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  • Dr. Shlomo Shpiro (standing, third from right) and other honorees, with President Shimon Peres, Minister Hershkowitz and the EU Ambassador to Israel

    Prof. Aharon Gedanken and Dr. Shlomo Shpiro Honored by Israeli President Shimon Peres

    Date: 2010-03-02 Hour: 9:19

    The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, honored Israeli researchers and scientists who are leading international research projects funded by the European Union at a special ceremony in Jerusalem hosted by ISERD – the Israel-Europe R&D Directorate for the EU Framework Program. Prof. Aharon Gedanken, of the Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), and Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, Deputy Chairman of the Political Studies Department, were among the four academic recipients of the award presented by the Israeli President and by Amb. Andrew Standley, Head of Delegation of the EU to Israel.

    Prof. Gedanken directs the "SONO project", which is aimed at developing sonochemical machines that will coat fabrics, such as sheets, hospital gowns and medical staff uniforms, with anti-bacterial nanoparticles to prevent infections. The European Union has awarded a grant of $12.5 million for the project, whose participants include universities, textile manufacturers and government agencies from the UK, France, Spain, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

    Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, Deputy Chairman of the Department of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies, is directing the international research project ‘SAFE-COMMS’ aimed at formulating media strategies for the aftermath of terror attacks. These strategies will assist public authorities and official bodies throughout Europe to overcome and recover from terrorist attacks and to minimize, as much as possible, the public affects of the attack sought by terrorists, including panic, anxiety and uncertainty, during the minutes, hours and days following a major terrorist attack. This innovative research project has been awarded a grant of $1.5 million by the EU and is being conducted in collaboration with universities in Northern Ireland, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria and Germany.

    "The fact that half of the academic recipients are from Bar-Ilan indicates the importance of the academic research being conducted in the university and the success of the cooperation between innovative Bar-Ilan scientists and leading universities and research institutes all over Europe," commented Dr. Israel Peer, Director of the University's Research Authority.

    The ceremony was held at the Science Museum in Jerusalem and was attended by President Peres, the Minister of Science, Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, and numerous dignitaries from academia, industry and the high-tech sector.