Invited by Wan Doo KIM, professor at Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM) and the former President of the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers (KSME), the ISBE General Secretary Prof. Jianqiao LI attended the 2018 International Blue Economy Forum (IBEF2018) held in Sejong, Korea, on October 1-3 and presented a keynote speech entitled “Progress of Biomimetics in China and its Global Trends”.
IBEF2018 brought together relevant scholars, think tanks, academics, corporations, and policy makers and reviewed the current status and global trends of biomimetics and presented prospects for the future of blue economy. The forum also invited Jay HARMAN, President and CEO of PAX Scientific, Inc., USA to give a Plenary Address entitled “Biomimicry: The Next Big Thing (How Nature is Inspiring Radical Innovation)”. In a subsequent invited Session, Prof. Piotr G. JABLONSKI from Seoul National University discussed “Adaptations to Locomotion on Water Surface by Water Striders can Inspire Engineering”. In the second invited session, Prof. In-Sik LEE, Director of the Think Tank Convergence Institute, gave a personal insight into the “Revolution of Blue Technology and Creation of Jobs”. Prof. Hwang-Hee CHO, President of the Science and Technology Policy Institute, explored the wide application of blue technology in the future society under theme of “Future Society with Blue Technology”.
After the forum, Prof. LI visited the KIMM and learnt the latest research progress of it. Prof. LI also introduced the ISBE and its development status. The two sides had explored the cooperation opportunities and potential between the two Societies. They further signed the Memorandum of Understanding between ISBE and KSME, and reached a consensus on the joint organization of the 6th International Conference of Bionic Engineering (ICBE2019) and International Symposium on Nature-Inspired Technology 2019 (ISNIT 2019).
The visit further strengthened the cooperation between China and Korea in the field of biomimetics, and greatly enhanced the international influence of the ISBE.