The 2009 "Millennium Science Forum" organized by Oxford
Instruments was held at the British Embassy in Tokyo on Wednesday 11th
The Millennium Science Forum was established in 1998 to promote scientific
exchange between the UK and Japan and award prizes to young researcher from a
Japanese University or research institute who have performed outstanding
research in the area of condensed matter science. The prize is named after Sir
Martin Wood, Founder and Honorary President of Oxford Instruments plc.
Previous winners of the Sir Martin Wood Prize include Dr Yasunobu Nakamura of
NEC Corporation, Dr Tokushi Kizuka, Nagoya University, Dr Katsuya Shimizu, Osaka
University, Dr Keiya Shirahama, Keio University, Dr.Ichiro Terasaki, Waseda
University, Dr Toshimasa Fujisawa, from NTT basic research laboratories, Dr Yuzo
Ohno, Tohoku University, Dr Tsuyoshi Kimura, Osaka University , Dr Kazutomo
Suenaga, AIST, Dr Akira Ohtomo, Tohoku University, Dr Teruo Ono, Kyoto
University and Dr Eiji Saitoh, Tohoku University.
Professor Hidetoshi Fukuyama from Tokyo University of Science chairs the Sir
Martin Wood prize selection committee and 7 senior Professors from Japanese
Universities sit on the committee.
The Sir Martin Wood Prize winner receives 500,000 Yen in cash and the
opportunity to give a series of lectures in UK Universities.
The winner of the 2009 "Sir Martin Wood Prize" is Dr Yousoo Kim from The
surface Chemistry Laboratory in RIKEN.
Dr Kim was awarded the prize for the study of local electronic structure and
electron-stimulated reaction of a single molecule at surface and following the
prize ceremony at the Millennium Science Forum, Dr Kim will give a lecture on
The guest speakers at the Millennium Science Forum were Professor Stephen
Holloway, Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Liverpool and Professor
Sukekatsu Ushioda, President, National Institute for Material Science (NIMS)