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President of The Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in the UK

Lee, Joung-Hwan
KSEAUK President

Dear Distinguished Europe’s Korean scientists' and engineers' association members, EKC 2013 participants and ladies and gentlemen

I am greatly honoured and pleased to invite you to the 6th EU-Korea Conference (EKC 2013), held at Brighton, one of the most beautiful coastal cities in UK, from 24th to 26th July, 2013. This year marks the 39th anniversary of the Korean Scientists’ and Engineers’ Association in the UK (KSEAUK). The year 2014 is when the KSEAUK will reach the symbolic age of 40 free from vacillation. The KSEAUK has been significantly improved in past decades hosting the conferences twice a year in the UK, where over 1,400 members have come to share their knowledge and experience. The KSEAUK as solid organisation have been acting as bridgehead for promoting cooperation in science and technology between Korea and the UK for the last 39 years. We are truly excited to host EKC 2013 as it will be not only the place where Europe and Korea have opportunity to exchange thoughts and knowledge of science and technology but also place where people from various field can make network with one another.

EKC 2013 has been prepared under the title of “Science and Technology Closer to Humanity - Open Innovation ”, stressing the collision and integration of ideas to develop creative ideas. Steven Johnson, one of the most well-known innovation missionaries in US, mentioned that “innovation and creative ideas are not produced in a closed research room but in a plaza or in the process of continuously exchanging ideas with other people”. EKC2013 is sure to be the plaza to satisfy the conditions for creating the innovative ideas in the areas of science and technology. In addition, EKC 2013 will provide various innovative environments to all participants during the conference. These includes exchange of information and networking opportunity from the registering stage, improved networking during banqueting, integrated sessions between science, technology, arts, architecture and policy, paperless conference and so on.

During the EKC 2013, a variety of expert presentations from biological sciences, energy & environment, materials science & technology, mechanics & aerospace, information & communication technology, science arts & architecture will be delivered in main programme, giving you a plenty of opportunities to information exchange and awareness of the issues. Also, satellite programmes such as job fair EU R&D Policy forum on science and technology, Young generation forum, etc will enrich your experience. Parallel with these programmes, EKC 2013 offers excellent tour and family programme to the families who are accompanied with the EKC 2013 participants. Once again, you will be very welcomed in the EKC 2013.

Looking forward to seeing you at the vibrant, colourful and creative city of Brighton, UK.

Sincerely Yours,

Lee, Joung-Hwan, PhD, DIC
Chairman of EKC2013
The Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in the UK
United Kingdom


President of The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies

Park, Sang-Dai
KOFST President

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Speakers, Participants and Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my great privilege to welcome you all to the EU-Korea Conference on Science and Technology (EKC-2013). I am very honored and pleased to share this moment with Ambassador Lim Sung-nam, and many other distinguished guests, who have so graciously joined us today.
Particularly, I would like to take this opportunity to convey my heartfelt appreciation to President Joung-hwan Lee of the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in the U.K. for organizing this meaningful event.

On behalf of the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies or KOFST, and as co-chair of the EKC-2013 organizing committee, I express my deepest gratitude to all scientists and engineers who took long journey from Korea and countries of Europe including Germany, France, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands to attend this conference.

The Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in the U.K. was established in 1974 and will commemorate its 40th anniversary next year. Today, the association is the biggest of its kind in membership in Europe and has become an exemplary association of Korean scientists and engineers overseas by conducting far-reaching activities.
Notably, the association has earned the support and confidence of the Korean community in the U.K. by hosting symposiums workshops twice yearly, and organizing a mathematics Olympiad, a U.K. college admission fair, S&T lectures and training camps for second generation Koreans.

These activities are helping discover and nurture talented ethnic Korean scientists in the U.K., and providing a steppingstone for science and technology cooperation between the U.K. and Korea.

Fellow Korean scientists and engineers!

The first EKC-meeting was held in 2008 in Germany, and this annual event marks the 6th anniversary this year. Over the years, this gathering has grown both quantitatively and qualitatively and emerged as a venue for exchange and sharing between Korean scientists and engineers from across Europe.

This year's conference is especially meaningful because its theme, “Open Innovation” is closely related to "Creative Economy," a key buzzword in the science and technology community in Korea.

