The ninth Forum on nanotechnology for exploring new direction for convergence of nano science to technology and application between the United States and Korea, will be held on June 4th & 5th, 2012 at Hanyang University (Korea).
During the past decade, the United States and Korea have been supporting nanotechnology as a priority research area. The delegates at the 5th meeting of the U.S.-Korea Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (held on October 30th & 31st, 2002 in Seoul, Korea) agreed that the establishment of U.S.-Korea Forums on Nanotechnology would be beneficial to enhance research collaboration in the field of nanotechnology among scientists and engineers from both countries. With this mission, we established the first U.S.-Korea Forum on Nanotechnology, via National Science Foundation (NSF) funding, on October 14th-18th of 2003. As the Korean counterpart to NSF, participation was overseen and funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST). The first Forum was held in Seoul in 2003 and dealt with various topics in nanotechnology. Since then, eight annual Forums have been organized alternatively in U.S. and Korea covering a broad spectrum of emerging nanotechnology related areas and have established a highly beneficial partnership between both countries.
Based on our eight widely successful Forums on nanotechnology, this ninth Forum offers a glimpse into the future direction of this field by covering a broad spectrum of areas including nanoscale fundamentals and basic tools for convergence, sustainability & energy, and other applications. This Forum is a timely effort to further provide a common platform for scientists and engineers from both countries to accommodate urgent technology contributions in nanotechnology for sustainability.
Our Forum consists of two days. On the first day, there will be two keynote speeches from Mihail C. Roco (NSF) and Chang Kyung Kim (Vice Minister, MEST) followed by oral overview presentations from 20 world renowned scientists (10 each from both countries). The second day will consist of poster presentations from early-career participants and structured discussions to identify collaborative opportunities and research directions for fruitful implementation of nanoscience and technology to develop a roadmap for sustainable research.
This Forum will actively promote the exchange of research, education, and policy between the two countries in the emerging area of nanotechnology for sustainability. The Forum promises to have a huge impact in nanoscience to meet the needs for the changing environment in addition to strengthening achievements and assessing the progress on recommendations made during the previous eight Forums, while also promoting exchange of young scientists between the two countries. Furthermore, it will boost the dynamic partnership between industry, government, and academia leading to a huge contribution to society and global education. This Forum proceedings and findings will be available on Carnegie Melloní»s website in addition to a planned special issue for Journal of Nanoparticle Research with selected contributions for extensive outreach to the scientific community
June 4, 2012