Australia-Korea bioengineering workshop
We held this workshop at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne in February 2020 and were sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australia-Korea Foundation. Event organiser Professor Simon Moulton said the workshop was about connecting Australian and Korean researchers and clinicians working in bioengineering with the goal of developing research projects and programs. This would lead to long-term improvements in health outcomes through the development of projects that work on issues common to both Australia and Korea. Additionally, it is hoped it will lead to the exchange of students between Australia and Korea, which will provide valuable training and increased skills for the students.
Over two days, 35 attendees discussed research topics ranging from drug delivery for cancer treatment and materials for tissue engineering through to the sympathetic nerve recording and its implications in cardiology. The workshop also had a dedicated PhD session that provided students with the valuable opportunity to share their work with their peers. The student session was particularly productive and gave Swinburne students and ECRs the opportunity to give an “invited presentation”, which will be beneficial for their future career development.
The second meeting is scheduled to take place at Inha University Korea in the first week of July 2020. It is hoped that a contingent of Australian researchers and clinicians can attend this meeting to further strengthen the networks established in Melbourne.
Professor Moulton would like to thank the following sponsors of the event: Swinburne, DFAT, the Australian Korean Foundation, the Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, BioFab3D Facility, Sunchon University Korea and Inha University Korea.