, so that it will generate substantive outcomes for both institutes.” 

 

09-18
The Young Innovators Talk in 2017: Korea-ASEAN Youth Forum

 

On September 18, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Jong Guk Song) co-hosted “The 2017 Korea-ASEAN Youth Forum” jointly with the Korea-ASEAN Center, the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and UNESCAP-ENEA under the theme of “Enhancing Competency of Korea-ASEAN Youth through Global Entrepreneurship” at Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Conference Hall This forum was sponsored by the ASEAN Secretariat, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Hanwha Dreamplus Center.  

 

The Korea-ASEAN Youth Forum was launched in 2014, when the Korea-ASEAN Commemorative Summit was held. It serves as a venue for approximately 12,600 ASEAN students (Source: Korea Immigration Service, 2016) in Korea to socialize with Korean students and exchange ideas on future development for Korea and ASEAN nations.  

 

In the opening ceremony, President Jong Guk Song of STEPI, secretary general Young-sun Kim of the Korea-ASEAN Centre, the Seoul Metropolitan Government International Relations Ambassador Chang-beom Kim, and director Kilaparti Ramacrishna of UNESCAP-ENEA delivered opening speeches and congratulatory messages.  

 

In his opening speech, President Song of STEPI expressed his hope for the forum to “serve as a venue for Korean and ASEAN youths to learn entrepreneurship and grow to become global business leaders.” 

 

This forum invited young entrepreneurs to share their success stories with more than 200 Korean and ASEAN youths and provided prospective young Korean and ASEAN entrepreneurs with a chance to present their business plans and to engage in networking. The forum consisted of three sessions.  

 

In the first session, Penny Low, cofounder and CEO of Social Innovative Park Ltd., delivered a keynote speech on Korea-ASEAN youth startup and social innovation.  

 

The second session was the STEPI-led “Young Innovators Talk.” CEO Hwaseong Jeon of CNT Tech that launched the world’s first food delivery call center service led the session. In this session, successful entrepreneurs from Korea and ASEAN countries such as CEO Doo-hwan Kim of DioCian, a global music network platform, and CEO Mohammad Fitri Othman of TaniMac that develops agricultural machinery for small sized farms shared their business experience and startup knowhow.  

 

In the third session, CEO Jae-won Chon of XnTree, a global startup accelerating firm, facilitated the session while prospective Korean and ASEAN youths presented their business plans to receive feedback and mentoring from experts. After the forum, a networking reception took place at the ASEAN Hall in the Korea-ASEAN Center. At the reception, Korean and ASEAN youths, along with experts and entrepreneurs, gathered to share information and socialize.  

 

For the purpose of developing ‘young innovators’ capable of creating new market value through innovative business models, STEPI has been hosting “Young Innovators Talk” series since 2013. For over five years, the event was held 25 times in total. “The 2017 Young Innovators Talk” which marks the 6th year will be linked with “The 2017 Korea-ASEAN Youth Forum.” Commemorating its 30th anniversary this year, STEPI published a case report titled “Korea’s Young Innovators” in May featuring 30 successful Korean entrepreneurs and innovators  

 

09-08
The 3rd International Conference on STI and Development

 

On September 6, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Jong Guk Song) co-hosted the 3rd International Conference on STI and Development on the theme of “Innovation for Shared Prosperity: Cluster, Industrialization, and Regional Development” with World Bank Group Korea Office.  

 

The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Science and ICT and attended by eight partner institutions including universities, academic societies, and international organizations, foreign ambassadors in Korea, and approximately 200 citizens.  

 

The third conference, hosted as an extension of the first and second conferences, selected “Cluster, Industrialization, Regional development” as the key theme in order to discuss how to manage and foster STI at national and regional levels.  

 

The first conference in 2015 dealt with the importance of STI within the boundary of national development under the theme of “Innovation for Shared Prosperity.” The second conference in 2016 discussed STI capacity building by inviting experts from various sectors.  

 

STEPI vice president Jung Won Lee delivered the opening speech. In his speech, Dr. Lee reminded the audience of the significance of the conference by saying that the conference, which marks its third year, had served as a venue to discuss the importance of STI in international development cooperation.   

 

Darren Dorkin, the acting president of World Bank Group Korea Office, gave a welcoming speech, in which he explained how clusters such as industrial complexes and research complexes had served a pivotal role in Korea’s economic growth. He also commented that these clusters contribute to employment as they help strengthen a nation’s STI competence and the foundation of its SMEs.  

 

In his congratulatory remarks, Tito Saul Pinilla Pinilla, the Colombian Ambassador to Korea, introduced a project on “The National STI Complex Strategy and the Masterplan for Three STI Complexes,” which Colombia conducted jointly with STEPI. He hoped that Korea’ development experience be widely shared with countries yearning for economic development. 

 

Mekuria Haile Teklemariam, the former Ethiopian Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Construction, delivered a keynote speech on “Importance of Clusters: Ethiopia’s Case” and emphasized the importance of links between industrial complexes and their supporting policies.   

 

Ethiopia plans to invest USD 10 billion in industrial complexes over next 10 years and aims to increase links between industrial complexes by establishing transportation network such as railways.  

 

Mykhailo Zgurovsky, president of Kiev Polytechnic Institute, National Technical University of Ukraine, introduced Ukraine’s case in his presentation on “Innovation as a Platform for Inter-University Cooperation.”  

 

Sikorsky Challenge is a project comprised of three elements including startup school, business incubator, and festival of innovative projects and its was developed for the purpose of developing STI think tanks and supporting business entrepreneurship in related sectors.  

 

Prof. Iwan Iwut Tritoasmoro of Telkom University in Indonesia introduced the development and progress and challenges of Bandung Techno Park, which is Indonesia’s representative ICT cluster.  

 

The second day proceeded in diverse sessions on clusters and regional development attended by 8 partner institutions such as Kore University’s Graduate School of MOT, the International Association of Area Studies, the Korean Academic Society of Industrial Cluster, Seoul National University’s IT Policy Program (ITPP), the Academic Society for Appropriate Technology, the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT), the Korea Productivity Association, UN ESCAP East and Northeast Asia Sub-Regional Office.  

 

Through this conference, STEPI and World Bank Group Korea Office will continue to promote their support for cluster-led development cooperation. STEPI also aims to strengthen its development assistance for beneficiary countries based on its cooperation and networking with domestic and international partner institutions.