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International Symposium on Emerging Environmental Issues and Challenges

Date: May 13, 2010
Venue: International Conference Hall, The University of Seoul, Korea

Hosted by:
Ministry of Environment of Korea, Seoul Metropolitan Government

Organized by:
- Global COE Program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"
- Seoul Environmental Science & Technology Center in the University of Seoulbr

Sponsored by:
- Kyoto University EML Program "International Center for Human Resource Development in Environmental Management"
- Waterworks Research Institute (WRI) of Seoul
- Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)
- Doosan Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd
- Envac Co., Ltd, GS Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd
- Samsung C&T Corporation Engineering & Construction Group
- Taeyoung Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd
- Posco Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd

Number of attendants: 100

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The symposium was held to mark the agreement between Seoul Environmental Science & Technology Center in the University of Seoul and the GCOE and EML programs of Kyoto University. It is important to understand the current technologies and future plans in environmental fields of both Japan and Korea to develop possible future cooperation between the two. The purposes of the symposium were to address the main concepts of the GCOE and EML programs, and share emerging environmental issues and challenges in both countries. Also it aimed at helping participants to understand the technologies, regulations, and practical applications within the evolving field.


Prof. Ihnsup Han briefly introduced the objectives of the symposium and Seoul Environmental Science & Technology Center. Subsequently, Prof. Minoru Yoneda gave a presentation on the GCOE and EML programs of Kyoto University and activities in their overseas bases. About 100 participants including faculties and students of the University of Seoul, local government officials, and private companies attended the symposium. Prof. Jayong Koo explained current and future waterworks pipeline technologies in Korea, suggesting that the level of water service would be able to improve through the pipe networks diagnosis and application technology in Korea. Prof. Minoru Yoneda reported the relationship between river water and shallow groundwater in the Kyoto basin and the mechanism of the groundwater quality, and finally proposed the improvement methods of the groundwater quality. Dr. Seockheon Lee of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology showed highly valuable research results on the oxidation treatment of endocrine disruptors and organic-arsenic species with UV/S2O82- process. Dr. Ilho Kim employed UV and ozone-based processes, which are regarded as promising candidates for chemical and pathogen risk reduction. He focused on the removal of pharmaceuticals, Escherichia coli, and bacteriophages in his presentation and demonstrated the effectiveness of the UV and ozone technologies for water reclamation. Prof. Hiroaki Tanaka introduced new challenges for sounder water environment in Japan. He mentioned the current status of water environment and goal of water environment conservation of Japan. This presentation provided better understandings on the future water environment policy of Japan for the participants. The final presentation was given by Dr. Youngjune Choi from Waterworks Research Institute. He pointed out possible impacts of climate change on water. He also introduced a waterworks system of Seoul. Water reclamation practices are of growing importance for water engineers, agencies, municipalities, and industries. The symposium effectively covered the emerging environmental issues and an informative overview of various topics currently under way.