President’s message

Welcome to the KWSE President of KWSE Hye-On Yoon

Dear Members of KWSE

The year 2020, the year of the mouse, is now upon us. I would like to begin the new year by thanking all of you for your unwavering support and love for KWSE.

The Association of Korean Woman Scientists and Engineers (KWSE), which is celebrating its 27 anniversary this year, has established itself as the first organization of women scientists and engineers. We have been consistently achieving noteworthy growth as one of the major organizations supporting women scientists and engineers. This growth is the result of long years of dedication to improve the social status and professional capabilities of women scientists and engineers, strengthen domestic and international networks, and contribute to the advancement of the science and technology in Korea. Despite such progress, however, female scientists and engineers in Korea are still under-represented compared to other developed countries. In other words, KWSE has accomplished a great deal, but it still faces many tasks that must be completed.

In 2020, KWSE will continue to actively conduct at home and abroad activities. We especially hope that all KWSE members will actively participate in carrying out various projects to enhance their professional capabilities. KWSE also aims to act as a hub for Korean female scientists and engineers to advance and be active on the global stage by participating in cooperative activities and programs with their colleagues in other countries.

I hope that KWSE can achieve inclusive growth by engaging in consistent and practical networking with women in science, engineering and technology in diverse sectors such as the government, academia, research, and industry. KWSE have focused on fostering young women scientists and engineers, encouraging consistent growth and establishing the careers of women scientists and engineers. We have also put unceasing efforts to design post-retirement activities for highly-experienced/qualified female scientists and engineers. For the betterment of KWSE members and women scientists and engineers, we will continue to listen to the voices of women scientists and engineers and suggest supporting policies for them.

In this year, KWSE will be involved in many projects both at home and abroad.

With a sincere request to all KWSE members to actively participate in KWSE programs in 2020, I wish the year of the mouse allow those in the research sector to work not out of necessity but out of a great sense of pride.

Thank you.