< National Science Museum to Transfer the Technology of Bio-Resource Database to Mongolia >
- Signing MoU with Mongolian Natural History Museum and Mongolian State University of Education -
□ National Science Museum(President Yang Sung-kwang) announced its plans to transfer the technology related to bio-resource database to Mongolian Natural History Museum and Mongolian State University of Education as to utilize it in exhibition, research and education.
ㅇ Due to lack of bio-resource database technologies in Mongolia, bio-resource information was not systematically managed. It is expected that Mongolia’s diffused bio-resource information can be managed by building an integrated database with the technology transfer of National Science Museum.
ㅇ The bio-resource database technology that is being transferred to Mongolia this time has been collected by National Science Museum over the last ten years by conducting research in major areas from both home and abroad including Mongolia and in the database, over 2 million databases have been made from around 10,000 species.
□ National Science Museum signed MoU with Mongolian Natural History Museum and Mongolian State University of Education on 25 August regarding the agendas including the joint use of bio-resource database, technology transfer of service and operating knowhow and providing support for inviting and training young scientists.
ㅇ At the MoU signing ceremony each held at Mongolian Natural History Museum and Mongolian State University of Education, President Yang Sung-kwang of National Science Museum, Director Zorigbaatar of Mongolian Natural History Museum and Vice President Tamir of Mongolian State University of Education participated.
ㅇ With the signing of the MoU, National Science Museum published the Korea-Mongolia e-book by utilizing bio-resource information of the two countries. It has plans to strengthen cooperation with Mongolia in various ways including training young scientists in the related fields.
ㅇ Around 70% of bio-resources held by Korea and Mongolia is the same so the value of utilizing bio-resources between the two countries can be increased.
□ President Yang Sung-kwang of National Science Museum said, “Korea and Mongolia’s bio-resource research can have synergy effects by continuously sharing and utilizing bio-resource information of the two countries. Also, this agreement can be the opportunity to expand mutual exchanges such as implementing cooperative projects among National Science Museum, Mongolian Natural History Museum and Mongolian State University of Education.”
□ Meanwhile, National Science Museum and Mongolian Natural History Museum have hosted 4 exhibitions over the last ten years including the “special exhibition for celebrating the 20th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Mongolia” for establishing bio-resource database in East Asia and facilitating exchanges among nations. A variety of exchanges and collaboration have been made such as annual curator training programs, joint research seminars and operating the Korea-Mongolia bio-resource cooperation center.
ㅇ In this year, many cooperative efforts have been made. For example, specimen of rare animals in Mongolia’s grassland were rented out for free, special exhibition titled “wildlife in Mongolian prairies” was hosted and exhibition tours around science museums across the nation were held. Collaboration projects in bio-resource research in national natural reserves have been continuously implemented in collaboration with Mongolian State University of Education.