International Workshop on EEWS 2008

Energy, Environment, Water, and Sustainability: Challenges as Opportunity

When: September 9, 2008
Venue: KAIST, Daejeon, Korea
Organized by KAIST EEWS Initiative, KAIST Institute for Eco-Energy, Urban Space and Systems, JoongAng Daily
In cooperation with: SK Energy, GS Caltex, Hyundai Heavy Industries

We invite you to the First International Workshop on EEWS ever, whose theme is the “Challenge as Opportunity”. The problems related to Energy, Environment, Water, and Sustainability (EEWS) of natural resources are of the utmost importance in sustaining human habitat in the twenty-first century and beyond. Challenges of sky rocketing prices of oil and natural resources make the world economy gloomy, and the global warming forces it mandatory to change the industry structure to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Nevertheless, we regard these challenges as opportunities as far as we foresee the future further than others and prepare better than others. Recognizing the gravity of challenges and opportunity, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) has launched KAIST Institute in 2006, and The EEWS Initiative in 2008, a multi-disciplinary research program, to explore new research areas and innovate technologies in alliance with leading research institutes and industrial corporations worldwide. In 2008, KAIST has launched 17 projects on EEWS, and plan to expand its scope and depth.

As a platform of exchanging the research ideas and outcomes on EEWS, KAIST Institute and EEWS plan to organize the international workshop in 2008. This year’s meeting EEWS 2008 is the inaugural meeting. In this workshop, we wish to identify the current status of research and imagine the future based on the research findings and plans of MIT, Caltech, National New Growth Engine Projects, Projects by KAIST Institute, Projects by KAIST EEWS Initiative, Projects by Korean National Research Institutes, and Industrial Projects by leading companies such as SK Energy, GS Caltex, and Samsung. This year, we particularly envision the future of technologies on hydrogen energy, solar energy, fuel cell, CO2 sequestration, gas hydrate, sustainability, biological recovery of environment and water. This workshop will be a very fruitful congregation in identifying the current status of art and establishing warm fellowship with leading researchers on EEWS worldwide.

Honorary Conference Chair
Nam-Pyo Suh,
President of KAIST

Sang Soo Kim,
Vice President for
KAIST Institute

Conference Chair
Jae Kyu Lee
Dean, KAIST EEWS Initiative