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  • Prof. Dror Fixler (second from left), Director of BINA, and  Prof. Lars Montelius, Director of INL, sign the agreement as Bar-Ilan Vice President for Research Prof. Shulamit Michaeli and Deputy President Prof. Moshe Lewenstein look on

    Prof. Dror Fixler (second from left), Director of BINA, and Prof. Lars Montelius, Director of INL, sign the agreement as Bar-Ilan Vice President for Research Prof. Shulamit Michaeli and Deputy President Prof. Moshe Lewenstein look on

    Landmark Agreement Signed between Bar-Ilan Nano Institute and UN Nano Lab

    Date: 2018-05-13 Hour: 7:21

    A new era of scientific cooperation between Israel and Europe is about to begin.  Bar-Ilan University's Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA) has signed a research and cooperation agreement – the first-of-its-kind in Israel – with the United Nations nanotechnology laboratory, located in Portugal, which is known as the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL).  The agreement was signed at Bar-Ilan during the first session of a joint workshop that will continue in September in Portugal.

    The agreement was signed between Prof. Dror Fixler, Director of BINA, and Prof. Lars Montelius, Director of INL, who also serves as chairman of a European network of nanotechnology institutes.  "Next month our researchers will present a proposal for applied research that has the potential to be patented.  Three joint projects between us have already received funding and others will also receive grants. I am very pleased to lead this important initiative, which enables Bar-Ilan University scientists to be part of the international community of nanotechnology researchers.  Thanks to this agreement, we will also become partners in the European network of nanotechnology institutes," said Prof. Fixler at the signing.

    "This important agreement offers our researchers an international stage to promote their groundbreaking research.  The agreement reflects the vision of our university to advance scientific, technological and medical research over the coming years, and to increase our international collaboration, including training of international students," said Vice President for Research Prof. Shulamit Michaeli.

    At INL one hundred researchers from 30 countries conduct research in all fields of nanotechnology.  Established ten years ago by the governments of Spain and Portugal, its annual budget is 100 million Euros.

    Participants in the ceremony included Prof. Michaeli, Deputy President Prof. Moshe Lewenstein, Prof. Fixler, Prof. Montelius, Faculty of Engineering Dean Prof. Efi Zehavi, and Faculty of Exact Sciences Dean Prof. Richard Berkowitz.