Networks for women in science and technology are facing new challenges, which demand participation of wide spectrum of organizations and individuals at all levels to promote women’s role. A number of Women’s associations have been established since early 1990 in Korea to meet such challenges, which include The Association of Korean Women Scientist and Engineers, Women Bioscience Forum, Women in Nuclear-Korea, The Women Information Scientist Association of Korea, and Korean Women in Mathematical Sciences and many others. Korean Federation of Women’s Associations in Science and Technology (KOFWST: http://www.kofwst.or.kr) was founded in October, 2003 to improve women’s visibility from Forums, Associations, and Societies for women scientists and engineers in Korea. KOFWST is growing rapidly and is comprised of 16 Women Associations from metropolitan and local areas of Korea having over 13,000 members from the Associations in 2005. Mission, roles and activities of KOFWST will be introduced together with its successful cases. Women Forums, Associations, and Societies belonging to KOFWST and their activities will be presented as well.

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Networks for women in science and technology in Korea

Jiyoung Kim   College of Life Science and Graduate School of Biotechnology, Kyung Hee University, Yongin 446-701

Networks for women in science and technology are facing new challenges, which demand participation of wide spectrum of organizations and individuals at all levels to promote women’s role. A number of Women’s associations have been established since early 1990 in Korea to meet such challenges, which include The Association of Korean Women Scientist and Engineers, Women Bioscience Forum, Women in Nuclear-Korea, The Women Information Scientist Association of Korea, and Korean Women in Mathematical Sciences and many others. Korean Federation of Women’s Associations in Science and Technology (KOFWST: http://www.kofwst.or.kr) was founded in October, 2003 to improve women’s visibility from Forums, Associations, and Societies for women scientists and engineers in Korea. KOFWST is growing rapidly and is comprised of 16 Women Associations from metropolitan and local areas of Korea having over 13,000 members from the Associations in 2005. Mission, roles and activities of KOFWST will be introduced together with its successful cases. Women Forums, Associations, and Societies belonging to KOFWST and their activities will be presented as well.

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