The Science & Innovation Network in South Korea promotes and facilitates collaboration between the UK and South Korea on key science and innovation themes.

To promote international collaboration, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network based in 45 countries around the world.

The UK and Korea have enjoyed a long collaborative relationship since signing a Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in 1985. As part of a biennial review of cooperation activities, the UK’s Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) works with the Korean Ministries of Science and ICT (MSIT), Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) and Health & Welfare (MOHW) to agree on new areas of collaboration. SIN supports knowledge exchange and networking workshops between researchers in the UK and Korea in areas of mutual interests.

SIN South Korea is a contact point for British universities, research institutions and innovation agencies to find the right contacts and funding sources to achieve their objectives in South Korea. We currently have four staffs based at the British Embassy in Seoul.

For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in South Korea, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot here.

What we do

  • Exchange information on the science and innovation policies of the UK and South Korean governments with industry and academia to identify areas of bilateral research priority and interest;
  • Support the improvement of UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges facing South Korea;
  • Stimulate strategic science collaborations with South Korea in research sectors that drive mutual growth and prosperity, and that address global challenges, such as antimicrobial resistance, climate change and energy security;
  • Work closely with colleagues in DIT to support the development of science and innovation-related trade and investment opportunities between the UK and South Korea.
  • Our current priority areas are in global health and life sciences, 5G and ICT, and clean energy.

Examples of activity

  • Facilitate engagements to help UK researchers and institutions to develop new links and strengthen existing links with partners in South Korea;
  • Support UK and South Korea policy exchange via the UK-Korea Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation;
  • Identify opportunities for joint projects and funding sources to support bilateral research programme and researcher exchange programme;
  • Facilitate visits by research performing and support institutions to raise awareness of UK research excellence within South Korea research community;
  • Facilitate and support ministerial and other high level meetings and visits;
  • Conduct science and innovation sector policy analysis;
  • Manage public engagement events and press work.

Our Team

UK Science and Innovation Network
British Embassy Seoul
Sejong-daero 19-gil 24. Jung-gu
Seoul 100-120
Republic of Korea

T: + 82 (0)2 3210 5500;

F: + 82 (0)2 3210 5637,

Email:sinkorea@fco.gov.uk

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