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About KAS & KASI
KAS: Korean Astronomical Society
Founded in 1965, the Korean Astronomical Society (KAS) is the leading professional organization for astronomy in the Republic of Korea, with 914 members. The KAS aims to promote the development of astronomy in the Republic of Korea through facilitating the interactions amongst members, supporting astronomical research activities, sharing up-to-date astronomical knowledge and discoveries, and educating the next generation astronomers and the public. The KAS joined the IAU in 1973 and now holds a category III membership with 159 individual members. The Society has been well recognized for her significant progress in country and beyond, with growing numbers of memberships, exceptional research programs, and committed activities. The KAS publishes a peer-reviewed research journal, the Journal of the Korean Astronomical Society.
Biannual meetings in spring and fall are regularly attended by over 300 members. Symposia, workshops, researches, and public programs have been initiated and organized by the KAS, together with the IAU, regional and national societies, companies, and other partakers in the last five decades.
KASI: Korean Astronomy & Space Science Institute
The KASI has been home to astronomical research activities, establishment and operation of the medium and large sized observational facilities and laid an important foundation for the ultimate advancement of the basic science in Korea. This national astronomical observatory and institute has played an underpinning role in the advancement of astronomical science and technology in close association with the KAS, employing the long-term strategic schemes. The KASI has been involved in the major projects including Korea Microlensing Telescope Network (KMTNet), Korean VLBI Network (KVN), Giant Magellan Telescope Project (GMT), as well as Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA).