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International Organizations

The academy represents the Israeli scientific community in international scientific umbrella organizations, such as the International Science Council (ISC). The academy has encouraged the establishment of about twenty national scientific committees representing Israel in different international science associations affiliated to the ISC, and pays their membership fees. The Academy supports the participation of the chairs of these National Scientific Committees in the General Assemblies of the various international associations, and participates in approximately ten interdisciplinary committees in the ISC. The academy is represented in several international associations of national academies and young academies. In addition to these, it is represented in The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF).

Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia-AASSA

Israel is one of the founders of the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia, which serves as a connecting and coordinating body for Academies on this continent.

Former Academy President Prof. Ruth Arnon previously served as President of the organization. In 2010, she represented the Academy at the organization's tenth General Assembly in Seoul, together with Nobel Laureate and Israel Academy member Prof. Dan Shechtman. The academy received a grant from the AASSA and the IAP (InterAcademy Partnership) to hold an international training workshop on promoting entrepreneurship among scientists and engineers. The workshop, which was held at the Academy in 2013, was attended by 24 young scientists from eleven Asian and Oceanian countries, and six Israelis.

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Academia Europaea

The Academy is a non-governmental organization operating as a pan-European academy. 21 Israeli Academy members are also members of the Academia Europaea (AE). Academy President Prof. Nili Cohen participated in an AE conference in Barcelona in October 2019.

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All European Academies- ALLEA

Founded in 1994, ALLEA is the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, representing more than 50 academies from over 40 countries in Europe. ALLEA operates at the interface of science, policy and society promotes science as a global public good. The Israel Academy is a founding member of the organization. Former Academy president, Prof. Menachem Yaari, was elected to the organization's management from 2012–2014, and since 2015, former Academy President Prof. Ruth Arnon has served a member of the organization's Board of Directors. Today, Prof. Arnon and Academy president Prof. Nili Cohen, jointly represent the Israel Academy at ALLEA’s General Assembly meetings. Prof. Arnon participated in the General Assembly that convened in 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Committee on Data – CODATA

Prof. Niv Ahituv serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for Data Sciences, and has been a member of the Committee Council since 2006.

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Committee on Space Research -COSPAR

Prof. Morris Podolak serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for Space Research, an ISC affiliate. 

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EMAN - European Mediterranean Academies Network

The network was established at the initiative of the French Academy of Sciences, and the Israeli Academy joined as a founding member. EMAN promotes scientific and scholarly cooperation between Europe and the Mediterranean countries. Israel Academy member Prof. Yohanan Friedman represents the academy on the network's General Council. In 2013, Prof. Friedman attended a conference of the EMAN General Council in Malta, while Israel Academy member Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham and Prof. Aviad Scheinin participated in a scientific workshop held as part of the conference, on the establishment of a station to monitor the development of Mediterranean shores. In 2016, Prof. Friedman was elected vice president of the organization. During his tenure, he initiated a project aimed at cataloging Hebrew literature translated into Arabic and Arabic literature translated into Hebrew. In 2018, Prof. Friedman participated in an EMAN conference held in Montenegro on Culture, Technology and Humanism, and also lectured at the Montenegro Academy of Sciences.

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IAP – InterAcademy Partnership

The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) is an umbrella organization for more than 140 national, regional and global member academies working together to support science, advance policy, and increase public awareness around scientific issues.

In 2020, Israel Academy member Prof. Yonina Eldar was appointed as co-chair of an IAP International Expert Advisory Group on the COVID-19 global pandemic, and Academy member Prof. Eyal Benvenisti was appointed a member of the advisory panel.

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IAU - International Astronomical Union

Prof. Shay Zucker serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for the International Astronomical Union, an ISC affiliate. Prof. Zucker and Prof. Elia Leibowitz coordinated Israel’s activities as part of the International Year of Astronomy in 2009. 

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IBRO - The International Brain Research Organization

Israel Academy member Prof. Yadin Dudai serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for International Brain Research Organization, an ISC affiliate.

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IGU - International Geographical Union

Prof. Michael Sofer serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for International Geographical Union, an ISC affiliate. 

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IMU - International Mathematical Union

Israel Academy member Prof. Gil Kalai serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for International Mathematical Union, an ISC affiliate.

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INQUA - International Union for Quaternary Research

Prof. Ahuva Almogi serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for International Union for Quaternary Research, an ISC affiliate.

