The Institute for Basic Science (IBS) was established on November 21, 2011 with the vision of "Making Discoveries for Humanity & Society". In order to achieve this vision, we select and operate our Centers based on the following four guiding principles: scientific excellence of researchers, openness through research collaboration, creativity of research themes and autonomy in research.
Our most important task is to provide our researchers with a stable environment that allows them to immerse themselves in creative research in order to expand the frontiers of scientific knowledge, which will greatly impact the development of our society. Since our guiding principles place the highest value on basic science research motivated purely by intellectual curiosity, researchers can focus fully on their research without being pressured to produce practical outcomes. In particular, we are developing experimental models for mid- to long-term, group research, as well as interdisciplinary research by securing research infrastructures and outstanding talent.
With these endeavors, rather than producing predictable outcomes based on pre-determined plans, we will be able to build a world that was once only imagined. We firmly believe that through the creation of basic science knowledge, we will take the lead in making discoveries that will greatly contribute to humanity and society.
KIM Doochul, the president of IBS, is a theoretical physicist. He received his B.S. in electronic engineering from Seoul National University in 1970, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1974 with a focus in statistical physics.
Prof. Kim’s research interests cover various subjects in statistical physics, including phase transitions and critical phenomena in equilibrium and non-equilibrium systems, mathematical properties of integrable systems, structure and dynamics of complex networks and modelling of vehicular traffic flows.
Prof. Kim served as a professor at the College of Natural Sciences at Seoul National University from 1977 to 2010. From 2010 to June 2013, he was president, as well as a professor, at Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS). Since September 2013, he has been professor emeritus at the College of Natural Sciences at Seoul National University, and a professor at KIAS. He took over the presidency of IBS since September 2014.
Prof. Kim has been fully engaged in the science and technology community at home and abroad as a member of the board of directors for the Korean Physics Society (KPS), the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP), and the Korea Academic Research Council. Furthermore, Prof. Kim served as the sixth chair of the Natural Sciences Division at the Korea Academy of Science and Technology, as well as chair of the Organizing Committee for the 25th IUPAP International Conference on Statistical Physics.
Prof. Kim’s scientific achievements have been recognized through a number of awards, including the Korean Physical Society Best Paper Award (1987), the Korean Physical Society Academic Award (1998), the Seoul National University Education Award (2008), the 58th Seoul City Cultural Award in natural sciences (2009), the 52nd Samil Cultural Award in natural sciences (2011), and the 20th Sudang Prize in basic science (2011).