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Welcome Message
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Greetings from Mr. Jang-hyun Yoon,
Mayor of Gwangju Metropolitan City of Korea
It is our great pleasure and honor to host the 9th ADeKo Joint
Korean-German Conference and I’d like to convey my heartfelt thanks to all
of you who will be travelling to Gwangju from a distance.

Gwangju is a city that has a long and proud history where the citizens have
strived to uphold their own dignity and the value of human rights.
Also, we have been struggling to develop the key industries of the future
such as environmentally-friendly vehicles and converged cultural contents, which will
lead the way for Korea to take the next big leap.

We hope to have you in Gwangju so that you can experience the dynamism of the city. In addition, the 2017 Gwangju Design Biennale and Mt. Mudeung National Park will give you the abundant assets and cultural energy Gwangju has.

I encourage all of you to visit Gwangju and join in meaningful exchange and cooperation on topics that will be of great significance in the future.
Once again I would like to extend my gratitude to all of the ADeKo members.
Thank you.
Jang-hyun Yoon
Mayor of Gwangju Metropolitan City
Greetings from Mr. Hwang-Sik Kim,
Chairman of ADeKo
ADeKo (Alumninetzwerk Deutschland-Korea) is the world’s largest alumni
network that consists of Koreans who have lived, studied or participated
in research projects in Germany and of German citizens living and working
in Korea.

Through activities in the fields of academia, economy and culture,
ADeKo strengthens the ties between Korea and Germany and contributes
to the academic, political and cultural exchange between the two countries.
ADeKo is headed by Chairman Hwang-Sik Kim
(former prime minister) and the organization is comprised of 4 vice chairmen,
12 directors and the ADeKo secretariat.

This year’s conference will be held at the Kimdaejung Convention Center in Gwangju from Oct 16th to 18th and
4 sessions will be held covering the themes of Sustainable Energy and E-mobility, Robotics and Automation,
Healthcare and Medical Technology and Smart Metropolitan Planning. This conference will be jointly hosted
by relevant organizations including Gwangju Metropolitan City, the German Embassy in Korea, Science and
Technology Policy Institute, Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning, Chonnam National University Robot
Research Initiative and Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, and focuses on fields of science, technology
and engineering.

In each session, about 20 experts from the industry, academia and governments in both Korea and Germany will
participate as speakers. A total of 500 scholars, policymakers, businessmen and scientists are expected to take part
in the conference.

We will make sure that the two countries engage in further cooperation and joint research on the themes discussed
at the conference even after the conference is over. In addition, the ADeKo Joint Korean-German Conference will be
held annually, alternating between Germany and Korea. Next year’s conference will be held in Aachen, Germany.

We will exert out utmost efforts to make the Gwangju conference a meaningful event filled with inspiring sessions
and networking time that live up to its reputation as the world’s largest Korea-Germany alumni network,
and to contribute to further strengthening the exchange between Korea and Germany.
We hope you gain much insight and information and engage in fruitful discussions at this event of harmony.
Thank you.
Hwang-Sik Kim
Chairman of ADeKo
Greetings from Ambassador Stephan Auer
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Korea
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to this year’s
Joint Korean-German Conference on Engineering for our future!
Technological developments have been and will continue to be the basis
for the prosperity of both of our countries, Korea and Germany. The speed
of innovation is constantly increasing. This is particularly obvious in the
sector of digitalization. New developments are changing the ways we
communicate, we collect data, we consume, and we work.
These changes are global developments affecting all sectors of our lives.
They raise questions, concerns, but also expectations. Digitalization
can ensure our competiveness and productivity, ncrease resource and energy
efficiency and can have positive effects on overall employment, better work-life-balance or our well-being.

But, this requires governments to roll out the right policies. Open discussions and debates encompassing all relevant
stakeholders addressing the various aspects of digitalization contribute to creating the right environment. But, in a
globalized and increasingly interconnected world we cannot afford to have isolated, national solutions.
We rather need the exchange of best practices and international cooperation. As highly industrialized nations,
Korea and Germany are facing similar challenges. Cooperation in science and politics, exchange of ideas and
different approaches are therefore vital for our countries to find the best solutions for their respective future.

To this end, experts from Korea and Germany will discuss global megatrends in the field of research and industry
at the 9th Joint Korean-German Conference. It is an excellent opportunity to find partners for joint projects with the
aim of further deepening our bilateral relations!
Stephan Auer
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Korea
ADeKo #602, Sedae Building 108, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-053 Rep. of Korea   Tel: +82-2-3785-0654
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