20.10.2011 - 21.10.2011 | Daejeon, Korea
The two-day Entrepreneurship Seminar for Early Career Researchers was organised by KORANET in Daejeon/Seoul on 20 and 21 October 2011. Its aim was to provide opportunities for early career researchers from the EU and Korea to meet face-to-face for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and information on entrepreneurship skills for nanotechnology and other disciplines, and to explore future areas of research and collaboration.The premise for this event was the increasing importance to researchers of having the knowhow to translate scientific knowledge into commercially viable enterprises, but that the shift from scientific research to business application is not a straightforward one, and it requires additional skills that are not automatically included in a scientist’s training. This entrepreneurship seminar set out to actively addresses this knowledge gap, by bringing young researchers from Europe and Korea together with entrepreneurs, technology transfer and intellectual property experts, and others involved in the process of taking an idea to market.
In a lively, less formal atmosphere of a workshop style event there was lots of room for discussions and participation during and after the talks. To have a real taste of how science is changed into applications in Korea, the participants were able to visit one of the clean rooms located on a nearby campus where new solutions in miniaturization of semiconductor chips are designed, fabricated and their performances checked. Above all, the seminar set out to be a vehicle for European and Korean scientists to interact and exchange information, contacts and experiences – feedback from all participants and speakers reflected the usefulness of the discussion topics, as well as the opportunity to socialize over dinner and to stargaze at the Daejeon Observatory! This event was organized by the KORANET partners from the NRF, British Council, and the Polish Academy of Science.