[2018 Seoul Forum] Ranging from fine dust prevention to personalized cancer treatment… Presenting future science that will enhance the quality of life
2018 first half ‘Korean Scientist and Engineer of the Month Award’ ceremony… Rewarded to six recipients
Outstanding accomplishment in fields of earth science, SW, chemistry, life science, material science, and environmental science
Functions as a gateway for promising scientists… has produced 255 scientists in 21 years
1st Vice-Minister Jin-gyu Lee comments, “Felt that Korea’s science is not in any way lacking by global standards”
At the ‘21st Korean Scientist and Engineer of the Month Award Ceremony’, which took place on the 9th as an additional event of the ‘2018 Seoul Forum’ at Shilla Hotel Yeong Bin Gwan, Jangchung-dong, Seoul, the following are taking a commemorative photo: Front row left to right: Professor Jhoon Kim (Yonsei University, January award recipient), Hanyang University Professor Ki-Hyun Kim (June), Seoul National University Professor Kyoung Mu Lee (February), Seoul National University Professor Jeong-Yun Sun (April), KAIST Professor Hee-Seung Lee (March), KAIST Researcher Kyung Jin Lee (attending instead of May award recipient KAIST Professor Hee-Sung Park). Back row left to right: National Research Foundation Non-executive Director Jin-Ho Seo as Acting Chairman Jin-Ho Seo, Ministry of Science and ICT 1st Vice Minister Jin-gyu Lee, and Seoul Economic Daily Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman Jong-hwan Lee.
During the ‘2018 Seoul Forum’, which commenced on the 9th at Shilla Hotel, Jangchung-dong, Seoul, the ‘Korean Scientist and Engineer of the Month Award’ ceremony was held, pledging a fresh start on its 21st anniversary.
The Korean Scientist and Engineer of the Month Award (hereinafter referred to as ‘KSEMA’), which is hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT and jointly sponsored by the National Research Foundation and the Seoul Economic Daily, is a prestigious award that has produced many talented researchers over the past two decades. In particular, it is well acknowledged to have acted as a ‘gateway’ by bringing attention to promising new researchers. President Sung-Chul Shin, the first alumnus president of KAIST in forty-six years since its establishment, KAIST Chemistry Professor Emeritus Ryoo Ryong, the first Korean scientist anticipated as a Nobel prize winner by the global research information firm Thompson Reuters, KAIST Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Sang Yup Lee, who was ranked among the world’s top 20 applied bioscientists by the international journal Nature, SNU Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Taeghwan Hyeon, who has the highest impact factor in the nanotechnology field, are some of the representative scientists that the KSEMA has produced. Beginning from the first award recipient in April 1997 to the winner of upcoming June, a total of 255 scientists who received the KSEMA are uplifting not only Korea’s science and technology level but the world’s through their work traversing domestic and international, academic and industrial circles.
This day’s award ceremony attendees included Ministry of Science and ICT 1st Vice Minister Jin-gyu Lee, National Research Foundation Non-executive Director Jin-Ho Seo (SNU professor) as Acting Chairman, Seoul Economic Daily Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman Jong-hwan Lee, and Korea Institute for Advanced Study Professor JongHae Keum who served as judge. The six award recipients, accompanied by their spouses, enjoyed the events including celebrating performances and photo sessions. Professor Seo said, “I sincerely congratulate the winners who have focused on research day and night to achieve remarkable results after a long wait. In today’s research development environment where change and innovation are emphasized more than ever before, I would like to ask you to consider today’s achievement as a stepping stone and play a leading role in advancing our nation’s science in the future.” Vice Chairman Lee also said, “The competition between nations to secure the upper hand in research fields such as AI and robotics, space exploration, and bioengineering is like a war without gunshots. Along with the hard work of researchers who have committed themselves to the advancement of science and technology, I would also like to thank the family members who have supported them by their side.”
This year’s award winners are scientists and engineers who have achieved outstanding research results in the fields of earth science, computer software, chemistry, material science, biology, and environment. The honor of this award was conferred to these scientists for presenting future technology that can possibly solve modern society’s various problems. The technology they developed includes detecting and identifying pollutants including fine dust and treating intractable diseases such as cancer.
Yonsei University Atmospheric Science Professor Jhoon Kim, the January winner of this year, was recognized for his significant contribution to the diagnosis and analysis of pollution and climate change by developing a remote sensing exploration algorithm that scientifically elucidates atmospheric pollution phenomena such as fine dust, which is emerging as a serious social problem. As early as next year, the government is planning to launch a satellite (COMS 2) equipped with the algorithm developed by professor Kim to determine the proportions and paths of fine dust and trace gases(gases that make up less than 1% of the atmosphere such as hydrogen and carbon dioxide). Hopefully, this will identify the root causes of the fine dust problem that is currently plaguing the nation, and provide clues for a solution. Seoul National University Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Kyoung Mu Lee, the February award recipient, developed an image processing technique that accurately restores low-resolution images even if they are enlarged. This image restoration technique can be widely used with images related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as robots and drones, medical images including MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and CT (Computed Tomography) scans, as well as closed-circuit televisions.
KAIST Chemistry Professor Hee-Seung Lee was honored with the award in March for using a self-developed, pure organic compound called ‘foldecture’ to successfully develop a molecular magnetic compass, previously only composed of metals, with biocompatible material. This molecular machine can control its movement by being powered by magnetic fields, making it possible to reach into very small areas that the human hand cannot. It is expected to be of great use in the medical field, destroying pathogens, for instance. SNU Professor Materials Science and Engineering Professor Jeong-Yun Sun was acclaimed for enhancing the potential of wearable display by developing hydrogel that uses ions instead of electrons to conduct electricity and by finding a method to produce touch panels with high transparency and flexibility.
KAIST Professor Hee-Sung Park, selected as the winner in May, was recognized for developing the ‘site-specific authentic protein modification technology’ that can control the modification of proteins related to various diseases such as cancer and dementia, and thus providing the foundations for the identification of disease causes and the research development of new drugs. Hanyang University Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Ki-Hyun Kim, the award recipient in June, was acknowledged for making use of eco-friendly material to detect and effectively remove odors or volatile organic compounds.