QWhy this symposium is called KUIP?
AThe official name of this symposium is Kyoto University-Inamori Foundation Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium. By extracting four initial letters from four words “Kyoto”, “University”,“Inamori” and “Prize” constituting the official name, KUIP is decided to be the acronym standing for this symposium.
QWhat does the logo of this symposium Logo symbolize?
AThe logo of this symposium is designed by Akio Okumura who is a visiting professor of Kyoto University as well as a graphic designer. It symbolizes the Japanese spirit of wa[harmony] and reminds us of a Japanese traditional timberwork. It shows the image that two colors, i.e., Kyoto University’s symbol color “dark blue” and “gold” color often used by Inamori Foundation, are firmly combined and united. In addition, Chinese character 京 which stands for the international city Kyoto, also the venue of this symposium, is observed to be embedded in the logo.
QIt seems that focused fields of the symposium change each year.
How do you select them?
AThe Kyoto Prize is presented annually in each of the following three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. Each Kyoto Prize category comprises four fields. One specific field is selected from each category annually and rotated in a four-year cycle. (Please refer to http://www.kyotoprize.org/en/about/ for more details)
In this symposium, focused fields each year are selected as those three fields in which Kyoto Prize will be awarded two years later. For instance, this year, the focused fields are “Materials Science and Engineering”,“Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics” and “Theater, Cinema”.
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