Jong Mun Park

President of Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Austria

On behalf of the organizing committee members, I would like to welcome you to the Europe-Korea Conference on Science and Technology 2019 (EKC 2019), which will be held in Vienna, Austria from 15th to 19th July, 2019. EKC 2019 is hosted by Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Austria (KOSEAA) together with the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) and eight other Korean Scientists and Engineers Associations in Europe: Germany (VeKNI), the UK (KSEAUK), France (ASCoF), the Netherlands (KOSEANL), Switzerland (KSEAS), Finland (KOSES), Scandinavia (KSSEA), and Belgium (KOSEABe). EKC is an annual conference where scientists, engineers, government officials, industry executives, and policy-makers from both Korea and Europe not only share their expertise and ideas but also build a strong foundation for networking and collaboration. EKC 2019 in Vienna will continue a tradition that started in Heidelberg (2008), followed by Reading (2009), Vienna (2010), Paris (2011), Berlin (2012), Brighton (2013), Vienna (2014), Strasbourg (2015), Berlin (2016), Stockholm (2017), and Glasgow (2018). EKC has become the most important scientific and social event between Korea and Europe. We, the organizing committee of EKC 2019, are delighted that the EKC 2019 will be held back in Vienna after EKC 2010 and EKC 2014. The theme of EKC 2019 is “Science, Technology and Humanity: Advancement and Sustainability”. Human civilization is confronting huge anthropogenic problems such as environmental destruction, climate change, and social crisis. To tackle those issues, EKC 2019 will be a meeting place of science, technology, and humanity to acquire sustainability while they can continue advancing. Especially, humanities division is newly launched in EKC 2019 to discuss the role of social science in collaboration with science and technology. The conference includes multilateral programs: i) science and technology discussions, ii) policy and business sessions, iii) industrial forums, and iv) networking programs. Participants from industry, government policy makers, as well as academic scholars and researchers will present and discuss related scientific issues. EKC 2019 especially promotes participation of young students to foster the next generation scientists. Vienna, the capital of Austria, is one of the most attractive cities in the world and an economic and political centre in the heart of Europe, where there is a gate to the East and the West. Alongside the great support from the City of Vienna for our event, the final banquet will be held at Rathaus, the City hall, which is one of the most splendid monuments amongst numerous beautiful others in Vienna. Finally, I would like to express my great appreciation to all sponsors, organisations and their members for great contributions. I also would like to express my sincere thanks to all committee members and volunteers who spent time and energy in preparing the conference. I believe our devoted effort will certainly be a legacy in international scientific cooperation and in supporting scientific communities in Korea and Europe. We look forward to your participation in EKC 2019 and to seeing you in Vienna later this year! Jong Mun Park, Ph.D. Chair of the EKC 2019 President of Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Austria