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Welcome Message

President of The Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Austria

HAN, Man Wook
KOSEAA President

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

It is my pleasure and honor to announce that the 7th EU Korea Conference on Science and Technology 2014 (EKC 2014) will be held from July 22 to 25, 2014 in Vienna. From the first EKC in 2008 in Heidelberg Germany, the EKC is developing to be a successful event for the Korean as well as European Scientists and Engineers in Europe. Also the Korean Scientists and Engineers in Europe give also valuable contribution to the conference. After the successful conference in the year 2010 the EKC 2014 will be held in Vienna, locate in the heart of Europe.

The topic of the EKC 2014 is “Science & Technology and Humanity: The role of Science and Technology for good of humanity”. At this conference we would like to think about the role of the science and technology for the good of humanity.

For this conference a scientific committee is formed and has been working very hard to make this event memorable and successful. With their valuable efforts and commitment of many members from our sister organisations I am quite sure that we will have a wonderful conference here in Vienna. Additionally the City of Vienna supports our event.

On July 22 2014 the pre-conference on-site tour takes place. There are possibilities to visit top research institutions in Vienna, for example, Campus Biocenter Vienna , Smart City: A new town grows - Vienna´s urban lake side and others.

On July 23 2014 with the support of the Korea Institute for the Advancement of Technology (KIAT) an industry forum will be held. As the counterpart, the Vienna Business Agency also supports the organization of industry forum. Four topics, the Mobility, Life Science, Information & Communication Technology and Smart Production are selected. In parallel the Austrian as well as Korean companies will display their products.

With the opening ceremony in the morning on July 24, 2014 the EKC 2014 starts. One of plenary lectures will be given by a representative of municipal government of Vienna about the Viennese approach for creative economy. The scientific committee members from overall Europe have been giving their effort to make the sessions fruitful. With the conference dinner in the city hall of Vienna on July 25, 2014 the EKC 2014 will end.

The organizing committee and scientific committee is giving lot of efforts to make this event memorable and successful. Anyhow your contribution and participation will be very valuable to make this event successful. EKC 2014 will give you a good opportunity to meet colleagues and exchange the professional expertise for future collaboration.

HAN, Man Wook
Chairman of EKC2014
President
The Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Austria

President of The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies

LEE, Boo-Sup
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-2014). I am very honored and pleased to share this moment with Ambassador Young-wan Song, 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 Man-wook Han of the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Austria 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-2014 organizing committee, I express my deepest gratitude to all scientists and engineers who took long journey from Korea and countries of Europe to attend this conference.

This year marks the 16th anniversary since the establishment of the Association of Korean-Austrian Scientists and Engineers, which has been highly respected by Korean residents with its active involvement in various activities. The Association has been serving as a strong foundation for nurturing Korean scientists in Austria while enhancing cooperation in mutual exchanges in the field of science and technology.

Honorable Korean scientists and engineers!

One of the most important roles of the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies is to serve as a pivotal center which draws together the Korean scientists and engineers scattered across the whole world. EKC was first held in 2008 in Germany and is now already being held for the seventh time. I am highly delighted that it has firmly established itself as the largest gathering for Korean scientists in Europe.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Role of Science and Technology for the Good of Humanity,’ which reflects our hope of creating a world where scientists and engineers develop science for humanity and a larger number of people in the world is able to enjoy the benefits of advanced science and technology.

Science and technology can indeed emerge as a keyword for communication through which the entire world across different borders and cultures respect the values of openness with an open heart. To create such a world, knowledge and technologies should be mutually shared and convergence should be encouraged across the countries.

It is my firm belief that today’s gathering will indeed serve as an innovative place for global exchanges of science and technologies and as a turning point for a global paradigm shift for Korea-Europe global science and technology.

‘Spittelau Waste Incinerator in Vienne’ is a symbol of the ‘creative economy’ as a spirit of art has been added to the advanced technology. Such creative thinking has been possible thanks to the open tradition and diverse cultural convergence in Austria.

