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  • Prof. Ehud Weiss, of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, lectures at the Attachés Conference

    Prof. Ehud Weiss, of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, lectures at the Attachés Conference

    Bar-Ilan University Innovation Attracts International Diplomatic Attention

    Date: 2019-12-31 Hour: 12:22

    Bar-Ilan University innovation was the key phrase that brought together members of the diplomatic corps from 20 countries for the University's first Attachés Conference.  Organized by the University's International School, the Conference was conceived and developed to provide an opportunity for networking and promoting development of new and continued academic relations between the University and the global community. The conference took place at the University's Smart Cities Impact Center, a unique ecosystem for smart city development.

    Diplomatic attachés from North and South America, Asia, and Europe -- including Mexico, Peru, Colombia, China, India, the United Kingdom, France and many other countries -- attended the conference. Each of the participants had the opportunity to present his or her country and options for collaboration.  

    In his opening remarks Bar-Ilan University President Prof. Arie Zaban reviewed the development of the University in the area of engineering and nanotechnology, as well as in humanities and social sciences.

    Leading international electrochemist and physical chemist Prof. Doron Aurbach, of the Department of Chemistry and Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials and a recent recipient of the Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation, spoke about challenges in developing advanced energy storage and conversion technologies.  Chemistry Prof. Lior Elbaz, who heads the Israel Fuel Cells Consortium, discussed smart mobility, and archaeobotanist Prof. Ehud Weiss, of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, discussed whether ancient food is the food of the future. Dr. Shira Iluz, of the Churgin School of Education, spoke about innovation in education.  Each of the scholars presented his or her current research and highlighted opportunities for collaboration. Prof. Rachel Dekel, Academic Director of the International School, delivered closing remarks. 

    Ofer Dahan, Director of the International School at Bar-Ilan University, pointed out the importance of the conference for future exchange of thought and collaboration opportunities.

    Tweeted one participant, "Is Israel able to become a solar power?  What about boosting research cooperation in #electricity. #storages, #hydrogen? Attending international scientific diplomacy conference at Bar-Ilan University."

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