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Presentation of the 2011 International Prize for Biology

11:30 a.m.
Monday, November 28, 2011
The Japan Academy, Tokyo

Program

1.   Opening Address
Dr. Takashi Sugimura
      Chair, Committee on the International Prize for Biology


2.   Report on the Process of Selection
Dr. Masamitsu Wada
      Chair, Selection Committee on the International Prize for Biology

3.   Presentation of the Prize


4.   Delivery of an Imperial Gift


5.   Congratulatory Addresses
Mr. Yoshihiko Noda
      Prime Minister
      (read by Mr. Hiroyuki Nagahama, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary)
Mr. Masaharu Nakagawa
      Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

6.   Acceptance Address
Dr. Eric Harris Davidson
      Norman Chandler Professor, California Institute of Technology


7.   Closing


  On 28 November, the 27th annual ceremony for awarding the International Prize for Biology was held in the presence of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince representing His Majesty the Emperor at the Japan Academy, located in Ueno Park, Tokyo. The ceremony was organized by the Committee on the International Prize for Biology, chaired by Dr. Takashi Sugimura, the Vice President of The Japan Academy.

  At the ceremony, an opening message was delivered by Dr. Sugimura and a report on the selection process was provided by Dr. Masamitsu Wada, chair of this year’s Selection Committee, after which the prize and an Imperial gift were presented to this year’s awardee, Dr. Eric Harris Davidson, Norman Chandler Professor of Cell Biology Division of Biology California Institute of Technology, USA. Congratulatory remarks followed from the Prime Minister (read by Mr. Hiroyuki Nagahama, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary) and from Mr. Masaharu Nakagawa, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The ceremony concluded with an acceptance address by Dr. Davidson.

   At the reception following the ceremony, a congenial atmosphere prevailed with the Crown Prince and Dr. Davidson engaging in amicable conversation with each other and with the guests who included embassy representatives and the Prize Committee members. Her Majesty the Empress also attended the reception and passed on the Emperor’s congratulations to the recipient.

  To commemorate the award to Dr. Eric Harris Davidson, the 27tth International Prize for Biology Commemorative Symposium on Developmental Biology was held on 30 November and 1 December 2011 in Kyoto.

 

Dr. Davidson, holding Imperial Gift with his guest
Dr. Davidson, holding Imperial Gift with his guest

Presentation Ceremony
Presentation Ceremony

Acceptance Address by Dr. Davidson
Acceptance Address by Dr. Davidson

Dr. Davidson with Her Majesty the Empress at the reception
Dr. Davidson with Her Majesty the Empress at the reception

Dr. Davidson with the Crown Prince and Her Majesty the Empress at the reception
Dr. Davidson with the Crown Prince and
Her Majesty the Empress at the reception