On 1 April 2018, the Research Reactor Institute was renamed the Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science, Kyoto University (KURNS).

We will focus increasingly on the interdisciplinary research for further global development and aim to take a leading role in the study on nuclear science and uses of radiation.

We are renowned as an institute that provides access to large-scale facilities such as nuclear reactors and accelerators. Since we fostered to open our facilities to various experts and students for scientific breadth, we encompass diverse fields including physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, agriculture, environment and medical research.
We are proud that our cross-academic culture among internal and external scientists has developed uniquely for more than 50 years, producing many opportunities for personnel and information exchanges for new challenges.
We believe something new could be generated from a combination of different types of research fields. We will strategically arrange a new combination out of our cross-academic culture.

Meanwhile, one of the prime obligations as a university is to contribute to nuclear-educated human resources for mid- and long-term periods. We have carried out educational courses in reactors since 1975. We have programmed it such that students can actively take part in all the steps of the reactor operation in the Kyoto University Critical Assembly (KUCA), including fuel composition, loading, running of the reactor, and so on. The courses for each practical program are highly praised. In recent times, the number of participants, including international participation, has also greatly increased.

We are involved in the national science strategy. The Science Council of Japan (SCJ), which is the representative organisation for the Japanese scientist community, adopted our proposal in their MASTER PLAN 2017.

Our unique academic network and substantial human resources could provide scientists unexpected and unpredictable new fields and applications, thus engendering an infinite diversity of interdisciplinary research at KURNS.

Yuji Kawabata