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Ching Tang: The science of organic light-emitting diodes

Professor Ching Tang’s pioneering work led to the practical use of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and their widespread application in displays and lighting – from smartphones to TVs. He arrived at this achievement through studying light emission processes in electrically driven organic materials and invented a new device structure in which two carefully selected materials were stacked, allowing for high-efficiency light emission at low drive voltages.

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In conversation with the Kyoto Prize Laureates

The Kyoto Prize Laureates, whose work spans the fields of theatre, chemistry, technology and astrophysics, share their perspectives on achieving excellence and instigating change within their disciplines and beyond. Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, moderates the discussion.

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James Gunn: Mapping the universe

Professor James Gunn conceived and led the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which produced a three-dimensional digital cosmic map encompassing a broad region – a ‘map of the universe’. He contributed to the elucidation of the evolutionary history of the universe and has also published many pioneering astrophysical theories. Through these achievements, he has provided us with a significant understanding of the universe. Professor Gunn is the current Kyoto Prize Laureate for Basic Sciences.

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Ariane Mnouchkine: A life in theatre

Ariane Mnouchkine, the founder and director of the Théâtre du Soleil, has been continuously producing masterpieces with historical and political themes over many decades. Referring to traditional performances of both the East and the West, she is a theatre pioneer whose unique theatrical organisation eschews hierarchical order. Ariane is the current Kyoto Prize Laureate for Arts and Philosophy.

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Lecture: Robert G. Roeder, Regulation of transcription in animal cells: a 50-year journey revealing an expanding universe of factors and mechanisms

Public lecture by biochemist and molecular biologist Dr Robert G. Roeder, 2021 Kyoto Prize Laureate for Basic Sciences 

Robert G. Roeder has revealed the principle of the regulatory mechanism of transcription in eukaryotes through his over 50 years of transcriptional research, by identifying functions of a series of factors such as three distinct RNA polymerases, basic transcription factors, one of the first gene-specific factors, and regulators in transcription from chromatin. 

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Laureates' panel: the Kyoto Prize Laureates in conversation with Professor Ngaire Woods

For this special online session as part of the Kyoto Prize at Oxford 2022 celebrations, Professor Andrew Chi-Chih Yao (2021 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Advanced Technology), Professor Robert G. Roeder (2021 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Basic Sciences) and Professor Bruno Latour (2021 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy) join Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government to discuss scientific collaboration across boundaries and the challenges of navigating the relationship between government and academia.

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Lecture: Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, A journey through computer science

Public lecture by computer scientist Dr Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, 2021 Kyoto Prize Laureate for Advanced Technology

Andrew Chi-Chih Yao created new trends in computer science and made a great contribution to cutting-edge research in various areas, especially in security, secure computing, and quantum computation through establishing innovative fundamental theories for computation and communication. 

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Lecture: Bruno Latour, How to react to a change in cosmology

Public lecture by philosopher Dr Bruno Latour, 2021 Kyoto Prize Laureate for Arts and Philosophy, followed by a discussion with Professor Erica Charters (Faculty of History, University of Oxford) and Dr Javier Lezaun, (Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford). Bruno Latour will be giving the lecture remotely.

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