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National Academy of Sciences' Kavli Frontiers of Science Begins New Symposium Series with Israel

The National Academy of Sciences' Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium program has entered into a new partnership with Israel.

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WASHINGTON — The National Academy of Sciences' Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium program has entered into a new partnership with Israel. This new collaboration was initiated this year following a visit to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) by Ruth Arnon, president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (IASH), to strengthen scientific and technological collaboration between American and Israeli researchers. The new symposium series is co-organized by the two academies and is supported by funds from the Kavli Foundation, NAS, and IASH.

"Scientific research is expanding across multiple disciplines, and collaborations are crossing national boundaries," said NAS President Ralph J. Cicerone. "The Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia provide opportunities for young scientists from many fields to learn about one another's work, and we are excited by the creation of new international networks and the potential for interdisciplinary partnerships that the Israeli-American program will bring."

“Scientific collaborations between Israeli and American scientists have been strong ever since the establishment of the state of Israel,” Arnon said. “The Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia will offer an important additional aspect – interaction and possible collaboration between excellent young scientists from different disciplines of the two countries – thus enriching the scientific relations.”

The symposia series are designed for outstanding early career scientists — typically less than 45 years of age — to share ideas across disciplines and to build national and international networks that will serve them as they advance in their careers. Unlike a discipline-specific scientific meeting, Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia provide many opportunities to explore ideas and techniques from a variety of disparate fields. The first symposium took place in 1989; the joint program with Israel is the latest in a set of bilateral symposia that have connected young U.S. scientists with their counterparts in China, England, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, and Japan. More than 4,500 researchers have attended a Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium. Among these alumni, 136 have been elected to the NAS and 10 have received the Nobel Prize.

The U.S.-Israel symposia will take place biennially, alternating between the U.S. and Israel, and will be attended by approximately 70 distinguished young researchers representing universities, government laboratories, and private industry. Participants will be selected by NAS and IASH from among leading young researchers in the U.S. and Israel. The first symposium is expected to take place in 2013 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California.

More information about the Kavli Frontiers of Science program is avalable at