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The R&D Council presented its achievements and activities to the President

President Reuven Rivlin: Israel gains an image of a power in the fields of science and technology thanks to academia and industry
Minister of Science Ofir Akunis: Government investment in R&D and the incentive of industry and academia are essential to the continued establishment of Israel as a leading country in R&D

From the right: Chairman of the MoLMF Prof. Yitzhak Ben Israel, President Reuven Rivlin and Minister of Science Ofir Akunis. Photo: L.A.M
From the right: Chairman of the MOLMP Prof. Yitzhak Ben Israel, President Reuven Rivlin and Minister of Science Ofir Akunis. Photo: L.A.M

Last Monday, 26/10, the National Council for Research and Development met at the President's House in Jerusalem, in the presence of the President of the State Reuven Rivlin and the Minister of Science, Technology and Space Ofir Akunis. The council presented to the president the achievements and the activity plans of the various committees working within it to promote civilian government R&D in Israel.

The National Council for R&D headed by Prof. Yitzhak Ben-Israel deals with professional advice to the government, on issues of planning, organization and regulation of government research and development and on the subject of budgets for its development. Its main functions are to recommend national policy to the government and determine national priority issues in the field of civil research and development; Recommend the need for establishing infrastructures, centers and institutions for research and development, and for carrying out projects in the field of science and technology. The MoLMOP advises, among other things, the Minister of Science, Technology and Space, the Ministerial Committee for Science and Technology Affairs and the Forum of the Chief Scientists of the Government Ministries.

The Space Committee presented to the President its ambitious goal of increasing the activity of the civilian space industry in Israel to the extent of three billion dollars within five years and doubling it after another five years. This follows the transformation of space R&D in industry and academia in Israel into a globally recognized and appreciated center of innovation - an achievement that was clearly reflected in the holding of the World Space Conference this month in Jerusalem, which was attended by about 5 scientists from around the world, including heads of space agencies, astronauts, researchers and industry people, despite the situation the security

The Committee on Academia-Industry Relations presented projects to increase the use by Israeli industry of the advanced research and development products produced by academia in Israel: a national fund for applied scientific and engineering research that was established a long time ago at the Ministry of Science and is operating successfully; Establishing R&D institutes in Israel, as is customary in the world; A national program for robotics that will strengthen the economy, health, education and welfare in Israel and will be a growth engine according to similar models in the world. The Energy Committee presented plans and recommendations for the availability and diversification of sustainable energy sources that will satisfy Israel's future needs. The cyber committee presented its plan to increase the scope of research and maintain Israel's continued global leadership in the cyber field, in light of the growing shortage of the required manpower.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Space Ofir Akunis said that "the best minds in the field of science, technology and development volunteer to advance the country in the world. Government investment in R&D, long-term planning and the incentive and guidance of industry and academia are essential for continued economic growth, readiness for future challenges, improvement in all areas of our lives and the continued establishment of Israel as a leading country in R&D."

President Reuven Rivlin congratulated the members of the Council for their work and said that "Israel gains an image of a power in the fields of science and technology, in the countries of Europe and the East and in many other places in the world, thanks to the academy and the technological industry that is developed in the country. I would like to express my gratitude for the blessed activity of the National Council for Research and Development, in my name and in the name of all the citizens of Israel."

The chairman of the MOLMP, Prof. Yitzhak Ben-Israel, said that "Israel's strength, in security, in the economy and in every other field, is built on the quality of the human factor and the level of research and development it produces. The National R&D Council has a key role in seeing the general picture and advising the government in everything related to building a balanced system that will maintain our qualitative advantage."

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