|Title||KIST celebrates its 55th Anniversary (February 10, 2021)|
KIST celebrates its 55th Anniversary
The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) held its 55th anniversary ceremony at its headquarters in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, at 11 a.m. on February 9, 2021 (Tuesday).
The President of KIST, Dr. Seok Jin Yoon, stated that “now is the time, when the world is changing, that the role of Science and Technology in preparing for the future of Korea is needed more than ever.” He also mentioned that “I hope everyone will join us in pursuing challenging research goals that can change the world, innovating research methods, and making KIST into a research institute that will bring the future to today.”
For this year’s anniversary, Dr. Kiyoung Choi, the Minister of the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT, said in a congratulatory video message that “we will strengthen our basic capabilities to overcome national challenges and prepare for an uncertain future.” Dr. Hyesook Lim, the newly appointed chair of the National Research Council of Science and Technology (NST) stated in a congratulatory speech that “we will create a better environment for KIST to be able to conduct challenging and innovative research.”
In addition, Mr. Seounglae Jo, member of the National Assembly from the Democratic Party of Korea, Mr. Sungjoong Park from the People Power Party, Mr. Robert Rapson, Charg？ d’Affaires ad interim of the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in the Republic of Korea, H.E. Nguyen Vu Tung, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the Republic of Korea, and Dr. Ho Gun Park, Chair of the KIST Yeonwoo Membership, via congratulatory video message, encouraged S&T researchers to strive to fulfill their expectations and roles in the face of the difficulties brought on by COVID-19.
Prior to the ceremony, the “Declaration of the Charter of Ethics” and “GRaND KIST Golden Bell” events were held. For the “Declaration of the Charter of Ethics”, KIST researchers and administrative staff made five pledges to be implemented as part of efforts to recognize KIST's legitimacy as a national research institute which is trusted by the public that prioritizes ethical management and national and social responsibility. “GRaND KIST Golden Bell” was a quiz contest where 55 KIST members competed to celebrate the Institute's 55th anniversary and share KIST’s history and vision.
Since its establishment in 1966, KIST has pursued research for the development of the nation's science and technology fields, and has strived to adapt itself to be a think tank for national industrialization, a follower of advanced technologies, and a pioneer of original technologies.
In compliance with the COVID-19 quarantine rules, the anniversary event was held via video conference and live online broadcast.
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