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Presentation of the 2012 International Prize for Biology

11:30 a.m.
Monday, November 26, 2012
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. Noriyuki Satoh
      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. Hirokazu Shiba, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary)
Ms. Makiko Tanaka
      Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

6.   Acceptance Address
Dr. Eric Joseph Altman
      Professor Emeritus, Purdue University


7.   Closing


  On 26 November, the 28th annual ceremony for awarding the International Prize for Biology was held in the presence of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress 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. Noriyuki Satoh, chair of this year’s Selection Committee, after which the prize and an Imperial gift were presented to this year’s awardee, Dr. Joseph Altman, professor Emeritus, Purdue University, USA. Congratulatory remarks followed from the Prime Minister (read by Mr. Hirokazu Shiba, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary) and from Ms. Makiko Tanaka, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The ceremony concluded with an acceptance address by Dr. Altman.

  At the reception following the ceremony, a congenial atmosphere prevailed with Their Majesties and Dr. Altman engaging in amicable conversation with each other and with the guests who included embassy representatives and the Prize Committee members.

  To commemorate the award to Dr. Joseph Altman, the 28th International Prize for Biology Commemorative Symposium on “Neurogenesis throughout Life” was held on 28-29 November at RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), Kobe.

 

Dr. Altman, holding Imperial Gift with his wife
Dr. Altman, holding Imperial Gift with his wife

Presentation Ceremony
Presentation Ceremony

Acceptance Address by Dr. Altman
Acceptance Address by Dr. Altman

Reception
Reception