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Network meeting between the Swedish Research Council and South Korea

This year, Sweden and South Korea are celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations. In conjunction with the visit to Sweden of South Korea’s president, the Swedish Research Council and the National Research Foundation of Korea are arranging a network day on 14 June on the theme Sweden – South Korea: Science and technology for a better society. 

The purpose of the network meeting is for researchers and representatives of the National Research Foundation of Korea, NRF, and a number of Swedish research funding bodies to meet and discuss possible collaborations for a better society. The meeting focuses on research into health, new materials and data communication; areas where both countries are already making large-scale investments. In Sweden, this is done via SciLifeLab, the European Spallation Source and participation in the European high-power computer investment EuroHPC. During the meeting, some of the collaborations within science and technology that have already been completed will also be presented.

The event is aimed at invited researchers and representatives of public authorities. From Sweden, the attendees will be researchers from previous projects and representatives from NRF’s other Swedish collaboration partners, such as the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research.

Jung-Hye Roe, President of NRF, and Sven Stafström, Director General of the Swedish Research Council, will host the network day. South Korea will also be represented by Kong-Joo Lee, Scientific Adviser to the President of South Korea, and Sweden by Jonas Björck, Head of the Research Policy Unit at the Ministry of Education and Research.

The bilateral collaboration in brief

In 2003, the Swedish Research Council and the then Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (now the National Research Foundation of Korea, NRF) entered into a bilateral agreement on collaboration in research. Every two years, joint calls with varying focus are issued, most recently in autumn 2018, when the focus was on joint use of research infrastructure.

Since 2009, the collaboration has been done within the framework for Sweden’s overarching agreement at government level with South Korea on collaboration within the science and technology areas with South Korea (SÖ 2009:60).

In spring 2019, Sweden opened at research and innovation council in Seoul, South Korea.

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