06/29/2011 | Brussels, Belgium
The KORANET workshop "Results and perspectives – Paving the way for future S&T cooperation with South Korea" was held in Brussels on 29 June 2011. The event brought together about 50 representatives from research ministries, funding agencies and programme owners from 14 European countries and South Korea as well as from the European Commission and the OECD. The objective of the workshop was to present the KORANET project achievements and the status quo of EU-Korean cooperation, thus setting the framework for the discussions concerning the future of this cooperation and the launch of the second KORANET Joint Call for proposals.On the Korean side, representatives of the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE), the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT), KIST-Europe and the Korean Embassy to the EU were present.
At the morning session of the workshop, the Korean S&T landscape and drivers and barriers of cooperation were described in detail as well as the progress of the EU cooperation activities with Korea including its participation in the 7th Framework Programme. The KORANET publication 'Korea and Europe - Meeting through science' which gives an in-depth overview of the status quo of Korean-Europen S&T cooperation and KORANET was also presented for the first time to a wider audience.
The afternoon session saw the presentation of the concept and outcomes of the KORANET Pilot Joint Call on Research for Life-long Health/Ageing Society. In addition, the plans for the second KORANET Joint Call were revealed to the interested audience. This upcoming Joint Call will focus on green technologies/renewable energies and will probably be launched at the end of 2011/beginning of 2012. The participation of a maximum of European countries is encouraged since the Joint Call is intended to sustain the creation of new cooperation activities between European and Korean researchers and to strengthen existing ones. The representatives of the attending funding agencies showed their interest in the second KORANET Joint Call as an opportunity to develop multilateral cooperation with Korea.
- The KORANET project, a cornerstone of EU‐Korea cooperation, Marion Steinberger (DLR)
- Korean S&T landscape and cooperation activities with EU Member States, Tai Hee Kim (National Research Foundation, Korea)
- Opportunities for European researchers in South Korea: presentation of the KORRIDOR project, Sinead Quigley (CNRS, Asia Network)
- EU international cooperation strategy: strengthening relations with Korea, Pierrick Fillon‐Ashida (European Commission, DG Research)
- Science and technology: what perspectives for South Korea? Michael Keenan (OECD)
- An outlook to the Second KORANET Joint Call, Marinela Popa (CNRS)