Press Release

Institut Pasteur Korea attracts next generation of young scientists through its educational outreach programs

Pangyo, Gyeonggi, 19 Dec, 2016 | Throughout 2016, Institut Pasteur Korea (IPK) offered a variety of educational programs to encourage the next generation of young scientists to explore the fields of life sciences and basic research. Supported by the Gyeonggi Provincial Government via the Gyeonggi Science Mentor Project and the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (MSIP), in 2016 3,078 students were enrolled with 62 times of educational programming conducted.
Students at all levels, from elementary school to university, had a unique opportunity to gain practical experience and learn from IPK scientists in school classrooms and lecture halls environments. IPK also manned hands-on scientific booths at two festivals, in AnYang (south of Gyeonggi) and DongDuChun (north of Gyeonggi) to spread science culture to the general public.
For university students, IPK offers internship programs during winter and summer vacations that provide specialized applied experiences and advanced training opportunities. Students work directly with scientists to learn the roles and responsibilities of the profession and gain practical work experience to help them navigate their future career path. For middle/high school students, IPK offers lab tours, interview with scientists, and hands-on short courses on life sciences that are easy to comprehend. This helps students understand how much science plays a daily role in their lives and how fulfilling a career in science and basic research can be. Seeding this excitement for science is another way IPK makes a difference in nurturing Korea’s future scientists.

[2016 Life Science Program : Students from PanGyo middle school]

Education and teaching are an important part of Dr. Louis Pasteur’s legacy. Since 2009, approx. 16,500 students have benefited from IPK’s educational programs. And IPK will continue to do its part keep by offering students a variety of science education and specialized internship programs. For more information on our various educational programs, please visit us on or contact us at
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About Institut Pasteur Korea
Institut Pasteur Korea (IPK) is an international research institute focused on addressing global health issues with a combination of cutting edge approaches in order to understand disease mechanisms and develop new treatments. By promoting multi-disciplinary projects, IPK is at the forefront of drug discovery and an economic growth engine that contributes to Korea’s scientific intellectual and technical resources. IPK has four core missions of public interest – 1) Research, combining front line biology, IT, and chemistry, with innovative cell-based drug discovery platforms that identify novel molecular targets for potential new therapies to treat diseases, 2) Education, offering a wide range of programming to nurture the development of the next generation of scientists and health professionals, 3) Public Health, working in collaboration with national and international health authorities, and 4) Translation of biomedical discoveries to improve health via technology transfer and industrial partnerships.
IPK is a member of the Institut Pasteur International Network (Network). As a hub institution, IPK plays a key role in the Network, serving as a bridge between Korea and global bio-pharma science, expanding Korea’s R&D base collaborative research projects with global alliances
The institute was established in April 2004 in collaboration with Institut Pasteur Paris and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), with support from the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP). IPK also has a great supporter in the Gyeonggi Provincial government (2005 – 2015 : Block funding | 2016 – Present : drug discovery co-resarch fund for pharm industries).
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