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2013 World Energy Congress

The World Energy Congress (WEC) Daegu 2013 was held from October 14 to 17 for 4 days and 3 nights in Daegu. The event was the largest WEC ever held, and included around 60 energy ministers and vice ministers as well as representatives from 6 international energy agencies hailing from 40 different countries across the world, and was attended by about 6,000 representatives from government, corporations, international banking institutions and research institutions.

In particular, the Daegu WEC was the first time that the Ministerial Roundtable discussed future energy policies, such as the development of shale gas and sustainable energy, and against this backdrop, the WEC and the Korean government jointly adopted the ‘Daegu Declaration’ and agreed to work together to respond to major international energy issues.

The ‘Daegu Declaration’ proposed strengthening energy security by constructing stable energy supply systems, achieving energy equity between advanced countries and developing countries, achieving rational energy mixes for each country and sustainable growth, solving global energy problems by connecting energy transportation networks in Northeast Asia, as well as other topics.

Also, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy agreed to inform the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) - hosted in 2014 - of the major recommendations made by the WEC Daegu, and the WEC agreed to support the work of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in the environmental goods and services sector, and agreed to ‘sustainble energy for all’ as advocated by the United Nations (UN).

A representative from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said, “the Daegu Declaration addressed concerns about the energy trilemma - a major issue experienced by international energy leaders that includes energy security, climate change, and strengthened access - and offered solutions for each sector”, and “it is meaningful that our government presented its policy directions and vision on international issues to the international community”.

The Daegu Declaration was an opportunity for members of the World Energy Association to improve energy systems, such as energy storage systems (ESS) and smart grids, strengthen energy security by establishing safe and reliable energy policies, and increase investment in R&D.

Also, in the Declaration, advanced countries agreed to develop innovative technology and developing countries agreed to expand infrastructure in order to increase the supply of clean energy. They also agreed to create a network by coordinating policies with each other and improving the business environment in order to jointly respond to major issues such as climate change and sustainable growth from a long-term perspective..

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2015 World Water Forum
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2018 International Congress of Parasitology

The largest parasitology field conference in the world, the 14th International Congress on Parisotology (ICOPA 2018) was held from August 20-25, 2018 for 6 days.

The conference was co-hosted by the Korean Society of Parasitic Medicine and Tropical Medicine (President Hyun Park of Wonkwang University) and the World Federation of Parasitologists (President of ICOPA 2018 Jong-yil Chai, and President of the Korean Association of Health Promotion, and Chair of the Organizing Committee Tai-Soon Yong, Professor at Yonsei University). The conference was attended by over 1,500 parisitologists and experts from 80 countries, and a total of over 1,500 theses were presented across 150 sessions under the theme of ‘Parisite: Harms & Benefits to Animals and Humans’.

The International Congress on Parasitology 2018, held every 4 years by the World Federation of Parasitologists (WFP), is the largest international event in the field, and it was quite meaningful in that it was the first time the international conference had been hosted in Korea

At ICOPA 2018 various measures were discussed about ways to utilize parasites, which are seen by people only as no good, harmful pathogens, to solve disease and life science problems by approaching them from a new perspective. Also, with the trend of an increasing likelihood of foreign parasites becoming indigenous to Korea,
recent data on parasites was shared and infection prevention and management measures were discussed.

Even before the start of the conference, ICOPA 2018 was drawing attention from attendees not only for its excellent scholarship programs, but also for the region’s excellent tourist and cultural experience programs. Also, there was an official tour program composed of a 10-part course, which was developed to allow attendees to experience Daegu and its colorful countryside. As a result of these efforts, attendees were able to really enjoy their experience, and Daegu, a city of international conferences and medical services, was praised for taking advantage of this opportunity to promote itself to world-class scholars.

