Institute for Basic Science (IBS)

South Korea

IBS was established in 2011 aiming at advancing the frontiers of knowledge and fostering leading scientists of tomorrow by pursuing excellence in basic science research. Since then, IBS has been providing infrastructure for long-term, large-scale, and group research as well as supporting autonomous research activities of researchers, focusing on exploration of creative knowledge. In 2018, IBS had moved to its new building in Daejeon, South Korea. Watch the tour video of our headquarters and some of our research centers.

As a basic science research institute representing Korea, IBS is running 31 Centers in physics, chemistry, mathematics, life sciences, and interdisciplinary areas as of January 2021 and planning to increase the number to 50. IBS has announced 2021 call for applications for IBS Research Center Directors and Chief Investigators. Applications will be accepted until March 2, 2021. For more information, please visit

The institute’s main philosophy is to select a world renowned scientist as a Center’s director and create an environment where the director can concentrate on his/her own creative research. That is because IBS believes that creativity can be maximized when excellent researchers focus on conducting challenging research in an autonomous research environment.

IBS has been generating research outcomes that attract world-wide attention and was named one of Nature Index Rising Stars 2016. Despite a short history, the institute is standing shoulder to shoulder with international basic science research institutes. With the 2018 completion of its new headquarters designated as an urban science park, IBS will maximize merits of group and interdisciplinary research as well as bring IBS’ research capabilities together. It will more actively recruit young researchers at home and abroad with its expansion, heralding an even brighter future.

Since 2016, IBS has been operating Young Scientists Fellowship (YSF) under the slogan ‘Initiate your own research at IBS. In order to intensify its support to grow the next-generation leaders of scientific investigators, IBS has been launching a new research unit called Pioneer Research Centers (PRC), a subset of the existing IBS HQ Centers since early 2019. PRCs consist of up to five Chief Investigators (CIs) each. A CI leads their own research group to pioneer new fields and focus on challenging research in the basic sciences. CIs are required to have scientific excellence equivalent to that of a principle investigator at a globally renowned research institute or to have great potential to reach the aforementioned level in the near future. IBS will continue its efforts to become a research hub where young scientists can devote themselves to their science with full autonomy and independence.

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Institute for Basic Science (IBS) published between 1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
325 83.28

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 167 39.62
18 4.85
14 2.32
12 1.74
5 0.90
4 1.27
10 5.41
17 3.89
6 1.32
18 4.57
3 1.04
3 0.54
1 0.25
2 0.21
15 3.79
2 0.05
22 4
2 0.12
2 0.86
1 0.64
7 1.84
3 0.01
Life Sciences 61 14.27
Chemistry 151 42.39
Earth & Environmental Sciences 10 2.23

Highlight of the month

Magnetic manipulation of neurons in freely moving mice

© GK Hart/Vikki Hart/Stockbyte/Getty Images

© GK Hart/Vikki Hart/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Specific neurons in the brains of freely moving mice can be turned off and on by remotely applying a tiny magnetic field.

Great strides have been made in our understanding of what specific neural circuits do thanks to the ability to turn neurons on and off using laser light. But brain tissue scatters light, making it necessary to implant an optical fibre, which restricts the movement of animals.

Now, eight researchers, all at the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea, have developed a system that uses a magnetic field to turn neurons on and off in freely moving mice that are up to 70 centimetres away.

Their system uses octahedra-coated nanoparticles, which rotate when a magnetic field is applied, opening up an ion channel and thereby stimulating a neuron.

The system’s ability to be used on freely moving animals makes it attractive for behavioural studies in small animals, including primates.

Supported content

  1. Nature Materials 20, 1029–1036 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41563-020-00896-y

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 57.7% Domestic
  • 42.3% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

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