Daedeok Innopolis will host the IASP Daedeok International Exhibition on Green Hi-Tech from May 24 to 26 this year at the Daejeon Convention Center. Global hi-tech companies and science park professionals will congregate to promote and market their products and services. This year marks the exhibition’s 27th year and is being organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Daedeok Innopolis and IASP (International Association of Science Parks) under the theme of Global Green Growth (G3): Challenges and Opportunities for Science and Technology Parks.
The IASP is a worldwide network of Science and Technology Parks, with nearly 400 members in 70 countries. It plays the role of connecting Science Park professionals from across the world and acts as a means to provide effective services to its members. The IASP hosts the conference every year in a different city across the world. IASP members enhance the competitiveness of enterprises and entrepreneurs in their cities and regions, and strive to contribute to global technology-led economic development through entrepreneurship, innovation and the exchange of knowledge and technology.
IASP 2010 Daedeok will bring together experts from government, STPs (Science and Technology Parks), academia and industry to discuss the true significance of “Green Growth” for STPs, which is a globally emerging developmental model. The conference will feature presentations and discussions on global STP strategies as well as in-depth discussion on the future direction of modern science and technology. This year’s conference will play a vital role as the world is currently concerned about issues such as global climate change. After the recent Copenhagen Conference failed to generate any notable results other than taking note of the Copenhagen Accord, which is merely a non-obligatory commitment, global leaders in the green growth industry are anticipating and closely watching this year’s conference. The specific roles to be played by STPs in the global green growth era will be discussed, and opinions and innovative knowledge will be shared in order to shape the “Daedeok Green Initiative” which will be announced at the end of the conference. STPs are in the best position to lead reforms in technology and economic policy around the world due to their quick and effective modern technology and innovative thinking. While climate change and the energy crisis should be dealt on a global level due to their importance, the response should be local. STPs, which lead local and regional economies, as well as play a part in the global network, are in an ideal position to play the central role.
Daedeok Innopolis, the main venue for this year’s conference, is the largest world-class R&D innovation cluster in Korea. Designed in 1973, Daedeok Science Town is the oldest and largest government-funded science complex in Korea. The park currently consists of 410 R&D institutions, five universities and over 900 companies from advanced industries. Daedeok Innopolis is home to more than 18,000 researchers, more than 10% of all Korean patents and is well known for developing the blockbuster drug Factive, an AIDS diagnostic test, WiBro and DMB. In 2005 Daedeok Innopolis was formally designated by special law as a coordinating headquarters designed to create a world-class innovation cluster covering IT, BT, NT, nuclear power and green technologies.