The concept of Creative Economy is to create new markets and jobs by promoting people's imagination and creativity centered on the convergence of S&T and ICT.

In order for an ecosystem for Creative Economy to take its root, we must expedite the reciprocal sharing and convergence of knowledge and technology on the basis of an open mindset that respects the value of openness.
In this regard, I expect that discussions at this meeting will also provide many important clues for experts from industry, academia, and research institutes in Korea, who are endeavoring to discover a new paradigm in science and technology.

I sincerely hope that the EKC-2013 will serve as a watershed to advance S&T cooperation between Korea and Europe to the next level.

For our part, the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies will redouble efforts to expand collaboration with associations of Korean scientists and engineers overseas to ensure that your hard work and dedication can bring about advancement of science and technology in Korea.

I would like to close my talk by thanking once again President Joung-hwan Lee and all the leaders and staff of the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in the U.K., as well as representatives from the Korean-European Scientists and Engineers Association, for your unwavering efforts in organizing this august event.

I hope that all of you find this meeting the most informative, rewarding and memorable experience.

Thank you.

Park, Sang-Dai, Ph.D.
President of The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies


Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield

Prof. Sir Keith Burnett, CBE, FRS
Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield

Mr President, Ambassador Lim, fellow conference delegates and guests.

I am delighted and honoured to say a few words at this opening dinner for the EU Korea Conference of Science and Technology 2013.

I would like to particularly thank the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in the UK (KSEAUK) for hosting this wonderful event, which I understand is the 6th conference in a series that started in Heidelberg in Germany in 2008, and which has also been held in the UK, Austria and France. We are delighted that the conference is once again in the UK, and looking forward to a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas and to get to know one another better.

This conference is a very important way of encouraging conversations between governments, institutes, universities and industries. But it can also help build mutual understanding and provide an environment which will cultivate respect and friendship between Korean scientists and engineers and European colleagues.

It is also a tremendous opportunity to listen to the reflections of leaders from research institutes, as well as Chief Executives and senior staff from global businesses such as Samsung, Hyundai and POSCO, and our partners in the Korean government.

Certainly we face a number of important challenges as an international community of Science and Engineering. Without doubt we will be more able to meet such challenges if we do so together.
Thank you.

Prof. Sir Keith Burnett, CBE, FRS
Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield


Member of the National Assembly (Lawmaker), Republic of Korea

You, Seung-hee
Member of the National Assembly (Lawmaker)

Honorable scientists and engineers,
Ladies and gentlemen.

Let me first extend my warmest congratulations on the opening of the EU-Korea Conference on Science and Technology 2013.

I’d also like to express my respect and appreciation to the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST), and the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Germany (VeKNI), in UK (KSEAUK), in France (ASCoF) and in Austria (KOSEAA) for their efforts to prepare for today’s event.

Distinguished scientists and engineers,

I’m not an expert in this field, but while serving as a member of the parliamentary standing committee on science and technology during the 17th National Assembly, when I was in my first term, as well as the current 19th National Assembly, I have developed a keen interest in science and technology.

As I was particularly interested in supporting female scientists and engineers, I have developed and maintained close relationship with them. So EKC 2013 is personally a very meaningful event.

As you might be well aware, Korea has achieved unprecedented economic growth in just 50 years since the Korean War. The main driving force behind such remarkable growth was the passion and hard work of many scientists and engineers. Thanks to their dedication and commitment, Korea was able to secure base technologies and develop its industries.

I believe it would be the same for the future as well. It is not an exaggeration to say that the keys to addressing all the challenges that the world is facing right now, in terms of quality of life, energy and environment, lie in science and technology.

In this respect, you are the one who hold the key to the future of mankind.

I’m confident that EKC 2013, which brings together researchers in Korea and Europe to bond and strengthen partnership, will be a great source of inspiration in your research. It will also serve as a meaningful opportunity to build more robust foundation for cooperation in science and technology between Korea and the EU.

I’d like to thank the keynote speakers - Prof. Sir. Keith Burnett (Vice Chancellor of University of Sheffield), Prof. Patrick Grant(Deputy Head of University of Oxford), Prof. John Robertson(University of Cambridge) and Dr. Nam-sung Ahn(President of Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning). I look forward to their inspirational speeches to lead us to a new world.

