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2016-17 AKF grant recipients

Project Title Recipient Project Description Value Grant Funding Location

Project to enable a Korean-Australian Studies Centre at the UniSA

University of South Australia

University of South Australia aims to undertake a project between 2016 and 2019 to establish a Korean-Australian Studies Centre (KASC). The KASC will be the hub of promoting and developing Korean-Australian related studies via a wider public engagement in Australia and Korea. The KASC will be the first Korean Studies Centre in Australia that is distinctively Korea-Australia related focused.


Adelaide, SA

Expanding and Promoting Australian Studies in Korea

Griffith University (Griffith Asia Institute)

This project aims to expand and promote Australian studies in Korea by way of two seminars and joint research studies conducted by the Australian Centre for Korean Studies at Griffith University and the Centre for Australian Studies at Yonsei University on the topics of education and tourism.


Nathan, QLD

Australia-Korea Media Exchange

Walkley Foundation Limited

The program will continue to offer a bi-annual exchange between Australian and Korean journalists to develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in a bilateral, regional and global context. This program facilitates an important ongoing exchange of ideas and expertise creating a platform for critical thinking about the media's role in socio-political developments into the future.


Redfern, NSW

Australian-Korean Cooperation for Virtual Design and Construction Technologies: Sustainable Partnership

Swinburne University of Technology

This project stems from a commitment to strengthening the existing partnership, named 'Australian-Korean Cooperation for Virtual Design and Construction Technologies: Sustainable Partnership (VDCT Partnership)'. It seeks to compensate the strengths and weaknesses of both, thereby generating convergent benefits. At this stage, we are looking for the opportunity to secure the AKF grant to facilitate visitors from Korean partners.


Hawthorn, VIC

Polyglot's "Sticky Maze" Tour


Polyglot Theatre proposes a three-city tour in Korea of play space production "Sticky Maze", in partnership with significant players in the North Asian children's performing arts sector. This unique participatory work engages across the generations through creative play, positioning Australia's cultural sector as world-leading, sophisticated and fun. We will also collaborate with local Korean artists, enabling cultural and artistic exchange.


South Yarra, VIC

Australia-Korea Partnership for Graphene-Plasmonic Hybrid Materials Development

Swinburne University of Technology

A/Prof James W. M. Chon from Swinburne University and A/Prof Byungkwon Lim from Sungkyunkwan University plan to develop graphene - plasmonic hybrid nanostructures for advanced sensing and solar energy applications. Through Australia-Korea Foundation Grant, reciprocal visits to respective laboratories are planned in December 2016 and April 2017 for scientific exchange and experiments that raise Australian scientific profiles in Korea.


Hawthorn, VIC

Dale Harding - Gwangju Biennale 2016

Milani Gallery

The recipient has been selected to participate in the 11th Gwangju Biennale, a high profile exhibition of contemporary art, from 2 September to 6 November 2016. For the exhibition recipient will present a new wall-based painting/mural that develops and expands on his earlier bodies of work that have sought to document the lived experiences and oral histories of his family members


Woolloongabba, QLD

To Present "It's Dark Outside" at Ensemble Theatre, South Korea

The Last Great Hunt Inc

The Last Great Hunt has been invited by Seongnam Cultural Foundation to perform the award winning production "It's Dark Outside" at the Seongnam Cultural Centre in South Korea in September 2016.


Northbridge, WA

10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards - Jury of Juries

Brisbane Marketing

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be celebrating its 10 anniversary in 2016. To celebrate this milestone, the International Jury will comprise of Jury Presidents from the preceding 9 years. This project will support the participation of APSA Patron, 9th APSA Jury President, an icon of Korean Cinema, a loved and admired figure internationally Mr Kim Dong-Ho.



