UPDATE (2 March 2022) : The speaker for the closing remarks at the Awards Ceremony has been changed.
The Kyoto University Tachibana Award for Outstanding Women Researchers was established in 2008 to recognize exceptional achievements by the institution's early-career women researchers.
The University is pleased to announce that it has selected the winners of the 14th Tachibana Award and Honorable Mention Award and will hold a ceremony to celebrate their achievements on Thursday 3 March 2022, as detailed below.
1. About the Award
The Tachibana Award for the Most Outstanding Female Researcher was established in 2008 to acknowledge outstanding research achievements by early-career female researchers at Kyoto University.
By publicly acknowledging women who have made outstanding achievements in academic research regardless of the research field, the Tachibana Award aims to motivate not only the awardees themselves, but also others following in their footsteps. In this way, the award seeks to help foster the development of accomplished female scholars who will lead the future of academic research, both at Kyoto University and nationwide.
2. 14th Award selection process
There were a total of 24 applicants, 14 in the student category and 10 in the researcher category.
The winners were selected through a two-stage process by a committee comprised of nine members and chaired by Dr Kyoto Inagaki, Kyoto University's executive vice-president for gender equality, international affairs, public relations, and external affairs.
3. 14th Award winners
Tomoko NAKANISHI, 4th-year doctoral student, Graduate School of Medicine
"Genetic determinants of susceptibility and severity of respiratory diseases and their clinical implications"
Yukako ODA, Assistant Professor, Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences
"Discovery of anti-inflammatory physiological peptides that promote tissue-repair by reinforcing epithelial barrier formation"
Honorable Mention Award
Tamao MAEDA, 2nd-year doctoral student, Graduate School of Science
"The study on a multilevel society of feral horses using drones"
Junna KAWASAKI, 3rd-year doctoral student, Graduate School of Biostudies
"Repurposing open data for virus hunting in infectious diseases research"
4. Award ceremony
The ceremony and research presentations by the Tachibana Award winners can be viewed live online by registering via the form below.
Date and time
Thursday 3 March 2022, 14:00–15:00
Online (Zoom webinar)
Use the following form:
Registration form to watch the award ceremony
17:00 on Wednesday 2 March 2022
Dr Kyoko INAGAKI
Executive Vice-President for Gender Equality, International Affairs, Public Relations, and External Affairs
|14:05–14:15||Presentation of award certificates and Wacoal Prizes|
Dr Nagahiro MINATO, Kyoto University President
|14:25–14:35||Congratulatory speech by the distinguished guest
Director and Managing Corporate Officer
|14:35–14:55||Research presentations by the Tachibana Award winners
Executive Vice-President for Strategy Coordination, Planning, Student Affairs, and Health, Safety, and Environmental Management