The Itoh Project Prize in Plasma Turbulence was established at the European Physical Society (EPS) Conference on Plasma Physics in the name of Kyushu University Professor Sanae Inoue Itoh (Research Institute for Applied Mechanics). The Prize was founded to select and reward a PhD student who has done outstanding research on plasma turbulence. The winner is invited to Kyushu University, and offered the chance to deliver a lecture or undertake joint research at the University’s state-of-the-art plasma research facilities.
The international selection committee chose one winner for the 2005 Itoh Project Prize in Plasma Turbulence from among 29 candidates from all over the world. The winner was Oliver Schmitz from the Institute for Plasma Physics, FZ Jülich, Germany.
Oliver Schmitz visited Kyushu University on February 16, 2006 and was awarded the prize by President Kajiyama and Professor Itoh. In a congratulatory speech to Mr. Schmitz, Professor Itoh said, "It was very difficult to choose one winner from among the excellent and exceptionally high-level candidates from all over the world. I am very pleased that we can expect to see progress in plasma physics research. I look forward to seeing your work develop even further. "