German Innovation Award
- The German Innovation Award - Gottfried Wagener Prize has been initiated in 2008 by prestigious technology-focused German companies under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Education and Research Professor Dr. Johanna Wanka to promote cooperation between Germany and Japan in industry and academia. The project is coordinated by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan.
- This award aims to encourage and support young researchers in Japan, enhance internationalization in academia-industry partnerships and build networks of R&D departments of German companies with Japanese universities and research institutions. These activities are expected to provide a basis for joint development projects.
- Four prizes are awarded for application-oriented research work in the areas of Digitalization and Mobility, Materials, Life Sciences and Energy.
Following a round of pre-selection by experts dispatched by the awarding companies, a jury composed of permanent and expert members evaluate and select the awardees. Prof. Dr. Masuo Aizawa, former Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy and the former President of Tokyo Institute of Technology is the chairman of the Jury.
- The prize was named after the German mathematician Gottfried Wagener, who came to Japan in the Meiji era and was a professor for physics at various institutes in Kyoto and for chemistry at the University of Tokyo. He was also a founding member of Tokyo Institute of Technology. In Japan Wagener's excellent education and natural abilities secured him a position in the Japanese ministry of the interior giving important impulses in the process of restructuring the educational system. He played an influential role concerning the improvement of traditional handicrafts production of Japanese ceramics.
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