Dr. Won Sop Shin obtained his Ph.D. in forestry in 1992 from the University of Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Won Sop Shin is a professor at Chungbuk National University in Korea and Chair of the Korea Forest Therapy Forum. He has lots of experience in research and conducting projects on forest and human health for about 30 years. His main research interest is psychological benefits from forest and nature experiences. From 2013 to 2017, he served as Minister of Korea Forest Service (KFS), and Chair of Committee on Forestry, FAO. During his term, KFS developed many new forest policies relating to using forests for human health and welfare. He is now a Head of the Graduate Department of Forest Therapy at Chungbuk National University enrolling about 150 students in Masters and Ph.D. programs. Won Sop Shin is also working actively with international organizations such as the International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine.