Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Science (GSS) consists of Mathematics and Mathematical Analysis, Physics and Astrophysics, Earth and Planetary Science, Chemistry, Biological Science Divisions. We are proud of ourselves for achieving outstanding research results and having educated many graduates of great talent. A number of Nobel Prize/Fields Award winners studied here. Recently, we also started to encourage research combining or covering multiple scientific fields such as implementation of the MAthematics-based Creation of Science (MACS) Program.
Scientific research has provided a large number of discoveries that have great impacts on our daily life. We explore the truth of natural phenomena with pure curiosity and unclouded mind as scientists. GSS faculty members feel great pleasure in discovery of essence and truth of the world. We should be most proud of such GSS faculty, who are full of curiosity and talent with diverse and attractive personalities.
In recent years, there has been growing tendency to ask for easy-to-understand contributions of research that are immediately useful. Many of us also hope that our research outcomes contribute to the society. However, in many cases, major discoveries are often difficult to make with short-term/local perspective. I think that having long-term/broad perspective and playful mind is useful or necessary to make a paradigm shift in thinking that produces breakthrough. These days I am also worried that some remarks in the political world seem to ignore facts. We wish to keep GSS being a place where faculty and students cooperate with each other to promote scientific studies based on facts without prejudice and to enjoy search for truth.
We are proud of GSS’s human resources including faculty members, staff members and students, in addition to its excellent facilities and equipment. I would like all of you to broaden your horizons and improve your insight by interacting with these people. I also hope that each of you contribute to making GSS a more attractive and enjoyable place together with faculty and staff members.