As part of my ongoing work as adviser for Future Forests, the NGO dedicated to combating the spread of deserts in China, and throughout the world, I was invited to serve as the judge for a series of talks by Chinese and Korean students about how we can come together to fight the environmental crisis—most specifically desertification in Northern China. The series of talks were held at Sungkyunkwan University on October 24, 2012 and featured five teams making PowerPoint presentations about their vision of what is possible. This “Korea-China University Student Forum” (한중대학생표럼: 中韩大学生论坛) brought together Korean and Chinese students to discuss the concrete issues of desertification in person and to put forth their ideas. Continue Reading
Dr. Emanuel Pastreich Discusses the Importance of ‘Courtesy’ at the 2012 Forum on the Cultural Genes of Korea
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
(Seoul) Dr. Emanuel Pastreich, the Director of the Asia Institute, highlighted the concept of ‘courtesy(예의)’ in Korean history and its significance in modern Korean society during his presentation ‘Sun-bi and Courtesy: the Chivalry Spirit of Korea’ at the Forum on the Cultural Genes of Korea last Wednesday, October 10th which took place at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS). Hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Chosun Media and organized by the Korean Studies Advancement Center and HUFS, the forum was part of the Discovery and Expansion of Korea’s Cultural Genes Program which aims to success and proliferation of the traditional value of Korea.
The participants searched for historical tradition and cultural colors within modern Korean culture under the topic of ‘Noticeable Cultural Genes of Korea in 2012.’ The first session covered four of Korean cultural genes which included ‘dynamic(역동)’, ‘endurance(끈기)’, ‘courtesy(예의)’, ‘humor(해학)’. The second session dealt the topics of ‘taste(맛)’ and ‘excitement(흥)’ followed by the third session on ‘harmony(어울림)’, ‘affection(정)’, ‘naturalness(자연스러움)’ and ‘community(공동체: 우리)’.
The event was the launching of the series of Forum on Cultural Genes of Korea which will be held annually.
Pastreich Lecture on the future of Korean cities at JSB
August 30, 2012
Pastreich was invited to give a talk at JSB Incorporated, one of the most innovative companies in Seoul working on environmental design on August 30, 2012. Pastreich spoke at length with the CEO Choi Jaejung, a remarkable figure who is known for his love of art and the environment (both he and his wife are artists) and his open style of administration. Link
Pastreich talk on “Networked science” at the Asia Research Network’s summer seminar in Japan
August 26, 2012
Pastreich presented a paper on Michael Nielsen’s new book: “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science” at the second annual summer seminar for young Asian researchers of the Asia Research Network. Pastreich has worked with the Asia Research Network informally for the last two years.
The Asia Research Network grew out of the collaboration between Professor Hara Masahiko at Riken (and Tokyo Institute of Technology) and Professor Haewon Lee of Hanyang University on nano materials. Link
Pastreich Talk at KBS about the power of Korean Media
July 24, 2012
Director Pastreich gave a talk at KBS’s education center in Suwon on the topic of the Korean Wave and the future of KBS on July 24, 2012. The talk was intended for new employees of KBS and there were perhaps 150 young people, fresh out of college, who represent the future of Korean media.
The talk stressed the importance of Korean youth to take advantage of their remarkable cultural influence in the world to create a better future for us all. I gave examples of the impact that Korea can have in either a positive or negative manner, and drew attention to the great depth of the Korean cultural tradition, far beyond current K Pop, to inspire people around Asia and around the world to reach for something greater than consumerism and self-gratification.
“A Paradigm Shift for Science and Technology: Prospects for Administrative Regimes”
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Korean National Assembly
Pastreich delivered the keynote address at a seminar at the National Assembly of Korea entitled “A Paradigm Shift for Science and Technology: Prospects for Administrative Regimes” (과학기술패러다임의 변화와 행정 체제). The event was sponsored by the Korean Congressional Research Service, the Korea Federation of Women’s Science and Technology Associations KFWSTA and Korea Advanced Institute of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. Link
Asia Institute Seminar “The Great Green Wall: Desertification, the Economy and Security in Northeast Asia”
June 28, 2012 –
Asia Institute Seminar
“The Great Green Wall: Desertification, the Economy and Security in Northeast Asia”
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Ambassador Byong Hyon Kwon (former Korean Ambassador to China; President of Future Forest
Dr. Kwak Sang Soo (senior research Korea Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology)
Emanuel Pastreich, Director of Asia Institute
Desertification is emerging as a central security issue for the world, and specifically for Northeast Asia in the current age. Climate change resulting from a diverse set of human activities is changing the ecosystem of Northern China, leading to the spread of deserts with profound implications for the region and the world. As the yellow sands from Mongolia and Northern China reach all the way to the United States, we must rethink the threat posed to the world by the misuse of land and dangerous misconceptions about the economy.
This seminar highlights the achievements of Future Forest and the project known as the “Great Green Wall,” an innovative approach to stopping the spread of the Kubuchi desert in Northern China through a combination of tree planting, land fixation technology and education in sustainable land management for local people that has proven the skeptics wrong. The “Great Green Wall” is an example of innovation in governance, education, agriculture and technology worthy of emulation and benchmarking.
Asia Institute Seminar: “Storytelling, Social Networks & Social Change” with Annabel Park
May 03, 2012 –
Asia Institute Seminar
“Storytelling, Social Networks & Social Change”
May 3, 2012
Annabel Park, Blogger and Activist and Founder of the Coffee Party led a lively discussion moderated by Professor Chip Pitts of Kyung Hee University and Stanford Law School in which she engaged both Koreans and internationals about the importance of creating powerful narratives as a means of bringing about meaningful social change.
The Asia Institute Seminar “The Past, Present and Future of Money” with Professor Marc Shell
April 27, 2012 – Professor Marc Shell’s Asia Institute seminar on Friday, April 27 on “The Past, Present and Future of Money drew a fascinating group of thoughtful individuals to GCS International for the Asia Institute Seminar. The talk itself was a rather involved consideration of the history of language and currency, and their interplay over the last three millennia. Details
Asia Institute Seminar about Contemporary Korea
April 15, 2012 – The Asia Institute held a small working seminar on contemporary issues in Korea with Charles Cho, Secretary General of Global Common Society, Annabel Park, film director, John Eperjesi, professor of English at Kyung Hee University, Jack Barton journalist and author, Lara Tosh, Director at Korea 4 Expats, and Emanuel Pastreich, director of the Asia Institute on April 15, 2012. The seminar focused on issues in education and included a detailed comparison of Singapore and Seoul.
Asia Institute Seminar: “Revisiting Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Security in North Korea”
March 28, 2012 – Stephane Mot published an article about the lively discussion at the Asia Institute seminar on North Korea’s nuclear program held on Thursday. He equates North Korea launching a missile to throwing a “dolsot” curling stone into the hottest point of contention between Korea and Japan. He went on to discuss other aspects of the issue of North Korea launching a satellite in his blog post.
Asia Institute on Korea’s Potential
February 18, 2012 – On Saturday, February 18, 2012, the Asia Institute hosted a seminar titled “Three Global Perspectives on Korea’s Potential in Research and Business” at the Paik Hae Young Gallery in Itaweon at 3pm. It was a discussion of Korea’s institutional strengths, and continuing challenges, led by three individuals with extensive experience working in Korea’s efforts to internationalize in both research and business. The focus of the seminar fell on which aspects of Korean practice and policy have been the most effective in propelling Korea to a new global role. Vince Rubino, Joel Momberger, and Heisook Lee briefly described their own perspectives and took questions from the audience, and Emanuel Pastreich moderated.
The Asia Institute Welcomes Ambassador Vishnu Parkash of India to Seoul
February 13, 2012 – The Asia Institute and the Indo-Korean Business and Policy Forum held a banquet in honor of India’s new ambassador to Korea, Mr. Vishnu Parkash on Monday, February 13, 2012. The event featured talks by President Pastreich and the president of the Dr. Lakhvinder Singh. Many dignitaries, including Mr. Jeong Sun Tae, Minister of Government Legislation, and Mr. Moon Kook-Hyun, president of the New Korea Party, attended the event held at the Lotte hotel in downtown Seoul.
India is playing an increasingly important role in Northeast Asia, with profound implications for all the nations of the region. The talks focused on the positive implications of such developments and the potential for new solutions of old problems offered by the changes.
Lately, the Indo-Korean Business and Policy Forum has been very active in organizations, conferences, and seminars to promote India-Korea ties. With more than 800 articles published by its members, it also boasts having created the largest body of knowledge of India-Korea academic literature. Its monthly magazine, the Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report, reaches more than 200,000 readers every month. The Forum has also helped numerous Indian and Korean scholars to complete their research programs and doctorates by providing high-quality reference materials.
Korean Organic Farming
January 27, 2012 – The Asia Institute released a report on the state of Korean organic farming, putting forward the idea of current organic farming methods as a forgotten treasure and a preservation of thousands of years of tradition. The report can be downloaded in the publications section of this site.
