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An Agreement was first signed with the National Academy of Sciences of the United States in 2012, establishing the Kavli Frontiers of Science Program, in which biannual interdisciplinary science conferences are held for approximately eighty young researchers from the US and Israel. Each conference incorporates topics from the natural and social sciences. The goals of the conferences are to encourage interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and to give researchers opportunities for contact, cross-fertilization and collaboration. The conference series is led by Vice President of the Israel Academy Prof. David Harel.

In April 2019, in the presence of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Reuven (“Ruvi”) Rivlin, an additional and historic Agreement for Scientific Cooperation was developed between the two academies and signed by the President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Prof. Nili Cohen, and her counterpart at the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Marcia McNutt.

The Agreement aims to benefit outstanding scientists in both countries and to formalize cooperative relations between their scientific communities. Under the terms of the agreement, annual national scientific conferences with the participation of dozens of leading scientists will take place alternately in Israel and the United States. The accord also provides for annual binational exchanges of eminent scientists and scholars, who will hold meetings, conduct seminars at local academic institutions, and deliver public lectures.

The Agreement is implemented with the support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, and is for a period of five years, until the end of 2023. The first bilateral conference within the framework of the agreement was held in September 2019 on “Computer Science and Its Impact on our Future,” chaired by Academy vice president Prof. David Harel.