Kyoto Prize Symposium Held

Release date: 2012.02.23



P>   On Tuesday, November 15, 2011, the Kyushu University Centennial Event Kyoto Prize Symposium was held at Inamori Hall of the Inamori Center on the Ito Campus.
   The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind. On this occasion, the Kyoto Prize Symposium was held in Fukuoka for the first time, inviting Dr. John Werner Cahn (Emeritus Senior NIST Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology
/ Affiliate Professor, University of Washington), the winner of the 27th Kyoto Prize in 2011.
   The symposium titled “Science of “Monozukuri” and Inquiring Mind - door to new multi-component compounds -” was attended by about 420 people, many of whom were high school students studying in Fukuoka Prefecture. On behalf of the organizer, Vice President, Professor Hidetoshi Ochiai gave an address, and following the introduction by Yoh Iwasa, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, a memorial lecture was delivered by Dr. Cahn.
   Dr. Cahn talked on his own career as a scientist and his area of specialty, materials engineering. He concluded his lecture with a message to the high school students saying, “First, I want you to develop the willingness to learn independently. Then, if you stumble through life, take that as another opportunity for success. I really want you to stand up to any problem while trusting your own knowledge.”
   After that, Dr. Cahn looked around Ito Campus. At the Research Center for Hydrogen Industrial Use and Storage (HYDROGENIUS), the doctor received an explanation on hydrogen study from Professor Yukitaka Murakami, and then moved to the Research Laboratory for High Voltage Electron Mycroscopy (HVEM), where Professor Syo Matsumura gave a laboratory tour.

Top:  Dr. Cahn at the lecture
Middle: Dr. Cahn answering questions by high school students during the question and answer session after the lecture
Bottom: The poster exhibition held at the lobby attracted many high school students.