Pastreich to Deliver Talk on Future of the Research Institute January 27
January 17, 2012 – Director Pastreich will present a paper entitled “The Future of the Research Institute” on Friday, January 27 at 4:20pm at the Nano-Bio Convergence New Technology Research Center of Kyung Hee University. Please attend if you have the time.This pdf details directions and other information about the event in Korean.
Presentation at 21st Century Women Leaders Forum on Importance of Women for Future of Korea
January 11, 2012 – Director Pastreich presented his essay titled “The Importance of Women for the Future of Korea” at the 21st Century Women Leaders Forum hosted by Korea’s Federation of Women’s Science and Technology Assocation on January 11, 2012. He was invited by the chairman, Dr. Myungja Kim, who has served as the Minister of the Environment for Korea. Photos and the full text of the essay can be found at Director Pastreich’s personal blog,Circles and Squares.
Noam Chomsky Seminar Covered by Jung Ang Monthly
January 05, 2012 – The December issue of Jung Ang Monthly Magazine (월간중앙) featured an extended article on the Asia Institute’s recent webinar with Professor Noam Chomsky of MIT. The article is 15 pages long. An English translation will be coming soon.
How Artists can Add to a Research Institute
January 05, 2012 – Director Pastreich published a Korean-language article detailing his ideas on how a research institute could incorporate artists into its campus in order to foster creativity and innovation. The article excerpt can be downloaded here.
UNESCO-WTA Workshop “Triple Helix Model of Innovation: Government-Academia-Business Cooperation”
November 03, 2010 – Pastreich was a commentator in an international conference on the importance of innovation systems involving government, industry and academics in Asia. Focus fell on the transfer of knowledge from developed nations to developing nations.
Pastreich discusses the marriage of art and technology at the Electronics Telecommunications Research Institute
October 29, 2010 – Pastreich delivered a talk at ETRI (Electronic Telecommunications Research Institute)–one of the most famous research institutes in Korea–about the need to increase the exchange between artists and those involved in technology. Pastreich was joined by Ms. Miyoung Jeon, owner of the SSol Gallery and Mr. Hyeongweon Jeon, owner of the Igong Gallery. Ssol Gallery and Igong Gallery are two prominent galleries in Daejeon and had not previously had any interaction with ETRI. The two gallery owners from Daejeon spoke about the arts scene here and made several very concrete suggestions for possible collaboration.
Discussion on Technology Convergence at KRISS
October 25, 2010 – Pastreich visited KRISS (Korea Research Institute for Standards and Science to discuss possible cooperation concerning technology convergence. The hope is that a forum for the discussion of technology convergence can be established.
Asia Institute Seminar at the Korea Institute “The Future of the Research Institute”
October 23, 2010 – This Asia Institute seminar focused its attention on the future of the research institute and the implications of technological change for its development.
Indo-Korea Business and Policy Forum Chairman Singh meets Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik
October 20, 2010 – Indo-Korea Business and Policy Forum Chairman Singh meets with the new Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik to discuss economic relations
Director Pastreich talk at KISTI (Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information) on the future of the research institute
October 18, 2010 – Pastreich gave a presentation about the evolution of the research institute and the need for comprehensive, global consortiums in future research.
Pastreich Appointed as Advisor to Gwangju Metropolitan City
October 15, 2010 – Pastreich was appointed as a member of the “Internationalization Committee for Gwangju Metropolitan City.” His responsibilities include international exchanges and FDI.
Director Pastreich appointed as Advisor for Planning and External Relations to Daejeon City
October 15, 2010 – Pastreich appointed to a committee within the city of Daejeon responsible for long-term planning.
Founding of the Korea Industry Convergence Association (KINCOA)
October 10, 2010 – Pastreich was named as a founding member of the Korea Industry Convergence Association (KINCOA) and made a member of the advisory committee with responsibility for international exchanges for Korean companies, research institutes and government. It was the first time in history that an international has been appointed the founding member of a Korean industrial association.
Director Pastreich visit to Water Analysis & Research Center of K-Water
October 10, 2010 – Pastreich visited K-Water, Korea’s water corporation, to discuss collaboration with the “Integrated Water Management Systems” Initiative of CMAS and the Asia Institute. CMAS (Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies) is part of the World Institute administrated by the Asia Pacific Rim Research Universities. Dr. Jim Falk of University of Melbourne serves as director.
Director Pastreich Appointed Advisor to Daejeon Metropolitan City
October 08, 2010 – Pastreich appointed as advisor to the city of Daejeon for planning and external relations. The work concerns the expansion of ties between the research cluster and peer institutions around the world
Launch of the Daejeon Global Forum
August 01, 2010 – The Daejeon Global Forum, an effort to bring together experts from all fields of Daejeon society to discuss the city’s new global role, was launched with the support of the Asia Institute.
Successful agreement of Asia Institute with IC2 Institute, KISTI and Daejeon Metropolitan City
July 25, 2010 – The IC² Institute of the University of Texas, Austin has joined forces with KISTI (Korea Institute for Science and Technology Information) and the City of Daejeon to launch a new program in commercialization of local technology. The program will be run together with the assistance of the Asia Institute.
Director Pastreich interviewed by KBS
July 15, 2010 – Director Pastreich speaks about his work at Woosong University and with the city of Daejeon in an interview with KBS TV.
Director Pastreich publishes article calling for linking convergence technologies with the reduction of fuel consumption
July 15, 2010 – Director Pastreich wrote an article for the Korean journal ET News arguing that Korea’s expertise in ICT is a golden opportunity to reduce the consumption of fuel by reducing the need to travel for business significantly.
Asia Institute, Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety and the Indian Embassy to host International Seminar on Nuclear Power in Asia
June 25, 2010 – International Seminar on Nuclear Power Hosted by the Asia Institute, the Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety and the Embassy of India.
Global Green Growth and the International Association of Science Parks
May 23, 2010 – The 27th World Conference of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP) will be held in the Daedeok research cluster in Daejeon, Korea—one of Asia’s leading centers for innovation. IASP will focus on the multidimensional problem of responding to climate change and reimagining the economies, the communities and the manufacturing infrastructures of the world in the face of this unprecedented challenge. Under the rubric of “Global Green Growth” IASP XXVII Daedeok will bring together the full range of IASP members, complemented by a select group of experts in green technologies conversant on climate change to engage in a broad discussion of how science parks can serve as the vanguard in proposing viable solutions to climate change. IASP 27 will take up the mandate of Copenhagen 15 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference) for a drastic reduction in emissions and the establishment of a broad range of sustainable development initiatives.
Director Pastreich publishes article on the future of construction
May 10, 2010 – Director Pastreich wrote a paper in which he argued that the Korean construction could be globally successful if it made environmental issues, and creativity, an essential part of the package that it is trying to sell. “Making Korea the Undisputed Leader in Construction Globally”
Release of Report on Nuclear Power in Southeast Asia by the Asia Institute and the Korea Nuclear Safety Institute
May 05, 2010 – The Asia Institute submitted its report “A Survey of the Nuclear Safety Infrastructure in Southeast Asia and Prospects for the Future” to the Korea Nuclear Safety Institute (KINS), the product of a six month intensive study involving SolBridge International School of Business faculty Sergey Butakov, Michel Delorme and Emanuel Pastreich, with the assistance of Matthew Calabria and SolBridge International School of Business students Hu Die, Pamarthy Likith Srinivasa, Ngoc Bui, Yanti, Margaret Lopulisa and Mook Phipatseritham.
Director Pastreich Talks about implications for Logistics of Nuclear Power in SE Asia
April 23, 2010 – Director Pastreich spoke at a meeting of the Korean Association for Logistics and Distribution about the implications of the increase use of nuclear power in Southeast Asia for logistics. He stressed issues of safety and safeguards, particularly in the case of Vietnam.
Director Pastreich meets with Business Delegation from Seattle
April 22, 2010 – Daejeon’s Sister City Seattle sent a delegation of business representatives to Daejeon to discuss closer relations in business and research. Pastreich gave a presentation about Daejeon’s Green Growth Forum in which he suggested possible win-win strategies for cooperation at the local level.
Battelle Delegation Visits the Asia Institute
April 15, 2010 – A high-level delegation from Battelle, a leading international technology development company, visited the Asia Institute to discuss cooperation related to the internationalization of Korea’s technology sector. The meeting was attended by Landis Kannberg, Chief Technology Officer Battelle Korea, Charles Lucius, Vice President Sustainable Energy Battelle,Kathya Mahadevan, Senior Research Scientist, Energy Systems and Carbon Management, Battelle. Joel Momberger, Director of IC2 Institute Korea, University of Texas, Austin Alp Malazgirt, Professor, SolBridge International School of Business.
Director Pastreich discusses prospects for East Asia Integration
April 09, 2010 – Director Pastreich was invited to Busan to talk about the prospects for advanced economic integration in Northeast Asia. Pastreich stressed the complexities Of the Northeast Asian situation, but made a positive predictions for the near to mid-term.
