New links are forged between Korean and UK scientists


A visit to Cambridge from a leading Korean journalist, Mr Kwon Young-min, this week coincides with the announcement of new links between UK and Korean scientists.

Deputy editor of the City Desk of Joon-ang Ilbo, the largest daily newspaper in Korea, Mr Kwon is here as a guest of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The main aim of his visit to the UK is to be briefed on the preparations Britain is making for the new millennium on technology, redevelopment, social and child welfare, the Information Society and volunteer organisations.

As well as sightseeing in Cambridge, he will meet with university representatives and with Simon Elliott, who developed - and maintains - the Cambridge Network website.

Mr Kwon's visit comes as new links are being forged between Korean and UK scientists in an agreement between two institutes at the .*

The Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) and the Institute of Biotechnology are preparing to set up a new centre aimed at aiding collaboration in biotechnology and biological science between Korea and the UK.

Called the Korean Collaboration Centre for Bioscience and Biotechnology, the new organisation will also act to promote links between scientific institutions and universities in Korea and the UK. It will also act as an information centre on research interests and industries for the public and private sectors in the two countries.

It will be funded by KRIBB, and the Institute of Biotechnology will identify offices for the centre's operation.

*Extract from Cambridge University Newsletter, December 1999/January 2000