|Title||Dr. Yoon, Seok Jin, the 25th President of KIST (July 20, 2020)|
Dr. Seok Jin Yoon Appointed as 25th President of KIST
The inauguration ceremony for the 25th President of KIST was held at its Seoul headquarters on July 20. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the ceremony was broadcast online, with only key KIST executives taking part.
Founded in 1966, KIST was Korea’s first comprehensive research institute, and over the past 50 years, it has been leading a paradigm shift in science and technology research, driving the economic growth of the nation. Welcoming the new President, KIST unveiled its renewed vision, which will be upheld by the extensive research capabilities KIST has accumulated since its establishment and the robust human network and infrastructure it possesses as the nation’s leading research institute.
Dr. Seok Jin Yoon, the new President of KIST, mentioned “the establishment of a research implementation structure that deals with national issues and global agendas” as the top priority for KIST. He stated that KIST’s key missions going forward will be “to overcome disasters at the national level, such as dementia, infectious diseases, and fine dust, and to prepare ultimate solutions for those issues.” He also clarified the role of KIST as “a research institute that suggests new growth engines” for securing the world’s future competitive core technologies. Lastly, he revealed his plans to strengthen “KIST’s role as a hub for innovative national systems” that focuses on convergence and cooperation among universities, research institutes, and enterprises while conducting world-class level research.
As KIST’s 25th President, Dr. Yoon promised “to suggest a vision that everyone in KIST can sympathize with and participate in, and to communicate sincerely with open heart to KIST members while doing away with unnecessary formalities and conventions and lowering the threshold of the President’s office.”
Dr. Yoon graduated from Yonsei University in 1983, majoring in electrical engineering, and earned his Ph.D. from the same University. He joined KIST in 1988, and has served in various roles, including Director of the Materials and Life Science Research and Research Planning & Coordination Divisions. These experiences honed his expertise in both research and administration, and would later serve him well as he sought to pioneer innovation in convergent research areas while serving as Director of the Convergent Research Division at The National Research Council of Science & Technology (NST) from 2014 to 2016. Prior to his current appointment, he had been the Vice President of KIST since 2017.
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