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

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 contribute to the advancement of scholarship and the recognition of its achievements. Through holding the KUIP Symposium we aim to advance Kyoto University’s mission to contribute to harmonious coexistence within the Earth’s human and ecological community.

To achieve this goal, Kyoto University has hosted an international symposium annually from 2014 to 2017 at the university’s Clock Tower Centennial Hall, focusing on the three categories and twelve fields in which the Kyoto Prize is awarded. A great number of participants, including researchers, students, and people from all walks of life have attended the symposium each year.

Since 2018, the KUIP symposium has been held in Tokyo on the following concepts. With its new location and format, we hope that the KUIP Symposium will continue to celebrate the Kyoto Prize, and encourage aspiring artists and researchers of the world.

Concept of This Symposium

  • A high-profile topic related to the research of the invited laureate will be selected as the theme of the symposium. The symposium will provide the general public with an opportunity to gain insight into cutting-edge research.
  • Since 2018, the KUIP Symposium has focused on the achievements of an invited Kyoto Prize laureate.
  • Reflecting the interdisciplinary spirit of the Kyoto Prize, scholars in fields other than that of the invited laureate are also invited to contribute, thereby ensuring multi-disciplinary perspective.
  • The symposium seeks to share academic achievements of Kyoto University with the public. Researchers from Kyoto University organize the symposium as well as to participate as speakers.
  • The symposium aims to stimulate the intellectual curiosity of people from diverse background.