Through today’s gathering, I sincerely hope that we can open up new opportunities of joint prosperity for both Korea and Austria, which lies at the heart of the European science and technology network, and encourage active cooperation between Korea and Austria in the field of science and technology.

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.

It is my firm expectation that all of us can have both meaningful and enjoyable time while building friendship with each other and plan for the future of science and technology for our own countries. Before I conclude, I would like to remind all of my distinguished guests here to remember that the Republic of Korea and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies will always stand by your side.

I would like to close my talk by thanking once again President Man-wook Han and all the leaders and staff of the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Austria, as well as representatives from the Korean-European Scientists and Engineers Association. And I wish all the best and success for all of us here.

Through today’s gathering, I sincerely hope that we can open up new opportunities of joint prosperity for both Korea and Austria, which lies at the heart of the European science and technology network, and encourage active cooperation between Korea and Austria in the field of science and technology.

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.

It is my firm expectation that all of us can have both meaningful and enjoyable time while building friendship with each other and plan for the future of science and technology for our own countries. Before I conclude, I would like to remind all of my distinguished guests here to remember that the Republic of Korea and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies will always stand by your side.

I would like to close my talk by thanking once again President Man-wook Han and all the leaders and staff of the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Austria, as well as representatives from the Korean-European Scientists and Engineers Association. And I wish all the best and success for all of us here.

LEE, Boo-Sup
President
The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies

Ambassador of Korean Embassy in Austria

SONG, Young-Wan
Ambassador, Korean Embassy in Austria

I am very pleased to welcome you to the 7th annual EU-Korea Conference on Science and Technology 2014 (EKC2014). Thanks to the excellent preparations by the Chairman of EKC2014 and President of the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Austria, Han Man-wook, and the co-organizers, this conference offers participants a great opportunity to intensify the exchanges between governments, academia and the private sector in Europe and Korea on a variety of levels.

This year’s theme focuses on the contributions of science and technology to human welfare. It seems timely and fitting, therefore, that EKC2014 is being convened in Vienna, a city that is highly regarded for achieving both a high standard of living and a reputation of excellence in research and innovation.

Since its inception in 2008, the EKC has brought Europe-based Korean scientists together, providing a useful platform for in-depth exchange of ideas and information. Moreover, the members of the EKC have played a key role in enhancing the scientific exchange between Korea and Europe, thus contributing to the development of science and technology in both partners. The strong presence of Korean scientists in Europe as the “brains of Europe” has also contributed to the positive impressions Europeans have of Korea.

Although Korea and Europe are geographically far apart, we have much in common. We also have much to learn from each other. Europe has shown how continuous progress over a long period of time can be sustained by encouraging innovation in science and technology while nourishing the arts, culture and tradition. On the other hand, Korea is an example of how rapid economic development and progress can be achieved through close coordination between the public and private sectors. Surely, an exchange of experience and knowledge would be beneficial to both sides.

Austria has many SMEs leading the competition in their respective fields worldwide. The country’s strength is particularly visible in the field of medicine, precision machinery and renewable energy. This was made possible by combining the longstanding tradition of family businesses with strong support from the state.

Korea’s current administration is adapting the lessons learned from other regions in pursuing a “creative economy policy” which puts a strong emphasis on science and technology as a means of developing new industries to drive future growth and competitiveness. Although our world currently faces countless challenges, President Park Geun-hye emphasizes that “Korea’s quest for a creative economy can offer the international community a practical, entrepreneurship-driven strategy for shaping a new future.”Against this backdrop, Korean embassies and consulate generals in Europe have been incorporated into this new approach and will serve as “creative economy base camps” tasked with facilitating the flow of ideas and information between our continents.

Needless to say, your role and contributions are vital in achieving our mutual goal of harnessing science and technology for the good of humanity. I wish all participants a great success and look forward to the fruitful outcomes of EKC2014.

SONG, Young-Wan
Ambassador
Korean Embassy in Austria

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