I expect this conference to facilitate more exchanges and joint researches between scientists and engineers in Korea and the EU as well as in countries all across the world.

On behalf of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, I pledge my full support for this conference. I will step up my efforts to aid the development of science and technology.

In closing, let me once again extend my congratulations on the opening of this meaningful conference, and many thanks to all the organizing staff for your hard work.
Thank you.

You, Seung-hee
Member of the National Assembly (Lawmaker), Republic of Korea


Member of the National Assembly (Lawmaker), Republic of Korea

Min, Byung Joo
Member of the National Assembly (Lawmaker)

Distinguished scientists and engineers, and ladies and gentlemen,

I'm Min, Byung Joo, a lawmaker from Saenuri Party.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the participants from across Europe and Korea for joining us today despite your very busy schedules.

It is my great honor and pleasure to congratulate the successful opening of EKC-2013 in Europe, a place that carries a rich history and tradition in science and technology.

Also, taking this opportunity, I would like to convey my heartfelt appreciation to President Lee Joung-hwan of the Korean-British Scientists and Engineers Association, President Seok Joon-weon of the Korean-German Scientists and Engineers Association, President Jeong Gwang-hi of the Korean-French Scientists and Engineers Association, President Han Man-wook of the Korean-Austrian Scientists and Engineers Association, KOFST President Park Sang-dai, Korean ambassador to Britain Lim Sung-nam as well as all related personnels who exerted relentless efforts for organizing this meaningful event. Distinguished guests,
Today, the Republic of Korea is pursuing economic growth under the vision of Creative Economy which aims to create new growth engines, markets and jobs through the integration of the people's creativity and imagination with science and technology.

A huge part of the new philosophy of Park Geun-he administration comes from the U.K. cultural initiative, 'Creative Britain' which served as a foundation for the country to support innovators to unleash their creative ideas and talents such as Harry Potter. Korea's Creative Economy also aims to give as much support as it can to scientists and engineers for the development of their creativity.

To this end, I would like to ask your keen interest and effort in order to we could achieve the true meaning of Open Innovation through the facilitated S&T exchanges between Europe and Korea.

Ladies and gentlemen,
It is my firm belief that the cooperation with Europe, a continent strong in positive science and superior in energy related technology, would be imperative solving the many challenges that Korea is faced with today.
As many of you are well aware, the late President Park Jung-hee achieved remarkable economic growth through the S&T policy that focused on inviting scientists from abroad. Inheriting his legacy, Korea hopes to continue such exchanges and cooperation with outstanding talent just like the participants here today. I believe it is our responsibility and duty to leave an advanced Korea to our descendents as our ancestors did.

Drawing my remarks to a close, once again, I congratulate the opening of EKC 2013 and I hope today's venue would lead to a true cohesive relationship between scientists and engineers living in Korea and Europe through the mutual collaboration.
Thank you.

Min, Byung Joo
Member of the National Assembly (Lawmaker), Republic of Korea


Assistant Minister, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning

Lee, Chang-han
Assistant Minister
Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning

Honorable distinguished guests and ladies and gentlemen!

Allow me to extend my deepest congratulation on the opening of today’s Europe and Korea Conference 2013.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my gratitude to Respectable Congressperson You Seung-hee, Kim Eul-dong, Lee Sang-il, Min Byeong-joo and Kang Dong-won, and Ambassador Lim Syeong-nam, and the President of the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) Dr. Park Sang-dae and all of you for giving exceptional dedication and commitment for today’s conference.

It was back in 2008 when the first Europe and Korea Conference (EKC) was held in Germany, and it is already the sixth time that we are having this Conference, which has served as the largest venue and festival in Europe for meetings and exchanges among Korean scientists.

The EKC has contributed greatly for the continuous development of Korean science and technology as Korean scientists in Europe could share their research achievements and exchange various opinions on the contemporary issues in the science community with their counterparts in Korea.

Distinguished guests and ladies and gentlemen!
To overcome the prolonged global economic crisis and the jobless growth, the Republic of Korea has adopted the vision of “creative economy” as the new growth strategy of the new Government that took office in February of this year.

