Programme - Invited Speaker

Special Sessions
Challenges and responses for government research institutes of Korea
DR. KWAK, Byong-sung
Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER)
Dr. Byong-Sung Kwak has been the president of Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) since December 2016, planning and executing Korea’s national energy R&D programs in the areas that include improving efficiency and securing environmentally-friendly ways in use of conventional energy resources and exploring new and renewable energy resources together with developing technologies for small and medium sized businesses. He has lead national energy R&D programs in new and renewable energy, energy related materials and efficiency improvement and developing means against climate change. Before joining KIER, he lead enhancing the competitiveness of core businesses and developing new growth engines as the Chief Technology Officer of SK Innovation and the Chairman of the R&D Subcommittee for Energy and Chemicals of SK Group, covering the areas of energy, petrochemicals, information and electronics materials, life science and fine chemicals. He run the life science business of SK Holdings resulting in establishment of two related companies. He also established a catalysis lab, one of the SK Innovation’s world-leading technology centers, playing a pivotal role of seeding continuous organic synthesis, which enabled SK to be positioned as one of the top tier companies.
Horizon 2020 Funding Opportunities
European Commission, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation
Michael Arentoft is a policy officer in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation dealing with International Cooperation Strategy. He was previously Innovation Union policy officer. Before that he was Deputy Head of Strategy for ICT Research and Innovation in DG Information Society and Media and Sector Head of ICT R&D Work Programme and Planning. He has also been responsible for the coordination of ICT Essential Technologies and Infrastructures. He joined the European Commission as a Project Officer in High Performance Computing and Networking. Michael Arentoft has an industrial background with the Space Division of Computer Resources International in Denmark and with Rovsing International in France. His educational background is from the Computer and Information Science PhD program of the University of Pennsylvania, Ivy League Engineering School, USA, and from the Electrical Engineering Master’s program of the Technical University of Denmark.
Encouraging Remarks to the Korean ERC & MSCA PIs & Participants
President of the European Research Council
Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is the President of the European Research Council since January 2014. Prior to that, he was the Director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) from 1994 till 2013. This international research institute located near Paris, France, was built as the European counterpart of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was also the first ERC Panel Chair in Mathematics, for Starting Grants. A mathematician by training, he spent his whole career as a fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He held a Professor position at École polytechnique from 1986 to 2012. From 1990 to 1992, he was President of the Société Mathématique de France and President of the European Mathematical Society from 1995 to 1998. He is a former member of the Board of the EuroScience organisation (2002-2006) and served on EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) committees since 2004. Professor Bourguignon received the Prix Paul Langevin in 1987 and the Prix du Rayonnement Français in Mathematical Sciences and Physics from the Académie des Sciences de Paris in 1997. He is a foreign member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences. In 2005, he was elected honorary member of the London Mathematical Society and has been the secretary of the mathematics section of the Academia Europaea. In 2008, he was made Doctor Honoris Causa of Keio University, Japan, and, in 2011, Doctor Honoris Causa of Nankai University, China. In 2017, he was elected honorary member of the German Association of Mathematicians (DMV).
EUREKA Program Introduction
Peter is responsible for managing the Eurostars funding programmes under FP7 and Horizon 2020. He is an expert in the design and running of international funding programmes. Prior to EUREKA, he gained experience at the European Commission and European Research Council. Industrial experience includes time at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now part of Pfizer) and with Reaxa, an R&D intensive SME within the speciality chemical sector. Peter was educated at Aston University (UK) and holds a BSc in Applied Chemistry and a PhD in Organic Chemistry. About EUREKA: EUREKA is a publicly-funded, intergovernmental network, involving over 40 countries aiming to enhance European competitiveness by fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship, between small and large industry, research institutes and universities. EUREKA is a leading facilitator of innovation, and international R&D&I cooperation. It supports market-oriented international R&D&I projects and facilitates access to finance for companies involved in its projects.
