Science, technology and innovation
Australia and Korea share a collaborative approach to scientific research. This has the potential to deepen in coming years as both Australia and Korea seek to build new partnerships in science, technology and innovation.
Inaugural joint workshop between CSIRO and Korea's NST
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the National Research Council of Science and Technology (NST) held their first joint workshop on 21-22 March 2018 in Daejeon, Korea, to promote bilateral research activities and commercialisation. The workshop was the first outcome under the MoU between CSIRO and NST facilitated by Austrade under the CSIRO - Austrade collaboration agreement.
CSIRO researchers from the land and water, energy, minerals, manufacturing and futures business units met their Korean counterparts to discuss joint research projects, and to identify projects that would qualify for the Korean Government's Convergence Research program. This program provides individual project funding of up to USD10 million for research collaborations with international institutes, academia and industry. A follow-up CSIRO-NST joint workshop was held on 27-30 August in Australia.
KAIST collaboration with CSIRO and ANU
The Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) – the 'MIT of Asia' – is at the forefront of global research and development. KAIST has a strong record of accomplishment in commercialisation, not least in its current collaboration with Australia's leading research and development institutions to increase the impact of science and technology research in both countries.
KAIST signed an MoU with the CSIRO for joint research collaboration and a teaching exchange agreement in January 2014.
In March this year, the KAIST Global Commercialisation Centre (GCC) visited Australia and met with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and CSIRO. ARENA and CSIRO also participated in the KAIST GCC international conference and workshops to explore opportunities for collaboration and commercialisation.
Following this, the Australian National University (ANU) Vice Chancellor and Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt, visited Korea to sign a MoU with KAIST for further engagement between the two institutions and to identify opportunities for greater research cooperation.
Cutting edge science and technology on show
Australian researchers had the opportunity to travel to Seoul in June to showcase their cutting-edge science and technology projects. Delivered in collaboration with Korean tertiary institutions and the Australian Embassy, the Australia-Korea Research and Innovation Collaboration Workshop was attended by over 70 Korean and Australian researchers and delegates from the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
A green car technology project produced by Macquarie University and Seoul National University, and a helicon plasma project used for computer microcircuits emerging from ANU's collaboration with KAIST, were two of the highlights.
The new Endeavour Leadership Program was also showcased, which supports research programs for overseas study education, training and research for Australia's highest performing students, researchers and professionals.
The Korean-language version of Partnering with Australia on Science, Innovation and Research booklet was promoted to workshop attendees. The booklet, produced by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, outlines opportunities for international organisations to invest in and collaborate with Australian organisations on science, research and innovation projects.
The workshop proved to be a valuable forum to promote Australia's innovation and science credentials and to sow the seeds for future Australia and Korea collaborations and partnerships.