An undergraduate subject focussing on the Australia-Korean bilateral economic relationship

The University of Sydney

This project supports two reciprocal visits by Professors of Economics at Yonsei University and the University of Sydney. The one week visits will include guest lectures and highly focussed workshops for undergraduate students to learn about the Australia-Korean economic partnership and will form a key component of a new course which was launched by Sydney's School of Economics in 2015.


Sydney, NSW

Ashi-yu meeting

Dr Naomi Ota

The final creation, showings and presentation of a new live installation performance following the successful research at the Kinosaki Arts Centre, Japan (March 2016) with Theatre Nottle, which combines audience and performers in a mobile ashiyu (footbath) that arises from the traditions of onsen (hot spring) and other public bathing traditions, considering the idea of healing, cure, and recuperation.


Preston, VIC

Honey Pot: Adelaide Fringe's marketplace

Adelaide Fringe

Cultural exchange and the development of fruitful partnerships between Australia and South Korea through Adelaide Fringe's marketplace program Honey Pot.


Norwood, SA

2016 IKAA Gathering costs and cultural events for KAIAN members

Korean Adoptees in Australia Network (KAIAN, Inc)

This project has three components: i) to cover registration fees for KAIAN members (plus partners if applicable) to attend 2016 IKAA Gathering in Seoul in August, ii) to provide a special food tour during IKAA Gathering, and iii) to provide a series of Korean cooking classes in Melbourne in November for KAIAN members plus one family member/friend.


Heidelberg Heights, VIC

Australian Films and Artists for 21st Busan International Film Festival

Busan International Film Festival

Our aim is to enhance the presence of Australia within the framework of the festival by selecting and screening Australian films for the 21st Busan International Film Festival, inviting Australian artists to Busan and holding events to present their films to the audience.


South Korea

Towards More Effective Renewable Energy Transitions in Korea

Griffith University

The project addresses the pressing challenge of meeting Korea's policy commitment to effectively generate renewable energy. It focuses on the most viable technology for expansion, wind energy, which, however, attracts significant local social conflict. The project will examine how to improve wind-farm planning processes to enhance the effectiveness of renewable energy transitions to better adapt to climate change.


Nathan, QLD

Korean popular music and (multi)cultural understanding

Macquarie University

The project investigates the role of Korean popular music (K-pop) in developing (multi)cultural understanding among an Australian audience. It uses interviews with self-identified K-pop fans (n=20), an online survey, and a survey of online activity. Research will be carried out from July 2016 in the Sydney area and findings disseminated in Australia and Korea.


North Ryde, NSW

Memristive Implementation into an Artificial Vertebrate Retina for Sensor Systems

The University of Western Australia

Korea is a world leader in electronics, especially memory technology which is a growing industry in Australia. With the advent of memristor technology, a collaboration between Chungbuk National University (CBNU) and the University of Western Australia will see implementation into an artificial retina based on a signal flow platform, contributing towards progress in therapeutic healthcare, and image sensor design.


Crawley, WA

SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016: NERIRI KIRURU HARARA

SeMA Seoul Museum of Art

Sharing the "post-museum" vision of Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul is a recurring international survey of contemporary art, with a focus on media art and other art forms that pertain to the concept of media. SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul will present its 9th edition from September to November, 2016, under the curation of Beck Jee-sook.


South Korea

Galaxy evolution across environments: linking Australian observatories and Korean simulations

University of Western Australia

The aim of this project is to tackle one of the most outstanding question in galaxy evolution -how galaxies get their gas- by combining radio/optical surveys led by the University of Western Australia and the theoretical expertise present at Yonsei University. This will allow us to build the foundations for a long-term collaboration and student exchange between Australia and Korea.


Crawley, WA

SKKU-UWA Partnership Forum

Sungkyunkwan University

The first SKKU-UWA Partnership Forum will take place at the University of Western Australia in September 2016. Professors from both universities will meet and give presentations in order to network, share knowledge, and develop ideas. The purpose is to strengthen ties between SKKU and UWA as well as the academic communities of both nations.


