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Jul 02, 2018 Career Opportunities Position Available: Professor (Biofunctional Synthetic Chemistry)
Jun 19, 2018 Events iCeMS-iTHEMS Joint Workshop on Interdisciplinary Biology(4 July 2018)
Dec 11, 2017 Career Opportunities Position Available: Associate Professor (Nano-Scale Stem Cell Eengineering) (iCeMS) (Closed)
Dec 08, 2017 Research Topics Parabolic flight: experiencing zero gravity to envisage the future of human evolution
Nov 29, 2017 Honors Susumu Kitagawa Selected as 2017 Highly Cited Researcher
Nov 13, 2017 Career Opportunities Position Available: Associate Professor (Supramolecular Materials Science) (iCeMS)(Closed)
Nov 13, 2017 Research Topics How far did you fall from the tree?
Dec 08, 2017 Research Topics Parabolic flight: experiencing zero gravity to envisage the future of human evolution
Nov 13, 2017 Research Topics How far did you fall from the tree?
Oct 18, 2017 Research Topics Dr. Shinya Yamamoto’s book on bonobos published
Aug 25, 2017 Research Topics Chimpanzees learn rock-paper-scissors
Jun 19, 2018 Events iCeMS-iTHEMS Joint Workshop on Interdisciplinary Biology(4 July 2018)
Oct 02, 2017 Events Bhutan and Kyoto University 60th Anniversary Memorial Events
Aug 03, 2017 Events Prof. Kitagawa to speak for the “Kyoto Lectures” series at University of Strasbourg
Jun 06, 2017 Events 4th KUIAS Seminar: Dr. Anna Wilkinson (University of Lincoln / Kyoto University) [June 16]
Apr 05, 2017 Events 3rd KUIAS Seminar: Dr. Dora Biro (Oxford University) [April 17]
Feb 20, 2017 Events Prof. Matsuzawa to give lecture in “The origins of numerical abilities” held at Royal Society [February 21]
Nov 22, 2016 Events Prof. Matsuzawa to give the first lecture of “Kyoto Lectures” series at University of Strasbourg
Oct 19, 2017 Activities KUIAS to welcome Princess of Bhutan: Bhutan and Kyoto University 60th anniversary memorial events
Nov 08, 2016 Activities Prof. Matsuzawa’s free online course “Origins of the Human Mind” availble
Nov 29, 2017 Honors Susumu Kitagawa Selected as 2017 Highly Cited Researcher
Oct 04, 2017 Honors KUIAS Professor Kitagawa wins Solvay Prize (28 September 2017)
Oct 03, 2017 Honors Mitsuru Hashida awarded Hoest Madsen Medal from the International Pharmaceutical Federation
Jul 19, 2017 Honors Distinguished Professor Tasuku Honjo to receive Japan Bioindustry Award
Jun 08, 2017 Honors Prof. Susumu Kitagawa wins Fujihara Award
May 16, 2017 Honors Director-General Shugefumi Mori to receive Honorary DSc from the University of Warwick
May 10, 2017 Honors Director-General Shigefumi Mori elected as a foreign associate of US National Academy of Sciences
Jul 02, 2018 Career Opportunities Position Available: Professor (Biofunctional Synthetic Chemistry)
Dec 11, 2017 Career Opportunities Position Available: Associate Professor (Nano-Scale Stem Cell Eengineering) (iCeMS) (Closed)
Nov 13, 2017 Career Opportunities Position Available: Associate Professor (Supramolecular Materials Science) (iCeMS)(Closed)
Oct 06, 2017 Career Opportunities Position Available: Professor (Data Science) (Closed)
Jul 12, 2017 Career Opportunities Position Available: Associate Professor (Comparative Cognitive Science) (Closed)

Message from the Director-General

KUIAS is an institute that continuously conducts advanced research utilizing the strengths of Kyoto University. It features a team of excellent faculty members, including Distinguished Professors with internationally outstanding achievements in their respective fields, as well as various organizations engaged in world-leading research.

