Decades of Australia-Korea science and technology engagement by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
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Decades of Australia-Korea science and technology engagement by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and the National Academy of Engineering Korea have a close relationship dating back several decades, with a number of examples of joint activities addressing some of the pressing global challenges of our time.

Two joint workshops in 2018 and 2020 provide evidence of strong Australia-Korea science and technology engagement in the sectors of transport and energy.

First, a workshop on ‘The Transport of the Future’ brought together leading experts in the field from both countries in Seoul in 2018, with associated site visits highlighting Korean excellence in public transport policy and planning. The experience helped inform and provide an international benchmark for the Academy’s Learned Academies Special Project on industry technology readiness in the transport sector, published in early 2019.

A highlight of the visit was the NAEK offer to Academy President Professor Hugh Bradlow of the prestigious position of Foreign Fellow of the NAEK. The Academy acknowledges the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and NAEK for their support of the event.

Second, in March 2020 the two academies will hold a joint workshop addressing new energy technologies, with particular focus on the development of a hydrogen economy.

The Melbourne-based event will comprise a one-day workshop and two days of site visits showcasing Australian expertise in hydrogen technology capability. Meeting with policy-makers and researchers will allow the Korean delegation to experience cutting-edge examples of Australian innovation and policy in clean energy technology, as well as strengthen national and international linkages vital to continued collaboration and joint activities.

The workshop will build on the Academy’s strong relationship with the NAEK and draw on the strengths and expertise of both Academies’ distinguished Fellows to discuss the application of science, technology and engineering in facilitating this important, environmentally sustainable project and explore opportunities that are of strategic importance to both countries.

The Academy wishes to acknowledge the Australia Korea Foundation and NAEK for the financial support of this event.

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering is a Learned Academy operating as an independent, non-political and expert think tank that helps Australians understand and use technology to solve complex problems. We bring together Australia’s leading experts in applied science, technology and engineering, and engage with international partners, to provide impartial, practical and evidence-based advice on how to achieve sustainable solutions and advance prosperity. The Academy contributes robust and practical thinking to Australia’s big debates. The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering was founded in 1975 as one of Australia’s four Learned Academies. Today, it has almost 900 Fellows elected by their peers.