MSCA Grant Opportunities
DR. KIM, Hyong-ha
KRISS (Principal Research Scientist) & ERC NCP, Korea
Hyong-Ha Kim is a Principal Research Scientist at the Korea Research Institute of Standards & Science (KRISS) and currently the Korean National Contact Point of the European Research Council. She graduated with Honors from Seoul National University receiving her B.S & later M.S., and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Plant Molecular Biology. During her Ph.D. program, she received various awards and scholarships including the ‘Harold C. Bold Award for Teaching Excellence’, and the ‘Ralph Alston Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Research’. At KRISS, although her research focus was in Bioanalysis and Biological Measurement Standards in fields including GMOs and biopharmaceuticals, she gained international cooperation experience while serving as the Director of the Office of Global Partnership. Her cooperation experiences were expanded as she was later invited to serve as the Director of the International Cooperation Division at the National Research Council of Science and Technology (NST), and she has gained EU cooperation experience as an External Expert since 2009, and also as the Korean NCP of the ERC since 2013. With interest in S&T Policies and Government-funded S&T Research Institutes, she has served in various National and Governmental committees including the International Cooperation Committee and Basic Research Committee for MSIT, National R&D Indirect Cost Analysis Committee, Evaluation Committee of the National S&T Commission, and the R&D Self-Assessment Committee for the MSIT.
Dynamic Control of Optical Properties with Gated-graphene Metamaterials (Former MSCA IF Fellow)
DR. KIM, Teun-teun
Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics (CINAP)
Dr. Teun-Teun Kim is currently a Young Scientist Fellow at the Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Sungkyunkwan University. After he received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2010, he continued his post-doctoral work at KAIST. From 2013 to 2017, he worked at the University of Birmingham as a Marie Curie Research Fellow. His current research interests are focused on graphene and 2D materials based Metamaterials & Metasurfaces, PT-symmetric (or breaking) Metamaterials, and Topological Metamaterials.
Defining the identity and dynamics of adult gastric isthmus stem cells (ERC StG-2014-LS04 Grantee)
DR. KOO, Bon-kyoung
Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA)
Dr. Bon-Kyoung Koo is an experienced mouse geneticist actively employing the emerging organoid culture technology to study stem cell maintenance and activation in the mouse and human intestine and colon. Following his PhD at POSTECH, Korea, Dr. Koo joined Prof. Hans Clevers’ group at the Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands in 2009. Here he witnessed the first establishment of the Lgr5+ cell-derived intestinal organoid culture system. In the following years, Dr. Koo has utilised this novel culture system to perform sophisticated gene correction with CRISPR/Cas9, to unravel the molecular regulation of adult stem cells and prove the stem cell properties of a Troy+, quiescent reserve stem cell population in the stomach. After his first group leader position at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, he moved his group to IMBA in 2017. Currently, his group focuses on clonal dynamics of adult epithelial stem cells both in homeostasis and during injury mediated repair. He received his ERC Starting Grant in 2014 (LS4, Physiology, Pathophysiology and Endocrinology).
Soft and Slippery Interfaces: Lubricating Properties of Mucins and Mucus Gels (ERC StG-2010-LS09 Grantee)
DR. LEE, Seunghwan
Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Seunghwan Lee completed his education for BSc and MSc in Seoul National University, and acquired his Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Houston from research on surface chemistry and nanotribology with scanning probe microscopy in 2000. He then moved to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ, Switzerland) to work in the field of biomaterials and biomimetic lubrication as a post-doc and senior scientist until 2008. Since 2009, he took the position as an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and has been leading a research group on tribology of biopolymers, implants, and biosurface engineering. He received his ERC Starting Grant in 2010 (LS9, Applied Life Sciences and Biotechnology) and completed the project in 2015.
ERC Grant Opportunities
The European Research Council Executive Agency
Sabine Simmross is the Assistant to the President of the European Research Council. She coordinates the relations with both internal and external stakeholders, such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the EU Member States, as well as the broader Scientific Community. Prior to her post at the ERC, she has worked in the field of foreign policy and assistance for the EU, the World Bank and private sector. Sabine gained her Master of Science degree in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also studied the European and International Law at the Institut d’Etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Strasbourg, France, and completed a course on Science, Technology and Innovation policy at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University, USA. Other than her German mother tongue, she speaks English, French and some Spanish.
General Relativistic Effects as a Novel Probe of Inflationary Cosmology (ERC CoG-2015-PE09 Grantee)
DR. YOO, Jaiyul
University of Zurich, Center for Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
Dr. Jaiyul Yoo grew up in Seoul, and received an undergraduate degree from Seoul National University in 1998. After serving in the Korean Army for two and a half years, he went to the U.S. and got his PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics from the Ohio State University in 2007. During his seven-year postdoctoral period, he held a Menzel Fellowship at Harvard University and a joint appointment at U.C. Berkeley and the University of Zurich with a Berkeley-Zurich Cosmology Fellowship at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an Ambizione Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, and a Tomalla Fellowship from the Tomalla Foundation for Gravity Research. He became an Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich in 2014 and was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2018. He received his ERC Consolidator grant in 2015 (PE9, Universe Sciences).