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Timeline

2007

Sep 12
iCeMS is selected for the World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Initiative by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
Oct 1
iCeMS is established at Kyoto University with Prof Norio Nakatsuji as founding director.

2008

Jan 22
The Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) is established under the auspices of iCeMS with Prof Shinya Yamanaka as founding director.
Apr 28
New iCeMS laboratory opened on the Katsura Campus of Kyoto University.

2009

Mar 3
The Center for Meso-Bio Single-Molecule Imaging (CeMI) is established within iCeMS with Prof Akihiro Kusumi as founding director.
Jun 26
iCeMS Gifu University Satellite opening ceremony held.
Nov 1
Chemical Screening Center opened in the Main Building.

2010

Apr 1
The Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) is re-established as a sister institute to iCeMS with Prof Shinya Yamanaka as founding director.
Dec 17
India’s Tata Institute for Fundamental Research's National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) Satellite Laboratory opening ceremony held at the iCeMS.

2011

Jul 21–23
Heidelberg University Collaborative Research Center SFB 873-Kyoto University iCeMS joint symposium held in Heidelberg.

2012

Apr 20–22
Peking University and Tsinghua University Center for Life Sciences (CLS)-Kyoto University iCeMS joint symposium held in Beijing.
Oct 8
Prof Shinya Yamanaka wins the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Dec 3–5
iCeMS co-organizes the World Stem Cell Summit in Florida with the Karolinska Institutet and other leading institutions.

2013

Jan
The first issue of Biomaterials Science, a joint venture between the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and iCeMS, published.
Jan 1
Prof Susumu Kitagawa succeeds Prof Nakatsuji as director.
Jun 6-9
WPI institutes co-host Japan-France workshop on materials science at iCeMS.
Oct
iCeMS Rakunan Shinto Laboratory opened.

2016

Feb 29
iCeMS ties MoU with Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) of Thailand

2017

Feb 2–4
iCeMS organizes Kyoto University International Symposium in Rayong and Bangkok, Thailand.
Apr 1
iCeMS becomes a research center of Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study.
Apr 1
Integrating CeMI and iCeMS' materials analysis team, iCeMS Analysis Center is established within iCeMS with Prof Mineko Kengaku as founding director.
May 24
iCeMS gets certified as a WPI Academy center by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

2018

Mar 16
iCeMS ties MoU with Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) R&D Center for Membrane Technology in Taiwan.
Jul 3
iCeMS ties MoU with ShanghaiTech University’s School of Physical Science and Technology (SPST) .
Sep 3
iCeMS ties MoU with AO Research Institute Davos in Switzerland.
Aug 22
iCeMS opens Smart Materials Research Center in Thailand.
Oct 9
iCeMS launches an International Associated Laboratory “Smolab” with CNRS, France.
Nov 15–16
iCeMS organizes Kyoto University International Symposium with UCLA.
 

2019

Feb 6
iCeMS ties MoU with Shanghai University’s School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering.
Jun 24
iCeMS opens its Taiwan Office.
Oct 5
iCeMS opens the on-site laboratory Quantum Nano Medicine Research Center.
Oct 23
iCeMS ties MoU with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology of Saudi Arabia.
Oct 28
The ZEISS-iCeMS Innovation Core is established in iCeMS.
Dec 18
iCeMS ties MoU with Academia Sinica of Taiwan.

2020

Jan 2
iCeMS ties MoU with South China University of Technology (SCUT) School of Materials Science and Engineering.
Jan 20
iCeMS ties MoU with Institute for Basic Science (IBS) Center for Self-assembly and Complexity in Korea.
Mar 26
iCeMS ties MoU with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) Department of Chemistry in Korea.