Successful kick-off meeting for Korea-Sweden Research Cooperation
On Monday, 24th of April, there was a kick-off meeting for the Korea-Sweden Research Cooperation programme, arranged by STINT and the NRF, National Research Foundation of Korea. The kick-off meeting was held for the second time and gathered three groups of scientists who were recently granted funds from STINT, for inspiration and an opportunity to meet and exchange experiences.
The aim of the Korea-Sweden Research Cooperation programme is to strengthen Swedish and South Korean research and higher education by developing and establishing partnerships between both countries. The programme supports projects of high scientific quality which are clearly contributing to the activities of participating institutions for three years.
— This kind of kick-off meeting is an opportunity to start up the projects and for the participants to get to know each other, as well as STINT and NRF. Physical meetings are important when most of our communication take place via e-mail and digital application systems, said Mr. Mattias Löwhagen, Programme Manager at STINT who also acted as moderator during the meeting.
The meeting was opened by Dr. Moo Je Cho, President of the NRF, who talked about his organisation and the importance of internationalisation in the world. Dr. Hans Pohl, Programme Director at STINT also spoke about the benefits of internationalisation and showed some statistics from STINT´s Internationalisation Index. Then Prof. Peter Swoboda, Professor at Karolinska Institutet, talked about the importance of exchanging experiences and gave an example where cooperation led to a new direction in an ongoing project.
Then, the three newly granted projects were presented:
Project 1, NanoSimuloScope – a multiscale simulation approach to nanocatalyst design, a collaboration between Uppsala University and KIST – Korea Institute of Science and Technology
Project 2, Magnetic metamaterials, a collaboration between Uppsala University and Korea University.
Project 3, The Next Generation Organic Photovoltaics with Fullerene Free, a collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology and Korea University.
The meeting ended with a lunch, mutual discussions and networking among the participants.