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Past Projects

Forum of Young Researchers in the Natural Sciences

 
The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities decided in 2016 to establish a Young Researchers Forum in the Natural Sciences. The Forum, which operating in the 2016–2017 academic year, brings together outstanding young researchers from academic institutions in Israel with expertise in a shared field in the natural sciences to engage in scientific discussions of cutting-edge research in the selected field. The forum’s discussions take place internally or at scientific conferences and workshops that it organizes. The forum may also formulate and present scientific recommendations to the Israel Academy for developing the selected field in Israel.
 
The first cohort of the Young Researchers Forum in the Natural Sciences, led by Prof. Chaim Cedar, focused on: "Epigenetic Heredity". Its members were:
 
  1. Dr. Shalev Itzkovitz, Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science
  2. Dr. Assaf Vardi, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science
  3. Dr. Yifat Merbl, Department of Immunology, Weizmann Institute of Science
  4. Prof. Ora Furman (Schueler), Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Hadassah Medical School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  5. Dr. Yehu Moran, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  6. Dr. Rivka Elbaum, The Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  7. Associate Prof. Debbie Lindell, Faculty of Biology, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  8. Associate Prof. Yuval Shaked, Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  9. Associate Prof. Nabieh Ayoub, Faculty of Biology, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  10. Associate Prof. Ester Segal, Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  11. Prof. Tal Dvir, Department of Molecular Microbiology, Tel Aviv University
  12. Dr. Lilach Hadany, Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants, Tel Aviv University
  13. Dr. Neta Erez, Department of Pathology, Tel Aviv University
  14. Prof. Erez Levanon,The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University
  15. Prof. Yaron Shav-Tal, The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University
  16. Dr. Neta Sal-Man, The Shraga Segal Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  17. Dr. Anat Ben-Zvi, Department of Life Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  18. Dr. Shlomo Wagner, Sagol Department of Neurobiology, University of Haifa
 
The second cohort (2017–2018), led by Prof. Joseph Kost, will focus on biotechnology. Its members are:
 
  1. Dr. Oren Ram, Department of Biological Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  2. Dr. Yossi Buganim, Department of Developmental Biology and Cancer Research, The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School
  3. Prof. Tal Dvir, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology and the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Tel Aviv University
  4. Dr Eran Stark, Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology, Tel Aviv University
  5. Assistant Prof. Ramez Daniel, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  6. Associate Prof. Ayelet Fishman, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  7. Assistant Prof. Avi Schroeder, Department of Chemical Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  8. Dr. Gur Yaari, Faculty of Engineering, Bar-Ilan University
  9. Dr. Ayal Hendel, Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology, Bar-Ilan University
  10. Dr. Omry Koren, Faculty of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University
  11. Dr. Valery Krizhanovsky, Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science
  12. Dr. Eyal Arbely, Department of Chemistry, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  13. Associate Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  14. Dr. Miriam Amiram, Department of Biotechnology Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
 

Environmental Research

 
Its findings and recommendations, published in 1998, indicated that the environmental sciences in Israel were, on the whole, in a state of “lingering decay".To reverse the trend, the panel urged Israel to fund more interdisciplinary environmental research and to proactively create a cadre of top-level environmental scientists trained at world-class institutions abroad. The Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) of the Israel Council for Higher Education, working together with the Academy-initiated FIRST program, has already begun funding the training of such postdoctoral fellows.
 
The Israel Academy has also continued its efforts to foster the documentation and collection of specimens of all the known species of fauna and flora in Israel. The Publications Department has issued numerous highly detailed, illustrated volumes in its Fauna Palaestina series, and it is in the process of reissuing and expanding its prestigious Flora Palaestina.