About ICYS

Message from President of NIMS

Expectations for the International Center for Young Scientists

As Japan's only research organization dedicated to material science, the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) is pursuing research activities with the goal of becoming one of the field's leading institutions. The Institute must transform itself into an appealing international research institute that is more open to the world, where talented young researchers gather from around the world to produce a series of exceptional research findings. In order to achieve this goal, NIMS launched the International Center for Young Scientists (ICYS) in 2003 with the support of Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology, a program administered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. ICYS is dedicated to fostering the development of the next generation of outstanding young researchers by gathering talented individuals from various nations and enabling them to undertake independent research based on their own ideas so that they can maximize the creativity of youth. The intention was to transform NIMS itself into a more international research organization in the process of creating a research center that appeals to young researchers. The result has been to form a true Melting Pot of multinational young researchers who have published exceptional research findings while strengthening their own independence in an international environment that uses English as its common language. As a result, these talented individuals have gone on to fill positions at domestic and international research institutions and been able to set out into the world as young leaders for promoting research activities. We believe that ICYS activities over these five years have made a significant contribution to internationalization, recruiting, and human resources development efforts at NIMS.
NIMS started the ICYS program in 2003 through the support of the Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology with the aim of establishing a system for nurturing young, self-reliant researchers who create research that will lead to innovation through providing an open research environment and separate research budget to young, high-caliber post-doctorate researchers from around the world. Although 2008 marked the end of one chapter in this experiment, it found a wide variety of successes, and as such, NIMS, which aims to be a research institution that is widely open internationally, established a new ICYS in order to entrench these successes.

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