Maskawa Toshihide Research and Education Center
The Maskawa Institute for Science and Culture drives research and fosters an academic culture of individuality.
Established to honor our Nobel laureate in physics
The Maskawa Institute for Science and Culture was established by Kyoto Sangyo University to honor Dr. Toshihide Maskawa, who shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics, and to serve as a center for academic study and the mutual exchange of researchers. We hope that researchers encouraged by the brilliant research activity of Dr. Maskawa will generate a unique, long-lasting academic culture at the institute.
A major feature of the institute is the environment it creates for researchers working in the natural sciences as well as in the humanities and social sciences. The research climate encourages the sharing of ideas, which can have a significant effect on research. The institute is headed by Dr. Maskawa himself, who says, “To make progress in research these days people need to work in teams. Discussing one’s research with others helps to shed light on one’s own thinking. I would like to encourage research activities that take full advantage of the research environment that the Maskawa Institute has to offer based on guidance from academic advisors.”
In the field of natural science, the institute solicits members to carry out research that extends beyond the Standard Model of elementary particles, while research in the humanities and social sciences mainly relates to the history and culture of Kyoto. The institute’s first term began with the 2010 academic year, and every year members are carefully selected from a large number of applicants to conduct research on unique themes.
Activities to give back to society based on research findings
The KSU Maskawa Institute allows promising researchers to concentrate fully on their research and provides the arena in which to build a foundation for academic disciplines that can be pursued for a lifetime. At the same time, the institute seeks to advance science and contribute to the greater welfare of humanity, and actively works to present its research findings to the world. In the 2012 academic year, public symposia on independent research themes have been held, along with seminars for individuals working at the forefront of their respective fields, plus intensive courses and fieldwork.