National Academy of Sciences
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.