KIST embarks on a new journey, the next 50 years, to bring quality to life and build a creative economy based on science and technology.

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) is a science and technology institute working to bring better quality of life to all people by preparing for the future.

KIST was founded as the first sciecne and technology research institute of Korea in 1966 and since then, it has continually played a leading role in national development. Many government-funded research institutes have been modeled after KIST and as such, KIST has set the standards to become the national think tank of science and technology.

This is a banner year for our institute. KIST celebrated its 50th anniversary in February 2016. We are putting all our efforts to launch the next 50 years by meeting global challenges such as aging society and energy-food-resources shortages head on while preparing for the new future with convergence research and open cooperation.

In addition, KIST is concentrating its research capability to making sure our research outcomes will translate into greater competitiveness for Korean businesses. We believe that science and technology will become the foundation in firmly establishing a creative economy. Given that KIST was born out of international development aids, we believe it is timely to return the favor by disseminating the KIST model, a science-based official development assistance (ODA), thereby contributing to the betterment of the global community while enhancing Korea’s status in the world.

As KIST is preparing to tackle the next 50 years, all members at KIST promise to journey into the new 50 years with even more enthusiasm and hard work to open up the new future for the people and society.

Dr. Lee Byung Gwon
President

History Timeline

  • KIST 50th Anniversay Sculpture
    2016.09.01

  • KIST 50th Anniversay(2016-02)
    2016.02.15

  • 2014-03-13
    2014.03.13

    The newly appointed 23rd President of KIST, Dr. Byoung-kwon Lee has declared that KIST will put full efforts in meeting challenges such as aging society and energy-food-resource shortages head on while preparing for the new future focusing on convergence research and open cooperation.

  • 2008-01-01
    2008.01.01

    KIST Jeonbuk was established in Wan-ju, Jeollabuk-do, to lead the development of the composite materials industry. The construction will be completed in August 2012.

  • 2004-09-23
    2004.09.23

    The Korea Research Council of Fundamental Science and Technology (KRCF) became the supervising authority of KIST.

  • 2003-05-01
    2003.05.01

    KIST Gangneung was established in Gangneung, Gangwon-do, to implement the national policy of ‘Innovating Science and Technology in the Region for a Balanced National Development.’

  • 1996-02-16
    1996.02.16

    KIST Europe was established in Saarbrucken, Germany, to play an important role as the hub for the exchange of technology and joint research with Germany, EU, and other Eastern European countries in the field of basic and applied sciences.

  • 1989-06-12
    1989.06.12

    KIST was re-established as an independent entity from KAIST to be the leading R&D institute for the development of creative original technologies.

  • 1981-01-05
    1981.01.05

    KIST and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science (KAIS) was integrated and renamed as the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

  • 1966-02-10
    1966.02.10

    KIST was founded, and Dr. Choi Hyung-sup was appointed as the first President of KIST.

  • 1965-05-18
    1965.05.18

    A joint statement on the “Establishment of a Korean Industrial and Applied Science R&D Institute” was concluded by the Presidents of Korea and the U.S.A.

  • KIST 50th Anniversay Sculpture
  • KIST 50th Anniversay(2016-02)
  • 2014-03-13
  • 2008-01-01
  • 2004-09-23
  • 2003-05-01
  • 1996-02-16
  • 1989-06-12
  • 1981-01-05
  • 1966-02-10
  • 1965-05-18
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