In FY2017, KUIAS incorporated the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), which had accumulated experience and achievements as a member of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) program, as its major research center. Two collaborative research centers were also founded: the AIST-Kyoto University Chemical Energy Materials Open Innovation Laboratory (ChEM-OIL) through collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); and the RIKEN-Kyoto University Science, Technology and Innovation Hub through collaboration with RIKEN. Furthermore, KUIAS established a new endowed research section called the Center for Integrative Medicine and Physics (iCeMS-CiMPhy). These institutions will further accelerate the activities of KUIAS, with their cutting-edge research pursued in their individual disciplines.

With these researchers and research centers at its core, KUIAS will contribute to academic progress as a global, cutting-edge research hub that draws together the knowledge of domestic and overseas researchers, fosters future scientific leaders, and shares the fruits of Kyoto University's research with society.

Shigefumi Mori
Director-General and Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professors

Shigefumi Mori

Shigefumi Mori

Director-General and Distinguished Professor

D.Sc., Kyoto University. Mori served as Assistant at Kyoto University from 1975 through 1980, and as Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Professor at Nagoya University from 1980 through 1990. In 1990 he moved back to Kyoto University and served as Professor at the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences until 2016, and became Director-General of KUIAS. Mori was awarded the Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1990, for "the existence proof of minimal models for three-dimensional algebraic varieties." This prize is often described as the Nobel Prize in the field of mathematics. He was selected as a Person of Cultural Merit by the Minister of MEXT in 1990. He took office as President of the International Mathematical Union in 2015.

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Tetsuro Matsuzawa

Tetsuro Matsuzawa

Deputy Director-General and Distinguished Professor

Ph.D. in Science, Kyoto University. Matsuzawa was appointed to his present post in 2016 after assuming such posts as Assistant, Associate Professor, and Professor at the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University.
He created the new academic field called "Comparative cognitive science" through his research called "Ai Project", titled after the name of the chimpanzee, as well as through his fieldwork in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa.
Matsuzawa was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon by Japan's Emperor in 2004 for his contribution to academic developments. He was also selected as a Person of Cultural Merit by the Minister of MEXT in 2013.

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Tasuku Honjo

Tasuku Honjo

Deputy Director-General and Distinguished Professor

Ph.D., Kyoto University. Honjo served as Professor at the School of Medicine of Osaka University. After that he moved back to Kyoto and served as Professor at the Faculty of Medicine from 1984 through 2005, then he served as Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of medicine. In 2017, he became Distinguished Professor of KUIAS.
Honjo solved the mechanistic principle of vaccination-induced antibody memory by discovery of AID, which engraves antigen memory in the immunoglobulin gene. Honjo also contributed to the development of cancer immunotherapy by discovering the protein "PD-1" that suppresses the function of immune cells. This therapy is approved worldwide for many types of cancers including lung cancer.
He was awarded Robert Koch Prize in 2012, received Order of Culture from the Japanese Government in 2013, awarded Tang Prize in 2014, and Kyoto Prize in 2016.

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Susumu Kitagawa

Susumu Kitagawa

Distinguished Professor and iCeMS Director

Ph.D. in Engineering, Kyoto University. Kitagawa serves as the Deputy Director-General of KUIAS since 2016, and the Director of iCeMS since 2013. He was appointed as Distinguished Professor at KUIAS in 2017, after assuming such posts as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Kindai University, Professor at the Department of Chemistry of Tokyo Metropolitan University, Professor at Graduate School of Engineering of Kyoto University, and Professor at iCeMS.
Kitagawa developed "porous" materials with numerous nano-sized holes. These materials are expected to be used for the development of new materials to absorb carbon dioxide causing global warming, and also for medical applications. He was selected as a Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate in 2010, and received the Japan Academy Prize in 2016.

