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.


The Kyoto University-Inamori Foundation Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium (KUIP) was established in 2014 to mark the 30th anniversary of 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 fiscal 2014 to fiscal 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.

Beginning in fiscal 2018, one of the past Kyoto Prize laureates is invited as a speaker to the symposium held in Tokyo or online, with a focus on his or her achievements, creating an opportunity for people of all ages and professions, including high school students, to learn about cutting-edge research.

We will continue to hold the symposium in fiscal 2022 and beyond in the hope that the Kyoto Prize will attract even more attention and inspire researchers and artists from around the world.


We will structure the symposium in a spirit of encouraging dialog among a variety of different fields and allowing approaches from multiple perspectives, with the aim of establishing it as a venue for stimulating intellectual curiosity among a wide range of people and providing an opportunity for young people in particular to deepen their interests and discover new sources of intellectual creation.

Led by Kyoto University researchers and others who specialize in the fields covered by the Kyoto Prize (advanced technology, basic sciences, and arts and philosophy), the symposium will provide opportunities for the public to come into contact with the intellect of cutting-edge academic research on topics of social interest.

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.