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

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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


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



Opening address

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


Presentation of award certificates and the Wacoal Prizes


Presidential remarks


Congratulatory address by the guest of honor

Yasuo Kamoshita
Director and Managing Corporate Officer
Wacoal Corporation


Research presentation 1

Rina Nagata, student winner of the Tachibana Award


Research presentation 2

Kaoru Sugimura, researcher winner of the Tachibana Award


Closing address

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