In December 2013, the Inamori Foundation and Kyoto University signed a memorandum of agreement on establishment of the Kyoto University-Inamori Foundation Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium (KUIP).

Background and Objectives

President Kazuo Inamori (left) and Kyoto University President Hiroshi Matsumoto at the Signing Ceremony, 2013

KUIP aims to contribute to the advancement of science and the arts by increasing recognition of the Kyoto Prize in order to provide intellectual stimulation to researchers and artists around the world. KUIP is planned, coordinated, and hosted by Kyoto University, with the support of the Inamori Foundation as a cohost. Each year, themes are chosen from Kyoto Prize categories two years down the road and leading authorities in those fields from around the world are invited to give lectures. Since its inception in 2014, this international symposium has been open not only to researchers and students from specialized fields but also to the general public. In addition to showcasing cutting-edge research and the latest trends in the academic and the artistic worlds, KUIP encourages academic innovations by providing an opportunity for the audience to mingle within and across disciplines.