Brazil-Korea Cooperation: Closing Ties in Science, Technology and Innovation.

KAIST ICC Vice President Min Ho Kang, Ambassador Edmundo Fujita, Ambassador Hadil Vianna and Professor Jose Monserrat.

Brazil is pursuing lasting and productive relationships in Asia in the area of Science, Technology and Innovation, and Korea is a priority in this agenda. Cooperation agreements such as the one that enabled the opening of a Virtual Laboratory of Embrapa (Labex) in Korea are important drivers towards a long-term strategy for Brazil´s scientific and technological cooperation in Asia.  Also, the development of additional joint programs and cooperative activities will allow the expansion of mutual knowledge between organizations in both countries, which is essential in building trust and more productive relations in the future.

Towards this end, the Embassy of Brazil in Seoul received on March 29th and 30th,2010, the preparatory mission to the First Science, Technology & Innovation Joint Committee Meeting between Brazil and Korea, to be held in the second semester of 2010. The objective of this mission was to initiate a dialogue towards definition of a long-term strategy for Brazil’s cooperation with Korea in Science, Technology and Innovation. 

See below an article by Paulo Kemper, of KAIST Herald, with a summary of this mission´s activities.

Brazil-Korea Videoconference: Towards Scientific Exchange

On March 29th and 30th, the Embassy of Brazil in Korea and KAIST ITTP (Global IT Program) received  the preparatory mission to the First Science, Technology & Innovation Joint Committee Meeting between Brazil and Korea to be held in Seoul in the second semester of 2010.

The meeting consisted on a sequence of presentations, visits to Korean science and technology institutions and talks between the Brazilian delegation, Brazilian research institutes and representatives of Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), Korea Nanotechnology Research Society (KONTRS) and KAIST, among other institutions.

This round of meetings marked a serious advance on scientific and technological interaction of both countries, settling the path for future joint research projects on biotechnology, microelectronic and aerospace fields. In special, Brazilian delegates showed a deep interest on ethanol processing technologies. Towards the same goal, Korean representatives demonstrated willingness for such a cooperation agreement based on the potential of biomass production of the South-American country.

The meeting was held in Seoul (first day) and Daejeon (last day).  The Seoul session started with a meeting with Dr. Kyu Ho Song and Dr. Myoung-Bok Lee, Director and Research Chief of Daegu’s National Practical Nanotechnology Center (NPAC), respectively.  Focus on this day was given to political meetings with the Ministry of Education, Science  and Technology (MEST) in Korea and the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPI).  The day schedule also included a meeting with the Director of KONTRS, Doctor Sang-Hee Suh, and a meeting with KARI’s President Dr. Lee Joo-jin.

The second day began with a videoconference between the Brazilian delegation members, National Nanofab Center (NNFC) and 5 research institutes connected in Brazil. The meeting was held in the ITTP Seminar Room  (Munji
Campus), hosted by Professor Jae Jeung Rho, Director of ITTP. This session aimed to foster new technology exchange agreements between both nations and their top-notch research centers. Applications of nanotechnology on biotechnology were the key subject discussed on the session. 

Following the videoconference, the delegation was received by Prof. Min Ho Kang, Vice President of KAIST ICC, who discussed new perspectives in Mobile Harbor and OLEV projects. Later, the delegation headed to the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), where the talk emphasized biofuels and bioenergy. The remaining schedule included a visit to KAIST National Nanofab, KARI, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) and Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER).

Were present at the event Director of the Department of Science and Technology (DCT) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hadil da Rocha Vianna, Ambassador of Brazil in Korea, Edmundo Sussumu Fujita, Head of the International Office of Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology, Doctor José Monserrat Filho, President of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), Doctor Carlos Ganem and Advisor to the Secretary General of Brazilian Ministry of External Relations (MRE), Secretary Jean Marcel Fernandes.

(Paulo Kemper, KAIST Herald)

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