Director Pastreich visits Nautilus Institute, MIT and CSIS to discuss Nuclear Power in Asia
February 16, 2010 – Discussed the present efforts of the Nautilus Institute to move forward with a program for non-proliferation in Northeast Asia and the possibility of KINS playing a role in that program. The program is not focused on nuclear power directly, but offers much opportunity for cooperation. In specific, a conference on a Korea-Japan Nuclear free zone is planned for Daedeok this year.
Director Pastreich visits Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam as part of nuclear power project
February 01, 2010 – Director Pastreich travelled to Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam in February, 2010. In Jakarta, he met with representatives of BATAN & BAPUTAN, the regulatory bodies for nuclear safety and nuclear energy to discuss Indonesia’s current energy policies. In Singapore, he was a guest at Nanyang Technical University, conferring with Asia Institute senior associate Professor Foo Check Teck and meeting Dr. Kim Hock KOH, Director Centre for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science of the Ministry of the Environment. Pastreichh also met with representatives of the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety I Hanoi and spoke with Vice Minister Tien of the Ministry of Science and Technology part of the Southeast Asia Nuclear Power research project with the Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety.
Asia Institute Launches Research Project with Korea Institute for Geosciences and Materials
February 01, 2010 – The Asia Institute launched a six month project to work together with Dr. Ahn Jihwan, senior researcher at the Korea Institute for Geosciences and Materials (KIGAM) to study the potential for commercializing a new carbon capture technology.
Director Pastreich visits Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam as part of nuclear power project
February 01, 2010 – Director Pastreich travelled to Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam in February, 2010. In Jakarta, he met with representatives of BATAN & BAPUTAN, the regulatory bodies for nuclear safety and nuclear energy to discuss Indonesia¡¯s current energy policies. In Singapore, he was a guest at Nanyang Technical University, conferring with Asia Institute senior associate Professor Foo Check Teck and meeting Dr. Kim Hock KOH, Director Centre for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science of the Ministry of the Environment. Pastreichh also met with representatives of the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety I Hanoi and spoke with Vice Minister Tien of the Ministry of Science and Technology part of the Southeast Asia Nuclear Power research project with the Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety.
Pastreich calls for the establishment of a G 20 Permanent Office in the New Sejong City
January 25, 2010 – Director Pastreich wrote an editorial in the Maeil Gyeongjae Sinmun (MK Newspaper) advocating that Korea can play a leading role in the G 20 era and should do so by establishing a permanent headquarters for the G 20 in the new Sejong City. Pastreich argued that Sejong could serve in part the role of an international city of diplomacy similar to the role played by Geneva, but with a focus on Asia.
Asia Pastreich calls for the establishment of a G 20 Permanent Office in the New Sejong City
January 25, 2010 – Director Pastreich wrote an editorial in the Maeil Gyeongjae Sinmun (MK Newspaper) advocating that Korea can play a leading role in the G 20 era and should do so by establishing a permanent headquarters for the G 20 in the new Sejong City. Pastreich argued that Sejong could serve in part the role of an international city of diplomacy similar to the role played by Geneva, but with a focus on Asia.
Asia Institute Participates in India-Korea Forum Hosted by Indian Embassy, Daedeok Innopolis and the Ministry of Knowledge Economy
January 18, 2010 – The Asia Institute helped to organize an international forum to explore the economic and technological implications of the India-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA ) between the Republic of Korea and India. Director Pastreich hosted the half-day event featuring policy makers, technical experts and businessmen and gave an address at the banquet dinner. The Forum was held just days before Korean President Lee Myung-Bak visited India as a state guest to sign a wide range of agreements for cooperation in business, research and government.
Director Pastreich Appointed as Columnist for the Maeil Business Newspaper (Maeil Gyeongjae Sinmun)
January 15, 2010 – Asia Institute’s Director Emanuel Pastreich has been appointed as a columnist for the Maeil Business Newspaper (Maeil Gyeongjae Sinmun), Korea’s leading newspaper for finance and business. He will write a monthly column on contemporary economic and political issues, especially those involving the United States and Korea.
The Asia Institute engaged to draft Daedeok Declaration for International Association of Science Parks International Convention
January 14, 2010 – Daedeok Innopolis has engaged the Asia Institute to draft the Daedeok Declaration, a far-ranging proposal for cooperation between science and technology parks (STP) around the world for cooperation in environmental policy and the commercialization of environmental technologies. The Daedeok Declaration will be the centerpiece of the International Association of Science Parks Annual Convention to be held in Daedeok Innopolis in May, 2010. The declaration will call for a new level of international collaboration in the commercialization of environmental technologies as part of the “Global Green Growth,” or G³, movement advocated by Daedeok Innopolis.
Second Biotechnology Report Submitted to KRIBB
January 10, 2010 – Director Pastreich, Dr. Ian Simon, the Director of the Biotechnology Initiative, and Dr. Alp Malazgirt of SolBridge International School of Business submitted the second report to the Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB). This report focuses on successful international efforts in biotechnology involving Korea and makes concrete suggestions for future efforts.
Asia Institute Launches study of nuclear power in Southeast Asia
December 15, 2009 – The Asia Institute has joined forces with the Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety (KINS) to conduct a study of the future of nuclear energy in Southeast Asia with an emphasis on the particular safety concerns of the region. The project is part of Asia Institute’s larger Non-proliferation Initiative which considers the overall impact on the world of the increasing use of nuclear power in the current age.
Director Pastreich tours Cambodia and Thailand to investigate energy issues
December 14, 2009 – Director Pastreich toured Cambodia to assess energy challenges in that country and the future of the country’s energy development. He also met with experts in Thailand working on nuclear energy issues to learn more of the social, economic and political issues that inform the debate on nuclear power in that country. Pastreich conferred with Professor Nares Chankow of Chulalongkorn University, a leading figure in nuclear engineering, and met Professor Chaivat Toshkulkao, Secretary General of the Office of Atoms for Peace (a division of the Thai Ministry of Science and Technology).
Director Pastreich speaks at HuCare Conference
October 30, 2009 – Director Pastreich gave a talk at the HU-Care conference at Hanbat National University concerning efforts to encourage green growth in the United States and Korea. HUCARE is an organization dedicated to bringing together experts from both the applied sciences and the humanities to discuss policy issues. Pastreich spoke about American innovations in energy policy.
3E Café International Conference
October 29, 2009 – The Asia Institute’s 3E Café hosted an international seminar via video conference that brought together students from Tsinghua University in China, Tsukuba University in Japan and the Solbridge International School of Business in Daejeon. The discussion concerned efforts at the local level to address environmental issues. 3E refers to environment, energy and economy, the primary concerns of human civilization today. ETRI (Electronic Telecommunications Research Institute) allowed us to use their cutting-edge facilities for the event.
The Asia Institute featured in INFLO Magazine
October 26, 2009 – INFLO, a leading Korean journal on logistics and trade, featured the Asia Institute in its October edition. The article spoke of Asia Institute¡¯s increasing global role and its contribution to the reinvention of the Korean research institute.
Visit of Daedeok Innopolis CEO Kang to King Saud University
October 25, 2009 – Daedeok Innopolis’ CEO Gyedoo Kang travelled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to present a talk at an international symposium on innovation organized by King Saud University. The visit was organized by the Program Director of Asia Institute’s East Asia Middle East Initiative, Dr. Mezyad Alterkawi. CEO Kang is pursuing closer collaboration with Saudi Arabia in science and technology.
Pastreich speaks about G20 at Asia-Europe Perspective Forum
October 22, 2009 – Director Pastreich addressed the emerging cooperative relationship between Korea and India in a response paper presented at the conference “G20 and Overcoming the Global Financial Crisis in Asia: Strategies for Growth, Development and Prosperity” organized by the Asia-Europe Perspective Forum. Pastreich placed emphasis on the positive role India is playing in bringing integration without great power rivalry in the region.
Pastreich discusses action plan for Ecocity Daejeon with Korean Federation of Environmental Movements (KFEM)
October 21, 2009 – Director Pastreich spoke with core members of the Korean Federation of Environmental Movements (KFEM) in Daejeon to discuss his vision of Daejeon as an ecocity and the ideas promoted by Richard Register, President of Ecocity Builders.
Article on Biotechnology Initiative
October 20, 2009 – Director Alp Malazgirt appears in Hello DD, Korea’s leading hi-tech newspaper.
Director Pastreich attended the Science and Technology in Society Forum
October 03, 2009 – Director Pastreich attended the Science and Technology in Society Forum in Kyoto, Japan, October 3-6, 2009. This event brought together leaders in business and technology from around the world for an in-depth discussion of the state of technology and the prospects for the future. This year’s theme was “Energy and the Environment” and was attended by world leaders including Kan Naoto, Japan’s Minister for National Strategy and Special Officer of the Cabinet for economic, scientific and technological policy, of the Hatoyama administration. The STS Forum is led by Mr. Koji Omi, a leader in Japanese science policy.
