Toray Science Foundation
On March 31, 2022, the Toray Science Foundation Presentation Ceremony for 2021 was held with 25 attendees at Toray Head Office in Tokyo. The presentation ceremony has been postponed for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, we were able to hold the ceremony by greatly limiting the number of participants.
The Toray Science and Technology Prize winners, Dr. Ryoichiro Kageyama, director, Center for Brain Science (CBS), RIKEN, and Dr. Toru H. Okabe, professor, and director general, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, and the teachers receiving Toray Science Education Prize including the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award were presented the certificate of merit, medal, and prize money. The 11 recipients of the Toray Science and Technology Grants altogether received a 130 million yen fund.
“Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the world. Moreover, Japan is confronted with a number of challenges, such as a declining population and an aging society with fewer children, in addition to the challenges of meeting SDGs, which are shared by the entire world. Therefore, fundamental research that leads to outstanding scientific and technological achievement is becoming increasingly important,” said Akihiro Nikkaku, president of Toray Science Foundation and Toray Industries, Inc. in his speech. “The Toray Science Foundation will contribute significantly to the development and promotion of fundamental science and science education in Japan through its grants for research and the honor it bestows on researchers and educators,” he added.
To conclude the ceremony, Dr. Ryoji Noyori, who is a Nobel Prize laureate, councilor of the Toray Science Foundation and a member of the board (outside) of Toray, delivered a congratulatory speech.
Nikkaku reads aloud the certificate of merit
Noyori delivering congratulatory speech