Joo Ho WHANG,
Korean Nuclear Society
Since its establishment in 1969 with the aim to develop nuclear-related academies and technology, the Korean Nuclear Society (KNS) has played a significant role in Korea's emergence to become the world's 6th nuclear powerhouse over the past forty years. With the lack of natural resources, nuclear energy has provided Korea a basis of economic growth by playing its sufficient role as an economical source of energy for the last thirty years.
Nuclear energy requires continuous technology exchange and R&D, as it is more technology intensive compared with other energy sources. Ever since nuclear energy was first introduced, we have strived to acquire new technology with a passion for academic research. Nowadays, the society consists of 4,300 members.
The spring and fall academic conferences it holds has greatly contributed to achieving self reliance in nuclear technology by providing a forum for 1,200 participating members to exchange latest nuclear R&D technology and information. Furthermore, listing of the NET journal in SCIE has allowed us to step forward as an internationally-recognized academy.
Recently, the worldwide nuclear energy circumstances is rapidly changing. Nuclear renaissance became the talk of the town in the wake of the new nuclear projects announced by the United States and other countries. The importance of nuclear energy is being greatly emphasized in Korea as well, under the national vision of low Carbon, Green Growth." Furthermore, the nuclear community in Korea is accelerating its R&D activities after accomplishing the export of nuclear power plants to UAE.
At this juncture, the KNS with its goal of nuclear energy technology development will have to play an important role. We will strengthen the global competitiveness of domestic nuclear technology by conducting intensive academic activities across industries, academies and research organizations. Also, we will concentrate our efforts on mutual exchange and collaboration with nuclear-related organizations to utilize our knowledge and skills to the fullest capacity and to achieve our national goal. Moreover, we will strengthen international cooperation for the promotion of global awareness about domestic technology in this nuclear renaissance era.