Communicating about and Fostering Professionals in Science in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Communicating about and Fostering Professionals in Science
in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
KOFAC Science and Creativity Annual Conference 2017 held, along with ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the founding of KOFAC.
The Science and Creativity Annual Conference 2017, hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT, Minister You Young Min) and organized by the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity (KOFAC, President Tai Hyun Park), was held under the theme “Science Communication and HR Development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” on November 7 (Tues.) at The-K Hotel in Seoul.
The opening ceremony was attended by more than 300 people, including renowned figures in science, technology, and education, such as Executive Director Akira Koda of the Japan Science and Technology Agency, Director Lee Kang-hwan of Seodaemun Museum of Natural History, President Lee Gyu-ho of the Daedeok Innopolis Association, and President Sung Eun-hyun of the Korean Society for the Gifted and Talented, as well as experts, teachers, and members of the general public interested in science culture and education.
Two keynote speakers, President Cho Dong-sung of Incheon National University, which is a leading institution in the education of students in creative fields, and Kenn Ross, managing director of Asia at Minerva, gave speeches titled “How to Create a Genius” and “Innovation in Education: Nurturing Critical Wisdom.” These two speakers delved into the changes that are being brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and spoke about new ways of fostering professionals in response to those changes.
The following six sessions of the conference served as a platform for speakers to introduce the new paradigms of science communication and citizen-participatory science culture and discuss the types of professionals that are needed in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, how to properly train teachers to cope with future changes in their occupations, and various topics regarding the present and future of science and technology-based education.
President Tai Hyun Park of KOFAC remarked, “I hope that this conference serves as an occasion for people to celebrate the efforts we have made over the past 50 years to disseminate and communicate science culture to the public as well as engage in in-depth discussions on how to nurture creative and interdisciplinary professionals in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
On November 6 (Mon.), KOFAC held a ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding. More than 300 people attended the event, including Assemblyperson Park Kyung-mi of The Minjoo Party of Korea, Director General Kang Byung-Sam of the MSIT, Department Head Jeong Yun-kyeong of the Ministry of Education, President Kwun Sook-Il of the National Academy of Sciences, and other renowned figures in the fields of education, science, and technology, as well as the beneficiaries of KOFAC’s projects, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of KOFAC.
[Photo] On November 7 (Tuesday), President Tai Hyun Park of KOFAC gave his opening remarks at the KOFAC Science and Creativity Annual Conference 2017 at The-K Hotel in Seoul.
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