President’s message

Welcome to the KWSE President of KWSE Haryoung Poo

Dear Members of KWSE:

To the members of The Association of Korean Woman Scientists and Engineers (KWSE)

Now it is 2017, the Year of the Red Rooster.

First of all, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your continued support and genuine affection for KWSE.

This year is the 24th anniversary of KWSE. Through the consistent growth marked by many noteworthy accomplishments, we have become one of the Korea’s most representative association for women in the fields of the science and engineering. I believe this recognition is the result of our tireless efforts over the years to contribute to the sciences by improving the status and capabilities of female scientists and engineers in Korea and strengthening domestic and international woman networks. However, despite such accomplishments, female scientists and engineers are still under-represented and we are far from achieving gender equality in Korea. In other words, there are still many things left for our association to do.

In this year, as we had done in 2016, KWSE will be involved in many projects both at home and abroad.

Particularly, we will be focusing on increasing the participation of our members in KWSE projects and programs, which will serve to further advance each of our members’ careers. We will also be expanding the number of our international programs such as smart sisters program and young woman scientist camp involving female scientists and engineers in other countries. By increasing the scale of our international programs, we hope to unite our members and international partners to create the best results possible.

In the New Year, KWSE hopes to continue to promote joint growth together with all partners by strengthening networks and cooperating on policy development with female scientists and engineers active in government sectors, academia, research, and the industrial sector. Also, in order to foster the next generation of female scientists and engineers, the KWSE will continue to engage in community service activities and play an active role in the development of policies that enable female scientists and engineers to utilize their extensive skills and expertise even after retirement.

With a sincere request to all KWSE members to actively participate in KWSE programs in 2017, I wish you and your family health and happiness.

May you have every happiness and success in 2017!