Welcome Address

Nagahiro Minato, 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 award was conceived by Dr. Kazuo Inamori, former 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, 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 focused on the field of specialization of the main presenter, who is a laureate of the Kyoto Prize. The symposium presenters comprise four notable scholars, including the laureate. This ensures that the symposium reflects the interdisciplinary spirit of the Kyoto Prize in encouraging interaction among diverse fields of study and providing a variety of viewpoints.

The symposium is organized by Kyoto University scholars, who also participate as speakers. In 2018 and 2019, the symposium was held in Tokyo, but this year, due to the current situation with regards to the novel coronavirus pandemic, it will be held online. We believe that the symposium will provide all of its participants with a 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.