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The Korean and Swedish delegations, front row: Myung-Chul Lee, President, The Korean Academy of Science and Technology and Anna Wetterbom, Chief Executive Officer, Young Academy of Sweden.

Bi-lateral workshop with the Young Academy of Korea

2017-07-31

On 28 July the Young Academy of Sweden had the great pleasure to welcome a delegation from the Young Academy of Korea (Y-KAST) to Stockholm for a bi-lateral workshop.

It was an intense day full of interesting presentations and fruitful discussions. We learned about the research systems in our respective countries and talked about challenges for young researchers, gender equality, science communication with the public, and how to inspire children to pursue a career in science. In particular we found that young scientists in both countries face similar challenges in securing a tenure position.

Y-KAST workshop

Since Y-KAST started its operations only this year we also talked a lot about how our respective academies are organized and work. The election process is crucial for all science academies and the Young Academy of Sweden shared their experiences on how to transition from the first years when the mother academy was responsible to establishing a process owned by the young academy.

Maria Tenje presents the Young Academy of Sweden


The bi-lateral workshop was a great success and it is anticipated that the connections between the academies will continue to strengthen over time through further collaboration.

Short facts about Y-KAST

  • Established in 2017
  • 75 members divided in five divisions
  • Four divisions are science and technology, one division for policy
  • Members elected for three years, re-lecetion possible
  • Members always retire at age 43

The Korean delegation

Myung-Chul Lee, President, The Korean Academy of Science and Technology. Research area: Nuclear Medicine
Yong Ho Park, Commissioner, Bio-MAX Institute, Seoul National University. Research area: Veterinary Microbiology. Chair, Y-KAST
Hyongbum Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Yonsei University College of Medicine. Research area: Genome Editing, Stem Cells. Vice Chair, Y-KAST
Ki Tae Nam, Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University. Research area: Bioinspired Materials Science. Vice Chair, Y-KAST
Ki Won Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Food and Animal Biotechnology, Seoul National University. Research area: Food-Medicine Genomics. Vice Chair, Y-KAST
Ji-Joon Song, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Research area: Structural Biology. Member, Y-KAST.
Dong Wook Han, Professor, School of Medicine, Konkuk University. Research area: Stem Cell Biology. Member, Y-KAST.
Yunha Jung, Head, Public Relations Team, The Korean Academy of Science and Technology
Unbi Kim, Program Officer, International Cooperation Division, The Korean Academy of Science and Technology

The Swedish delegation

Maria Tenje, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University. Research area: Microsystems Technology. Vice Chair, Young Academy of Sweden
Steffi Burchardt, Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Mineralogy Petrology and Tectonics, Uppsala University. Research area: Structural Geology. Member, Young Academy of Sweden
Karl Wennberg, Professor, Department of Management and Organization, Stockholm School of Economics. Research area: Entrepreneurship, Regional Development, Organization Theory. Member, Young Academy of Sweden
Anna Wetterbom, Chief Executive Officer, Young Academy of Sweden
Ji-Won Song, PhD student, Stockholm School of Economics

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