Previous Fora / 2011

PARK, Won-Hoon

President, Association of Academies of Sciences in Asia (AASA)

Won-Hoon Park

After receiving Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1971, Dr. Won-Hoon Park was recruited by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology(KIST). Since then he has been playing a leading role in enhancing Korea’s R&D capabilities of industry, academia and government research institutes with his pioneering research activities in areas of energy and environment.
Dr. Park is called the symbol of R&D history of Korea as noted from his triple role of researcher, R&D manager and science policy maker.
He served as president of KIST, which has played a pivotal role toward industrialization of Korea. Dr. Park served as Chairman and CEO of the Korea Research Council for Industrial Science and Technology, which oversees nine Government Research Institutes in the fields of industrial technologies.
He has been a perennial member of committees assisting Presidential Office of Korean Government; Presidential Council on Science and Technology, Presidential Commission on the New Millennium, National Science and Technology Council, etc.
He has also been an outstanding member of numerous academic and social societies. He served as presidents of the Korean Academy of Environmental Science and Technology, Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers, Korean Society of Energy Engineering, Korean Solar Energy Society, Korean Union of Chemical Science and Technology Societies and Korean Society of Clean Technology. Internationally he served as president for the International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations(IUAPPA).
On finishing the role of executive vice president of Korean Academy of Science and Technology(KAST), he now serves as president of the Association of Academies of Sciences in Asia(AASA), which is consisted of 27 Asian academies, and an Affiliated Network of Inter-Academy Panel(IAP).



14:30-16:30 18 NOVEMBER
PLENARY SESSION V. “FORUM OF GLOBAL FORA: Sharing Knowledge for Global Challenges”


The Association of Academies of Sciences in Asia (AASA) is consisted of academies of 26 Asian countries.

Asia is the region with the most diverse development models for different economic development stages. This fact indicates, on the other hand, that Asian countries can benefit enormously by joint efforts of learning different development models of other countries. So it is a common challenge not just for the policy makers or governments of Asian countries, but also for Asian Academies to find an effective and efficient approach to economic advancement.

AASA organizes forums (regional workshops, roundtables, symposia) to provide advice on the role of science and technology in the national innovation systems of member countries and to help initiate and conduct studies on scientific and technological issues, and their economic and social implications relevant to national development agenda of member countries.

AASA’s major programs are in the following four areas:

(1)    Science Education in Asia and the Pacific (SEAP)
(2)    Sustainable Development in Asia (SDA)
(3)    Economic Advancement through Science, Technology and Innovation (EASTI)
(4)    Women in Science

In general, AASA events are requested to produce reports, and resolution or communique which could be distributed to member academies and related organizations to persuade their governments to take actual measures.

AASA especially emphasizes sharing of best practices of member countries in SEAP, efficient green transition in SDA, and good transfer of development experiences of developed member countries in EASTI.