The Korean Institute of Metals and Materials (KIM) carries out a wide range of activities for academic areas as well as practical fields in order to build a foundation for the metals and materials field in Korea. It is the purpose of KIM to contribute to industry development in Korea. Simultaneously build infrastructure for researches to be comparable to those of leading countries in science, and foster researchers. Major activities KIM undertakes domestically are as follows:
Provision of a place for academic exchanges among people involved in metals and materials
Introduction of Korean companies and business areas regarding metal and materials
Provision of news about recent activities of renowned people in metals and materials
Provision of information on domestic market trends
Provision of information on industrial property rights such as patent
The activities above are also actively undertaken using KIM¡¯s homepage, and ¡°Trends in Metals and Materials Engineering¡±. For academic exchanges, KIM makes efforts to facilitate committees and subcommittees so that it could host and support a high level of symposiums and workshops in a variety of areas. Each region organizes these events on a non-regular basis under the leadership of subcommittees. A venue for an event is not confined to a certain region.
Events are held in universities and holiday destinations across the country to remove regional constraints. Through the events, technology and information exchanges are proactively made.
 
 
Furthermore, KIM issues a local academic journal, ¡°Journal of the Korean Institute of Metals and Materials¡± to furnish the latest research findings and technology trends in Korea. Since the journal is prepared in Korean, it causes inconvenience to scientists in English-speaking countries. However, its excellent contents and its research level prove that the journal is the best of its kind in Korea. It can stand comparison with any journals at home and abroad. In collaboration with the related institutes, KIM strives to create favorable environment for research, and technological exchanges among institutes with respect to metals and materials.
 
KIM also publish a guide book entitled, ¡°Hands of Midas Revived by Science, Materials Engineering¡± with Seoul National University, KAIST and POSTECH to help the public have better understanding of metals and materials, and make metals and materials commonly used in life of ordinary people. The guide book is also very useful for students who want to study metals and materials in selecting their major for undergraduate study since it contains explanation on Korea¡¯s technology development level and future career opportunities. Lastly, KIM gives approximately 11 awards semiannually to members and engineers who make outstanding accomplishments in their research areas to motivate them and celebrate their achievements.
 
The awards are as follows:

[Institute Awards]
-Metals and Materials Award:
the highest honor for the institute, this is an award for those with enormous contributions to the metal materials world.
-Scientific Award: this award is for those who publish outstanding papers over many years, creating excellent books to contribute immensely to the development of metal and material engineering.
-Meritorious Award: this is awarded to a member who makes an important contribution to the institute. It is awarded to a representative of active or special members having been a member for at least 10 years
-Best Paper Award: this is awarded to the author of a thesis recognized to be most academically excellent among previous year¡¯s papers published in ¡®KIM Journal¡¯ or ¡®Metals and Materials International'.
-Technology Award: this is awarded to members with great contributions to the advancement or improvement of metal-material technology.
-Young Scientist Award: this is awarded to members under 40 recognized for publishing an outstanding paper or book, which contributes greatly to the growth of metal-material engineering.
-Young Generation Technology Award: this is awarded to members under 40 with remarkable contributions to metal-material technology development or improvement.
-Microstructure Photography Award: This is awarded to a member who makes a excellent microstructure photography in scientifically and technically.
 
[Special Awards]
-Yoon Dong Seok Award: this award was established with the donations of member, Yoon Dong Seok. It is awarded to members publishing notable papers in steel refining or steel materials among the papers published in ¡®KIM Journal¡¯ from five years prior to presenting the award.
-Chungwoong Award: this award was established with the donations of member, Kim Soo Young. It is awarded to members recognized for meritorious service in fundamental studies for development of metal-material engineering
-Seojong Award: this award was established with the donations of member, Park Pyong Joo. It is awarded to members recognized for enormous service to fundamental research and technology development in the field of metal-materials.
-Steel Material Award: this award was established with the donations of member, Yang Hoon Young. It is awarded to members with great contributions academically or technologically in the field of steel.
 
The Korean Institute of Metals and Materials (KIM), 6th Fl., Seocho-daero 56-gil 38, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06633, Korea
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