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  •  Representatives of the Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials and members of the delegation from leading nanotechnology institutes around the world

    Representatives of the Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials and members of the delegation from leading nanotechnology institutes around the world

    BIU Institute of Nanotechnology Chairing NANO Israel 2018 Conference, to Hold First Korea-Israel Nanotechnology Workshop

    Date: 2018-10-11 Hour: 8:05

    “Continued government support is needed In order to maintain the progress achieved by Israel’s six nanotechnology institutes,” asserted Bar-Ilan University Prof. Yuval Garini, ahead of the three-day international nanotechnology conference NANO.IL 2018.

    “Lack of funding will cause damage not only to basic research in nanotechnology in Israel, but also to future product development because hundreds of companies in Israel use our institutes for their R&D,” cautioned Garini, former director of Bar-Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA) and chairman of the conference, taking place this week at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

    Over the last decade and a half, initial government funding of $350 million, coupled with matching contributions, boosted nanotechnology development in Israel to unprecedented heights by enabling six of the country’s universities to establish research institutes housing 600 laboratories and facilitating the return of hundreds of scientists from abroad. More than 100 startup companies emerged from the nano research conducted at these institutes.  In order for nano research to continue to expand, there is a need to continue supporting these institutes, said Garini, pointing out that in other countries investment in nanotechnology has doubled.

    With the extraordinary funding BINA has received to date, it has become one of the leading nano institutes in Israel. It is the only institute of its kind in the country that is a member of the Magnet Project, a consortium of companies and researchers managed by the Israel Innovation Authority that is developing high power lasers. As part of the project, Bar-Ilan has developed unique capabilities to produce high-quality optical filters.

    A delegation of leading nano institute directors from around the world visited Bar-Ilan University in advance of the conference in order to explore opportunities for research cooperation and student exchange. Prof. Dror Fixler, Director of BINA, and Prof. Haiwon Lee, of Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea, announced that the first Korea-Israel Nanotechnology Workshop will take place in February 2019, at which time a cooperation agreement will be signed between the two universities. “Bar-Ilan University already enjoys a presence in the East following the signing of a cooperation agreement with China three years ago. Today we continue this momentum with the start of close collaboration with South Korea, a technological power world renowned for its products,” said Prof. Fixler in making the announcement.  Additional participants in the delegation hailed from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, Lund University in Sweden, the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, the International Iberian Nanotechnology

    Laboratory in Portugal (with which BINA signed a cooperation agreement earlier this year), and McGill University in Canada. 

    NANO.IL 2018 (October 9-11, 2018) is a bi-annual event bringing together almost 1,000 local and international scientists, companies, investors, universities, corporate research scientists and government representatives from around the world.