Hark Rho KIM,
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 as the world's 5th largest nuclear powerhouse over the past fifty years. In a country lacking natural resources, nuclear energy has provided a basis for economic growth as a key economical source of electricity in Korea for the last forty years.
As a technology-intensive source of energy, nuclear energy requires continuous technology exchange and R&D compared with other energy sources. Ever since nuclear energy was first introduced in Korea, KNS has strived to advance the nation´s nuclear technology with a passion for academic research. Nowadays, the society consists of over 4,900 members.
The annual spring and fall KNS conferences have greatly contributed to achieving self reliance in nuclear technology by providing a forum for the 1,200 participating members to exchange their latest nuclear R&D technologies and information. Furthermore, the listing of the NET journal in SCIE has allowed us to step forward as an internationally recognized institution.
Recently, there have been rapid changes of the environment surrounding nuclear energy worldwide, and nuclear safety and competitiveness have became the talk of the town in both developed and developing countries carrying out nuclear projects. Korea is no exception to this changing environment. The Korean nuclear community has shown its competitivesness in nuclear technology through the landmark export of domestically developed nuclear power plants to the UAE. On the other hand, recent events such as the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan and the earthquake in the city of Gyengju in Korea have raised safety issues and empowered anti-nuclear activists more than ever. Adding to these difficulties, the new government has declared an energy transition plan that includes a phase-out of nuclear power in Korea.
Despite the nuclear community being faced with such multiple difficulties, KNS will continue pursuing its goal of nuclear technology development through the collective effort of its members. KNS will strengthen the global competitiveness of domestic nuclear technology by conducting intensive academic activities across the industry, academia, and various research organizations. In addition, it will concentrate its efforts on collaboration with nuclear-related organizations to utilize its knowledge and skills to its fullest capacity, and to promote international cooperation with foreign nuclear societies. Moreover, KNS will also endeavor to reinforce transparency within the nuclear industry and provide reliable expertise to consolidate its role as a nuclear expert group and reinforce the role of nuclear power as a clean and reliable energy source.