On Wednesday, March 22, at 2 p.m., the Ministry of Science and ICT presented the 'Strategy for Securing Future Materials to Support National Strategic Technologies' at the Intercontinental COEX, Seoul, and discussed with researchers how to effectively support future materials R&D. The first part of the event consisted of a Minister’s presentation of MSIT's 'Strategy for Securing Future Materials to Support National Strategic Technologies' and a discussion between the minister and researchers. In the second part of the event, businessmen and researchers discussed the current status of R&D in the field of future materials and the direction of support. The event was attended by more than 200 material researchers from companies, universities, and government-funded research institutes, who interacted with each other, shared their research status, and viewed representative achievements on display.
In the recent era of technological hegemony, where competitiveness in science and technology also affects a country's diplomacy and security, countries are strategically fostering core technologies. The government has selected 12 national strategic technologies last October, and it has become necessary to secure future materials in line with these national strategic technologies. Therefore, MSIT has identified 100 future materials that will be needed in the future in consideration of the 12 national strategic technologies, and has established a technology roadmap to be secured by the end of the next 10 years to achieve global technological superiority.
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A total of 350 experts from industry and academia, in specialized research groups by each national strategic technology area, participated in the process of identifying the top 100 future materials. Through bottom-up technology demand research and top-down strategy analysis, experts identified demand the top 100 future materials to solve technology challenges. MSIT announced to operate its R&D projects in a mission-oriented manner and continuously strengthen the digital-based material ecosystem in order to successfully secure future materials. It aims to support the entire cycle of securing future materials and improve the effectiveness of R&D through linkages between relevant research from different research institute and Ministries. Furthermore, the government will activate the Korea Material Data Station (K-MDS) and promote pilot projects to accelerate material development by utilizing data and intelligent robots.
Minister of Science and ICT Lee Jong-ho said, "Securing future materials that embody technology is important to stay ahead of the competition for technological supremacy among major countries." "We will continue to communicate closely with the market to discover impactful materials and provide support for technological superiority."
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