Support for R&D cooperation between Slovakia and Israel has been raised to a new level through the inauguration of a bilateral Scientific and Innovation Society on March 28th, 2017 at Tel Aviv University. The ceremony was conducted in the presence of the President of the Slovak Republic, H.E. Andrej Kiska.
The mission of the Society is to create and cultivate long-term relations between Slovak and Israeli academic community. More than a dozen reputable Israeli scientists and researchers of Slovak origin or professional background feature amongst the founding members of the Society. Professor Joseph Klafter, the President of Tel Aviv University, will be the Honorary President of the Society.
“Building on the newly established network, the Society will facilitate and promote research visits and internships in Israel and Slovakia, as well as joint Slovak-Israeli research projects. All fields of scientific and interdisciplinary cooperation are encouraged,” Professor Klafter from Tel Aviv University said, in outlining his expectations.
The initiative by the Slovak Embassy in Israel and the bilateral Chamber of Commerce could well be a game changer in the R&D cooperation between the two countries.
“We realized there is huge potential in working together with Israel. Slovakia is a country rich in innovative ideas and Israel has the know-how to turn these ideas into the tangible results. We can learn from each other,” said Peter Hulenyi, Slovak Ambassador in Israel, in summation.