South Korea

The Australia-Korea Advanced Metal Alloys/Metal Technology Project

University of New South Wales

With the advent of advanced industry and innovation revolutions in Australia and Korea, these two nations are geared towards the development of new technologies for engineering and consumer-based applications. This proposal intends to link the School of Materials Science, UNSW with the Materials Science and Engineering department at Seoul National University to develop next-generation materials destined for the consumer marketplace.


Sydney NSW

English Language Scholarships for Former North Korean Students


Enable 5 former North Korean students to study English in Sydney for 30 weeks to enhance their career and education prospects and build bilateral relations


Haymarket NSW

Joint Australian Korean High School STEM enrichment and engagement program

LAZSTA (Metropolitan South West Science Teachers Association)

The project offers an exceptional opportunity for students and teachers from Australia to interact with their Korean counterparts to develop an understanding of contemporary Korean culture through a shared commitment to environmental and science related issues. Cultural visit to Korea including a visit to a Korean school, university, museums and technology centres.


Mittagong NSW

New Approaches to Tax and Welfare in Australia and Korea

Australian National University

This project builds a collaborative network of academic experts, government and civil society groups for reciprocal study of tax and welfare policy in Australia and Korea. Workshops and public seminars in 2017 (Canberra) and 2018 (Seoul) will examine new approaches to tax and welfare policy to address shared challenges including the digital global economy, gender inequality and ageing populations.


Acton ACT

Sharing the language of design: an Australian Korean partnership

The University of Newcastle

This project creates an academic network, "Australia-Korea Design Language Group", and sets out to understand how language shapes Australian and Korean design processes. This project seeks to break down the barriers to achieving efficient and sustainable design interactions between people in the two nations. A long-term, reciprocal Australia-Korea research program could emerge from this project.


Callaghan NSW

South Korean teachers' understanding and teaching of mathematics concepts

University of South Australia (UniSA)

The overall aim of the present study is to provide rich opportunities for Australian and Korean teachers to interact and understand the success of Korean mathematics classroom practices and students' performances with particular focus on Korean culture.


Magill SA

Australia-Korea collaborative forums for Smart Green cities

RMIT University

The objective of this project is to develop partnerships for Smart Green Cities by having two forums, one in Korea and one in Australia. Forums will create a platform to increase awareness of Australian practice in Korea and Korean practice in Australia by inviting practitioners, policy makers and scholars. RMIT University will collaborate with Korea National Assembly Research Service.


Melbourne VIC

Building greater cultural knowledge and understanding in regional universities

Southern Cross University

The aim of the project is to foster closer linkages, engagement and cultural understanding between psychology at Southern Cross University and Kyungnam University. This will be achieved through (1) workshops/meetings, (2) an exchange program, (3) joint collaborative projects, (4) internationalization of the curriculum, and (5) innovative ways of using social media to build closer linkages between students at the universities.


Lismore NSW

Melbourne-Seoul: an intercultural poetry exchange

RMIT University

Through a range of public events, the program under proposal seeks to reinforce positive images of both Australia and Korea through the arts; we intend to strengthen long-term intercultural relationships between key regional partners and to develop networks between poets and academics from both countries through a series of high profile outcomes (readings, seminars, lectures, co-writing projects, workshops, publications).


Melbourne VIC

AKF Media Fellows 2016-17

University of Sydney

Four media students from The University of Sydney will undertake a journalism Internship in Seoul in 2017 hosted by Korea Herald and TBS for a period of 4 weeks covering a variety of stories, including arts, trade and culture, in both print and online formats.


Camperdown NSW

Computational Design Strategies for a Warming Climate: Melbourne and Seoul

RMIT University

This application asks to support a workshop that brings together experts in the fields of landscape architecture, engineering, urban design and technology from Australia and Korea. The project will examine how an engagement with big and small data through simulation combined with scientific investigations of atmosphere and heat can introduce transformative techniques for engaging with climate change and designing cities.


