Ambassador Hayashi's attendance at the Kyoto Prize at Oxford

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On 10 May, Ambassador Hayashi attended the Kyoto Prize at Oxford, held at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The Kyoto Prize is an international award of Japanese origin, presented to individuals who have made significant contributions in the fields of science and technology, as well as arts and philosophy. The Prize was founded by the Inamori Foundation in 1985, and the University of Oxford has been hosting the Kyoto Prize at Oxford since 2017 featuring a variety of lectures, interactive seminars and panel discussions with the previous year's Laureates.

This year Professor Robert Roeder, 2021 Laureate of Basic Sciences, presented a hybrid panel discussion with two other Laureates attending online. The event was also attended by Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson, Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, and more than 100 members of the University of Oxford.

At the ceremony, Ambassador Hayashi talked about the long and successful history of academic collaboration enjoyed by Japan and the UK, and an important role played by the Kyoto Prize in this collaboration. He also expressed his hopes that the University of Oxford would continue to be a great partner for Japanese academics.