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2019 International Brain Research Organization (IBRO 2019)

Distinguished scholars from around the world, including nobel laureates, meet to discuss the future outlook of neuroscience

The World Congress of Neuroscience (IBRO 2019), the so-called ‘Brain Science Olympics’, held every 4 years by neuroscientists from around the world, was held on September 21-25 for 5 days at the EXCO Convention Center in Daegu.

The 10th World Congress of Neuroscience was hosted by the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), and the rotating congress is the largest academic conference in the brain science fields. The event in Daegu was attended by over 4,000 participants from 92 countries to share new trends in research, build networks, and discuss global cooperation. The number of attendees was the largest ever recorded, exceeding the 2,500 attendees from 9th World Congress held in Brazil.

The conference started with an excellent lecture at the opening ceremony on the 21st that diagnosed the current state of neuroscience and forecasting its future.
The conference was composed of a variety of programs, including guest lectures given by 11 world-class scholars such as the Max Planck Institute renowned biophysicist, Erwin Neher, who was awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. There were also 40 symposia sessions held under 10 themes and the International Brain Bee,
a neuroscience competition for students.

On the third day of the conference there was a seminar co-hosted by the Women in World Neuroscience (WNN), the Korea Brain Research Institute (KBRI), and the Korea Federation of Women’s Science & Technology Associations (KOFWST), which was attended by over 200 female neuroscientists.

The Ministry of Science and ICT, recognizing that global cooperation is required to fully understand the brain, said it expects IBRO 2019 was an opportunity for the Korean government to inform the international community about the country’s future vision for brain science and to boost Korea’s national profile during international cooperation. The co-Chair of the Organizing Committee, Pann-Ghill Suh (President of the Korea Brain Research Institute) said, “IBRO is the most prestigious international event in the brain science field and is attended by Nobel laureates,” and that the event “will serve as an opportunity to overcome brain disease and create new future growth industries through joint international research.”

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2021 IOHA International Scientific Conference International Occupational Hygiene Association

Unanimously selected as host despite Mexico City being proposed by the International Headquarters

The 12th IOHA International Scientific Conference, to be held in 2020 and expected to be attended by 1,200 people from 40 countries, was selected to be held in Daegu on June 16, 2016. After submitting the proposal, excluding South Africa, which had given up, the two potential host cities remaining were Daegu (Korea) and Mexico City (Mexico), which represented the Latin American region. According to the announcement after the host was selected, Mexico had already been designated as host for the 2020 event, as IOHA’s international headquarters had proposed Mexico City as a host in order to expand IOHA’s presence in the Latin American region.

However, with condolences to Mexico City (translator note: this is awkward but not sure how to phrase it), the reason why Korea was unanimously chosen by the board of directors as the host country was because of Korea’s indisputable passion to host the event and its perfect bid proposal. The board of directors were swayed enough to change their vote from their original choice owing to the Korean Industrial Hygiene Association’s well-constructed conference program, the impeccable bid proposal,
and a bid presentation that could answer any question thrown at it.

It was the good fortune of Professor Dong Uk Park, who chaired the bid team, to choose Daegu and push for the city to host the IOHA 2020 as it was the biggest key to the bid’s success.

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2022 ACM SIGGRAPH Asia

The city of Daegu won the bid to host ‘ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2020’, one of the three major computer graphics and interactive technology field international conferences.

After an inspection visit to Daegu in early October 2018 in order to select the host city, Chairman Yong Tsui Lee announced during the opening ceremony of ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 Tokyo, held December 4-7, that Daegu had been selected to host ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2020.

At ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2020, over 6,000 people, including computer graphics and visualization engineers, software developers and academics, from 50 countries are expected to attend.

IGGRAPH Asia was first held in 1974 representing the Asian region, and is one of the three major international computer graphics conferences along with Europe’s EUROPICS (held every April) and America’s SIGRPAPH (held every August). ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 is the largest computer graphics and interactive technology conference and exhibition held in Asia, and is hosted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Daegu organized a bid promotion team together with the Daegu Convention Bureau (President Charlie Bae), an organization dedicated to attracting international conferences, Korea University of the Arts Professor Jinny Hyejin Choo, a member of ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA CAF, the Korea Computer Graphics Society, the Korea Tourism Organization, and the Daegu Digital Industry Promotion Agency, to win the final selection as the host city for the conference after a fierce competition with candidate cities Singapore and Taipei, Taiwan.

