Dozens of ministerial-level representatives from across the globe as well as Nobel laureates and CEOs have gathered in the South Korean science hub of Daejeon to participate in discussing science, technology and innovation, organizers said Monday.
Jeremy Rifkin, a world famous theorist and economist, will give a keynote address at the World Science & Technology Forum and deliver details of his theory on "Zero Margin Cost Society" on Monday.
Nobel laureates Aaron Ciechanover and Noyori Ryoji, who won the prize in 2004 and 2001, respectively, will also deliver keynote speeches and address achievements in science and technology and challenges the global society faces on the same day.
Other key participants include the CEO and co-founder of SOLS 3D-printed custom insoles, Kegan Schouwnber; the head of Europe-based applied science researcher Fraunhofer, Reimund Neugebauer; and Ulrich Dropmann, the chief of Industry Environment Networks at Nokia.
Top business executives will also join the science gathering to share their experiences in line with the event's theme, "Creating our common future through science, technology, and innovation."
Jeffrey Rhoda, who heads the South Korean unit of IBM, will deliver a lecture on the Internet of Things and cloud computing technology, which have emerged as new growth engines for the global tech industry.
Other officials from leading South Korean firms, including Samsung Electronics Co. and SK Telecom Co., will also share their experiences on the IoT and big-data industries.
The five-day OECD Ministerial Meeting Daejeon 2015, World Science & Technology Forum began earlier Monday in Daejeon, a city packed with science institutes and located 164 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)