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Founded in 1989, our Optical Society of Korea (OSK) has grown into the best and largest society in the field of optics and photonics in Korea. All of this was possible thanks to the dedicated efforts and services of our former presidents, members of the board, members and staff.
OSK has published academic journals such as the ‘Hankook Kwanghak Hoeji’(Korean Journal of Optics and Photonics) and the ‘Current Optics and Photonics’ (SCIE Journal). We have also co-published an optical magazine called ‘K-Light’ with the Korea Photonics Industry Association to promote communication between OSK members and to contribute to the development of the optics industry. In particular, OSK - consisting of 9 divisions (including the photon technology division) - is actively contributing to the scientific advancement and industrial development of optics and photonics. In addition, by successfully hosting various leading international conferences, OSK continues to increase its international status and recognition.
The United Nations (UN) has designated 2015 as the “International Year of Light” and held various events to celebrate it. Additionally, in 2018, the UN has designated May 16 as the “International Day of Light” to expand public interest and awareness about the central role that light plays in the modern world. Moreover, 2020 is the year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of laser innovation. Subsequently, laser and light-related events are expected to be held worldwide. Lasers are the core technologies for realizing the 4th industrial revolution that has been rapidly developing in recent years and will continue to greatly contribute to the future of mankind. Therefore, OSK, which has been the driving force behind the development of optics and photonics as well as lasers in Korea, must seek a new direction towards this future.
However, in recent years, our society faces a series of rapid internal and external social, economic, and political challenges due to globalization, climate change, the digital revolution, and the spread of COVID-19. To overcome this crisis that OSK is facing and take one step further, our board members and I are committed to working with you to 1) improve the quality of our journals and conferences, 2) strengthen the network between members of academia, research institutions, and industries, and 3) increase the domestic and international status of OSK. We will do our best to achieve these three goals and we sincerely ask for your active participation and full support.
Lastly, we wish you all the best in overcoming the difficulties caused by the spread of the Coronavirus, and we wish you good health and tremendous success.
March 1, 2020.
President, The Optical Society of Korea