The reason Daegu was selected as host city is that Daegu, along with the Seoul Metropolitan Area, is home to many ICT-related companies and it has the benefit of being located near a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the city of Daegu, Daegu Convention Bureau, and the Daegu Digital Industry Promotion Agency’s passionate support for the event led to the landslide victory.

ACM SIGGRAPH Asia is composed of new products, demonstrations, showcases and academic presentation sessions in the fields of virtual reality (VR), robotics, augmented human (AH), which are technologies that expand upon 3D interactions and augmented reality, the Computer Animation Festival, a festival for computer animation and visual effects, and an exhbition with exhibitors from global corporations in the software and hardware industries, such as Pixar, Sony, Dell, and Hwawei.

This event showcases everything there is to see on computer graphics and visualization, including medical video, autonomous vehicles, games, augmented reality and virtual reality, and displays, and will be a good opportunity to introduce cutting edge technology to local industries.

Professor Jinny Hyejin Choo, the SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Conference Chair, said “Hosting this event will create an international network in the fields of computer graphics, games, and software in Daegu, and will provide an opportunity to related corporations located in Daegu to explore overseas markets.”

Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin said, “Hosting SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 will be a good opportunity for Daegu’s high-tech industries and related technologies take the leap up to world-class levels, and in particular, this is a great opportunity for growth for the IoT and robotics industries, which Daegu has been fostering as new growth engines.
We will provide our full support in order to showcase local corporations’ excellent technologies, and to provide an opportunity to experience our rich cultural heritage to attendees.

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2022 World Gas Congress

As the host venue for the 2021 World Gas Conference, Daegu attended the 2018 World Conference in Washington DC to promote the city of Daegu and the upcoming conference. After the Washington conference concluded, Korea was put in a position to lead the international gas industry with Dr. Joe Kang named president International Gas Union (IGU) for the 2018-2021 triennium. The 28th World Gas Conference will be held at the Daegu EXCO over 5 days from June 21-25, 2021.

The World Gas Conference, known as the Olympics of the global gas industry, is an international event held every 3 years and hosted by the IGU to promote exchange between global gas industry participants and strengthen business between major energy corporations and other businesses. Korea finally won the bid to host the World Gas Conference 2021 on its third try in 2014, and it will be the third time the conference will be held in Asia, with previous conferences held in Japan and Malaysia.

The World Gas Conference 2018, held in Washington D.C. from the 25th to the 29th was attended by 12,000 people from 100 countries, with 600 speakers and 350 exhibitors.

The Korea Gas Corporation, the Korea Gas Corporation Shared Growth Ministry, Donghwa Entek Co., Ltd., and Polytech Co., Ltd. attended the conference. Gastron Co., Ltd., Inochem Co., Ltd., Sunju Electronics Co., Ltd., Clad Korea Co., Ltd., Wonil T&I Co., Ltd, VALMAX Technology Co., Ltd., Korea Unicom Valve Co., Ltd., and Dongsan Valve Co., Ltd., attended the conference with the Korea Gas Corporation Shared Growth Ministry.

At the conference the Korea Gas Corporation, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the city of Daegu, EXCO convention center, and the Daegu Convention & Visitors Bureau participated in official events such as the opening and closing ceremonies. Through observation of the event, the WGC2021 PR center and various promotional activities, Daegu informed participating corporations and attendees about the city and encouraged them to visit Korea and participate in the World Gas Congress 2021 to be held in Daegu.

