Commemoration of the 600th anniversary of the birth of
KIM Dam (1416 - 1464)

International Conference on
History of World Calendars
and Calendar Making

Nov. 29 ~ Dec. 2, 2016
Yeongju and Seoul, Korea

Organized by
Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) and
City of Yeongju
Hosted by
Korea Science and Culture Foundation - Yeongju Branch
Sponsored by
KIM Dam’s 600th Birthday Commemorative Association



The main aim of this conference is to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the birth of KIM Dam (1416 - 1464), a leading Korean astronomer and calendrical scholar during the celebrated reign of King Sejong (r. 1418 - 1450). Kim Dam is particularly noted for his joint book on the Korean calendar with another scholar, Yi Soonji. This work is entitled Chiljeongsan Naepyon-Oepyon ("Calendrical book on the positions of the Sun, Moon and five planets by traditional and Islamic methods"). The book had the honour to be included as a supplement to the Sejong Sillok, the official chronicle of the reign of King Sejong.


We invite papers on the themes of calendars and calendar making throughout the world from the 13th century to the 18th century. Topics may include the interactions/exchanges among different cultures and regions, and the contributions of astronomers to calendar making.


The conference will be restricted to a small number of participants to facilitate detailed discussion and exchange of ideas between participants. During the conference there will be opportunities for overseas visitors to relax and enjoy the environments of Yeongju a centre of Korean Confucian culture for more than a thousand years.


NHA Il-Seong and F. Richard STEPHENSON

Scientific Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

November 2016