Article on the 3E Café appears in Asia Pacific Business and Technology Report
October 01, 2009 – The recent international 3E Café organized by SolBridge students under the aegis of the Asia Institute was featured in the Asia Pacific Business and Technology Report. The article details the efforts of SolBridge students to form a network for cooperation with students around the world to address the challenges of environment, energy and economy. In particular the August international student conference featuring students from SolBridge, KAIST, Tsukuba University and other institutions was highlighted in the article.
September 22, 2009 – Shenzhen, China – The 3E Forum for discussions on the environment, energy and the economy between China, Japan and Korea will meet in Shenzhen, China, to discuss closer collaboration in environmental technologies. This meeting follows on the Tunza Conference in Daejeon and anticipates the debate at the Copenhagen Conference.
The Asia Institute Hosts Dr. Yong Rak Lee, President of Heat Transfer R&D Ltd.
September 18, 2009 – The Asia Institute hosted Dr. Yong-Nak Lee, President of Heat Transfer R&D, on the occasion of his visit to the Daedeok research cluster. Dr. Yong-Nak Lee has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL and is former President of KSEA, Inc (Korean-American Scientists and Engineers in America). Dr. Lee is a leading figure in the fields of energy delivery systems and green energy technology. He has served as senior advisor to Daewoo Company and holds many patents on heat transfer technology. He has recently been appointed by the Korea Government Agency (MEST) to coordinate the Energy Policy Panel for a long range energy need and development.
Director Pastreich delivers talk on Obama Administration’s environmental policy “Technological Innovation Strategy for Green Growth” Seminar
September 10, 2009 – Director Pastreich delivered a talk entitled “The Development of Green Technologies in the United States: Federal and State Strategies” at the international seminar “Technological Innovation Strategy for Green Growth” sponsored by the Science and Techonology Policy Institute and Ministry of Science and Technology. Pastreich was joined by Xavier Leflaive, Priniciple Administrator of the OECD’s Environment Directorate and Takao Kashiwagi, Professor of the Tokyo Institute of Technology and leading figure in Japanese energy policy.
Pastreich Participates in International conference “Green Korea 2009: Green Growth and Cooperation: Policy Mix and Industry”
September 09, 2009 – Emanuel Pastreich was part of a panel discussion on September 9 concerning “Innovation and R&D Strategies for Green Growth.” The panel was part of the international conference “Green Korea 2009” sponsored by The Presidential Committee on Green Growth (PCGG), The United Nations, The National Research Council for Economics, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Confronted with global warming caused by increasing emission of greenhouse gases and with the depletion of energy resources, a growing number of countries around the world have been exploring new growth strategies. Assuch, starting last year Korea has set ‘low-carbon green growth’ as the key growth strategy: The Korean government is trying to go beyond ‘passive’ adjustment to climate change and depletion of energy resources, to create new markets and new jobs through green growth strategy, and, based on these efforts, to explore the sources of new growth engines which will facilitate sustainable development. The Conference was begun with a speech by Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo and Senor Fellow at the JFK Belfer Center at Harvard University, Dr. Paula Dobriansky. The six sessions were (1) green growth and water industry, (2) challenges and strategies for green-energy society, (3) role of manufacturing for green growth, (4) land-use and transportation policy, (5) institutional and legislative issues in green growth, and (6) innovation and R&D strategies for green growth.
Director Pastreich Appointed to Advisory Board of ACTS
August 25, 2009 – Director Pastreich will serve from this September as a member of the advisory board for ACTS, the center for cultural technologies that strives to combine Daedeok’s advantage in IT with its cultural assets. Pastreich will be advising ACTS concerning its current internationalization strategy. At current, the Asia Institute is directing a film in conjunction with ACTS about the 3E Forum.
The 3E Cafe International meeting
August 19, 2009 – Youth from Korea, China, Japan and other nations met in break out sessions from the UNEP Tunza Conference to hold the first international 3E Cafe (environment, energy, economy) in Daejeon. Three students from the 3E Cafe in Tsukuba, Japan, visited Daejeon for three days for this conference. Richard Register, President of Ecocity Builders (Oakland, California, USA), the man who invented the term “ecocity” delivered a talk and participated in a discuss of the 3E Cafe held at Daedeok Innopolis the evening of August 20.
Biotechnology Initiative in the News
August 19, 2009 – The Asia Institute’s program director for the Biotechnology Initiative, Dr. Alp Malazgirt of SolBridge, was featured in an interview with Korea IT Times Magazine. The article describes Dr. Malazgirt’s unique approach to innovation and his plans for Daedeok Innopolis.
Director Pastreich delivers Keynote Address to United Nations Environment Program, Tunza Conference for Children and Youth on the Environment
August 17, 2009 – Director Pastreich delivered the keynote address for the international session on water at the United Nations Environment Programme’s Tunza Conference for Children and Youth in Daejeon, Korea. The talk stressed the role of young people in working on the issue of water and is directly linked to Pastreich’s work on the Water Group to consider carefully issues about water security in East Asia. This presentation was part of the Asia Institute’s effort to support this effort to promote globlal cooperation on environmental issues under the auspices of the United Nations.
City of Palo Alto takes up the Asia Institute’s Proposal
August 05, 2009 – The Asia Institute’s project to encourage the formation of an international ecocity coalition has produced results in Palo Alto, California, home of Stanford University. The city of Palo Alto has posted a summary of its best practices in Russian and Chinese language on its website as a means of encouraging the diffusion of policy. This effort to internationalize environmental efforts at the local level and make them acceptable has been central to Asia Institute’s work. The project was funded through a grant from the Korea Institute for Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIMGAM).
Dr. Mezyad Alterkawi takes over as program director for the East Asia Middle East Initiative.
July 02, 2009 – Dr. Mezyad Alterkawi, CEO of the Riyadh Technology Incubation Center in Saudi Arabia, has agreed to take on the role of program director for the East Asia Middle East Initiative at the Asia Institute. In this role he will bring new leadership with an emphasis on the cooperation between science parks in the Middle East and East Asia, his field of expertise. Dr. Alterkawi replaces Dr. Fahad Altouraif, Vice President for Mergers & Acquisitions at NCB Capital, the primary investment bank associated with Aramco. Dr. Altourif will be returning to his primary work after establishing the East Asia Middle East Initiative. Dr. Mezyad Alterkawi has served as the CEO of RTIC (Riyadh Technology Incubation Center) at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia since 2007. RTIC is a leading center in the Middle East for the development of advanced technologies and will form the core of the Riyadh Techno Valley, a next generation science park to open in 2010 under Dr. Alterkawi’s leadership. At present, RTIC serves as astate-of-the-arttechnology incubator on the campus of King Saud Unviersity that encourages and supports innovation and entrepreneurship locally and throughout the Middle East. King Saud University, with its full range of colleges and educational resources,supports the incubator with programs in the science, engineering, medical, and business areas. Riyadh Technology Incubation Center (RTIC) is also a critical part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to form a knowledge-based economy. Dr. Alterkawi works as an associate professor in King Saud University’s College of Engineering. With a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Texas A&M University (1991), Dr. Alterkawi has in-depth training in the technical, economic and social factors critical to science parks and long-term growth in technology. He plays a central role in forming science policy in Saudi Arabia, working with business, government and academia. Dr. Alterkawi is also an important figure globally in the establishment of global strategies for science parks and technology incubators. He is widely known for his active promotion of closer ties between Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world, especially East Asia. His article “Saudi Arabia and South Korea: Partnership for Prosperity” puts forth a vision of a true win-win partnership between East Asia and the Middle East.
Myungja Kim Speaks on Environmental Issues
June 30, 2009 – Dr. Myungja Kim, former Minister of the Environment and assembywoman, serves as the chairman of Green Korea 21, a leading thinktank working on environmental issues in Korea. Dr. Kim spoke on the critical subject of “Green Growth in Asia: New strategies for Business” at the monthly Asia Institute Forum. Her talk marks the launch of the Asia Institute’s new environment-centered research project for business.
Malazgirt takes over as Program Director for Biotechnology Initiative
June 15, 2009 – As part of the second phase of the Asia Institute’s work with KRIBB (the Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology), Alp Malazgirt, professional entrepreneur and technology specialist serving currently as associate professor at SolBridge, will take over from Dr. Ian Simon as program director for the Biotechnology Initiative. Director Pastreich will also assume the position of adjunct researcher at KRIBB. Both will work together on the next stage in KRIBB’s internationalization.
