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Korean-German Material Cooperation with a Focus on Semiconductor Industry

The semiconductor industry is critical to economic competitiveness and indeed even national security. Amidst the reshaping of the global supply chains, many electronic materials and device sectors are making efforts to strengthen their competitiveness to nurture a semiconductor industry which is more resilient and sound. Since the semiconductor industry is a sector which is deeply impacted by government policies, it is also important to learn about relevant policies and practices.

It is against this backdrop that the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, in partnership with the Fraunhofer IKTS, is holding a seminar on November 30, under the theme of "Korea-Germany Material Cooperation with a Focus on the Semiconductor Industry."


Since Korea and Germany are broadening the horizons of their shared endeavors to encompass economic security issues and beyond, and given that Dresden has tremendous capacity for research and a whole range of companies related to this field, the seminar will provide a valuable opportunity to discuss how the two countries can work together in cutting-edge technologies and supply chains.

Through the seminar you will also gain insights into how the semiconductor industry may be reshaped in the future. It offers a great chance to share thoughts on the prospects for material cooperative initiatives between Korea and Germany on the path before us.


Moderator: Prof. Seongsoo LEE, School of Electronic Engineering, Soongsil University
10:05–10:10Welcome Speech
H.E. Hong Kyun KIM, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Germany
10:10–10:20Presentation 1
Ceramic Materials for Electronics and Sensors  
Prof. Alexander Michaelis, Director of Fraunhofer Institute of Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, [GER]
10:20–10:30Presentation 2
Status of the Semiconductor Industry in Korea and Policies and Proposals for Korea-Germany Semiconductor Cooperation
Jongwan KO, Head of the Center for Strategic Research, Korea Semiconductor Industry Association (KSIA) [KOR] (Online)
10:30–10:40Presentation 3
Semiconductors in Europe and Germany and Prospects for Cooperation with Korea (TBC)
Frank Bösenberg, Managing Director of Silicon Saxony e. V., [GER]
10:40–10:50Presentation 4
Cutting-edge Semiconductor Technologies in KETI considering International Collaboration  
Dr. Chan-Sei YOO, Chief researcher at Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), [KOR]
10:50–11:30Panel discussion and Q&A


Since 2009 Fraunhofer IKTS has established countless fruitful projects with Korea by leveraging core competencies of applied ceramic technologies. Facing with dramatically emerging demands in semiconductor technologies, IKTS is going to step further into this area and pursue for a cooperation with Korea.

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