Daegu, Republic of Korea : Daegu recently welcomed two major technology conventions. Technology and medical science industry leaders converged at Daegu Gyongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) and the Daegu Exhibition and Convention Center (EXCO) to acquire and share academic information and establish an international network of exchange.
DGIST welcomed the 11th Asia Association of Learning Innovation and Coeveolution Studies (ASIALICS 2014) Sep. 24 to 27. ASIALICS is focused on researching knowledge-based innovation strategy in Asian countries and applying the results of technology based innovation research to the private and public sectors.
Former Vice-Chairman of Samsung Electronics, Jong-Yong Yun, delivered the first keynote speech. His topic, “Managing Innovation in Large Firms,” discussed how Samsung Electronics recognized the changes in paradigm of the digital era and how they carried on management innovation and business strategy related with it and the factors that support successful innovation.
A strong sense of industry-university-institute partnership as well as cooperation between the public and private sectors have made Daegu a hub of innovation and a stronghold for academic discourse. ASIALICS 2014 held a special collaborative session to discuss effective management systems for industrial fields and technological innovation in the public sector.
Leading the conversation were local scientific technology and innovation researchers from Keimyung University, Daegu Technopark, the Science and Technology Policy Institute and the Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning. The session explored each institute’s approach to innovation policy setting.
ASIALICS was an engaging educational experience for students and young innovators. Students had the opportunity to learn about the latest research through student sessions.
President of ASIALICS Korea, Prof. Kong-Rae Lee of DGIST, said Daegu is a place to suggest effective management systems in industrial fields for technological innovation as well as academic development.
“With ASIALICS 2014 in Daegu, I hope that Daegu and DGIST can play a big role, within Korea and other Asian countries, in developing a new theory and knowledge through interdisciplinary and convergent research,” Lee said.
Daegu also welcomed the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society Asia-Pacific Annual Conference 2014 Sep. 24-27 at EXCO. The event was hosted by the Korean Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society (KTERMS).
Attendance included 800 tissue engineering and regenerative specialists from 40 countries. Over the course of the four-day symposium, participants discussed and presented on the newest research on tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and stem cells.
Daegu is home to some 3,000 medical institutions including 12 full-service hospitals, five medical schools and 48 medical research centers. Participants had the opportunity to check out Daegu’s High-Tech Medical Industry Complex(DGMIF) during a technical tour of the city’s infrastructure of medical research. DGMIF was established in 2010 for the purpose of providing a research infrastructure that would support companies and institutes in their endeavors to develop cutting-edge medical products.
Daegu has made significant contributions to the field of regenerative medicine according to Jeong-Ok Grace Lim, professor at Kyungpook National University Hospital’s Biomedical Research Institute, president of KTERMS and program chair of TERMIS-AP 2014.
Especially the Joint Institute for Regenerative Medicine (JIRM), which opened last year in Daegu, has provided the infrastructure to discover new treatments and medical devices. Lim said the Daegu city government has played a major role in encouraging local growth in the field of regenerative medicine.
“The city has shifted its investments from traditional IT to biotechnology,” she said. “Local officials have been especially influential in initiating research in this area, providing support to form a research partnership between Kyungpook National University and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.”
The subtitle of TERMIS-AP 2014 was “Engaging Our Neighbors.” Under this theme, TERMIS-AP supported a part of the registration fee to selected participants from emerging countries.
“The Korean organizing committee proposed the idea to the World Congress in 2012 and received enough funding to help 46 delegates and students attend the event. We were so proud. This event is not only about contributing to science, but about making the world a better place through world peace and harmony,” Lim said.
Both ASIALICS and TERMIS-AP provided an opportunity to converge the technology, business management, medicine and engineering of Asian countries through research and discussion on innovative cases of scientific technology and regenerative engineering.
These technology conventions serve as platforms for global discourse, attracting professionals and industry leaders who are eager to join the conversation. Daegu Metropolitan City will continue to develop itself as a dynamic economy and a world-class medical city by cultivating related events and investing in local industry.