Korea Research Visit - June 2023

Seoul, South Korea

geographic data science

Patrick Ballantyne


June 15, 2023

Research Visit to South Korea

I recently co-ordinated the return visit to South Korea as a follow up to our earlier exchange with visitors from KRIHS last Autumn. Ten members of the GDSL headed to South Korea for 9 day visit, comprising research exchanges with KRIHS and other Korean academics in Sejong and at the University of Seoul, a visit to the Eco Delta Smart City project in Busan, and plenty of sightseeing.

Lessons Learned

As part of the original grant, money had been allocated to facilitate a return exchange where GDSL researchers would visit KRIHS in Korea for a series of knowledge expansion and exchange workshops. Part of my role as the postdoc to the PI on the grant was organising and co-coordinating this exchange, involving activities such as:

  • Booking flights and travel for everyone
  • Organising accommodation
  • Getting visas in place
  • Managing the grant budget, allocating daily expenses
  • Scheduling keynote and lightning talks from GDSL representatives
  • Preparing and delivering a presentation showcasing my own research
  • Being the key point of contact during our visit to Korea for KRIHS and other representatives

This was a great learning experience for me, giving me first hand experience of how to effectively manage and spend grant money, and co-ordinate a large international exchange between Liverpool and institutes in Korea.


More Information

For a full breakdown of the grant activities, including a detailed overview of what we did whilst we were in Korea you can visit the website I have built (using Quarto), which showcases all of the activities that occurred as part of the grant. You can access the website here: “Supporting Post Pandemic Recovery and Resilience Through New Forms of Data”.