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IBS Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials
Institute for
Basic Science
The Institute for Basic Science (IBS) pursues excellence in basic science research. The goal of the IBS is to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to train tomorrows’ leading scientists.
▲ Plans for the new IBS headquarters

About IBS

The IBS was established in November 2011 as Korea’s first dedicated basic science research institute. By studying the fundamental principles of Nature, basic science is essential in creating new knowledge from which significant societal transformations are derived. The IBS promotes the highest quality of research and aims to increase the national basic science capacity while generating new opportunities for Korea.

The IBS specializes in long-term projects that require large groups of researchers. As research in the 21st century requires more interdisciplinary collaborations from larger groups of people, scientists at the IBS work together in the same laboratory base with a long-term perspective on research. We promote autonomy in research. The IBS believes scientists unleash their creative potential most effectively when they conduct research in an autonomous environment with world-class research infrastructures, to enable major scientific advances. By developing strong synergies with outstanding talents, autonomous research support systems, and world-class infrastructure, the IBS is steadily growing into a major basic research institute that meets the global standards of excellence.

Research Centers
The IBS plans to establish 50 research centers. There are currently more than 25 research centers located at IBS HQ in Daejeon and relevant universities situated in Seoul, Suwon, Daegu, Ulsan, Pohang and Gwangju. The IBS research centers are divided into three categories: HQ, Campus and Extramural. Campus research centers are located in science & technology specialized universities, and extramural research centers are located in non-specialized universities.

The IBS is undertaking research in every field of basic science, including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Life Sciences, Earth Science and Interdisciplinary Science. Each research center is led by a renowned director who has recruited outstanding international scientists to help shape the direction of their research and create new knowledge. The IBS firmly believes that our research will drive national development and improve the quality of life as well as contribute to expanding the frontiers of scientific knowledge.