KIST Celebrates Its 56th Anniversary (February 10, 2022)
- Date : 2022-03-15
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International Cooperation Team
KIST Celebrates Its 56th Anniversary
On February 10 at 10:40 a.m., the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST; President: Dr. Seok-Jin Yoon) kicked off its 56th anniversary ceremony at its headquarters in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul.
This year’s ceremony was held via video conference and live online broadcast in compliance with COVID-19 quarantine rules, and the Contact Tracing System (CTS) developed by KIST was implemented. With this technology, if a confirmed case is discovered among the event participants, it is possible to check who had contact with the confirmed case within 10 minutes.
For the pre-ceremony event, a video on the 2021 7 Hot KIST News Items, as selected by KIST employees, was played. Three items in the major policy and issue categories were selected, including "System Innovations for a Fearless Research Institute," and four cases in the research performance category were selected, including "Phase 2 Clinical Trials Proving the Effectiveness of the K-Vaccine with Immune-Enhancing Technology."
Following that event, an awards ceremony was held, with 13 different awards being given out, including the KIST Grand Prize and the Songgok Science and Technology Award. The KIST Grand Prize was awarded to Dr. Chansoo Kim of the KIST Computational Science Research Center for his research on predicting the spread of COVID-19 and the evaluation of policies and economic analysis related to the virus, as well as the safety and economic benefits his research on optimizing quarantine policy design have provided. Meanwhile, the Songgok Science and Technology Award in the field of new materials development went to Prof. Sei Kwang Hahn of Pohang University of Science and Technology for his contributions to the academic and industrial development of the next-generation smart wearable medical devices field through his development of smart contact lenses which can diagnose and deliver treatments for diabetes.
In his commemorative speech, KIST President Dr. Yoon said, "We will support policies and systems which allow KIST researchers to overcome the pressure of failure and freely challenge the most difficult research topics,” and stressed, “To mark our 56th anniversary, KIST will abandon the inertia built up by its past pursuits and take a leap into the unknown to become ‘The Great Research Institute, GRaND KIST.’”
Mr. Hongtaek Yong, the 1st Vice Minister of the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT, Dr. Bok Chul Kim, Chairman of the National Research Council of Science and Technology, Mr. Won-wook Lee and Mr. Seong Rae Cho, congressmen from the Korean Democratic Party, and Mr. Park Seongjoong, the Assistant Administrator for the Democratic Party and People Power Party, sent congratulatory messages to KIST. In addition, the President of KIST’s Yeonwoo Party, Mr. Ho Gun Park, said, “The longer the COVID-19 situation lasts, the more we will reflect on the spirit of the scientists and engineers from the early days of KIST and continue to fulfill our roles as researchers.”
Since its establishment 56 years ago, KIST has focused on pursuing research with the aim of developing national S&T, and has strived to achieve this by serving as a think tank for national industrialization, making efforts to catch up with advanced technologies, and pioneering original technologies.