“Creative Economy” is a new vision for achieving sustainable development to find out new economic growth engines based on imagination, creativity, convergence in knowledge and state-of-the-art science and technology.

To realize the vision of creative economy, one of the most important things is strengthening the nation’s science technology and innovation capacity.

In line with this, the Korean government plans to expand the proportion of basic research out of government R&D expenditure from this year's 36% to 40% in 2017 and strengthen cooperation among industries, academia and research institutes.

Furthermore, the government will push its utmost effort in creating a start-up ecosystem where anyone with creative ideas can start their own businesses and are given second chances even after failures.

It ultimately aims to create a society where creative ideas and intellectual property are fully respected and rewarded.
Along with this, it is also important to strengthen globalization and open innovation to realize our vision of creative economy.

As this year’s conference is held under the theme of ‘Open Innovation,’ I expect we will have an in-depth discussion on the future direction of open innovation and changes in science and technology.

I hope that this Conference, where Korean scientists gather together with the related officials from the government, university and research institutes, continue to develop further so that it can take the lead in the grand development of the science and technology field not only in Korea and Europe but also in the whole world.

I would like to once again congratulate the opening of this year’s Europe and Korea Conference (EKC) and wish all the best happiness and health for all of you here.
Thank you. Sincerely Yours,

Lee, Chang-han
Assistant Minister, Office of Planning and Coordination, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning


Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the UK

Lim, Sungnam
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the UK

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.

I am Sungnam Lim, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the UK.

I am delighted to be a part of the Europe-Korea Conference on Science and Technology 2013 (EKC2013) here in Brighton.

It is a pleasure to welcome the National Assembly Members and Assistant Minister Lee Chang-Han who have travelled from Korea, as well as Korean scientists and engineers who are based in Europe and the many delegates from the Korea Association of Industry, Academy and Research Institute.

I also extend a warm welcome to our other distinguished guests, including scientists and engineers from the UK and other European countries.

EKC 2013 has been prepared under the title, “Science and Technology Closer to Humanity: Open Innovation”, stressing the integration of creative ideas.

The variety of symposiums and forums on subjects such as Bio Technology, Energy and Environment, Material Science Technology and ICT offer an ideal platform for discussion and learning of many of today’s most important scientific and engineering issues.

As the Republic of Korea continues on its path towards becoming an outward-facing global actor, excellence in science, engineering and academic exchange will be at the heart of our continued success. So I am particularly pleased to address this conference.

I am confident that EKC 2013 will be a strong success, with many opportunities for networking and academic exchange among experts from different fields.

Not only will EKC 2013 benefit the many professionals involved. It will also contribute to enhanced collaboration between Korea, the UK, and other European countries.

I know many Ph.D. students are here for the conference. I hope it will both inspire you and help you to deepen your understanding of your own and other related fields.

Finally, I would like to thank the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in the UK (KSEAUK) for their efforts in preparing and hosting a successful EKC2013. I would also like to express my gratitude to the sponsors for their generous support, without which this conference could not have happened.

Thank you

H.E. Ambassador Lim, Sungnam
The Republic of Korea to UK


President of the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Germany

Seok, Joon-Weon
Vekni President

Dear Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

I sincerely congratulate the opening of the sixth EU-Korea Conference on Science and Technology 2013 at Brighton.

I’m very pleased to welcome all of you to the EKC 2013 on behalf of The Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Germany (VeKNI), in France (ASCoF) and in Austria (KOSEAA).

Since its first successful launch in 2008, Heidelberg Germany, EKC has been held annually in a different European city, last year in Berlin. This is the second time that the EKC has taken place here in United Kingdom.

This year’s EKC will specially provide the great opportunities to exchange valuable expertise and innovative ideas in various fields of science and technology among the all participants.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the conference chairman Dr. Lee, Joung-Hwan, to the conference co-organizer Dr. Park, Sang-Dai and to the members of the Conference Organizing Committees for your excellent co-work.

I wish a great success and development for all of you here today.
Thank you very much.

Sincerely Yours,

President Dr.-Ing. Seok, Joon-Weon
The Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Germany




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