The winning team leaders of the Daiwa Adrian Prizes 2016 with The Lady Adrian and Sir Peter Williams, chairman of the Foundation. © Yuta Naoumi

Daiwa Adrian Prizes for Scientific Collaboration

The Prizes, of up to £10,000, are awarded by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation on a triennial basis in recognition of significant scientific collaboration between British and Japanese research teams. The 2016 Daiwa Adrian Prizes were presented at the Royal Society on 15 November 2016.

Daiwa Adrian Prizes are awarded in recognition of significant scientific collaboration between British and Japanese research teams in the field of pure or applied science. Fields covered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, agricultural, biological and medical research, the scientific aspects of archaeology, geology and experimental psychology.

The Daiwa Adrian Prizes acknowledge those research teams who have combined excellence in scientific achievement with a long-term contribution to UK-Japan relations.

The Prizes were established in 1992 and subsequently renamed to commemorate Lord Adrian, an eminent scientist and a founding Trustee of the Foundation, at whose initiative the Prizes were established. Since their launch, £485,000 in Prizes has been awarded to 76 teams representing 75 different institutions, including 36 from the UK and 37 from Japan – indicating the breadth and diversity of scientific achievement by scientists in the two countries.

The Fact Sheet below contains information about the Daiwa Adrian Prizes including previous recipients.

Daiwa Adrian Prizes Fact Sheet


Daiwa Adrian Prizes 2016

The Foundation makes prizes available in recognition of significant scientific collaboration between Japanese and British research teams every three years.

The deadline for Daiwa Adrian Prizes 2016 was  10 June 2016.  We had an excellent response to our call for applications, with 48 received from teams across the UK and Japan. The 2016 Daiwa Adrian Prizes were awarded at a ceremony at the Royal Society in November 2016.

Four UK-Japan scientific research teams each received £10,000 in prize money. The four Prizes have been awarded across a wide range of disciplines reflecting the diverse range of scientific cooperation that exists between the UK and Japan. We hope that the awards will also encourage those embarking upon UK– Japan scientific projects to maintain and extend their cooperation to produce similarly fruitful and prestigious collaborations.

We extend our congratulations to the team leaders: Professor John Kilner (Imperial College London), Professor Tatsumi Ishihara (Kyushu University), Professor J. Paul Attfield (University of Edinburgh), Professor Yuichi Shimakawa (Kyoto University), Professor Louise Harra (University College London), Dr Hirohisa Hara (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), Professor William C. Earnshaw(University of Edinburgh) and Dr Hiroshi Masumoto (Kazusa DNA Research Institute).

The ceremony was attended by Trustees of the Foundation including Sir Peter Williams (our current Chairman), who is also former Vice President of the Royal Society. Guests included members of the winning teams and other distinguished scientists. The Prizes were presented by Lady Adrian, whose husband, the late Lord Adrian, a former Trustee of the Foundation, initiated the Prizes in 1992.

Winners of the 2016 £10,000 Daiwa Adrian Prizes

Ceramic Oxide Surfaces: Gas-Solid Interactions for High Temperature Electrochemical Devices

Institutions: Imperial College London and Kyushu University

UK Team Leader: Professor John A. Kilner

Japan Team Leader: Professor Tatsumi Ishihara

“The Daiwa Adrian award has meant a great deal to both myself and Professor Ishihara (Kyushu University) as it is a recognition of our very fruitful and longstanding collaboration and the strong, historic ties between the UK and Kyushu Island.” – Professor John Kilner, Imperial College London

Materials Discovery using Extreme Conditions

Institutions: University of Edinburgh and Kyoto University

UK Team Leader: Professor J. Paul Attfield

Japan Team Leader: Professor Yuichi Shimakawa

Understanding magnetic energy release at all scales in the solar atmosphere: from small-scale jets and flares that are seen anywhere on the sun, to large scale explosions that are hard to predict and can have a significant impact on the Earth

Institutions: University College London, University of Cambridge, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Nagoya University, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science

UK Team Leader: Professor Louise Harra

Japan Team Leader: Dr Hirohisa Hara

“We were delighted to receive the Daiwa Adrian Prize – this has followed on from the beginnings of a collaboration in solar physics in the 1980s and had led to the development of two instruments for space missions. The collaboration is rewarding, exciting and at the forefront of solar physics research. We hope that this successful collaboration encourages others in the future to build on the links, and look to a future with new space instrumentation and leading research.” – Professor Louise Harra, University College London and Dr Hirohisa Hara, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Using Synthetic Human Chromosomes to understand Epigenetic Regulation of Chromosome Segregation

Institutions: University of Edinburgh and Kazusa DNA Research Institute

UK Team Leader: Professor William C. Earnshaw

Japan Team Leader: Dr Hiroshi Masumoto

Over the years of our collaboration, I have been impressed again and again how combining the two – slightly different – scientific cultures of Japan and the UK has enabled our team to come up with creative solutions to difficult problems that either team on its own would have been hard-pressed to solve. Of course, our work is driven by our personal scientific interests and passions.  However, recognition of our work as offered by the Daiwa Foundation is a wonderful motivator for continued future cooperation between the UK and Japan. – Professor William C. Earnshaw, University of Edinburgh

We are very much grateful to the Daiwa Foundation for recognizing our long-standing collaboration. We would like to emphasize that receiving the Daiwa Adrian Prize has further encouraged young researchers on both sides strongly. We firmly believe that our UK-Japan collaboration will result in the advancement of life science within a measurable period of time. – Dr Hiroshi Masumoto, Kazusa DNA Research Institute


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