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The Asahi Glass Foundation

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Mission

The Asahi Glass Foundation strives to contribute to the creation of a society that can transmit the genuine wealth of human civilization by supporting advanced research in the fields of science and technology and by recognizing efforts to solve environmental issues that call for global solutions.

History

The Asahi Glass Foundation was established in 1933 as the Asahi Foundation for Chemical Industry Promotion in commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary (1932) of the founding of Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. Over most of its first half-century, the foundation focused primarily on fostering research in the field of applied chemistry.
In 1990, the foundation undertook the overall redesign of its programs, expanding the scope of its activities and establishing its commendation program. At the same time it was renamed the Asahi Glass Foundation. The foundation has since sustained a variety of activities under its grant-making and commendation programs.

Overview
1933 Establishment to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of founding of Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (1932).
1934 Recognized as the Asahi Foundation for Chemical Industry Promotion, a non-profit organization of stature, it begins providing research assistance to university researchers in the field of applied chemistry.
1961 Name changed to the Asahi Glass Foundation for Industrial Technology. Scope of research assistance expanded to include surveys and research related to industry and industrial technology.
1982 Grants begin in support of Chulalongkorn Universuty, Thailand.
1988 Grants begin in support of Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia.
1990 Name changed to the Asahi Glass Foundation.
Research grant program expanded and commendation program launched.
1991 Diversifies its research programs in the natural sciences.
1992 Begins providing research grants in the fields of humanities and social sciences. First annual Blue Planet Prize awards ceremony held, now annual event. First survey, "Questionnaire on Environmental Problems and the Survival of Humankind;" also conducted annually.
1993 The first seminar presenting findings from Asahi Glass Foundationassisted research held in Tokyo, now annual event.
1997 A Better Future for the Planet Earth published, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Blue Planet Prize.
2002 Commemoration of tenth anniversary of the Blue Planet Prize.
Publication of A Better Future for the Planet Earth, Volume II.
Publication of Toward the Future of the Blue Planet: 10-year History of the Blue Planet Prize.
Tenth-anniversary commemorative lectures.
2006 First "Round Table Conference on Global Environment Problems" held.
2007 Circulation of Environmental Doomsday Clock poster.
Commemoration of 15th anniversary of the Blue Planet Prize.
Publication of A Better Future for the Planet Earth, Volume III.
2008 Begins grant programs including "Continuation Grants for Young Researchers," "Continuation Grants for Outstanding Projects" and "Task-Oriented Research Grants".
2009 Publishes Our Vision: Conditions for Survival.
Becomes a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation (as of December 1).
2010 Begins new grant program "Environmental Research: The Kondo Grant".
Publishes Conditions for Survival - Toward a "Solar Energy-Based Society" Full of Vibrant Life.
2011 Publishes Conditions for Survival Chinese and Korean version.
Symposium Conditions for Survival held.
2012 The Blue Planet Prize laureates jointly presented a paper titled Environment and Development Challenges: The Imperative to Act.
Grants begin in support of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand.