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Exploring the Future of Fourth Industrial Revolution to Improve the Quality of Life (May 21)

- Swiss-Korean Joint Symposium 2019

- Expanding Cooperation in Fourth Industrial Revolution and Providing More Information to Firms and Researchers from Both Countries

The Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) announced the Swiss-Korean Joint Symposium 2019 with a focus on the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that improve the quality of life. The event was jointly held with the Embassy of Switzerland in the Republic of Korea at the Seoul city hall on May 21 (Tue).

The symposium was part of the Swiss-Korean Innovation Week 2019, which was held on the sidelines of the 5th Swiss-Korean Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology in Bern, Switzerland in Nov 2018. At the symposium, about 200 participants from firms, startup incubators, universities and research institutes explored the future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, such as AI, IoT, VR and AR, to improve the quality of life.

Members of both countries' industry, academia and research institutes shared information on innovative technologies from their countries by giving presentations on four topics-smart transportation and safety, inclusive technologies for marginalized population, technology-led solutions and the concepts of smart city- and explored opportunities for research cooperation, investment and market entry at the business matchmaking dinner.

Since the 2008 Agreement On Science And Technology Cooperation, the Korean and Swiss governments have continued cooperation in science and technology through five JCMs on science and technology from 2009.

The JCMs laid the ground for joint research support projects in 2015, which supported 12 projects in big data, molecular physics and neuroscience for three years. Twelve new topics including digital health will be selected for 4-year joint research.

Young Researchers' Exchange Programme between Korea and Switzerland started in 2016 to promote the exchange of two countries' doctoral students; it is currently supporting mutual exchange between 32 Korean students and 17 Swiss students.

Swiss-Korean Science Days have been held 7 times to expand academic exchange between the two countries and to continually discover new areas of cooperation.

Director-General Song Kyung-Hee of International Cooperation Bureau at the MSIT said, "I hope to see more industry-academia-research collaboration in the field of Fourth Industrial Revolution to improve the quality of life, building on the Korean-Swiss science and technology cooperation with trust."

The symposium was held on the second day of the Swiss-Korean Innovation Week 2019, which is held for 5 days from May 20 (Mon) to May 24 (Fri).

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