KIAS was founded in October 1996 by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea to promote excellency of research in basic sciences. The institute is located on a 30-acre site in Hongneung, Seoul, Korea, where members are provided with a research-friendly environment. As a flagship of the basic sciences in the region, KIAS provides active venue for exchange of ideas and advanced learning in the fields of mathematics, physics, and computational sciences. In this way, the Institute ultimately aims to contribute to the making of a brighter future for mankind.
KIAS is an open institute of dynamic scientific interactions. Scientists from all over the world visit KIAS for collaborative research, sabbatical leave, and other research activities organized by the Institute. KIAS also hosts numerous conferences, seminars, workshops, and seasonal schools. Furthermore, the faculty and research bodies of the Institute are composed of diverse nationality, and competitive programs are developed by the world's most recognized scholars and scientists. Given this global environment, KIAS welcomes interactions with academic communities and research organizations around the world.