- The Fifth Korea-New Zealand Joint Committee on Science and Technology held (Nov. 20, Virtual Meeting)
The Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) held the virtual meeting of Fifth Korea-New Zealand Joint Committee on Science and Technology (JCST) on November 20 (Friday).
The two countries signed the Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in 1997, and have held JCSTs alternatively since 2007. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Korea-New Zealand JCST.
The JCST was jointly headed by Jung Hee Kwon, Director-General of the International Cooperation Bureau at the MSIT and Prue Williams, General Manager of Science System, Investment and Performance of New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and was attended by more than 20 people from science and technology industry, academia and research institutes from the two countries.
At this meeting, the two countries discussed ways to cooperate in science and technology, including stock-taking the achievements of joint research and selecting new joint research areas such as artificial intelligence, health and medical services.
Since 2017, under the agreement reached at the Fourth JCST (2017, New Zealand), the two countries have been conducting joint research on three tasks: Development of Digital Human Brain Model for Brain Damage Treatment, Study on Advanced Security Technology for the Internet of Things Environment, and Study on Smart Farm and Smart Harvest.
The two sides discussed ways to cooperate in information exchange on outstanding smart farm operations in New Zealand and development of advanced smart farm technology that maximizes the synergy of different ICTs by combining and Korea’s robotics, AI and telecommunication technologies, on which New Zealand hopes to cooperate with Korea.
In addition, the two countries decided to pursue joint research in the field of health technology, in which the Auckland Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology of New Zealand is increasing its investment. The areas of joint research will be biomimetic technology, robotic medical devices, and augmented reality (AR), which have a high possibility of cooperation.
Korea and New Zealand agreed to cooperate on developing high-performance new alloy surface treatment technology by joining the strengths of Korea's excellent new alloy design, casting, processing and heat treatment process technologies and New Zealand's coating and surface property enhancement technologies to reduce the weight and improve the design of mobile phone frames, as well as to improve the durability and surface properties of meat trimmers.
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Director-General Jung Hee-kwon of the International Cooperation Bureau of the MSIT, said that the ministry recognized the importance of steady science and technology cooperation with New Zealand even amid the COVID-19 pandemic and organized the virtual JCST, which was as effective as an in-person meeting.
Director-General Jung said, "Even after COVID-19 is over, we will push for more diverse cooperation activities, based on ICT, with various countries that have been difficult to have in-person meetings due to long distances."
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