|The 1st International Conference on Multipurpose Synchrotron Radiation Source|
- Sharing cases of excellent overseas operation and utilization and suggesting a direction for the operation and development of synchrotron radiation sources -
On June 10 (Thursday), the 1st International Conference on Multipurpose Synchrotron Radiation Source was held at Korea Basic Science Institute Ochang Center, hosted by Chungcheongbuk-do Province and Cheongju, and organized by the Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI).
*English: 1st International Conference on Multipurpose Synchrotron Radiation Source (ICMSRS 2021)
The conference was held to share excellent cases from overseas and discuss a direction for the building, operation, utilization, and development of synchrotron radiation sources with foreign experts, in preparation for the commencement of Ochang Multipurpose Synchrotron Radiation Source, which had passed a preliminary feasibility survey on April 30.
Foreign experts gave keynote speeches and relevant domestic organizations had a panel discussion in the morning sessions, while in the afternoon, there was a discussion among attendees from colleges, research institutes, and companies specializing in bio, nanomaterials, and relevant policies.
Keynote speeches were given by Stephen K. Streiffer, the Deputy Laboratory Director of Argonne National Laboratory, Tetsuya Ishikawa, the Director of Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Riken), and Kim Kwang-Je, a professor at the University of Chicago.
The panel discussion was held, following the keynote speeches, participated by Kim Jin-hyeong, the Head of Chungcheongbuk-do Synchrotron Radiation Source Promotion and Support Committee; Kim Hyeon-jeong, the President of Korean Synchrotron Radiation User’s Association; Kim Eun-jeong, a researcher of Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning; Shin Hyun-joon, a professor at Chungbuk National University; and KBSI Vice President Choi Jong-sun. They discussed the management of the multipurpose synchrotron radiation source building project, the central and local governments’ roles, successful operation factors, and risk management.
The conference was streamed live online with no audience. Foreign experts invited as keynote speakers participated in the program through real-time video conferencing, adopting a new way of holding a conference. Not only did this approach help in the preventing the spread of COVID-19, it also accomplished the goal of the international conference.
Based on this conference, the Chungcheongbuk-do Provincial Government and KBSI will push forward the level of completion of their ongoing project called “Multipurpose Synchrotron Radiation Source Based New Industry Development Planning Research.” In addition, they will establish a plan to support the stable building, operation, and utilization of the synchrotron radiation source, reflecting overseas cases and expert opinions.
Sung Il-hong, Chungcheongbuk-do Vice Governor for Economic Affairs, said in his congratulatory address, “It is very important to establish a preemptive plan for the building, operation, and utilization of Ochang Multipurpose Synchrotron Radiation Source which will lead science and technology in the future. The Chungcheongbuk-do Provincial Government will put forth the efforts for its successful building and effective support plan.”
Ochang Multipurpose Synchrotron Radiation Source, which is aimed to operate for 28 years, is part of key infrastructure to be utilized for the development of leading technology based on new growth industries such as bio, new medicine, health care, high-tech materials, energy, etc.
An installation team will be formed in June or July, starting with ordering long-term equipment and detail design. The installation of the synchrotron radiation source is planned to be completed in 2026, and aimed to begin its operation in 2028 after a test operation in 2027.