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Takeo Kanade

Takeo Kanade

Invited Distinguished Professor

Ph.D. in Engineering, Kyoto University. Kanade has been U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) since 1998, after serving as Research Assistant and Associate Professor at Kyoto University and also as Associate Professor and Professor at CMU. He has contributed to the basic theory of computer vision and introduced a series of innovative applied technologies in robotics including automated driving and new media using a large number of cameras, constantly advancing the frontiers of this academic field for many years. He was elected as a foreign member of US National Academy of Engineering in 1997, and received the Kyoto Prize for his achievements in 2016.

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Message from the President

Juichi Yamagiwa President of Kyoto University

As one of Japan’s leading research and education institutions, Kyoto University is home to a large community of outstanding researchers, and research exchange with other leading institutions throughout the world is part of the university’s daily operations. The Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS) was established in April 2016 to further enhance those endeavors to provide continuous support for the university’s unique research, and serve as an international hub for advanced scholarship.

Capitalizing on the strengths of Kyoto University, KUIAS has a number of first-class researchers along with various world-leading research institutes, including the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) as a WPI Academy member. KUIAS will continue to implement innovative research and administrative initiatives as a global center of knowledge and an institution at the vanguard of university-wide reform.

I look forward to watching the progress of KUIAS as it leverages the university’s unique strengths to advance cutting-edge research endeavors. I anticipate that the institute will make a significant contribution to cultivating the next generation of researchers, and serve as a focal point for domestic and international research-based knowledge generation.

Juichi Yamagiwa
President, Kyoto University

Features and Organizational Structure of KUIAS

KUIAS has the following features as an institute to grow into a leading center based on a new paradigm:

Management with superb mobility under the strong leadership of the President

Application of a pioneering organization system designed for a "special zone" within the university

  • System to allow world-leading excellent researchers to continue their research regardless of the conventional mandatory retirement age
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Organizational Structure

KUIAS plays a leading role as a global research institute to perform advanced international research.

Organizational Structure

Center for Advanced Study

Researchers, including Distinguished Professors who are with globally recognized research outcomes, actively conduct their advanced research activities and contribute to human resource development, sharing of study results with society, and to the global evolution of science.

Research Center

Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences(iCeMS)

iCeMS continues the concept of World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI), and aims to create new academic disciplines integrating materials science and cell biology.

Collaborative Research Centers

AIST-Kyoto University Chemical Energy Materials Open Innovation Laboratory(ChEM-OIL)

ChEM-OIL integrates expertise of KU and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in basic materials science and device development/application, for practical application of innovative technologies on chemical materials related to energy issues.

RIKEN-Kyoto University Science, Technology and Innovation Hub(RIKEN-Kyoto U Hub)

Under the cooperation between KU and RIKEN, the Hub implements their joint study to promote the world’s most advanced research, develop new research horizons, and nurture next-generation personnel to take over its endeavors.

Endowed Research Section/Industry-University Joint Research Section

Center for Integrative Medicine and Physics(iCeMS-CiMPhy)

Established by the munificence of Nakatani Foundation for Advancement of Measuring Technologies in Biomedical Engineering, iCeMS-CiMPhy “fuses physics and clinical medicine.” It seeks the development of measurement/analysis techniques to detect disease progression, while also striving to pioneer new technologies to evaluate cellular kinetics.

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Meaning of Logo

KUIAS Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Research logo

KUIAS has two major features as:

1.A place for distinguished researchers to gather for high-level research

2.A hub to connect all associated units in and outside Kyoto University

The motif of "window" has consequently be chosen to represent the above features.
We at KUIAS sincerely hope that, with this logo as its starting point, the institute will become a hub for all researchers working on the worldwide level.

* The logo was created through collaboration between Eiri Ono, a University Research Administrator (URA) of the Center for Enhancing Next Generation Research (E-NER) who made the original plan, and graphic designer Akio Okumura.