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Seminars on Gender Equality

The Graduate School of Biostudies holds seminars by leading female scientists in the field of life sciences.

Date Title Speaker
5th 2019.11.20 Making it as a Japanese female scientist in American academia
  • Dr. Keiko ToriiProfessor, The University of Texas at Austin, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; PI, Nagoya University, Institute of Transformative Biomolecules
4th 2019.02.20 Like plants that feel environmental stimuli and live flexibly
  • Dr. Ikuko Hara-NishimuraProfessor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Konan University; Deputy Director, Research Center for Science Systems, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
3rd 2018.03.12 Achieving a fulfilling life for every scientist
  • Dr. Hiroko UdakaAssistant Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
  • Dr. Ayako TonokiLecturer, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba University
2nd 2017.03.08 Life as a female scientist (career path, work-life balance, etc.)
  • Dr. Maho AmanoHokkaido University URA Station
  • Dr. Chitose OneyamaHead of Cancer Cell Regulation, Aichi Cancer Center, Research Institute
1st 2016.03.04 Life as a female scientist (career paths, work-life balance, etc.)
  • Dr. Yoshiko AiharaAssistant Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University
  • Dr. Yuko ShimadaResearcher, Life Science Center of Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance, University of Tsukuba
  • Dr. Rieko MuramatsuAssociate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
  • Dr. Tomoko YamakawaAssistant Professor, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University

Kyoto University Tachibana Award for Outstanding Women Researchers

The Kyoto University Tachibana Award for Outstanding Women Researchers was established in 2008 to acknowledge the excellent achievements of early-career women researchers at Kyoto University. By publicly honoring women who have produced outstanding work in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the Tachibana Award aims to further motivate not only the awardees themselves, but also others following in their footsteps, thereby helping cultivate accomplished women scholars who will lead the future of academic research at Kyoto University and across Japan.

Kyoto University Tachibana Award for Outstanding Women Researchers

Many researchers and graduate students at the Graduate School of Biostudies have also received awards.

Award Awardees and Research Topics Awards Ceremony
14th Researcher category Tachibana Award Researcher category
Yukako ODA, Assistant Professor(Laboratory of Cell Division and Differentiation)
“Discovery of anti-inflammatory physiological peptides that promote tissue-repair by reinforcing epithelial barrier formation”
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Student category Honorable Mention Award Student category
Junna KAWASAKI, Doctoral Student(Laboratory of RNA Viruses)
“Repurposing open data for virus hunting in infectious diseases research”
12th Researcher category Tachibana Award Researcher category
Kaoru SUGIMURA, Associate Professor(Program-Specific Research Center, Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS), From Laboratory of Cell Recognition and Pattern Formation)
“Mechanisms of multicellular pattern formation based on mechanical forces”

Honorable Mention Award Researcher category
Yukako HATTORI, Assistant Professor(Laboratory of Cell Recognition and Pattern Formation)
“Mechanisms of nervous system development and responses to nutrition as revealed by omics data”
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Student category Tachibana Award Student category
Rina NAGATA, Doctoral Student(Laboratory of Genetics)
“Genetic analysis of molecular mechanisms of cell competition”
7th Researcher category Honorable Mention Award Researcher category
Shizue OHSAWA, Lecturer(Laboratory of Genetics)
“Genetic basis of tissue growth control via intercellular communications”
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1st Student category Tachibana Award Student category
Sakiko HONJO, Doctoral Student(Research Fellowship for Young Scientist)(Laboratory of Signal Transduction)
“Molecular Mechanism of Life Extension through Dietary Control”
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L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science

The L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Women in Science Prize is awarded by the L’ORÉAL Group and UNESCO to outstanding women scientists from around the world who have made significant achievements in the life sciences. The Prize’s international selection committee chooses the world’s best women scientists who have contributed to the development of the field of life sciences.

Researcher and graduate student at the Graduate School of Biostudies have also received awards.

year Awardees Awards Ceremony
2021 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, Japan Fellowship
Rina NAGATA, Doctoral Student (At the time of the award)
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2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science
Kayo INABA Executive Vice-President (At the time of the award)
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In addition to the Tachibana Award and L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science, many female researchers, including graduate students, have received academic awards.

List of awards received by the Biostudies Graduate School of Life Sciences

Female-only Resting Rooms and Baby Care Room “mamaro”

Female-only resting rooms and a baby care room “mamaro” are available for faculty, staff, and graduate students who are pregnant, raising children, or need privacy. Female-only resting rooms are located in the South Campus Research Building for Integrated Life Sciences (Bldg. G) and the Institute for Life and Medical Sciences (Bldg. No.2). Mamaro is available for parents and is located in the North Campus Research Building for Integrated Life Sciences. If anyone would like to use these rooms, please contact the administration office at Graduate School of Biostudies.

Baby Care Room “mamaro”

Financial Support for Hiring Research/Technical Assistants

Please refer to the following link for information on a financial support program provided by the Kyoto University Headquarters for the Promotion of Gender Equality and the Center for the Promotion of Gender Equality.

Kyoto University Gender Equality Promotion Center Financial Support

Life Event Support

Please refer to the following link for information on support programs (nursery for infants waiting for admission to preschool, etc.) provided by the Kyoto University Headquarters for the Promotion of Gender Equality and the Center for the Promotion of Gender Equality.
Support programs conducted by the Headquarters for the Promotion of Gender Equality and the Center for the Promotion of Gender Equality

Kyoto University Gender Equality Promotion Center Infant Care Room

Gender Equality Related Information