• IBS of South Korea and The Royal Society of UK have promised cooperation to counter COVID-19.
  • The two partners forging the alliance are also concerned about climate change.

The Institute of Basic Science (IBS) in South Korea has invited Simon Smith, the British Ambassador to South Korea to promote exchanges in basic science between South Korea and the United Kingdom (UK). In their meeting, IBS Director Noh Do-young and Ambassador Smith exchanged their views on increasing cooperation with IBS and the British research institution, including the British Medical Research Council (MRC). IBS established Basic Virus Institute in July 2020.

In NOV 2013, IBS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Royal Society. It has been cooperating with it. Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is the natural science society which is the oldest society of its kind. It has had many historical scientists, such as Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, and Issac Newton as its members.

Stressing on the necessity of cooperation between the two countries regarding COVID-19, biological weapons, and climate change amid the global pandemic, Ambassador Smith said that the British embassy in South Korea would play an active role in strengthening the network of basic science. Director Noh said that his institute would not only play a pivotal role in virus research cooperation, but it would also carry out world-class research on viruses. Noh said that he expected active cooperation with the UK and other technologically advanced countries.

An IBS official told media that additional visits by the British ambassador to discuss detailed plans regarding cooperation would be expected in near future.