Highlights cooperation EU-Korea

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On-going projects

Since a first joint workshop organised in Seville in July 2019, JRC (led by unit B3) has developed a scientific cooperation with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Policy Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (KPC4IR). 

A second joint meeting held on-line in November 2019 further examined key topics of mutual interest.  Some areas of innovation policy, including smart specialisation and the technological and socio-economic impact of Industry 4.0 were initially selected for possible collaboration. The 2020 joint workshop “Shaping the Future of Innovation Policy, Smart Specialisation, and the 4IR in the Post Pandemic Era” (held on-line in November 2020) again brought together KAIST and JRC experts on regional innovation systems, innovation policy, digital innovation, Smart Specialisation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This event had a particular focus on post-pandemic perspectives for the formulation, implementation and governance of innovation policy in Korea and the EU.

At a follow up meeting in February 2021, both sides agreed to develop a joint project on industrial transitions in the Daejeon and Chungcheong regions. This built on the JRC POINT methodology (Projecting Opportunities for INdustrial Transitions) developed and implemented in selected European territories. Launched in April 2021 and carried out mainly by researchers from KAIST and the Daejeon Institute of Science & Technology for Enterprise & People (DISTEP) in collaboration with local and national stakeholders, this work has aimed to study how to leverage Daejeon's AI, big data, and biohealth start-up ecosystem to further develop the biohealth industry in South Korea. The JRC has provided methodological guidance and supporting information, as well as a critical review of project outcomes and active participation in a meeting of project stakeholders. 

Held on the 8th of February 2022, this joint meeting presented the draft report of the joint KAIST/DISPTEP/EC-JRC bio-health industry transformation project in the Daejeon and Chungcheong regions. Building on project outcomes, which have combined data collection and analysis with extensive stakeholder consultation, it sought to prepare a regional agenda and policy actions to nurture the local bio-industry in Daejeon and Chungcheong province and to position the province as the biohealth "Silicon Valley" of Korea. KAIST and their local partners have recently produced a draft report (Biohealth Industry in Daejeon and Chungcheong Province) employing the JRC methodology. 

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