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 Kazuo Inamori and the Inamori Foundation for their ongoing support of Kyoto University and our activities.

The 33rd award ceremony for the Kyoto Prize, one of Japan’s most prominent internationally recognized accolades, will be held in 2017. The award was conceived by Dr. Kazuo Inamori, 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.

The symposium focuses on the three categories and twelve fields in which the Kyoto Prize is awarded, and each year it adopts as its themes the three fields in which the prize will be awarded two years later. The most accomplished and currently relevant researchers and specialists in those fields are invited to speak at the symposium.

We hope that the symposium’s lectures will provide a platform for fresh encounters between scholars in diverse academic fields, which will in turn lead to the development of new knowledge and contribute to the cultivation of the next generation of researchers. We also hope that it will contribute to the development of cutting edge technology and new academic advances, the benefits of which will be shared widely throughout society.

The 4th Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium focuses on the fields of “Materials Science and Engineering”, “Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics”, and “Theater, Cinema”. The presenters are among the most outstanding scholars in their fields. To have so much talent and knowledge gathered in one place is a rare and precious opportunity. I am certain that all participants will enjoy an unforgettable experience, and I urge everyone not to focus solely on those parts of the symposium dealing with their own fields of specialization, but also to attend other parts of the program and participate with an open mind. I am certain that exciting new discoveries await those willing to do so.

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.