*Affiliation and titles are as they were at the time of the symposium.

On 12 February, the 9th Kyoto University-Inamori Foundation Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium (KUIP) took place with approximately 200 attendees, including high school students, researchers, and members of the general public. The annual conference, launched in 2014, had been held online during the past two years due to the pandemic but returned this year to an in-person format at the Marunouchi Building in Tokyo.

This latest KUIP explored “The World Through Mathematics” with three speakers:

Dr Yasuaki Hiraoka
Professor and Director, Center for Advanced Study, Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS) Deputy Director, Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (ASHBi), KUIAS, Kyoto University
Dr Takuro Mochizuki
Professor, Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences (RIMS), Kyoto University
Dr Motoko Kotani
Professor and Executive Vice-President for Research, Tohoku University

The presentations highlighted the broad significance of mathematics, covering topics such as foundation theories and applications for big data and materials development. The speakers also took part in a panel discussion, with Professor Hiraoka moderating. They were joined by:

Dr Kenji Fukumizu
Professor, Department of Mathematical Analysis and Statistical Inference, Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM), Research Organization of Information and Systems Director, Research Center for Statistical Machine Learning, ISM, Research Organization of Information and Systems Professor, Department of Statistical Science, Graduate University of Advanced Studies
Dr Senjo Shimizu
Professor, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

The panel explored the deep world of mathematics, beginning with the simple question: “How does mathematics relate to our daily lives?” Among other topics, the discussion touched on the researchers’ work styles and reasons for choosing a career in mathematics, possibly making the discipline, viewed by many as highly complex and difficult, more accessible and relatable to the general audience.

Audience feedback included: “As someone with an interest in physics and informatics, I was intrigued by the idea of mathematics as a common language for visualizing data in both of these fields.” “I am glad to have gained the kind of knowledge that I can apply to the real world and to research in other fields.”

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Addresses
Nagahiro Minato (President, Kyoto University)
Shinobu Inamori-Kanazawa (President, Inamori Foundation)


Panel Discussion