Announcement of Winners and Awards Ceremony for the 1st Brilliant Female Researchers Award (The Jun Ashida Award)

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) decided the winners of the 1st Brilliant Female Researchers Award (The Jun Ashida Award). The awards ceremony will be held at Miraikan on November 17 (Sun), 2019.

At the awards ceremony, JST will present a trophy and certificate to each winner, and the Ashida Fund* will offer a supplementary prize of one million yen to a winner of the Brilliant Female Researcher Award (The Jun Ashida Award). A talk session is also scheduled to be held with the participation of the award winners and some next-generation youth mainly composed of high school students.

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Date: November 17 (Sunday), 2019, 13:00 – 14:30
Venue: Scheduled to be at the 1F Special Exhibition Zone, Miraikan (2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)

*The Ashida Fund was established in 1994 by the late fashion designer Jun Ashida for the purpose of nurturing the younger generation. The Japan International Science and Technology Exchange Center (JISTEC) operates and manages the Ashida Fund by keeping the funds from Jun Ashida Co. Ltd.

The Award for a Brilliant Female Researcher (The Jun Ashida Award)

Photo:Miki Ebisuya
Miki Ebisuya

Group Leader, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Barcelona

Research Fields

Synthetic Developmental Biology

Research Experience
・2018-present
Group leader, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Barcelona
・2013-2019
Unit leader, RIKEN
・2013-2016
JST-Presto researcher
・2009-2013
Group leader, Career-path Promotion Unit for Young Life Scientists, Kyoto University
Awards and Honors

・2013
The Young Scientists' Prize from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

・2005-2008
JSPS fellowship for Young Scientists

Dr. Ebisuya is one of the top researchers in synthetic developmental biology, having "reconstituted" cell autonomous differentiation and cellular pattern formation artificially. She has recently attracted attention for tackling an essential question of biology: investigating the cause of different timing of developmental processes among different animal species.

She also makes contributions to the academic community and wider society by promoting communication between European and Japanese researchers.

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The Award for an Organization Supporting Brilliant Female Researchers (The Jun Ashida Award)

LOGO:Kyushu University
Kyushu University(Chiharu Kubo, President)

In 2009, Kyushu University launched their original “employment and training system of faculty members by setting up female posts” ahead of other universities, and built the “Kyushu University Method” of recruiting and nurturing excellent female human resources – using a highly transparent two-stage examination obtaining applications from female researchers through international public advertisement. They also established the “system of employment for faculty members with accompanying spouse” in 2017.

By analyzing the performance of the papers of female researchers, the effect of their female-focused recruitment system was quantitatively verified and visualized. As a result, they demonstrated the significance of this system, contributed to unconscious biases reduced regarding the research capabilities of female researchers, and also are working on collaboration and development with other organizations through communication at international conferences –attracting attention both at home and abroad.

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The Award for a Brilliant Female Researcher (The JST President Award)

Photo:Aiko Fukazawa
Aiko Fukazawa

Professor, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Institute for Advanced Study, Kyoto University

Research Fields

organic main-group element chemistry
organic functional material chemistry

Academic Appointments
  • November 2018–presentProfessor / Principal Investigator, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Institute for Advanced Study, Kyoto University
  • January 2019–present Adjunct Professor, Department of Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
  • January 2019–present Affiliated Researcher (Visiting Professor), Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI-ITbM), Nagoya University
  • August 2013–October 2018 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
  • April 2013–October 2018 Collaborating Researcher, Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPIITbM), Nagoya University
  • July–September 2011 Visiting Researcher, University of Calgary, Canada (with Professor Warren E. Piers)
  • April 2006–July 2013 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
  • Awards and Honors
    1. 2019Lectureship Award MBLA, MSD Life Science Foundation, Japan
    2. 2019Thieme Chemistry Journals Award 2019, Georg Thieme Verlag KG
    3. 2018Chemist Award BCA, MSD Life Science Foundation, Japan
    4. 2017Nozoe Young Scientist Award, The Society of Physical Organic Chemistry, Japan
    5. 2014Award for Distinguished Young Chemists, The Chemical Society of Japan
    6. 2013Lecture Award for Young Chemists, The Chemical Society of Japan
    7. 2012Japan’s Representative in the EuCheMS Organic Division 4th Young Investigator Workshop,
      European Chemical Society (EuCheMS)
    8. 2011BCSJ Award, The Chemical Society of Japan
    9. 2010Asian Core Program Lectureship Award to Taiwan & Singapore
    10. 2009Inoue Research Aid for Young Scientists, Japan
    11. 2008Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
      (Sponsored by Konica Minolta Technology Center)
    12. 2005Student Poster Award, The International Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (PACIFICHEM 2005)
    13. 2005Best Poster Award, The 14th International Symposium on Organosilicon Chemistry (ISOC-14), Würzburg, Germany
    14. 2005JSPS fellowship for Young Scientists

    Dr. Fukazawa has produced outstanding achievements in her research on the development of organic functional materials and given back to society: the commercialization of a super-photostable fluorescent dye that survives in repeated STED laser irradiation and development of a solution-processable organic semiconductor with high stability in air.

    She also inspires the younger generation, both female and male, with her regular science information dissemination activities on various media channels.

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