Belarus and South Korea have established a mutually beneficial transfer of science technologies, and both the countries are interested in its further development, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology Sergei Shcherbakov said at the 6th Belarusian-Korean forum Science. Innovations. Industry, which is underway in Minsk, BelTA has learned.
The event is held for the sixth time. Every year a new theme for discussion is chosen. This time it is bio and nanotechnologies seen as top-priority areas of Belarus-South Korea cooperation in science and technology.
According to Sergei Shcherbakov, many universities and institutes of Belarus have been implementing joint projects with Korean counterparts. In his words, bilateral cooperation is very fruitful and mutually beneficial. For instance, South Korea uses Belarusian technologies to clean water from iron. “The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus is conducting a nano-scale research of various materials, including biomaterials. This is possible because Belarus has developed its own lineup of atomic-force microscopes which are also used by South Korea,” he said.
Semiconductors are one of the important positions in the Belarusian exports to the Republic of Korea. “It would seem that the Republic of Korea must be the one to supply the world with semiconductors and devices. However, a number of special-purpose semiconductors operating at low or high temperatures are purchased in Belarus,” the expert said.
Describing the level of sci-tech cooperation between the two countries, Sergei Shcherbakov said: “This is not only a technology transfer from them to us, in which we are very much interested. This is also a technology transfer from us to them. We see that this cooperation is beneficial for both parties and that it is hi-tech. The Republic of Korea is unique in this regard because its research and development expenditures are the world's highest. They make up over 4.5% of GDP.”
Minsk is hosting the Belarusian-Korean forum Science. Innovations. Industry at the science and technology park Polytechnic. The business program of the forum includes a plenary session, speeches by experts as part of the scientific sections to discuss Nanotechnology and Biotechnology, and also a sci-tech information seminar with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI). Taking part in the forum on Belarus' behalf are representatives of the State Committee on Science and Technology, Education Ministry, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), the Belarusian National Technical University, NASB Lykov Heat and Mass Transfer Institute, and NASB Belyi Metal-Polymer Research Institute. On Korea's behalf, the forum is attended by representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Belarus, the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Korean-Russian Center for Cooperation in Science and Technology, the National Research Foundation of Korea, and also universities and research institutes.