KOFST

History

History

The path we have walked is the history of
Korean science and technology and the
record of our passion and challenge.

Now we gear up to take another quantum
leap forward for the next 100 years.

Purpose of Establishment

The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) is a non-profit public-service corporation
established on Sep. 24, 1966 with a view to advocating science and technology organizations and promoting the
empowerment and social outreach of scientists and engineers. It intends to promote the public's understanding of
science and technology and contribute to the advancement of national science and technology through research,
planning, and advice on a wide range of S&T policies.

1966 ~ 1976

1966
Founded KOFST

Recommended the establishment of the Ministry of S&T
1968
Launched a monthly journal 「Science and Technology」

Held the 1st Science Day event
1972
Launched a support program for academic activities

Established 'the Code of Ethics for Scientists and Engineers'
1974
Held the 1st World Symposium of Korean scientists and
engineer
1976
Completed the main KSTC building
1966-1976

1977 ~ 1986

1978
Established the center for the Overseas Korean Scientists and Engineers
1980
Established the ‘Creed of Scientists and Engineers’

Published 「30 Years of Korean Science and Technology」
1983
Held the 1st New Year's Breakfast Meeting of Scientists and
Engineers

Published a 「Biographical Dictionary of Korean Scientists and Engineers」
1985
Completed the KSTC annex building
1986
Established the Veteran S&T Advisory Group
1977-1986

1987 ~ 1996

1990
Established the Council for South-North Korea S&T Exchange
1991
Held an International S&T Symposium in China
(Yanji, The 1st South-North Korea S&T exchange since the Korean War)
1992
Launched the World Congress of Korean and Korean-Ethnic Scientists and Engineers (WCSE)
1994
Launched the Brain Pool program

Established the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), an aliated institution
1995
Completed the new KSTC building
1987-1996

1997 ~ 2006

1997
Launched a program to develop global English scientific
journals.

Held a resolution meeting for scientists and engineers
1999
Submitted 'a proposal in accordance with the enactment of
the Framework Act on Science and Technology’
2003
Established regional KOFSTs(13)

Launched a program for Korea Best Scientist & Engineer Awards
2004
Established and proclaimed the ‘Charter of Scientists and
Engineers’
2006
Held the North-South Joint National S&T Conference
(Pyongyang)
1997-2006

2007 ~ 2016

2007
Proclaimed the Code of Ethics for Scientists and Engineers

Held the Annual Korea Science and Technology Meeting
2008
Published a webzine 「Science and Technology 2.0」
2010
Held the National Assembly Visit Day for Scientists and
Engineers
2013
Held the Marathon Festival for S&T and ICT Engineers
2016
Hosted KOFST’s 50th Anniversary and WCSE
2007-2016

2017 ~ Present

2017
Renewed the KOFST CI

Launched the Conference Operation Program
2018
Launched the Young S&T Leader Program
2019
Published a monthly journal 「Science and Technology」
Vol. 600
2020
Launched the special science and technology volunteer
group

Promoted S&T social contribution initiatives

Established and opened an online broadcasting support
room
2021
Expecting the Science Plaza to be completd (December)