The new agreement, which was signed on the 16th of April 2015, will provide young researchers from both countries with fellowships while carrying out post-doctoral research.
On April 16th 2015, The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities signed a bi-lateral agreement, which includes a fellowships program for young scientists during the post-doctorate phase of their careers.
The program will operate for five years and support worthy researchers from the UK and from Israel during two-year research postings in the partner country, intended to build networks between scientists and further bi-lateral collaborative research.
Overall, 12 to 15 excelling post-doctorate researchers will participate in the program during the period of the agreement. In the UK, the Royal Society will award five Royal Society Kohn International Fellowships, as they will be named, to Israeli researchers posted in the UK. In the five years of the program the Israel Academy will offer ten fellowships to UK researchers working in Israeli labs.
The agreement, which was signed by Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society and Professor Ruth Arnon, President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, with the support of the Kohn Foundation, revitalizes a previous agreement between the organizations from June 1967. The agreement also includes bilateral scientific symposia and workshops, involving senior and early-career researchers. The events will alternate between the UK and Israel, to promote collaboration and stimulate academic co-operation between academic institutions.
Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, said: “International collaboration is essential to progress in science. For the UK, which is a global leader in Science, it is highly important to bring the best scientists from all over the world to its institutions. International collaboration not only advances Human knowledge, but also contributes to global culture and economic development. We are also very grateful to The Kohn Foundation for making it possible.”
Professor Ruth Arnon, President of Israel’s Academy of Sciences and Humanities, said: “As science is a global language, based on an international collaboration between researchers from all over the world, the Academy sees the development of foreign relations to be one of its core tasks. There is no doubt that the Royal Society is one of the most important scientific bodies, and we see the agreement as corner-stone for the scientific relations of the State of Israel. Especially during these turbulent times, this agreement with the UK is of the outmost importance.
Prof. Arnon also expressed her gratitude for The Kohn Foundation, and asked to personally thank Sir Ralph Kohn, for his vision and support.