The Government of Japan has awarded Paul Nurse with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, in recognition of his significant contribution to promoting research collaborations between the UK and Japan.
As one of the highest orders given by the Japanese government, the Order of the Rising Sun is awarded to individuals who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment.
As director of the Crick, Paul frequently visits Japan to give scientific presentations and promote knowledge exchange. He also welcomes Japanese researchers to the institute, helping them to develop their skills in the field of biology, and promotes UK-Japan research collaborations.
In his former role as the President of the Royal Society, Paul helped to strengthen science and technology cooperation between the UK, Japan and other countries in the G8. He also linked Fellows of the Royal Society with research programmes at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, to further collaboration.
Following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, Paul made efforts to maintain and expand Japan-UK academic exchange through the Embassy of Japan in the UK and the Science Council of Japan.
As a member of the first Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Committee, Paul helped widen the reach of Japan’s efforts in the field of infectious diseases to the international community. He is also an active council member of the Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies Society Forum.