06 November 2018
Laxenburg, Austria

Israeli Chief Scientist visits IIASA

Alexander Bligh, Chief Scientist at the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology, made an official visit to IIASA on 6 November 2018.

Alexander Bligh ©academiu.edu

Alexander Bligh ©academiu.edu

During the visit Bligh met with IIASA Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Albert van Jaarsveld, and learnt more about IIASA-Israel research activities.

Representatives from selected IIASA research programs will also met with Bligh. Through presentations, he learnt more about the IIASA Energy Program and their work on adapting a version of the IIASA MESSAGE Model for the Israeli energy system; the IIASA Advanced Systems Analysis Program presented their work on the building of a National Systems Map for Israel; and lastly he was briefed on the IIASA Capacity Building Programs and the placement of Israeli researchers at IIASA. The visit was organized in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), Israel have been a member of IIASA since December 2017 via the Israel Committee for IIASA.

About the Chief Scientist

The Chief Scientist is the ultimate scientific authority on all scientific aspects dealt with by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology, and he serves as the Chairman of the Ministry’s research foundation. It is a professional appointment, and he serves as a scientific consultant to the Minister and the Ministry’s management.  The Chief Scientist creates and implements the Ministry’s short and long term scientific policy in coordination with the Director General and formulates the budgetary framework for the development of Israel’s scientific and technological infrastructure, with the purpose of creating a critical mass in fields of top priority. 

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Israel and IIASA

In 2017, Israel via the Israel Committee for IIASA joined IIASA. Israel established the Israel Committee for IIASA, which is made up of representatives from Israeli universities, government ministries and the public —to represent the Israeli membership of IIASA.  Together IIASA, the Israel Committee for IIASA, Israeli researchers and public planning authorities are developing international research collaborations to find solutions to the complex global challenges that impact Israel, the broader region and the world.


These include projects to support a long-term sustainable energy strategy for Israel, and a package of measures to reduce air pollution in the wider region, and scientific support for national socioeconomic strategic planning. IIASA membership is also going to help develop the research base for systems analysis in Israel, through young scientists from Israel taking part in the IIASA Young Scientist Summer Program and the IIASA Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


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