Mayor of Daegu Kwon Young-jin said, “Daegu not only has extensive experience with large-scale international events such as the World Energy Congress 2013 and the World Water Forum 2015, but it is making great efforts to ensure the success of the World Gas Conference 2021, and we are currently working on the construction of a second EXCO exhibition center.” Mayor Kwon went on to say “with the successful hosting of the World Gas Conference 2021, we will make efforts to take the next step forward in the fostering of future gas-based industries in Daegu.

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2024 World Biomaterials Congress
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2024 International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
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2026 World Conferences on Neutron Radiography
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2022 FASAVA Congress
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2026 International Symphonic Band & Ensemble Conference
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World-Class Conventions

2004

  • International Solar Societies Congress
    2,500 participants from 23 countries
  • International Meeting on Information Displays
    1,108 participants from 10 countries
  • Asia-Oceania Fire Science Technology Forum
    231 participants from 15 countries
  • International Solar Societies Congress

  • International Meeting on Information Displays

  • Asia-Oceania Fire Science Technology Forum

  • International Solar Societies Congress

  • International Meeting on Information Displays

  • Asia-Oceania Fire Science Technology Forum

2005

  • APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting
    2,317 participants from 23 countries
  • Northeast Asia International Tourism Forum
    315 participants from 5 countries
  • APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting

  • APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting

2006

  • International Conference on Accelerator and Beam Utilization
    814 participants from 25 countries
  • IEEE Sensors 2006
    645 participants from 35 countries
  • International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia
    614 participants from 10 countries
  • International Conference on Accelerator and Beam Utilization

  • IEEE Sensors 2006

  • International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia

  • International Conference on Accelerator and Beam Utilization

  • IEEE Sensors 2006

  • International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia

2007

  • OSEAL Forum
    20,000 people from 17 countries
  • International Congress of Insect Biotechnology & Industry
    446 participants from 33 countries
  • International Conference on High Energy Physics
    348 participants from 31 countries
  • OSEAL Forum

  • International Congress of Insect Biotechnology & Industry

  • International Conference on High Energy Physics

  • OSEAL Forum

  • International Congress of Insect Biotechnology & Industry

  • International Conference on High Energy Physics

2008

  • Icograda Design Week
    500 participants from 20 countries
  • Annual Congress of the Asia Pacific Association for Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Therapy
    350 participants from 15 countries
  • Japan-Korea Joint Conference on Surgery for Cerebral Stroke
    300 participants from 2 countries
  • Icograda Design Week

  • Annual Congress of the Asia Pacific Association for Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Therapy

  • Japan-Korea Joint Conference on Surgery for Cerebral Stroke

  • Icograda Design Week

  • Annual Congress of the Asia Pacific Association for Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Therapy

  • Japan-Korea Joint Conference on Surgery for Cerebral Stroke

2010

  • World Firefighter Games
    5,184 participants from 48 countries
  • Health IT Congress & Leadership Summit
    519 participants from 20 countries
  • International Fire Chief’s Association of Asia
    350 participants from 13 countries
  • International Symposium on Flow Visualization
    295 participants from 17 countries
  • World Firefighter Games

  • Health IT Congress & Leadership Summit

  • International Fire Chief’s Association of Asia

  • International Symposium on Flow Visualization

2011

  • Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implant and Related Sciences
    1,008 participants from 35 countries
  • International Solid Waste Association
    770 participants from 55 countries
  • Deutscher ReiseVerband Annual Convention
    400 participants from 1 country
  • Asia Fashion Federation Korea Conference
    300 participants from 7 countries
  • International Solid Waste Association

  • Deutscher ReiseVerband Annual Convention

  • Asia Fashion Federation Korea Conference

  • International Solid Waste Association

2012

  • International Congress of Entomology
    2,376 participants from 95 countries
  • International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition
    2,058 participants from 52 countries
  • International Meeting on Information Displays
    2,058 participants from 52 countries
  • International Symposium on Dendritic Cells
    985 participants from 39 countries
  • International Congress of Entomology

