Maki Kawai

President of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences in Japan

Maki Kawai

Professor Maki Kawai is the President of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences, a Member of Japan Academy, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo.

As a scientist, she has been working on interdisciplinary research in the fields of surface science, physical chemistry, condensed matter physics, materials science and nanoscience. Her research has been highly evaluated by many academic societies, and she has been the recipient of various awards, including the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) Award (2008), the Gerhard Ertl Lecture Award from the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max Plank Society (2015), the Medard W. Welch Award of AVS, U.S.A (2016), and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award (2019).

In addition to her fundamental scientific research, she is a widely-respected leader in scientific management. This activity, involving science in the USA, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan, has made her a highly valued member of the international scientific community, culminating with her former position as the RIKEN Executive Director in charge of research affairs (2010-2015) and former president of the Chemical Society of Japan (2019-2020).

She is APS Fellow, HFRSC and has served as a member of UN 10MG to the Secretary General (2021-2023).

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