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The 7th Korea-France Joint Coordinating Committee on Science and Technology (July 6)

- Strengthen cooperation in cutting-edge fields (e.g. AI, climate technology)

- Hold 7th Korea-France Joint Coordinating Committee on Science and Technology and promote cooperation among science & technology universities

In cooperation with the French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs (MEAE*) and Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI**), the Ministry of Science and ICT held the ‘7th Korea-France Joint Coordinating Committee on Science and Technology’ on July 6 in Seoul to promote bilateral cooperation in science and technology.

* MEAE : Ministere de l’Europe et des Affaires Etrangeres

** MESRI : Ministere de l’Enseignement Superieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation

The Committee was attended by Director-General Kyung-hee Song of International Cooperation of MSIT, Director-General Denis Despréaux of International Cooperation Research Innovation of MESRI and Director Olivier Brochet of Culture, Education, Research, Network of MEAE.

In-depth discussions were conducted on bilateral science and technology cooperation issues, such as new joint research and university-research cooperation.

The parties agreed to promote cooperation between research institutions on AI technology development to improve the public quality of life. To this end, the parties agreed to conduct joint research on basic fields related with AI and discuss measures on expanding the scope of cooperation based on research results.

Furthermore, the parties agreed to strengthen exchange between Master’s & Ph.D. students in science and technology universities and to cooperate in granting joint or multiple degrees and expanding joint guidance for doctoral dissertations. In particular, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (CNAM*) agreed to establish a joint research center to promote contents technology cooperation.

* CNAM : Conservatorie national des arts et métiers

Furthermore, the parties agreed to share a joint vision for responding to climate change, sympathized with the need for ST cooperation in this field, and decided to hold additional talks for signing an MoU.

Based on the Science Technology Cooperation Agreement signed in 1981, Korea and France have taken turns hosting the Korea-France Joint Coordinating Committee on Science Technology each year. So far, a total of 6 meetings were held, which has fostered cooperation in researcher exchange and joint research.

For the past 15 years from 2003, a total of 221 projects were supported through researcher exchange and cooperation, contributing to laying the foundation for bilateral science and technology exchange by linking personnel exchange with joint research.

Furthermore, the Korea-France Space Forum held in Seoul and Paris in commemoration of the 130th anniversary of the establishment of Korea-France diplomatic ties has served not only as an academic event, but also as a platform for space-related businesses to hold meetings and promote personnel exchange.

The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS*), Paris-Sorbonne University, Yonsei University and Ewha Women’s University opened a world-class international joint research center(UMI**) and cooperates on new materials and nano-technology.

* CNRS : Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, largest national policy research institute in basic sciences

** UMI : Unité Mixte Internationale (International Joint Unit)

Director-General Kyung-hee Song of International Cooperation stated that the Committee “was an occasion to reaffirm the importance of global cooperation in science and technology to national development and prosperity of mankind,” adding that “meaningful discussions were held on cooperation in AI research, climate change response and talent development.”

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