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Daejeon, South Korea

The 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2017APCS) and Mayors' Forum will be held in Brisbane's sister city, Daejeon, South Korea from 10-13 September 2017. Daejeon and Brisbane have shared a Sister City Agreement since 2002 and this year marks the fifteenth anniversary of this relationship.

The 2017APCS will transform Daejeon into a global meeting place for the Asis Pacific region. Key decision makers, government and business leaders and industry experts will meet over four days to share their knowledge and experience, build new connections and strengthen existing ties under the 2017APCS theme of 'Shaping the Future of the Asia Pacific'.

Both the Meet@APCS Business Program as well as APCS Market Square will enhance opportunities for delegates to expand their contacts and drive commercial growth. The esteemed Mayors' Forum will also bring together Mayors from around the world to share their insights and actively drive the Asia Pacific regional dialogue.

Daejeon is South Korea's fifth largest city and is home to a population of appoximately 1.5 million people. Known as the 'Silicon Valley of Korea', Daejeon is a thriving hi-tech and research development city that will offer significant commercial and networking opportunities to attendees.

Daejeon is a leading hub in the field of research and development and higher education in North Asia.

Daejeon is home to Daedeok Innopolis — a government funded research park that was established in 1973.  It is a unique science cluster which includes over 70 world class research institutes with more than 22,000 researchers. It accommodates a number of tertiary education institutions including Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). 

Daejeon is the hub of the 'International Science Business Belt' — a project inititated and funded by the Korean national government focused on fostering research and development in areas including life science, applied science and advanced technologies.

About Daejeon

  • Deajeon is the fifth largest city in Korea.
  • Daejeon has close to 1.5 million residents and covers approximately 540km².
  • The city enjoys a continental climate with an average annual temperature of 12 degrees celsius and an average rainfall of 1350 millimetres.
  • Daejeon City is located in the centre of South Korea — 164 kilometres from Seoul, 294 kilometres from Busan and 169 kilometres from Gwangju.
  • Daejeon is a leading hub in the field of research and development and higher education in North Asia.
  • Daejeon is home to 19 universities.
  • Research institutes like Samsung Fine Chemical Co. Research Institute, LG Chem Research Park, SK CNC R&D Centre and over 1000 venture capital businesses are gathered in Daejeon.

The city is situated among four mountains which form a large valley. Three major rivers pass through the city. Daejeon boasts a number of natural and man-made scenic sights including Jangtaesan recreational forest, Daecheongho Lake Park, Yuseong Hot Springs and Expo Park.

More information

Find out more about the 2017APCS themes and programs on the 2017APCS Program Book.