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German Innovation Award 2013


On June 18th the fifth Gottfried Wagener Prize, also known as the German Innovation Award, was awarded to five Japanese researchers at the German Embassy in Tokyo. The award focuses on application-oriented research in the fields of Environment & Energy, Healthcare, and Safety & Security and aims at fostering both countries` industry-academia cooperation. It is supported by ten major German technology companies and research organizations. This year saw another rise in applications and ninety-three scientists from thirty-nine Japanese universities had participated in the competition, which awards prize money amounting to 9 million yen as well as fellowships for overseas research stays, promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German Research Foundation (DFG).

The award ceremony was held in the residence of the German ambassador in Tokyo with 150 guests, representing Japanese and German science, economy, politics and media. In his commemorative speech, Prof. Dr. Ryoji Noyori, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, honored the laureates for their outstanding achievements and stated the importance of promoting science and research across borders. In his eyes the German Innovation Award does make a significant contribution to this goal.

The 1st prize was presented to Dr. Masateru Taniguchi from the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research of the Osaka University, for the development of single molecule electrical sequencing technology. This technology will be crucial in attaining faster and more precise analyses with nanopore DNA sequencers in the future and is likely to deeply impact the healthcare industry. Dr. Taniguchi was awarded prize money worth 4 million Yen.

The 2nd prize went to Dr. Teruo Ono from the Institute for Chemical Research of the Kyoto University for the development of non-volatile memory using spin dynamics. The scientists Dr. Yusuke Ohba, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Dr. Taro Hitosugi, from the Advanced Institute for Materials Research of the Tohoku University and Dr. Kenji Miyatake from the Clean Energy Research Center, University of Yamanashi were awarded the 3rd prize. In addition to the prize money, all winners are granted a fellowship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a short-term research stay in Germany.

The German Innovation Award was launched in 2008 by technology-focused German enterprises and the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan. The prize is named after Gottfried Wagener, a German researcher and co-founder of Tokyo Institute of Technology who helped restructure the educational system in the Meiji era of pre-war Japan.

The award is granted under the patronage of Johanna Wanka, the German Federal Minister of Education and Research.

For more information on the German Innovation Award please refer here.


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