Merck researchers offer an educational session for students for the Display Camp of the Korea Information Display Society. Photo courtesy of Merck Korea

Future talent fostered for display technologies

Merck Korea announced on Aug. 3 that the company had sponsored the second display camp last week hosted by the Korea Information Display Society (KIDS).

The event was geared toward piquing the students’ interest in display technologies and fostering future talent, according to the Korean subsidiary of German-based tech giant Merck.

A total of 250 students from elementary and middle schools took part in the event. Included in the participants were those from underprivileged families.

“Fueled by a long-standing passion for expertise and innovation in customized LC materials, Merck is enabling perfection in pixels with its high-performing display materials. For more than 50 years, Merck has engaged in the research and development of liquid crystals for displays, whose continued work made us the global leader in the sector,” Merck Korea Managing Director Kim WooKyu said.

“As Merck takes part in the 2nd Display Camp as the global leader in the display industry, we hope to bridge the “information gap” for socially marginalized groups while supporting their future growth and development.” 

The KIDS stressed the significance of education on display.

“Display is a device connecting humans and information. It’s an important hardware device that’s inseparable from our daily lives,” KIDS President Park Sang-hee said.

“The interest of the students in displays at today’s camp will determine the academic research and the industry for Korea’s future display technologies. I look forward to our students growing up to become display experts.”

While the first camp started out as only for elementary school students, the KIDS display camp broadened its scope of participants to include middle school students from this year onwards. The camp was held online with recorded lectures.

From Merck, senior researcher Park Sun-mi, principal researcher Seo Ji-dong, and senior researcher Chang Dae-kwon spoke as lecturers in this program.

The lectures were followed by a 15-minute Q&A session, during which students were able to ask questions and receive answers directly from the speakers in real-time, according to Merck.

After the camp, participants with excellent questions were singled out for awards. All students received a certificate of completion issued and signed by the KIDS president.

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