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A concerted government push to make South Korea an innovation leader, backed by strong investment and systemic reform, has brought rapid and long-lasting results. The country’s scientific landscape is becoming more diverse and more productive, as a place where upwardly mobile researchers thrive.
In fewer than 10 years the Institute for Basic Science has evolved from an idea to a multi-disciplinary web of 30 research centres tackling some of the most fundamental scientific questions of our time.