Dr. Kamran Eshraghian joins the Asia Institute as Senior Associate
June 09, 2009 – Dr. Eshraghian is best known in international arena as one of the fathers of CMOS VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) having influenced two generation of researchers in both academia and industry in silicon chip design. He has held over 40 patents and co-authored six textbooks including the classic text “Principles of CMOS VLSI Design: a systems perspective” used by over 800 universities since its publication in 1984. The text has been translated into 15 languages including Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Persian and Greek. He is the Chairman of Board of Directors of Innovation Labs and was the holder of Inaugural Ferrero Family Chair in Electrical Engineering at University of California, Merced prior to his move to Chungbuk National University, Korea, as the Distinguished Professor, World Class University (WCU) program. He has founded six High Technology companies, providing intimate link between University research and industry. He obtained his PhD., MEngSc., and BTech., degrees from the University of Adelaide, South Australia. In 2004 he was awarded a Dr.-Ing e.h., (Doctor of Engineering) from the University of Ulm, Germany, for his research into integration of nanoelectronics with that of light wave technology – thus creating a new design domain for future intelligent Systems on Chip (iSoC) technologies. His academic genealogy links him to J J Thompson the discoverer of electron and Noble Laureate and as far back to Issac Newton (1668). In 1979, he joined the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, after spending some ten years with Philips Research, both in Europe and Australia. In 1994, he was invited to take up the Foundation Chair of Computer, Electronics and Communications Engineering in Western Australia, and became the Dean of School of Engineering and Mathematics and Distinguished University Professor and subsequently became the Director of Electron Science Research Institute. In 2004, he founded ELabs as part of his vision for horizontal integration of nanochemistry and nanoelectronics with those of bio- and photon-based technologies, thus creating a new design domain for future intelligent System on System (iSoS) research. He has lectured widely, been keynote speaker, and presented over 200 workshops in large scale integrated and multi-technology Systems on Chip (SoC) systems.
Indo-Korean Business and Policy Forum
June 07, 2009 – The Asia Institute’s Korea-India Science and Technology Initiative will teamed up with The Indo – Korean Business and Policy Forum to host the India-Korea Business Development Meet on Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) June 10, 2009 . The event was well attended by communications experts. Talks concerned strategies for enhancing cooperation between two countries’ information and communication industries and seeking out possible strategies for collaboration. The forum held a special meaning inlight of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)between the two countries which is expected to be signed soon and willboost business relations, especially in IT sector. Leading IT specialists from Korea and India will take the podium. Dr. Dong Wha Kum, President of Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and Dr. John Endicott, president of Woosong University and vice chancellor of the SolBridge International School of Business delivered opening speeches. Specialists in ICT technology and policy from business, government and research will present their suggestions for further businesscollaboration in the ICT sector. Mr. N. K. Goyal, President of the Communications and Manufacturing Association of India delivered a tlak on opportunities in the ICTE sector. Director Pastreich spoke about the importance of IT for the environment.
Report on international collaboration in biotechnology for Korea Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology completed
June 01, 2009 – Director Pastreich, and Dr. Ian Simon of the Science and Technology Policy Institute in Seoul, presented a comprehensive report on international collaboration to the Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology detailing strategies for more intense international collaboration in this field. The report entitled “Approaches to international collaboration in Korean biotechnology” was submitted to KRIBB’s Biotech Policy Research Institute on June 1 to serve as reference for KRIBB and other institutes in their efforts to expand international collaboration.
Green Technologies at the Green Growth Forum
May 29, 2009 – Daejeon, Korea – Members of the Green Growth Forum met to discuss progress in efforts to introduce green technologies in Daejeon. Three speakers spoke at length about recent projects involving green innovation in construction and water treatment.
The International Association of Science Parks
May 25, 2009 – The International Assocation of Science Parks will work together with the Asia Institute to organize an international conference on the topic of “Global Green Growth” right here in Daejeon. The conference will bring together leading figures in science and technology from around the world. Director Pastreich welcomes suggestions and proposals.
3E Forum in Daejeon
May 13, 2009 – The Asia Institute organized the first international 3E (environment, energy and economy) Forum featuring leading Asian scholars on the environment at the International Conference on Innovation Clusters (ICIC). The forum was led by Dr. Ji-won Yang, Vice President of KAIST and expert in environmental technology. The 3E Forum (energy, the environment and the economy) was started among researchers at Tsukuba University and the research institutes that make up the Tsukuba Cluster in 2007. Experts in the 3E Forum discussed how the researchers in that cluster could improve collaboration and effectively use their technologies to make Tsukuba itself a leading center for environmental sustainability. At almost the same time, Daejeon launched the Daejeon Green Growth Forum, a group of researchers at KAIST and other research institutes in Daejeon, Korea’s innovation cluster, to consider the same issues. In the world’s first international 3E Forum, experts from Japan, Korea and now the Zhongguancun cluster around Tsinghua University in Beijing, met to discuss how Korea, China and Japan can more closely coordinate their efforts to achieve low-carbon sustainable growth through intense cooperation. Their efforts were recognized at the summit meeting of science ministers from China, Japan and Korea held in Tokyo on May 25 when the assembled ministers pledged closer collaboration in the environmental sciences. This 3E Forum will be followed by a 3E Forum for youth to be held in Daejeon on August 20 at the time of the UN Environmental Programme’s Tunza Environment Conference. the United Nations Environment Programme will hold its Tunza Environment Conference for children and youth in Daejeon for the first time, a sign of Daejeon’s central role in environmental policy. All of these efforts are leading up to the Copenhagen Environment Conference in December at which the nations of Asia and the world will consider future policy on the environment and the economy. The first international meeting of the 3E Forum will be an essential step towards that goal.
The Executive Bridge
May 13, 2009 – The Asia Institute will hold its first student conference “The Executive Bridge” addressing the direct concerns of young people in this age of rapid economic and technological change. Students will learn about networking, job opportunities and resume skills from George Whitfield, senior director of Halcyon Search International, Tom Coyner, president of Soft Landing Consulting and Peter Lynn, vice president of Samsung SDS. “The Executive Bridge” will be held at the same time as the International Conference on Innovation Clusters, an event bringing together thirty CEOs from around the world.
Strategies for Developing Technology in a New Business Environment: Where do we go from here?
April 15, 2009 – Dr. Kamran Eshraghian, famed technology entrepreneur, presented a paper entitled “Strategies for Developing Technology in a New Business Environment: Where do we go from here?” at the third Asia Institute Forum. Dr. Eshraghian is the founder and president of Eshraghian Laboratories Pty Ltd (ELabs), a virtual platform for cutting-edge research into nano-based and micro-based technologies. Dr. Eshraghian is best known in the international arena as the “grandfather” of CMOS VLSI Design. Dr Eshraghian, a distinguished world expert in the field of Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) systems and circuits, has held over 40 patents and co-authored 5 textbooks. His achievements include pioneering research work in VLSI technology encapsulated in the standard text Principles of CMOS VLSI Design.
Pastreich talks about Green Growth Forum
April 08, 2009 – Director Pastreich spoke about the Daejeon Green Growth Forum and his recent trip to the United States and Japan with senior business leaders at the Seoul Rotary Club. His talk encompassed the full range of possibilities for economic development based on environmental technologies and the new overtures in Korea for international cooperation.
Pastreich Discusses United Nations Environment Programme and 3E Forum for Youth Conferences in Daejeon
April 01, 2009 – Director Pastreich visited the United Nations Environment Programme in Seoul Korea to meet with Programme Coordinator Ju Youn Kang and Manager Jeon Hyunjin and discuss the Asia Institute’s planned 3E (environment, energy and economy) Conference for Youth that will coincide with the 2009 Tunza International Children’s Conference on the Environment to be held in Daejeon, Korea from the 17 to 20 August 2009. This conference will draw young people from around the world to discuss possible responses to the environmental challenges of our age. The Asia Institute plans to hold its own international conference in coordination with this historic event. The 2009 UN Tunza Conference will be the only opportunity for young people to offer their opinion at the Copenhagen Conference in December 2009.
Director Pastreich discusses Carbon Trading in East Asia
March 29, 2009 – Director Pastreich traveled to Calcutta, India to present a paper on Korea’s Green Growth Policies at the International Conference on Environment Management organized by the Department of Business Management, Calcutta University..” This presentation was part of the direct dialogue between policy programs in Korea and India initiated by the Daejeon Green Growth Forum and the Korea-India Business and Technology Initiative of the Asia Institute. Pastreich also visited the Bilra Institute for Management Technology in Delhi to discuss future cooperation.
Pastreich Proposes Strategy for Korean Economy in 2009
March 19, 2009 – Director Pastreich joined a panel of experts on the economy to discuss “The Global Financial Crisis: Strategies for Korea’s Survival” led by Dr. Koo-Hyun Jung of the Samsung Economic Research Institute. Pastreich argued that Korea must emphasize its strengths: institutional flexibility, a culture of adaptation, skill in combining technologies and the willingness of Koreans to work throughout the world in challenging environments that Americans, Europeans and Japanese will not. Pastreich emphasized the importance of climate change to Korea’s strategy. The Daedeok Innopolis Forum is the primary regular debate on Korean science policy in Daejeon.
Senior Researcher Dr.Bigman talks about Currency and Trade
March 18, 2009 – Research Director Dr. David Bigman presented a comprehensive assessment of the factors determining competitiveness with attention to currency, finance and trade as part of the Asia Institute’s efforts to highlight contemporary challenges to the nations of Asia. The seminar was hosted by Korea’s leading institute on trade and economics, the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy.
