Welcome Address

Juichi Yamagiwa, President, Kyoto University

Juichi Yamagiwa, President, Kyoto University<

The Kyoto University-Inamori Foundation Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium (KUIP) is an annual international symposium hosted by Kyoto University in cooperation with the Inamori Foundation. On behalf of Kyoto University, I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to President Shinobu Inamori – Kanazawa and the Inamori Foundation for their ongoing support of Kyoto University and our activities.

The 35th award ceremony for the Kyoto Prize, one of Japan’s most prominent internationally recognized accolades, will be held in 2019. The award was conceived by Dr. Kazuo Inamori, fomer president of the Inamori Foundation and an honorary fellow of Kyoto University, as a means to contribute to the advancement and development of humanity. In 2014, on the occasion of the award’s 30th anniversary, Kyoto University launched the Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium as an annual event with the aim of raising international awareness of the award.

From 2014 to 2017, the symposium focused on the three categories and twelve fields of the Kyoto Prize, and each year it adopted as its themes the three fields in which the prize would be awarded two years later. The most accomplished and currently relevant researchers and specialists in those fields were invited to speak at the symposium.

The symposium’s lectures provided a platform for fresh encounters between scholars in diverse academic fields, which would in turn lead to the development of new knowledge and contribute to the cultivation of the next generation of researchers. The symposium sought to contribute to the development of cutting edge technology and new academic advances, the benefits of which were to be shared widely throughout society.

Since 2018, the KUIP Symposium has been held in Tokyo. The symposium is to focus on the outstanding field of the main presenter, who is the laureate of the Kyoto Prize. The symposium consists of four notable scholars including the laureate. This will ensure that the symposium reflects the interdisciplinary spirit of the Kyoto Prize in encouraging interaction among diverse fields of study and kaleidoscope of viewpoints.

The scholars of Kyoto University not only organize the symposium but also participate in the lectures as speakers. We believe that the symposium will provide you great opportunity to experience the cutting-edge of academic research.

I hope that you will continue to support and enjoy future editions of the Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium, and I hope that through our endeavors we can promote the Kyoto Prize and contribute to the further development of Kyoto as a city of culture and scholarship.