Report on plenary presentations in Gyeongju & Incheon, Korea
October 22-27, 2006
Topics in the general area of nanoelectronic materials and devices were discussed at the Conference. Theme of the Conference was "Emerging Nanotechnology and Impact on Technology Innovation in Industry". Discussions did emphasize a multidisciplinary approach (materials, devices, systems, and fabrications).
By 2025, Korea aims to be among the top seven most technologically advanced nations in the world. The government of Korea has announced an ambitious plan and is significantly increasing the powers of its science and technology (S&T) agencies such as the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). Along with these changes comes a substantial increase in funding. Over the next 20 years, investments will be focused in key areas such as information technology (IT), biotechnology, environmental technologies, new materials, nanotechnology, space technology, and atomic energy. This report provides a review of Korea’s new government research and development (R&D) programs, R&D budgets, S&T policies, S&T organizations, and international S&T activities.
China is currently in the process of constructing centers for the exploitation of nanotechnology in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and elsewhere. This report introduces some of the influential scientists who are involved in heading these centers, and their views on nanotechnology in China are briefly presented in an interview format. With the completion of these new centers, which is scheduled to be in the near future, China will have the infrastructure in place to begin challenging the West’s lead in the field of nanotechnology.
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