1st German Innovation Award in Japan

German companies donate 1st German Innovation Award in Japan - Fraunhofer president Prof. Bullinger german part of the jury

Tokyo, March 6 – At the festive ceremony of the 1st German Innovation Award on march 6th, five young scientist teams received the price launched by twelve technology focused German companies and the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan. Its underlying objective is to promote industry-academia cooperation between two countries.

The jury consists of famous Japanese Professors under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Masuo Aizawa, Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy. From the german side, Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, President of Fraunhofer Society is permanent member of the jury.

At the ceremony Dr. Dirk-Meints Polter represented the Fraunhofer president and especially warmly welcomed one of the price winners wish to visit Fraunhofer Institute IZM. Mr. Takuto Watanabe from Aoyama Gakuin University was very impressed by a thesis done at IZM, which influenced his research and started his wish to visit Fraunhofer.

German Innovation Award

The prize winners were

The prize winners were

1st prize
Dr. Takeo Someya (40)
The University of Tokyo
Flexible Large-Area Sensors and Actuators with Organic Transistors

2nd prize
Dr. Akira Yoshikawa (39) and his team
Tohoku University
Development of Inorganic Scintillators for Medical, Security and Industrial Applications

3rd prizes
Dr. Etsuko Kobayashi (36)
The University of Tokyo
Wide-Angle View Endoscope Using Wedge Prisms

Dr. Katsuro Hayashi (36)
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Versatile Ceramics Consisting of Abundant Elements

Mr. Takuto Watanabe (30) and his team
Aoyama Gakuin University
A Study for Estimating Current Distribution by Non-Contact Measurement

Jury members

Jury members

Prof. Dr. Masuo Aizawa
Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy and former President of Tokyo Institute of Technology

Permanent members
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Bullinger
President of Fraunhofer Society

Prof. Dr. Teruo Kishi
President of National Institute for Materials Science

Prof. Hiroshi Komiyama
President of The University of Tokyo

Prof. Dr. Kazuo Oike
President of Kyoto University

Partner companies (in alphabetical order):
BASF Japan Ltd., Bayer Holding Ltd., Bosch Corporation, Daimler Japan Ltd., Evonik Degussa Japan Co., Ltd., Henkel Japan Ltd., Infineon Technologies Japan K.K., Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG, Schott Nippon K.K., Siemens K.K., TRUMPF Corporation, TÜV Rheinland Japan Ltd.