Pioneering Collaboration for Innovation
In a monumental stride, the UK cements its partnership with the Republic of Korea through a series of groundbreaking science and tech deals. Secretary of State Michelle Donelan, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Bang Moon-kyu, and Minister of Science and ICT Lee Jong Ho are set to ink these transformative agreements at the prestigious Royal Society tomorrow.
Two Innovation Powerhouses Unite
Renowned as two of the world’s most innovative economies, the UK and the Republic of Korea embark on a collaborative journey. Positioned in the top five of the Global Innovation Index, both nations solidify their natural partnership, leveraging critical technologies such as AI, quantum, and semiconductors to foster job creation and stimulate economic growth.
Unveiling the Landmark Accord
The week unfolds with the announcement of a landmark Accord between the UK and the Republic of Korea, coinciding with President Yoon Suk Yeol’s State Visit. This Accord signifies a crucial step forward, emphasizing shared democratic values and a commitment to propelling the development of safe, responsible AI, building on the world-first AI Safety Summit.
Expanding Frontiers in Science and Technology
The comprehensive set of agreements includes a Framework for Semiconductor Cooperation, a Digital Partnership focusing on data, telecoms, AI, and digital competition, and a Memorandum of Understanding on space cooperation. These initiatives not only foster trade, innovation, and investment but also align with the Prime Minister’s priority of growing the economy.
The Royal Society plays host to the signing event, attended by President Yoon, the Duchess of Edinburgh, and Science and Tech Secretary Michelle Donelan. The agreements pave the way for a robust future, deepening ties not only in science and technology but also in defense, trade, and investment.
A Personal Insight from Michelle Donelan
Michelle Donelan, the Science, Innovation, and Technology Secretary, underscores the significance of the Republic of Korea as a tech powerhouse and a vital UK partner. The agreements are poised to address shared challenges, from future job creation in the AI age to leveraging science for climate change and supporting aging populations.
A Multifaceted Approach to Collaboration
The suite of science and technology agreements includes commitments on safe AI development, semiconductor cooperation, a broad digital partnership, space collaboration, an updated Science and tech cooperation agreement, a quantum dialogue, and enhanced cooperation on engineering biology.
Investing in Emerging Leaders
The Royal Society and the National Research Foundation of Korea commit up to £4.5 million to the UK-ROK International Collaboration Awards. Aimed at emerging research leaders, this investment seeks to foster collaborative partnerships, supported by the International Science Partnerships Fund and an additional £8 million investment from Innovate UK.
Nurturing International Synergy in Research and Innovation
Innovate UK and the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), unlocking closer collaboration in key areas such as semiconductors. This collaboration extends to the establishment of a joint synthetic biology research center, merging expertise from SynbiCITE and the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology.
A Pioneering Agreement in Life Sciences
A groundbreaking agreement between the Milner Therapeutics Institute at the University of Cambridge and the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology is unveiled. This agreement paves the way for KRIBB’s first European outpost, highlighting the strength of UK engineering biology and life sciences.
Expanding Horizons in Astrophysics
Early discussions on a Cooperation Agreement for the Republic of Korea’s involvement in the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) are underway. This multi-billion-pound international project, hosted by the UK, aims to build the world’s largest radio telescope, transforming our understanding of the Universe.
A Global Commitment to Scientific Collaboration
The UK’s recent bilateral science deals, including partnerships with Israel, India, Switzerland, and South Africa, alongside international digital agreements like the UK-Japan Digital Partnership, reflect a global ambition to deepen collaboration in science. These initiatives underscore the government’s determination to unlock breakthroughs through international scientific partnerships.