Senior Researcher Bigman addresses the Food Crisis
March 18, 2009 – Research Director Dr. David Bigman described the confluence of economic, trade, currency and supply factors that combined to create the food crisis of 2008 in a special seminar held at the Korea Development Institute in Seoul. The talk outlined the complex factors underlying unexpected rises and falls in commodity prices and their implications for consumers and for the least developed nations in general. Dr. Bigman closed with a consideration of the risk of such an explosion in food prices taking place in the near future. Dr. Bigman suggested that such a danger remains significant.
Pastreich Talks about Contemporary Asia and Climate Change
March 16, 2009 – Director Pastreich participated in a two – day conference organized by the Nautilus Institute of Korea bringing together experts from Korea, China, Japan, the United States and Australia to discuss the implications of climate change for global security held in Paju, Korea. The conference stressed the need for a comprehensive response to the overwhelming challenges posed by current environmental trends.
Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology
March 11, 2009 – Former President and Senior Research Fellow at the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology (KRIBB) spoke about new developments in Korean biotechnology for SolBridge students and faculty.
Pastreich delivers Keynote Address on Eco-friendly Cities Conference on Green Growth Cities in Korea
March 11, 2009 – Director Pastreich joined Mayor Seong-Hyo Park in launching a wide-ranging discussion on concrete policies for transforming the city of Daejeon into an environmentally sound urban environment through concrete policies over the next five years. The discussion covered successful efforts by local government around the world to create sustainable communities.
Dr. Steven McLaughlin Represents Georgia Tech at MOU Signing with SolBridge for Cooperation in Teaching and Research
March 05, 2009 – The Vice Provost for International Initiatives of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Steven McLaughlin, visited SolBridge International School of Business to sign a MOU (memorandum of understanding) for future cooperation including joint degrees with SolBridge and other possible collaboration in research.
Senior Researcher Dr.Bigman on Food Security
March 05, 2009 – Senior Researcher Dr. David Bigman led a discussion of contemporary food security in Asia in light of the challenges of climate change and water shortages at the monthly Asia Institute Forum. The talk included leading experts from Daejeon and Dr. Steven McLaughlin, vice provost for International Initiatives, who was visiting SolBridge International School of Business.
Pastreich Proposal for “Green” Post-Earthquake Sichuan Enacted
February 20, 2009 – Director Pastreich co-authored with John Feffer, editor of Foreign Policy in Focus, a proposal to rebuild the towns in Sichuan damaged in the 2008 earthquake as ecocities. The concrete proposals have been put into practice. Pastreich’s articlewas published in Chinese on July 3, 2008 by China News and subsequently covered in the newsletter of China’s renowned environmental group Friends of Nature (FON). Friends of Nature then made a formal proposal to the One Foundation in November of 2008 for a “green school” reconstruction project for Heihu Town in Mao County, Sichuan. The new building will be a model for environmentally sustainable construction in China. For more information, follow this link.
Director Pastreich to Washington, D.C. and Palo Alto Center for Strategic and International Studies & Stanford University
February 16, 2009 – Director Pastreich visited the United States with Vice President Ji-Won Yang of KAIST to discuss future cooperation on environmental issues, particularly as part of the eco-city Coalition proposed by the Daejeon Green Growth Forum. Vice President Yang and Director Pastreich spoke about the activities of the Daejeon Green Growth Forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on February 17th. This event at Washington, D.C.¡¯s leading center for public policy was well attended by policymakers, especially in light of the concurrent visit of Secretary of State Clinton to Tokyo and Seoul. The two also met with Dr. David Steinberg of Georgetown University, a leading expert in Korean studies, Kevin Doak of Georgetown University, John Feffer, co-editor of Foreign Policy in Focus, and Mike Mochizuki of George Washington University. The two also spoke at length with Mr. Kyle Danish of Van Ness Feldman, an expert on current environmental policy and a strong supporter of contemporary environmental policy. The two visited Stanford University and the city of Palo Alto where they met with Mayor Peter Drekmeier of Palo Alto to discuss cooperation with Asia Institute, KAIST and the city of Daejeon as part of a proposed consortium of ecocities. That meeting was followed by meetings with faculty members at Stanford University, including Professors Barton Thompson and Jeffrey Koseff, co-directors of Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment to enhance future cooperation on environmental technology. Director Pastreich also visited the University of California, Merced, where he spoke about the efforts of the Asia Institute in Daejeon and discussed possible cooperation on the eco-city consortium.
The Current Economic Crisis and its Implications for Technology in Korea
January 29, 2009 – The Asia Institute held a discussion on the impact of the current economic crisis on science and technology at the starlight lounge of the SolHeim Club at the SolBridge International School of Business. The forum had as guest members Dr. Ian Simon of the Science and Policy Research Institute (a member of Asia Institute’s “Biotechnology Initiative,” Dr.Ki-Ho Yi, director of the Nautilus Institute at Seoul and Jung-Soo Chang, editor-in-chief of the Hangyoreh Newspaper. Important figures from six major research institutes and three universities joined in a thoughtful discussion of the future of science and technology in a period of global financial uncertainty. Dr. Ryol-Liu Jang of KRIBB stressed the importance of promoting the awareness of science among average citizens in Korea. Dr.In-Soon Jang, president of the Daedeok Club and former president of KAERI, spoke of the importance of an overarching vision or metaphor that makes the value of science evident to policymakers. Dr. Chang stressed the importance of creative use of system convergence as a strategy for growth. The 15 researchers present agreed on the need for collaboration on future efforts to forge alliances for future cooperation.
Pastreich and Nakamura Attend Daedeok Innopolis Reception
January 20, 2009 – Director Pastreich and Toraaki Nakamura, Program Director for Korea-Japan Environmental Policy Initiative, attended the New Year’s Reception of the Daedeok Innopolis, the center for advanced research in Korea. Pastreich and Nakamura first met with President Gye-Du Kang of Daedeok Innopolis to discuss future efforts to engage with the rest of Asia concerning Daedeok Innopolis’ future development. Pastreich and Nakamura also met with Congressman Sang-Min Lee and Minister of Knowledge Economy Youn-Ho Lee. The topics brought up by the Asia Institute included Korea’s new strategies for dealing with economic uncertainty and science policy and the most effective means of encouraging international cooperation.
President Endicott Signs MOU with Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety
January 20, 2009 – Asia Institute Senior Associate, and president of Woosong University, Dr. John Endicott delivered a talk on the “Limited Nuclear Weapons Free Zone and Nuclear Safety” at the Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety on January 9. The talk stressed the importance of international cooperation and a broader vision of security and technology. Dr. Endicott’s talk followed by the launch of a cooperative effort in business and policy. Dr. Endicott joined with President Dr.Chol-ho Yoon, president of the Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety in signing an MOU for future efforts. The agreement will provide for SolBridge International School of Business to train researchers at KINS in international business practice and for KINS to offer KINS researchers business courses. The Asia Institute will also engage in joint research projects with KINS as part of this effort to broaden perspectives on international relations today.
Members of Daejeon Green Growth Forum Visit Japan
January 17, 2009 – Three members of the Daejeon Green Growth Forum, Ji-Won Yang vice president of KAIST (and Chairman of the Green Growth Forum), Sang-hyeok Yoo, Woosong University professor, and Emanuel Pastreich, director of the Asia Institute, visited Tsukuba, Japan to discuss future collaboration. The visit was related to an initiative being considered to make Daejeon, Tsukuba and Stanford the center of a planned Ecocity Consortium that would span Asia. As one of Asia’s largest research cluster, Tsukuba representatives have expressed interest in closer collaboration. The three representatives first met with Dr. Inouye Isao, special assistant to the President of Tsukuba University and chairman of the Tsukuba 3E Forum. The 3E Forum is a group of experts in the Tsukuba research cluster who meet for regular conferences to discuss their research work concerning the environment. The 3E Forum focuses on low-carbon urban strategies and has a similar imperative to that of the Daejeon Green Growth Forum. Professor Inouye expressed strong support for the efforts of the Daejeon Green Growth Forum and promised close cooperation. Moreover, Professor Inouye pledged to introduce our efforts to others in the Tsukuba research community. Other member of the 3E Forum, Professors Utsumi Motoo and Ezura Hiroshi of Tsukuba University, also attended. The following day, the team of representatives visited Tsukuba City hall where they met with Honiden Taku, who serves as the head of Mayor Ichihara Kenichi’s office. Mr. Honiden expressed his great interest in the proposal for cooperation on environmental issues between the cities and drew attention to a previous agreement of October 16, 1999 for economic, cultural and scientific cooperation that had been signed between Daejeon and Tsukuba. He relayed the general enthusiasm of the Mayor’s office for the proposal. He also spoke of the role played by the Tsukuba which also brings together figures from government, academia and business. The following day, the team visited Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies for a meeting with Dr. Yasuko Kameyama, Senior Researcher of the Center for Global Environmental Research. The discussion concerned shared concerns about environmental issues in Asia and global strategies for responding to global warming. The Daejeon Green Growth Forum agreed to pursue a closer relationship with the National Institute for Environmental Studies as part of its larger international strategy. The final day of the visit consisted of a visit to the RIKEN Bioresource Center in Tsukuba, a global repository for genetic and laboratory resources. The team met with Dr. Yuichi Kobata, the Director of the Bioresource Center, and Dr. Masatomo Kobayashi, an expert in environmental biotechnology working on new technologies for reforestation. The trip served as an opportunity to cement close relations between both major research institutes and local government in the central technology clusters of Korea and Japan: Daejeon and Tsukuba. It will be followed up by close discussions concerning exchanges by researchers, members of governments, and ordinary citizens.
