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Korea and Austria first create S&T cooperation channel (July 17)

- 1st Korea-Austria JCM on S&T Cooperation held (July 16)

- New project to carry out scholar exchanges

The MSIT announced that it co-hosted the first Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation (hereafter referred to as JCM) with Austria’s Federal ministry of Education, Science and Research in Vienna, Austria on July 16.

The first JCM was one of the follow-up measures of the MOU signed during the visit of the Austrian Prime Minister in February when the two countries agreed to strengthen cooperation in science and technology to respond to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Korean delegation was led my Director General Song Kyung-hee of the International Cooperation Bureau of the MSIT and the Austrian delegation was led by Director General Barbara Weitgruber of Scientific Research and International Affairs for the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research.

Austria is a basic science powerhouse that has produced 16 Nobel laureates in the field of science and technology and boasts a robust manufacturing base with a host of SMEs in heavy industries, making car parts and advanced materials.

Also, Austria’s R&D intensity stands at around 3.14%, ranked among the top in Europe. In particular, foreign investment in its R&D is about 15%, demonstrating its active international cooperation in this area.

During the JCM, the two sides shared science, technology, and innovation policy and agreed to start a new program for researcher exchanges.

Korea’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and Austria’s OeAD will notify the projects from November for two months and select scholars for exchange within t he scope of nine projects in order to start scholar exchanges from July 2020.

The two organizations will provide support so that networks form through exchange programs will lead to research collaborations, with the direction to select research projects that can bring together researchers globally.

Also, the two countries agreed to resume the “Korea-Austria Science Day” event that was last held in 2010.

Science Day is an event that provides a platform for direct exchanges of information among researchers to discover areas of interest and to explore opportunities for research collaboration.

During the second Science Day event held in 2020, the two countries explored exchanges and cooperation among researchers in the field of the IoT and life science.

Director General Song Kyung-hee of the International Cooperation Bureau of the MSIT said that “we took a first step toward science and technology cooperation with Austria through the JCM.”

“Korea, with the world’s best ICT and applied technology, and Austria, a basic science powerhouse, will be ideal partners to achieve mutually supplementary development. We will provide active support to produce tangible results,” said Director General Song.

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