The Kyoto University-Inamori Foundation Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium (KUIP) is held annually by Kyoto University and co-hosted by the Inamori Foundation. The symposium features notable scholars, researchers, and artists working in the designated fields of the Kyoto Prize, one of the most prestigious international awards in Japan. By providing a meeting place for researchers and artists in diverse fields and a venue for the presentation of new academic and artistic developments, the symposium seeks to showcase cutting-edge scholarship and art across disciplinary boundaries and contribute to fostering the next generation of scholars. The symposium’s lectures and events aim to appeal not only to academics and artists, but also to the general public.

Background and Objectives

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The Kyoto University-Inamori Foundation Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium (KUIP) was established in 2014 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Inamori Foundation and the Kyoto Prize. The Kyoto Prize is based on a unique philosophy and selection process, and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious international awards for lifetime achievement in the sciences, engineering, arts, and philosophy.

It is our hope that, through raising international awareness of the Kyoto Prize and spotlighting its laureates, we will encourage ambitious scholars around the world to aspire to achievements worthy of the award, and advance Kyoto University’s mission to contribute to harmonious coexistence within the Earth’s human and ecological community.

To achieve this goal, Kyoto University hosts an annual international symposium focusing on the three categories and twelve fields in which the Kyoto Prize is awarded. We hope that, in addition to scholars and experts active in those fields, the symposium will be attended by graduate students, aspiring researchers, and the general public.

The Kyoto Prize covers a wide range of fields, including the arts and philosophy. We hope that this symposium will stimulate innovative cross-disciplinary developments by providing an opportunity for scholars and artists working in those diverse fields to meet and inspire each other.

Concept of This Symposium

  • The symposium aims to provide a platform for leading scholars and artists to discuss current topics and the latest developments in the fields covered by the Kyoto Prize, thereby promoting the advancement of those fields.
  • The symposium aims to raise international interest in the Kyoto Prize and raise awareness of its significance.
  • Through its programs of research and art-based presentation, the symposium seeks to contribute to the development of the next generation of researchers and artists.
  • The symposium aims to publicize new developments in various academic and art fields, and convey the appeal of those fields to the general public, as well as researchers and artists working in other fields, thereby stimulating cross-disciplinary discussion.

Fields of Focus

Advanced Technology Basic Sciences Arts and Philosophy
2014 Information Science Life Sciences Thought and Ethics
2015 Electronics Biological Sciences Music
2016 Biotechnology and
Medical Technology
Mathematical Sciences Arts
2017 Materials Science and
Earth and Planetary
Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics
Theater, Cinema