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12th Tachibana Award winners announced, ceremony taking place 3 March


26 Feb 2020



      Now in its 12th year, the Kyoto University Tachibana Award for Outstanding Women Researchers was established in 2008 to acknowledge the achievements of early-career women researchers at Kyoto University.

      Winners of the 2020 Tachibana Award and Honorable Mention Award in both student and researcher categories have been announced as below, with an award ceremony set to take place Tuesday 3 March in the fifth-floor large conference room of the University Head Office building.

      1. About the Tachibana Award

      The Kyoto University Tachibana Award for Outstanding Women Researchers honors excellent achievements by Kyoto University’s early-career women researchers. By publicly recognizing women who have produced outstanding work in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the Award aims to further motivate the awardees as well as others following in their footsteps, so as to contribute to the development of women scholars who will lead the future of academic research at Kyoto University and beyond.

      2. 2020 selection process

      There were 24 applications, six in the student category and 18 in research. The winners (listed below) were selected following a two-stage evaluation by a 10-member committee, chaired by Dr Kayo Inaba, executive vice-president for gender equality, international affairs, and public relations.

      3. 2020 awardees

      Tachibana Award

      Student Category

      Rina Nagata, second year, doctoral program, Graduate School of Biostudies
      "Genetic analysis of molecular mechanisms of cell competition"

      Researcher Category

      Kaoru Sugimura, Program-Specific Research Center Associate Professor, Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS)
      "Mechanisms of multicellular pattern formation based on mechanical forces"

      Honorable Mention

      Student Category

      Toko Mannari, second year, doctoral program, Graduate School of Engineering
      "Fundamental research on electrolyte-flow volume control in redox flow batteries"

      Researcher Category

      Kaoru Tsuji, Researcher, Center for Ecological Research
      "Role of sexual differences in ecosystems"

      Yukako Hattori, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Biostudies
      "Mechanisms of nervous system development and responses to nutrition as revealed by omics data"

      4. Award ceremony

      The 2020 Tachibana Award Ceremony and research presentations will be held as follows.

      Date and time

      Tuesday 3 March 2020, 14:00–15:00

      Venue

      University Head Office, fifth floor, Conference Room 1, Kyoto University

      Program

      14:00–14:05

      Opening address

      Dr Kayo Inaba
      Executive Vice-President for Gender Equality, International Affairs, and Public Relations
      Kyoto University

      14:05–14:15

      Presentation of award certificates and the Wacoal Prizes

      14:15–14:25

      Presidential remarks

      14:25–14:35

      Congratulatory address by the guest of honor

      Yasuo Kamoshita
      Director and Managing Corporate Officer
      Wacoal Corporation

      14:35–14:45

      Research presentation 1

      Rina Nagata, student winner of the Tachibana Award

      14:45–14:55

      Research presentation 2

      Kaoru Sugimura, researcher winner of the Tachibana Award

      14:55–15:00

      Closing address

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