Melbourne VIC

Research symposium for early career researchers and doctoral students (Nursing).

The University of Newcastle

The project involves early career researchers (ECR), doctoral students and faculty from two Schools of Nursing - Ewha Womans University and University of Newcastle, for a one-week research symposium in 2017. Participants will share research achievement, develop grant applications and publications. The senior researchers will mentor ECRs and students. This project will facilitate long term research collaboration between the two countries.


Callaghan NSW

Asialink Reciprocal Residency Korea-NSW 2017: Empowering Two-Way Engagement

Asialink, the University of Melbourne

a reciprocal residency between Korea and NSW in 2017 and funding to provide high level support to each resident and ensure the program remains at the forefront of Australia-Korea cultural engagement.


Melbourne VIC

Extreme-Scale Computing for Big Data Analytics

Macquarie University

his project aims to initiate joint research between Australia and Korea by addressing complex problems arising from the Big Data. Two workshops are planned in Australia and Korea by inviting emerging research leaders and prominent industry practitioners with expertise in Data Science and High Performance Computing to form a new strategic research initiative.


North Ryde, NSW

Global LYNCs 2016: Strengthening the Korean & Victoria Regional partnerships

Distance Education Centre Victoria

The October 2015 official MOU between Daegu District and SWVR DET Victoria provided the first step to increasing active project-partnership schools in 2016. Following formal evaluation the next step is to strengthen inter-Regional confidence in the project's capacity, broadening school & District involvement and planning for sustainability. The uniquely composed international steering committee provides outstanding opportunities for Foundation promotion.


Thornbury, VIC

Korean Business Seminars via videoconference around Australia and Seoul

Australia-Korea Business Council

This project involves holding three business seminars via video-conference in Seoul, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin, making it cost-effective and accessible to anyone in Australia and Seoul. Each seminar will offer targeted, insightful and practical business perspectives on opportunities and challenges between Australia and Korea in the Food and Agribusiness, Financial Services and Infrastructure sectors, post KAFTA implementation.


Melbourne VIC

Nothing To See Here 볼 것이 없다

Nathan Stoneham

a collaboration between members of Melbourne's and Seoul's blind communities, and professional artists from Australia and Korea. With the support of local partners, workshop periods in both cities culminate in an innovative exhibition where artworks are described not displayed.


Newmarket QLD

Cultural Baseball Exchange with Korea - 2016 Women's World Cup

Australian Baseball Federation Inc

The Australian Women's Baseball team will undertake a cultural exchange in Seoul prior to the 2016 World Baseball Cup to be held in Busan, Korea. The visit will include exhibition games against local youth boys teams, clinics for local women's teams, school visits, official receptions, cultural activities and the exchange of coaching techniques and ideas between coaches.


Chevron Island, QLD

Integrated drainage and supply through water sensitive design"


This proposal builds upon the signed Memorandum of Understanding between CSIRO Land and Water and Korea Institute of Civil engineering and Building Technology (KICT) in January 2016. Our institutions share several parallel research activities that focus around water sensitive urban design, managed aquifer recharge and reuse of urban stormwater.


Glen Osmond SA

Speaking engagement for Bronwen Dalton on education opportunities at the AKBC-KABC Joint Meeting 2016

Australia-Korea Business Council

The AKBC and its Korean counterpart the KABC have been meeting on an almost annual basis for 36 years since 1978. The meeting consists of a 2 day conference. This project provides funding for Bronwen Dalton to speak at the 37th Joint Meeting on bilateral education opportunities.


Melbourne VIC

Australia-Korea Men's National Baseball Team Friendship Series

Australian Baseball Federation

The World Baseball Classic will be held in Japan in early March 2017. This has presented an opportunity for the Australian and Korean National Teams to play a series of pre-tournament games in Korea and promote sports diplomacy and friendship between the two nations


Chevron Island, QLD

Last Updated: 8 March 2017
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