Germany - The Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea to Germany, S.E. Kyung Soo Lee, and the Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, are opening the 8th German-Korean ADeKo Conference in Dresden with a festive reception.
From November 16 to 18, top researchers, industry, and political representatives will meet at the International Congress Center Dresden’s “Engineering for our Future” to strengthen collaboration in economy and science. South Korean and German research and industry representatives have also announced the signing of a cooperation agreement.
This bi-national summit of the Alumni Network Germany-Korea (ADeKo) ranks among the most significant events to bolster collaboration between South Korea and Germany. Up until now, the summit was held in Seoul, the Capital of South Korea, and this year, the State Capital Dresden will be the first German city to host this high-caliber event. Organizers expect more than 300 guests from both countries to attend.
Strong Trade and Science Partnership between Germany and South Korea
The Republic of South Korea is among Germany’s most important economic and scientific partners in East Asia. As the 11th largest national economy and 6th largest export nation in the world, South Korea is Germany’s most important Asian market, second to China. In 2015, German companies invested $291 million (USD) in South Korea, with 500 German companies employing 100,000 employees.
“Germany is one of South Korea’s most important trade and economic partners in Europe”, the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Korea, Kyung Soo Lee, says.
“Between 1962 and 2015, Germany’s investments in South Korea totaled $12 billion (USD), which makes the Federal Republic of Germany the 3rd largest investor in South Korea.” At the same time, direct Korean investments in Germany reached $4.3 billion (USD) by the end of 2015. In the same year, the bi-lateral trade volume between the two states totaled $27 billion (USD).
The Republic of Korea and Germany have been connected through a successful partnership for a long time, both politically and economically, and scientifically. “I am delighted that entrepreneurs and scientists of South Korea and Dresden are taking up this tradition and expanding their collaboration, at the renowned ADeKo-Conference,” the ambassador Kyung Soo Lee says.
ADeKo: Strengthening German-Korean Collaboration in Research and Industry
The goal of the ADeKo-Conference series is, through exchange and partnership, to promote German-Korean research collaboration and strengthen the translation of research results into industrial applications. The topics of the Dresden conference program range from tactile Internet, robotics, and future electronics, to energy transition in micro and nanoelectronics, digitalization and e-health.
At the “Young Leaders Forum” (YLF) on November 17, start-ups from both countries will have the opportunity to present their technologies and products from the ‘Advancing Electronics’ sector to industry representatives and possible investors from both countries. The start-up format funded by the Free State of Saxony is organized by the HighTech Startbahn Network, which organizes the European investors congress “HIGHTECH VENTURE DAYS” taking place in Dresden every year during the fall.
Conference for the first time in Germany: Hightech Center in Dresden to host the Event
Hwang-Sik Kim, chairman of the ADeKo Alumni Network and former Prime Minister of the Republic of South Korea explains why Dresden was selected as the first event location outside of South Korea.
“After having developed the German-Korean economy and science conference successfully over the past seven years, starting with 300 participants and welcoming 1,000 at its latest event in Seoul, we needed to take a step forward," Kim says.
"Dresden’s Deputy Mayor Dirk Hilbert made it possible by inviting the ADeKo Conference to Dresden, which was an excellent choice for building this bridge. If this first event is successful, the conference will return to Germany every two years in order to strengthen the German-Korean exchange and to help us forget, for a few days, the great physical distance that separates our two nations.”
The Deputy Mayor of Dresden, Dirk Hilbert adds, “We are proud the ADeKo-Conference is celebrating its German premiere in Dresden. We look forward to the exchange with representatives from the Republic of South Korea, and plan to significantly increase scientific and entrepreneurial collaboration between South Korea and Dresden.”
“South Korea holds a leading position in information and communications technology worldwide," Robert Franke, Head of the Office for Economic Development of the State Capital Dresden says. "Therefore, it makes sense that the conference comes to a city that researches and develops future-oriented technologies for ‘Advancing Electronics’ at the high-tech cluster Silicon Saxony, the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), the excellence cluster CFAED - Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, and the 5G Lab.”
Five South Korean High-Tech Companies in Dresden with 150 Employees
Novaled, Sunic System Service Center Dresden, Hanaim, Nanotech, and HAN Vakuum are five South Korean companies employing 150 employees in Dresden’s semiconductor, organic light-emitting diode, and 3D printing and testing technology sectors.
On November 18, during two daylong company tours, South Korean economics and science representatives will learn about the high level of expertise of Dresden technology enterprises and research institutes. The two tours, “Next generation of microelectronics,” and “Future mobility and future energy,” will focus on automation, organic electronics and semiconductor technologies, as well as material and energy solutions, and intelligent traffic control systems for the mobility of the future.
Tour stops will be the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FEP), Siltectra, Xenon Automation, NaMLab, VAMOS Dresden, sunfire, the Department for Powder Metallurgy of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM, Solarwatt and the Transparent Factory of Volkswagen.
ADeKo: Worldwide largest and sole International Network of Korean Germany-Alumni
The Alumni Network Germany-Korea (ADeKo) is the worldwide sole and largest international network of Korean-German alumni who have lived, studied and researched in the Federal Republic of Germany. The network was founded in 2006 with support from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).
An average of 5,000 Korean students are enrolled in German universities and, every year, 800 new students enroll. The number of German alumni in Korea totals about 20,000.
This year’s conference is jointly organized by ADeKo, Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), RWTH Aachen University, the Fraunhofer Society, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), and the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in the Federal Republic of Germany (VeKNI).
For further information about the conference and for registration, go to: http://www.korean-germanconference.de/.
Information about the Network ADeKo: http://www.adeko.or.kr/deu/