Pastreich Visits Japan to discuss cooperation on Environmental Technologies
January 15, 2009 – Director Pastreich will accompany Dr. Ji-Won Yang, Vice President of KAIST, on a visit to Tokyo, Japan to discuss possible collaboration with Japanese institutions in environmental policy and environmental technological development. This effort is linked to the recently launched “Daejeon Green Growth Forum” organized in part by Director Pastreich and recently sponsored by Korea’s Blue House and the Ministry of the Environment.
Director Pastreich Appointed as Member of Chungnam Province’s International Relations Committee
December 26, 2008 – Director Pastreich will serve from 2009 as a member of the International Relations Committee for the province of Chungnam in Korea. Pastreich served previously as advisor to the governor of Chungnam. In this role, Pastreich will help direct Chungnam’s international engagement and efforts to draw foreign investment and establish international alliances throughout the world for further economic development. Chungnam is one of Korea’s most advanced industrial cluster and the home to the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone.
Pastreich visits Chengdu to Discuss Environmental Policy in China
December 18, 2008 – Director Pastreich visited Chengdu China to give a talk on China’s role in the emerging environmental economy and meet with professors from the department of economics and the Environmental Studies School. Pastreich spoke concerning the proposal he wrote with John Feffer to rebuild Sichuan’s Wenchuan as an ecocity after the earthquake. Professor Liu Ming of the department of economics arranged Pastreich’s visit to the resort Dujiangyan, a city hard hit by the May earthquake, to observe reconstruction efforts.
Visit to the Sejong Institute and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology
December 15, 2008 – Director Pastreich visited the Sejong Institute in Seoul to discuss with Dr. Sun-Hak Baik the Asia Institute’s Post-2008 Asian Finance Project. He also visited the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) with Dr. Ian Simon of the Science and Technology Policy Institute to meet with KIST’s President Dr. Dong-Hwa Kum and discuss recent developments in biotechnology. Pastreich and Simon toured KIST laboratories and met with Dr. Chang-Won Kim of the Institute of Pasteur Korea.
New Efforts to Establish Korea-India Exchanges in Business and Technology
December 11, 2008 – Director Pastreich and Project Director Neeru Biswas visited the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and the Federation of Korean Industries to discuss the role of the Asia Institute’s Korea-India Business and Technology Initiative and exchange opinions on the proposed Korea-India Chamber of Commerce and the implications of the India-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) which is set for ratification next year. Neil Routman (speechwriter for the minister) and Jin-Suk Kim of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy pledged to include the Asia Institute in their upcoming efforts to promote Korea-India ties. Pastreich and Biswas met with Chul-Han Park, head of the America and Europe Department at the Federation of Korean Industries, to discuss a possible seminar on Korea-India relations. Pastreich and Biswas met the same day with Vice President Peter Lymm of Samsung SDS and Dr. Lakhvinder Singh, president of the Indo-Korea Policy Forum.
Director Pastreich Delivers talk on Korea’s Internationalization Efforts
December 05, 2008 – Director Pastreich will deliver a talk entitled “Updating Korea’s Policies for Internationalization” as part of the policy conference “New Strategies for Making Korea a livable Environment for Internationals” to be held at Hannam University on December 6, 2008. Pastreich will draw on his work with Chungnam Province and Daejeon Metropolitan City to present some concrete suggestions for Korea’s efforts to create a truly international environment.
Director Pastreich Addresses Korea’s Internationalization Efforts
December 05, 2008 – Director Pastreich delivered a talk entitled “Updating Korea’s Policies for Internationalization” as part of the policy conference “New Strategies for Making Korea a livable Environment for Internationals” held at Hannam University on December 6, 2008. Pastreich will draw on his work with Chungnam Province and Daejeon Metropolitan City to present some concrete suggestions for Korea’s efforts to create a truly international environment. The seminar was sponsored by the City of Daejeon.
Vice Chancellor Endicott and Director Pastreich Address Conference on Globalization and the Humanities in Daejeon
December 05, 2008 – Vice Chancellor Endicott and Director Pastreich delivered talks on the importance of convergence in academic disciplines at an academic conference on internationalization cosponsored by the Asia Institute and Hanbat National University.
Director Pastreich Advocates Liberalized Immigration Policy for Korea
December 04, 2008 – Director Pastreich delivered a talk at a conference by the Korean Ministry of Justice on the future of Korean immigration policy. Pastreich spoke of the remarkable opportunity of Korea to increase its global standing through the careful liberalization of its immigration policy.
Launch of “Daejeon Green Growth Forum”
November 27, 2008 – The Daejeon Environmental Forum was officially recognized by the Metropolitan City of Daejeon and the Ministry of the Environment as the “Daejeon Green Growth Forum.” The forum is the first of its kind to take on an official role as a bridge between central and local government, research institutes and industry on environmental policy. Vice President Ji-Won Yang of KAIST will remain chairman and Director Pastreich will join the working group on a “green society.”
Pastreich Advocates Korea-Japan Cooperation on Environmental Technology
November 21, 2008 – Director Pastreich gave the opening speech at the sixth annual Korea-Japan International Symposium on Resource Recyling and Material Sciences held at the Research Institute of International Science and Technology, Pohang, Korea. His paper, entitled “Prospects for Korea-Japan Cooperation in Environmental Technology,” stressed the importance of institutional cooperation.
Pastreich Speaks out on Politics and Science Policy Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST)
October 30, 2008 – Director Pastreich delivered a paper on the political aspects of scientific policy at the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) on November 30, 2008 in Bundang, Kyonggi Province. With its membership limited to the most distinguished Korean scholars, KAST is the highest forum for discussions on science policy in the nation. In his paper, Pastreich drew attention to the decline in the stature of science within Korean society and make suggestions as to how the close relationship of basic scientific research to daily life could be made more visible.
October 28, 2008 – Dr. Alp Malazgirt, a successful entrepreneur from California gave a talk on entrepreneurship at Asia Institute students about recent opportunities in business.
Dr. Kang Ho Presents Local Environment Policy Future at Daejeon Environment Forum
October 27, 2008 – The Daejeon Environment Forum was held at Chungnam University for a presentation by its distinguished member Dr. Kang Ho, Director of Chungnam University’s Daejeon Environmental Technology Developmental Center. Dr. Kang announced that Korea’s Ministry of the Environment has announced plans to work closely with the Daejeon Environment Forum of the Asia Institute in establishing local environmental policy.
Pastreich Joins Daejeon City Committee on Foreign Investment
October 27, 2008 – Director Pastreich joined in a discussion with academics and government representatives concerning strategies for bringing more investment to Daejeon in the current economic environment. He advocated a truly international approach, making full use of Korea’s ties to all regions of the world.
Director Pastreich Puts Northeast Asian Geopolitics in Historical Perspective
October 25, 2008 – Director Pastreich delivered a talk entitled “The Geopolitical Relationship of China, Japan and Korea in Historical Context” at Busan National University’s Global College addressing the diplomatic relations of China, Korea and Japan with reference to the historical relations between the three countries over the last five hundred years.
Central Figure in the Biosciences Visits Asia Institute
October 20, 2008 – Dr. Zach W. Hall, Asia Institute Senior Associate, visited the SolBridge International School of Business for a series of lectures for our students during their immersion week focused on biotechnology. He opened up the discussion on the importance of this field with an address on Monday, October 20, stressing the opportunities in the field, followed by a lecture on stem cell research and another on running a biotech venture company based on his own experience as CEO of EnVivo Pharmaceuticals. In addition, Dr. Hall gave formal lectures at the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, the Science and Technology Research Institute of the Korean government & Seoul National University. Dr. Hall also addressed the Daedeok Club, Daejeon’s foremost forum on business and technology in a special session held at the SolBridge International School of Business.
Asia Institute Discusses Cooperation on Nuclear Safety with Leading Institution
October 17, 2008 – Vice Chancellor Endicott and Director Pastreich met with representatives of the Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety to discuss possible cooperation in the near future concerning nuclear safety and safeguards in East Asia.
Pastreich Presents on Korea’s Science and Business Policies
October 15, 2008 – Director Pastreich gave a presentation at the international conference “Inter-disciplinary Approaches to Policy Studies” presented by the Institute for Public Affairs at Chungnam University. This event brought together experts on education and science policy from Korea, Japan, China, the United States and Singapore for an in-depth consideration of contemporary issues.