  • International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition

  • International Meeting on Information Displays

  • International Symposium on Dendritic Cells

2013

  • World Energy Congress
    7,546 participants from 123 countries
  • DIOXIN Symposiun
    752 participants from 43 countries
  • Annual IAEE International Conference
    300 participants from 44 countries
  • World Energy Congress

  • DIOXIN Symposiun

  • Annual IAEE International Conference

  • World Energy Congress

  • DIOXIN Symposiun

  • Annual IAEE International Conference

2014

  • World Conference of Public Administration
    1,500 participants from 20 countries
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society World Congress
    935 participants from 32 countries
  • World Conference of Public Administration

  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society World Congress

  • World Conference of Public Administration

  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society World Congress

2015

  • World Water Forum
    47,000 participants from 200 countries
  • Asia-Pacific Congress of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery
    1,826 participants from 37 countries
  • Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting of International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
    1,483 participants from 22 countries
  • World Congress of the International Solar Energy Society
    1,002 participants from 64 countries
  • World Water Forum

  • Asia-Pacific Congress of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery

  • Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting of International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis

  • World Water Forum

  • Asia-Pacific Congress of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery

  • Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting of International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis

2016

  • Worldwide Meeting of the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association and The Asian Robotic Camp for Colorectal Surgeons
    547 participants from 27 countries
  • EAFES International Congress
    500 participants from 5 countries
  • WAVO Congress
    400 participants from 19 countries
  • Worldwide Meeting of the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association and The Asian Robotic Camp for Colorectal Surgeon

  • 동아시아생태학회

  • 세계평가기구연합총회

  • 임상로봇외과학회세계학술대회

  • 동아시아생태학회

  • 세계평가기구연합총회

2017

  • InSEA World Congress
    1,500 participants from 80 countries
  • Asia Conference on Kinesoliogy
    895 participants from 25 countries
  • Asian Meeting of Animal Medicine Specialties
    861 participants from 12 countries
  • InSEA World Congress

  • Asia Conference on Kinesoliogy

  • Asian Meeting of Animal Medicine Specialties

  • InSEA World Congress

  • Asia Conference on Kinesoliogy

  • Asian Meeting of Animal Medicine Specialties

2018

  • ICOPA 2018
    1,512 participants from 90 countries
  • International Congress of Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology
    522 participants from 23 countries
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Asia-Pacific Meeting
    534 participants from 35 countries
  • ICOPA 2018

  • International Congress of Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology

  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Asia-Pacific Meeting

  • ICOPA 2018

  • International Congress of Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology

  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Asia-Pacific Meeting

2019

  • IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience
    4,385 participants from 89 countries
  • International Earth Sciences Olympiad
    400 participants from 40 countries
  • International Renewable Energy Conference
    676 participants from 40 countries
  • The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction
    500 participants from 20 countries
  • IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience

  • International Earth Sciences Olympiad

  • International Renewable Energy Conference

  • The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction

2021

  • World Gas Conference
    6,000 participants from 95 countries
  • IWRA World Water Conference
    1,000 participants from 85 countries
  • IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
    1,500 participants from 50 countries
  • World Gas Conference

  • IWRA World Water Conference

  • IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems

2022

  • ACM SIGGRAPH Asia
    6,000 participants from 50 countries
  • Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Associations Daegu Congress
    3,000 participants from 20 countries
  • ACM SIGGRAPH Asia

  • Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Associations Daegu Congress

2023

  • International Symposium on Shockwaves
    600 participants from 30 countries

2024

  • World Biomaterials Conference
    4,000 participants from 60 countries
  • International Congresses of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
    4,000 participants from 55 countries
  • World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference
    2,000 participants from 50 countries
  • World Biomaterials Conference

  • International Congresses of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

  • World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference

2027

  • Federation of the Asian and Oceanian Physiological Societies Congress
    1,000 participants from 20 countries
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