The Kavli IPMU is the first entity within the University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Study (UTIAS). The Kavli IPMU Director is appointed by the Director of UTIAS. The Director has a complete authority of making a wide range of decisions including proposing recruitment of the Principal Investigators to the President, and appointing other research staffs and administrative staffs. The Kavli IPMU Steering Committee (SC), consisting of the Director, Deputy Directors and the Administrative Director and a couple of PIs, serves as the personnel committee for faculty and reports the decisions to the UTIAS Steering Committee. The Executive Board (EB) is held regularly to ensure smooth operation and swift decision making on daily matters. The Office for Research Strategies is active to strengthen the research activities by pursuing the external funds.

The External Advisory Committee (EAC), appointed by the University President, reviews annually the scientific achievement and activities of the Institute and advises the President on scientific priorities and the research activities to keep the Institute stay on the course of their objectives.

Kavli IPMU has rather unique approach in organizing the research objectives, where the world's leading scientists in their research fields are appointed as the Principal Investigators. There are 28 of them at the moment and they are affiliated to Kavli IPMU and other departments in the Host Institution (Univ. of Tokyo) as well as other institutions. The Principal Investigators have a large autonomy in the research they conduct. They can make a proposal to the Director to hire research staffs at Kavli IPMU to help their research. The Director's approval on the proposed appointments will reflect the scientific vision and priorities set by the Director.

The administrative staff is an integral part of the Institute. Providing the best possible environment to the researchers in the institute is essentially important for the Kavli IPMU's mission. This part is headed by the Administrative Director. Its function also enables the Director to spend more time to consider the institute at large and focus on the direction of the research.

Kavli IPMU Organization Chart (April 1st, 2020)

Kavli IPMU Organization


External Advisory Committee Members

  • John Ellis (King's College London)
  • Giovanni Felder (ETH Zurich)
  • Joshua Frieman (U. Chicago, Chair)
  • Masahiko Hayashi (JSPS Bonn)
  • Tatsuya Nakada (EPEL)
  • Sakura Schafer-Nameki (Oxford)
  • Nigel Smith (TRIUMF)
  • Yongbin Ruan (Zhejian University)

Host Institute (Univ. of Tokyo)

Collaborating Institutions

Foreign institutions/consortia/programs having MOU with the Kavli IPMU

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