Sweden-Korea Nobel Memorial Program 2020

2 710 people have been looking at the youTube presentations of the first Sweden-Korea Nobel Memorial Program that OSI-Seoul organised together with the embassy on 1 December. This is very encouraging and also not very surprising. South...

2 710 people have been looking at the youTube presentations of the first Sweden-Korea Nobel Memorial Program that OSI-Seoul organised together with the embassy on 1 December. This is very encouraging and also not very surprising.

South Korea is famously known for heavy investments in R&D*, for being an innovation leader and for having a very strong pursuit for higher education. You will not be surprised to find a hallway in many of Korea’s Universities that is dedicated to notable winners of the Nobel Prize (like this one at Daegu Gyeoungbuk Institute of Science and Technology, DGIST).

Nobel Gallery at DGIST

For these reasons we expected the first ever Nobel Memorial program in Korea to raise some interest. Our colleagues in other OSI offices have been doing Nobel Programs before (with recent reports available from Delhi and Beijing), and our colleague in Washington DC, Henric Johnson have had the honour to make a Nobel speech this unusual year (Can’t find a link to the talk though).

It’s been a true pleasure

Our purpose with the Sweden-Korea Nobel Memorial program is to promote an interest in higher education, research and development in the areas of science, technology and the humanities. We want to reach a Korean audience not only that are experts in the areas that was awarded this particular year but also students and an interested general public.

We have designed the event in three sessions with short presentations of the awards this year by a Swedish expert. A Korean expert then gives their perspective on the awards and the winners and we end the session with a conversation and some questions and answers.

Elenore Kanter, Seyeong Yoon, Jakob Hallgren, Sa-in Kim, Anders Hektor, Joohwi Kang

I t has been a true pleasure to arrange this event. Simultaneous translation to English and Korean made it possible to hold conversations seamlessly on both languages and the audience could choose which stream to follow. It turned out 1.655 have taken part of it in Korean and another 1.055 in English. Looking at the minute-to-minute participation, we had a constant audience of 100 to 200, topping at 260, that is pretty good for a 7-hour stream and we all look very much forward to doing it again next year!

In the meantime, you can find the YouTube presentations and talks here, with an indication in the program below for the time when a session starts.

@SCIENCES SESSION
.11 Welcoming addresses
 Host:Jakob Hallgren, Ambassador
 Partner:Min-koo Han, President KAST
 University Partners:  Heisook Kim, President of Ewha Womans University Eva Wiberg, President of University of Gothenburg Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH Royal Institute of Technology Torbjörn von Schantz, Vice-Chancellor of Lund University Hans Adolfsson, President of Umeå University
 Presentations Medicine 
.32Speaker: Mathias Uhlén, Professor KTH
.42Speaker:Yu-Kyoung Oh, Professor, Seoul National Univ.
.53Panel discussion 
  Presentations Physics
1.08Speaker: Anna Delin, Professor KTH
1.19Speaker:Soonkeon Nam, Professor, Kyunghee Univ.
1.29Panel discussion 
1.39PauseSwedish Embassy Video online
  Presentations Chemistry
1.48Speaker: Sven Lidin, Professor, Lund Uni
2.02Speaker:Hyongbum Henry Kim, Professor, Yonsei Univ.
2.13Panel discussion 
2.19Closing
Jakob Hallgren, Ambassador
 Moderator:Anders Hektor, Science & Innovation Counsellor
@ECONOMY SESSION
2.42 Welcoming addresses
 Host:Jakob Hallgren, Ambassador
 Partners:Heisook Kim, President of Ewha Womans University
 University Partners:Eva Wiberg, President of University of Gothenburg Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH Royal Institute of Technology Torbjörn von Schantz, Vice-Chancellor of Lund University Hans Adolfsson, President of Umeå University
  Presentations
2.57Speaker: Olof Johansson Stenman, Professor, University of Gothenburg
3.25Speaker:Byung-il Choi, President, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies
3.47Panel discussion
Inviting Insil Yi, Professor, Sogang Univ.
4.15Closing
Jakob Hallgren, Ambassador
 Moderator:Anders Hektor, Science & Innovation Counsellor
@LITERATURE SESSION
5.41 Welcoming addresses
 Host:Jakob Hallgren, Ambassador
 Partners:Sa-in Kim, President LTI Korea
 University Partners:Heisook Kim, President of Ewha Womans University Eva Wiberg, President of University of Gothenburg Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH Royal Institute of Technology Torbjörn von Schantz, Vice-Chancellor of Lund University Hans Adolfsson, President of Umeå University
  Presentations
6.01Speaker: Annelie Bränström Öhman, Professor Umeå University and Author
6.21Speaker:Sung Ho Yoo, Professor & literary critic, Hangyang Univ.
6.41Panel discussion
Inviting Haeun SHIM, Managing Director at EunHaengNaMu Publishing
7.12Closing
Jakob Hallgren, Ambassador
 Moderator:Anders Hektor, Science & Innovation Counsellor

* Korea is investing more than other countries in research and development, at 4.8 percent of GDP in 2018, according to the latest data from the World Bank. On par with Israel (5.0) and well ahead of Sweden at 3.3 percent, and then followed by Japan, Denmark, Finland and the US (at 3.1, 2.8, 2.6 and 2.6 respectively).