1) Description of the country:
South Korea constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The name Korea is derived from the ancient Kingdom of Goguryeo, also known as Koryo. South Koreans lead a distinctive urban lifestyle; half of them live in high-rises concentrated in the Seoul Capital Area with 25 million residents and the world's sixth leading global city with the fourth largest economy. Today, it is the world's fifth largest exporter and seventh largest importer with the OECD's third largest budget surplus. It is Asia's most advanced democracy with high government transparency, universal healthcare, freedom of religion and fundamental rights protected by the most developed rule of law in East Asia.
2) Geography of the country:
The country, including all its islands, lies between latitudes 33° and 39°N, and longitudes 124° and 130°E. Its total area is 100,032 square kilometres (38,622.57 sq mi). South Korea's terrain is mostly mountainous, most of which is not arable. Lowlands, located primarily in the west and southeast, make up only 30% of the total land area. South Korea tends to have a humid continental climate and a humid subtropical climate, and is affected by the East Asian monsoon, with precipitation heavier in summer during a short rainy season called jangma which begins end of June through the end of July. Rainfall is concentrated in the summer months of June through September.
3) Status of economy, research and development:
The Ministry of Science and Technology, established in 1967, has carried out a national R&D program since 1982 to develop long-term, large-scale high technologies that are essential for improving South Korea’s comparative advantage in international trade. The Korean Science and Engineering Foundation, KOSEF, modelled after the National Science Foundation (NSF), supports basic research. Like NSF, South Korea is establishing Science Research Centres and Engineering Research Centres at universities around the country for the common utilization of advanced R&D facilities.
4) Status about the different subjects in which extensive research is going on:
Half of the approximately 1,000 research institutions in South Korea are in private industry and half of these are heavily concentrated in the 10 largest chaebol (industrial conglomerates), particularly the electronics and chemical industries. South Korean firms have shown an ability to adapt foreign technologies, acquired through licensing agreements, to their production requirements. It is our great honor and pleasure to invite you to the 36th Annual Meeting of the Korean Society of Nephrology (The KSN2016) in Seoul, South Korea on June 2nd-5th, 2016. The KSN2016 will be something of an exciting departure from our previous format as we are planning to host our first international meeting. Under the theme of “KSN2016! New Horizon in Kidney Disease”, The KSN2016 will provide a four-day program replete with various topics of nephrology. The topics will range from basic research, clinical nephrology to advanced technology of dialysis. Parallel sessions will be open for pediatric nephrologists, dialysis nurses and technicians. Clinical Nephrology Journals in South Korea emphasizes on - Transplantation & Immunology - Dialysis - ICU Nephrology - CKD & associated complications - Clinical & Experimental CKD & Genetics - Clinical Studies: Images in Nephrology - Clinical & Experimental Pathology & Cell Biology - Acute Kidney Injury - Volume, Acid-Base & Electrolyte.