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Reactions to the government's plan to return Israeli scientists to Israel - Bar Ilan: So far we have received 30 scientists

Chairman of the MOLMP Prof. Abramsky: "It was the MOLMP who initiated in August 2008 an appeal to the Israeli government, - to formulate a five-year plan for the return of 2000 academics to strengthen the industry"

Prof. Oded Abramski, chairman of the MOLMOF
Prof. Oded Abramski, chairman of the MOLMOF

The National Council for Research and Development (NRC) headed by Prof. Oded Abramski, who announced a month ago the suspension of its activity as a council attached to the Ministry of Science and Technology, until its independence is settled, - welcomes the plan that was published this morning and which will be approved by the government today, as the "star plan" of the HOT headed by Prof. Manuel Trachtenberg, for the return of Israeli academics to Israel.

As I recall, it was the MoLMOP that initiated an appeal to the Israeli government in August 2008, - to formulate a five-year plan for the return of 2000 academics to strengthen industry, academia and the public sector in the State of Israel. The government even approved this recommendation of the MoLMOP at its meeting in January 2009, and an inter-ministerial committee headed by
Director General of the Office for Immigrant Absorption, July 2009.

The committee acted, under the leadership and guidance of the MoLMOP, to formulate the criteria for selecting the returning academics, and to build an orderly plan for their absorption in the industrial sector, the academic sector and the public sector. The committee's recommendations were submitted to the director general of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.

The National Council for Research and Development has even established from its own resources, a database for academics abroad that already numbers several hundred candidates, which will be available to the program.

Prof. Oded Abramski expressed his great satisfaction that the process was smooth, and that the program is underway, with the hope that the MOLMOP will operate independently in the future, and will continue to contribute its capabilities to various national issues.

Bar Ilan University accepts returning scientists

The reception of the returning scientists is a national-scientific project of utmost importance for the prosperity of the State of Israel. In the last two years, Bar Ilan University, as one of the leading institutions in this field, received about 30 returning scientists. The president of the university, Prof. Moshe Koa defines the reception of the returning scientists as "a central goal of the university". "If the State of Israel has an important resource," says Prof. Kova, "it is human capital. Our vision is to bring scientists back to Israel and for us this is a sacred mission. In the five-year plan of Bar Ilan University, we announced the addition of standards for the admission of 50 scientists in the "Experimental Scientist" project.
Bar Ilan University has absorbed Israeli scientists who are among the leaders in their field, who held high standards and positions in prestigious institutions in the world. Some of them are young doctors, with 6-4 years of work experience in a variety of research fields, and some of them are senior academics who returned to Israel after a long period of academic work abroad - 10 to 25 years - and were accepted at the rank of associate professor.
"The scientists who returned have already submitted and received research grants and they are actually the flowers of the future science, who will become the most important professors at the university," says Prof. Moshe Kove.

Prof. Yosef Manis, the rector of the university, promises the returning scientists an opportunity for self-fulfillment and a professional challenge.
"The group of young and talented scientists strengthen the research at the university. We will do everything to obtain adequate resources, encourage research excellence and properly maintain the research infrastructure. We have high hopes for the returning scientists and we believe that they will continue the journey of excellence in Israeli science," says Prof. Manis.

Prof. Harold Bash, the vice president for research, received the mandate from Prof. Koh and actually established the program for returning scientists, from their recruitment to their actual absorption. "Your reception at Bar Ilan," says Prof. Besh, "is the flagship of the university and requires financial evaluations due to the high costs." According to him, the absorption of the scientists is already bearing fruit in research and teaching: "The successful absorption is already proving itself to be a great success, and we are already seeing an increase in research outputs", he says with satisfaction.
Among the returning scientists:
Dr. Rachela Popovtzer, researches the development of a molecular imaging method for cancer using nanoparticles.
Dr. Orit Shafi, researches in the field of neuro-engineering the development of a sensory nervous system for the purpose of restoring the growth of nerve cells and developing implants.
Dr. Avinoam Tzadok, researcher of lasers integrated in silicon.
Dr. Analia Somech-Baruch, information theory researcher, analysis of communication system performance.
Dr. Shai Ben-Aroya, researches the involvement of mechanisms of maintenance and repair of the genetic material in the cell in cancer processes.
Dr. Doron Gerber, researcher in the development of new antiviral drugs.
Dr. Aryeh Grozman, researcher of diabetes, prostate cancer and LAS disease
Dr. Tami Gershon, researcher studying gene expression control mechanisms.
Dr. Jacob Tishler, a researcher of optical properties of nano materials.
Dr. Erez Lebanon, researches new mechanisms for expanding the storage of information in the human genetic material.
Dr. Sivan Kornblit, researcher of aging control mechanisms

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  1. Thanks,
    The fields of science are biased due to many human and social reasons that are not necessarily related to science proper, but it must be remembered that science is biased especially by the accumulation of facts obtained through observations and experiments, therefore I am not really worried because I believe that any unjustified bias will eventually have to be canceled before the products of the scientific method (thing which is confirmed time and time again). Of course, it follows that any waiver of the basic principles of the scientific method poses a danger not only to science but to humanity as a whole.

  2. I wonder what Thomas Kuhn would say about it. Are the fields of science biased by the policy makers?

  3. Ami:
    It is a matter of priorities set by the committee.
    It's not that people from these professions want to work in Israel more than others.
    a quote:
    "The committee acted, under the leadership and guidance of the MoLMOP, to formulate the criteria for selecting the returning academics, and to build an orderly plan for their absorption in the industrial sector, the academic sector and the public sector. The committee's recommendations were submitted to the Director General of the Office for Immigrant Absorption.

  4. It seems that most of the intake takes place in the Faculty of Life Sciences, according to the professions of the scientists presented here. This is of course welcome, but it is also interesting that a certain discipline has a higher representation.

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