120th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations
France and Korea started diplomatic relations 120 years ago. To mark this anniversary, two Science Weeks are organized this year–one in Korea and the other in France–in order to underline the reinforced cooperation between both countries.
In Korea, the Science Week took place in Seoul and Daejon from June 12-16 and included several major events. CNRS took part in two of them: The first event was the signature of an agreement for creating the “Center for Photonics and Nanostructures,” an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) on nanophotonics. This will be a collaboration involving CNRS, Joseph Fourier University, and the École Centrale de Lyon on the French part, and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) on the Korean part. The second event was a joint biotechnology seminar entitled “Drug development targeting diseases” organized on June 16, by the Korea Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) in partnership with CNRS, the French Institute of Health and Medical Research, and the Institut Pasteur Korea (IP-K). Some twenty top-level researchers met, including three CNRS research scientists.
In France, CNRS will host a French-Korean Colloquium on Environment and Energy on September 28 and 29 in Paris, along with the Association of Korean Scientists in France (ASCoF)1 and the participation of Ademe2 and EDF.3
ASCOF develops relations between Korea and France by helping Korean students, engineers, and research scientists living in France, Belgium, and Switzerland integrate into their host country, and by facilitating scientific communication between those scientists and their French colleagues.
1. Association des Scientifiques Coréens en France.
2. Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie.
3. Electricité de France.