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ISC - International Science Council 

The International Science Council (ISC) is a global non-governmental organization composed of 40 international scientific associations and more than 140 national and regional scientific organizations, including academies and research councils. The ISC was established in 2018 when the International Council of Sciences (ICSU) merged with the International Social Science Council (ISSC). Israel’s representative to the ISC is Academy president Prof. Nili Cohen

Israeli scientists hold senior positions in several associations affiliated to the ISC. The President of the Academy represents Israel and the Academy at the meetings of the ISC General Council and appoints representatives to the committees and international associations affiliated to the ISC of interest to Israeli science. Representing Israel and the Academy in these international organizations is usually an academy member, or president or former president of the corresponding Israeli scientific association. The representative reports to these organizations on what is happening in Israel and updates scientists in Israel regarding international programs in their fields of research. The academy supports the payment of Israeli annual membership fees to ISC associations and international organizations and also participates in financing the expenses involved in the participation of representatives on its behalf at international conferences of the associations. 

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IUBS - International Union of Biological Sciences

Israel Academy member Prof. Yossi Loya serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for IUBS, an ISC affiliate.

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IUCr - International Union of Crystallography

Dr. Michal Harel serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for the IUCr, an ISC affiliate. 

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IUGG - International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics

Prof. Colin Price serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for IUGG, an ISC affiliate. 

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IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences

Prof. Sigal Abramovich serves as Chairperson of the Israel National committee for IUGS, an ISC affiliate. 

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IUHPST - International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science  and Technology

Prof. Yael Hashiloni-Dolev and Dr. Nurit Kirsch serve as co-chairs of the Israel National Committee for IUHPST, an ISC affiliate. 

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IUIS - The International Union of Immunological Societies

Prof. Mira Barda-Saad serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for IUIS, an ISC affiliate.

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IUMS - The International Union of Microbiological Societies

Prof. Eliora Ron serves as Chairperson of the Israel National committee for IUMS, an ISC affiliate. 

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IUNS - International Union of Nutritional Sciences

Prof. Elliot Berry serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for IUNS, an ISC affiliate.

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IUPAB - The International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics

Prof. Irit Sagi serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for IUPAB, an ISC affiliate.

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IUPAC - The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Prof. Ehud Keinan serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for IUPAC, an ISC affiliate.

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IUPAP - International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

Prof. Yaron Oz serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for IUPAP, an ISC affiliate. 

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IUPHAR - the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology

Prof. Francesca Levi-Schaffer serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for IUPHAR, an ISC affiliate, and serves as First Vice President of the Executive Board. In 2012, she was instrumental in the establishment of an Immunopharmacology Section in the IUPHAR and serves as its first Chairperson.

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IUPS - International Union of Physiological Sciences

Prof. Nathan Dascal serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for IUPS, an ISC affiliate. 

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IUTAM - International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Prof. Reuven Segev serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for IUTAM, an ISC affiliate, together with Prof. Miles Rubin. Prof. Leslie Banks-Sills is a board member of IUTAM’s Congress Committee.

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SCOPE - Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment

Prof. Tamar Dayan serves as Chairperson of SCOPE, an ISC scientific committee. 

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SCOR - Scientific Committee for Ocean Research 

Israel Academy member Prof. Daniel Weihs serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for SCOR, an ISC affiliate. Prof. Steve Brenner and Prof. Amatzia Genin serve as National Committee members. 

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SCOSTEP - Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics

Prof. Colin Price serves as Chairperson of the Israel National Committee for SCOSTEP, an ISC affiliate.

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UAI - Union Academique Internationale 

The Union Academique Internationale has over thirty member countries, and its role is to promote international collaboration in the fields of research in the humanities and social sciences. Israel Academy member Prof. Margalit Finkelberg serves as the representative for Israel. 

The academy has participated in several activities of the association over the years. In 2006, Prof. Guy Stroumsa (now an Israel Academy member) was elected to coordinate the union's enterprise on the subject of human rights over the generations. Israel Academy member Prof. Margalit Finkelberg represented the Academy at the UAI's 85th General Council in 2011 in Brussels and at the 86th General Council in Delhi. In 2019, Prof. Finkelberg represented the Academy at the UAI General Council in Paris. Israel Academy member Prof. Shaul Shaked, who was president of the UAI from 2001–2004, participates in the meetings of the Board of Directors and in the General Councils of the organization. In recent years he has attended meetings in Paris and South Korea in 2018, and in Paris in 2019 and 2020. 

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URSI - Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale

Prof. Ehud Heyman serves as Chairperson of the Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI), the international organization for Radio Science, an ISC affiliate. 

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