An Agreement for Scientific Cooperation was signed the British Royal
Society in 1967, and was renewed in 2015, and in 2020.
At a ceremony held at the Royal Society in April 2015, a new
agreement was signed by then president of the Academy, Prof. Ruth Arnon,
and then president of the Royal Society, Prof. Paul Nurse. The Agreement
outlined three areas of activity: Research workshops, short lecture visits by
senior scientists, and prestigious post-doctoral fellowships.
In November 2015 Academy president Prof. Nili Cohen took part in the UK-Israel
Science Days in London, attended by scientists and industrialists from Israel
and the UK sponsored by the Royal Society and BIRAX - the Britain Israel
Research and Academic Exchange Partnership. This was followed by a visit to the
Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities by Prof. Anthony Cheetham and Prof.
Sir John Skehel of the Royal Society to discuss future activities.
In April 2016 Israel Academy president, Prof. Nili Cohen, visited the
Royal Society and it was decided to launch the Ralph Kohn Memorial Seminar
Series on Science, Technology and Ethics, a series of bilateral conferences, the
first of which would be dedicated to “Privacy”.
In September 2016 the two academies held a joint bilateral workshop entitled
“Materials for Energy,” in Chicheley Hall, UK. Eight Israeli scientists and ten
British scientists participated.
A seminar entitled, “Privacy
in the Technological Era,” held in October 2017 at the Academy in
Jerusalem, launched the Ralph Kohn Memorial Seminar Series on Science,
Technology and Ethics. Seven scientists from each side participated, and the organizing
committee included Academy president Prof. Nili Cohen.
In March 2018 the two academies held a joint bilateral workshop on “Genome Stability and
Dynamics” in Jerusalem, led by Academy member Prof. Yossi Shilo. Twenty-four
prominent scientists from Israel and Britain presented lectures to an audience
of dozens of researchers and research students from Israel. Thirty-two young
researchers displayed posters at the workshop.
The two academies held their next joint bilateral workshop in March
2019 on “Ensuring
Water Safety in a Changing Climate by Enhanced Water and Wastewater Treatment,”
in Chicheley Hall, UK, led by Royal Society Fellow Prof. David Graham and
Israel Academy member Prof. Gedeon Dagan. Ten Israeli scholars and four
early-career researchers participated together with eight British scholars and
three British early career researchers.
Agreement for Scientific Cooperation was renewed in Jerusalem in February 2020
by president of the Royal Society, Nobel laureate Sir Venki Ramakrishnan and Israel
Academy president Prof. Nili Cohen. The renewed agreement establishes
collaboration channels for the next five years: biennial scientific workshops
and postdoctoral fellowships based on excellence.
In February 2020, another bilateral conference was held in Jerusalem
Biology: The Molecular Fabric of Life, attended by 22 leading scientists
from the United Kingdom and Israel, including four Nobel laureates, and more
than 200 scholars and students in the audience. The organizers of the
conference were Prof. Nathan Nelson of Tel Aviv University and Prof. Joel
Sussman of the Weizmann Institute of Science, in collaboration with Nobel
laureate and Academy Member Prof. Ada Yonat; President of the Royal Society,
Nobel laureate Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan and Nobel laureate Dr. Richard Henderson
from the University of Cambridge.
On September 20–21, 2022 The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Royal Society held a joint workshop in Manchester on the subject of “Materials Science
On June 11, 2023, the Executive Director of the UK’s Royal Society, Dame Julie Maxton, visited the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities together with Laura Wilton, Head of International Affairs - Europe and Asia at the Royal Society, as part of a two-day visit, hosted by Prof. David Harel. During the visit to the Academy
, they were joined by Former President of the Israel Academy Prof. Nili Cohen, Chairperson of Humanities Division Prof. Sergiu Hart, Director of the Israel Academy Galia Finzi, and Head of International Relations at the Israel Academy Dr. Neta Peretz.