World Technopolis Association General Assembly
October 09, 2008 – The Asia Institute participated in the World Technopolis Association General Assembly held in Daejeon from 9th to 11th October 2008. Director Pastreich served as a discussant and participated in numerous policy discussions. This critical meeting of scientist and policymakers involved in science planning from around the world, this meeting will feature an international Mayors’ Forum and University Presidents’ Forum.
Limited Nuclear Weapons-free Zone for Northeast Asia
October 04, 2008 – The Daejeon meeting (12th plenary) of the LIMITED NUCLEAR WEAPONS FREE ZONE FOR NORTHEAST ASIA (LNWFZ-NEA) hosted by the Asia Institute was hgh gold the culmination of a comprehensive effort to create a secure and prosperous East Asia in the 21st Century through frank discussions between credentialed specialists and government officials. LNWFZ-NEA has held regular meetings since 1991 in an effort to establish a regional security community involving all the nations of Northeast Asia and reduce the danger of nuclear conflict in Asia. This session included representatives from the Republic of Korea, the United States, China, Japan, Russia, Mongolia and North Korea. Observers from Argentina, Finland, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Pakistan, India, the Central Asian Nuclear Free Zone and the Southeast Asia Nuclear Free Zone will also attend. The Dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Dr. Robert Gallucci served as keynote speaker. Representatives and observers engaged in a serious debate on systems to reduce the threat of nuclear conflict, regional confidence building measures, and economic incentives for bringing the DPRK (North Korea) into the international community. Under the leadership of Dr. John Endicott, the Vice Chancellor of the SolBridge International School of Business, the Asia Institute committed itself to organizing the plenary session of the Limited Nuclear Weapons Free Zone for Northeast Asia. .
Daejeon Environment Forum, Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources
September 29, 2008 – Dr. Ji-Hwan Ahn of the Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources addressed the Daejeon Environment Forum (DEF) about her plans for cooperation with local and central government concerning environmental education for children and government policy.
Pastreich Appointed to Daejeon’s Foreign Investment Advisory Committee, Daejeon, Korea
September 26, 2008 – Director Pastreich has been appointed to the Foreign Investment Advisory Committee for Daejeon Metropolitan City. In this capacity he will be working with the city, industry and research institutes to increase foreign investment in the research cluster.
Pastreich Speaks Out on Worrisome Trends in Current Science Policy
September 25, 2008 – Director Pastreich spoke about the future of research institutes and science policy at the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute in Seoul. Pastreich was asked to expand on the content of his recent article concerning the internationalization of Korea’s research strategy for the 21st century.
Asia Institute Presents International Conference on Environmental Science
September 21, 2008 – The Asia Institute is an organizer of an international conference on Environmental Science and Education to be held at the Gyerongsan Natural History Museum on September 21 at 10 AM. Director Pastreich will attend and participate in the discussion on the critical issue of educating the next generation about environmental issues.
Dr. Paul Evans Talk
September 11, 2008 – Asia Institute Senior Associate Dr. Paul Evans, director of the Program for Canada-Asia Policy Studies at the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia in Canada delivered a talk on China’s Olympic games entitled, “Reading the Olympics: Nationalism or Cosmopolitanism Ascendant in China” at the Asia Institute.
Dr.Steven Jordan Talk
September 05, 2008 – Dr.Steven Jordan, associate professor of finance at the KAIST School of Business delivered a lecture on “Historical Perspective on International Evidence of Long-Term Reversals in Finance” at the Asia Institute.
Pastreich on Korea’s Geopolitical Position
September 05, 2008 – Director Pastreich delivered lecture at the Korea National Defense University in Seoul on Korea’s geopolitical position in the world.
Visit of Italian Environmental Sciences Delegation
August 21, 2008 – Dr. Antonio Tata, science and technology attaché at Italian Embassy in Korea, & Dr. S. Ciaravella, professor at Scuola Sant’Anna (SSSA) of Pisa, visited the Asia Institute to discuss President Myong-Bak Lee’s recent embrace of an environment-based economy and its implications for Asia. Both specialists offered their advice on the Asia Institute’s ongoing projects and visited the Environmental Technologies Center of Chungnam University and the Energy Technology Research Institute.
Marriage of Science and Culture Symposium
August 14, 2008 – Director Pastreich sat on panel of the “Marriage of Science and Culture” symposium sponsored by the City of Daejeon that was held at the Press Center in Seoul to discuss the future relationship of science and culture with four leading Korean experts. Pastreich spoke about the challenges of fully realizing the potential of technology because of cultural and conceptual limitations. Other presenters included Dr. Kwang-Yun Wohn of KAIST, Dr. Jae-Chun Choe, professor of ecoscience at Ewha Woman’s University and Dr. Jon H. Wi of Chungnam University, the president of the Game-Contents Research Institute. The symposium was organized by the City of Daejeon as part of the signing of an MOU for new cooperation in culture and technology in Korea.
Korean Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology
July 18, 2008 – Director Pastreich delivered a talk on the future of the Korean research institute and the implications for biotechnology at KRIBB (Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology). KRIBB was in the midst of an institutional crisis concerning the funding of the biosciences in Korea at the time.
National Conference for Plant Biotechnology
July 10, 2008 – Pastreich delivers banquet reception address at National Conference for Plant Biotechnology in Busan. In his talk, Pastreich spoke of the increasing importance of biotechnology and agriculture in today’s economy, predicting that agriculture would emerge again as a critical field of study in Korea.
National Nanofab Center & Nano Science and Technology Consortium MOU
July 05, 2008 – With the assistance of Ms. Neeru Biswas of Korea India Business Initiative (KIBI), the Asia Institute brokered an agreement for cooperation that resulted in an MOU between Korea’s National Nanofab Center (NNFC) and India’s Nano Science and Technology Consortium. This MOU is the first of its kind in nanofabrication and is clear indication of the role that Asia Institute is playing.
Yonsei Conference on International Relations
June 03, 2008 – Director Pastreich was invited to deliver a talk at the Department of International Studies at Yonsei University’s Wonju Campus concerning the evolution of the university and its future prospects.
Beijing Trip of Asia Institute
May 19, 2008 – Vice Chancellor Endicott and Director Pastreich traveled to Beijing, China for a five-day trip to explore closer cooperation in critical fields with peer institutions in China. Vice Chancellor Endicott delivered a talk on international relations at the China University of Political Science and Law. The School of American and Comparative Law agreed to cooperate with the Asia Institute on issues of international relations. The Asia Institute team also visited Tsinghua University’s Institute of International Studies and Department of Environmental Science and Engineering..
Pastreich talk at KAIST
April 22, 2008 – Director Pastreich delivered a talk at Korea’s leading technical university KAIST on the future of the university and the implications of technology for education.
Masahide Kajimoto of Kajimoto Concert Management Visits Asia Institute
April 20, 2008 – President Masahide Kajimoto of Japan’s most important artistic management company Kajimoto Concert Management visited Daejeon to discuss future cooperation in the arts as a means of enhancing international cooperation in East Asia.
MOU with KRIBB
April 18, 2008 – The Asia Institute signed an MOU for future cooperation in biotechnology and policy with the Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB).
Pastreich Lectures at Korea’s Central Officials Training Institute
April 04, 2008 – Director Pastreich delivered a lecture for a select group of public officials from all the ministries of the Korean government at the Central Officials Training Institute in Kwachon, Kyonggi Province. In the talk, Pastreich addressed globalization and its implications for government.
Pastreich Visits Harvard University
March 24, 2008 – Director Pastreich visited Harvard University for meetings concerning the future role of the Asia Institute and Harvard engagement with Korea. Pastreich spoke with Professor Marc Shell of the Department of the English, Professor Stephen Owen of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Professor Jeremy Knowles, former Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor Derek Bok, former President, Professor Joseph Nye of the Kennedy School of Government and Professor Henry Rosovsky, former Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Tsinghua University Delegation visits Asia Institute
March 16, 2008 – Professor Shen Xichen Tsinghua University’s Computer and Information Management Center led a delegation on a visit to the Asia Institute and SolBridge International School of Business to discuss future exchanges.
Director Pastreich to Washington, D.C.
March 03, 2008 – Director Pastreich visited Washington, D.C. in advance of the Chungnam Governor Wan-Ku Lee’s visit to the United States in his capacity of adviser to the governor. Pastreich spoke with policymakers at the Brookings Institution, John Hopkins SAIS Program and Georgetown University concerning Korea-US relations and the future of Northeast Asia.
Arirang TV Interview with Director Pastreich
February 04, 2008 – Director Pastreich was interviewed on Arirang TV concerning his role as adviser to the Governor of Chungnam Province. Topics covered included foreign direct investment, economic development, the environment and tourism.
Asia Institute’s Business Forum
January 24, 2008 – The Asia Institute held its first business forum with six leading members of the Korean business community. Representatives from the Hanhwa Group, the Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), Advanced Cultural Technologies and Services (ACTS) and other firms were present for a discussion about the Korean economy with faculty from the Asia Institute.