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About the Blavatnik US-Israel Scientific Forum

In April 2019, the presidents of the NAS and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (IASH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to benefit outstanding scientists in both countries and to formalize cooperative relations between their scientific communities. Under the terms of the agreement, annual scientific conferences with the participation of leading scientists from both countries will take place alternately in Israel and the United States. The accord also provides for annual binational exchanges of eminent scientists and scholars, who will hold meetings and conduct seminars at local academic institutions and deliver public lectures.

A generous five-year grant by the Blavatnik Family Foundation supports an annual Blavatnik US-Israel Scientific Forum, as well as a visit by a senior researcher from one country to the other to promote collaboration and stimulate academic co-operation and understanding between academic institutions. The first Blavatnik Forum, on Computer Science and Its Impact on Our Future, took place on September 16-18, 2019 in Jerusalem. The second Blavatnik Forum, on Strategies and Technologies to Combat Antibiotic Resistance, was to have taken place in Washington in October 2020, but was postponed to early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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