|[March 20, 2017]
Prestigious Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists to Launch in Israel
The New York Academy of Sciences and the Israel Academy of Sciences
and Humanities announced today that the Blavatnik Awards for Young
Scientists, which support scientists and engineers early in their
independent research careers, will be given to three young and promising
faculty members from research universities in Israel. The Awards honor
exceptional young scientists and engineers in three disciplines - Life
Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry - by
highlighting their extraordinary achievements, recognizing exceptional
promise for future discoveries, and accelerating innovation through one
the largest unrestricted prizes ever created for early-career
researchers. Awarded annually, three of the country's most outstanding
young scientists, aged 42 years or younger, will receive US$100,000 each.
All Israeli research universities, including the Technion and the
Weizmann Institute, are eligible to nominate candidates for the awards.
Administered jointly by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and the
Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (IASH), the Blavatnik Awards
program in Israel will be overseen by a Scientific Advisory Council,
co-Chaired by IASH member, and Nobel (News - Alert) Prize Laureate, Professor Aaron
Ciechanover, and Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO of the NYAS. The
winners will be chosen by disciplinary juries composed of some of the
world's most distinguished scientists and engineers, and will be
recognized as Blavatnik Awards Laureates.
The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists were established in 2007 by
the Blavatnik Family Foundation to honor and celebrate exceptional young
scientists (faculty and post-doctoral) in the United States.
Len Blavatnik, Founder and Chairman of Access Industries and Head of
the Blavatnik Family Foundation, said: "Encouraging and supporting
young scientists is essential if we are to successfully address
society's challenges. By honoring these young investigators and their
achievements we are helping to promote the breakthroughs in science and
technology that will define how our world will look over the next
century. I have no doubt that the young scientists and engineers of
Israel, a country that exemplifies innovation and excellence, will make
a significant impact on our future."
Professor Nili Cohen, President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and
Humanities, noted that the Blavatnik Awards fill the need for
recognition and support of young scientists in Israel who demonstrate
outstanding merit. "The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York
Academy of Sciences identified this need in the United States and
provided a solution. We ar proud to join these two organizations in
providing a similar response in Israel."
The inaugural Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel will be
conferred in Israel in February 2018. The Laureates will join a network
of their peers as members of the Blavatnik Science Scholars community,
currently comprising 185 Blavatnik Award recipients from the decade-old
U.S. program. Laureates will also be invited to attend the annual
Blavatnik Science Symposium in New York City each summer, where the
Scholars come together to exchange new ideas and build
cross-disciplinary research collaborations.
"Israel's universities are world-class and are long-standing
collaborative partners with U.S. and other global research leaders," said
Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO of the NYAS, who before taking
the helm of the New York Academy, was Editor of Science for a
decade. "The Blavatnik Awards have been a game-changer for many
of the U.S.-based young researchers. We're thrilled that the Blavatnik
Awards will now recognize the quality of work Israel's rising research
stars are engaged in."
Research universities can nominate candidates via www.blavatnikawards.org.
About The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, established in 2007 by the
Blavatnik Family Foundation and administered by the New York Academy of
Sciences, honor exceptional young scientists and engineers by
celebrating their extraordinary achievements, recognizing outstanding
promise, and accelerating innovation through unrestricted funding.
The Awards were established in New York and began as regional awards for
young scientists and engineers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists was established in
2014 and are awarded annually across the United States. To date, there
are over 2,000 scientists nominated from over 200 institutions, with
more than 185 winners and finalists from the both Blavatnik Regional and
Blavatik National Awards.
About The Blavatnik Family Foundation
The Blavatnik Family Foundation is an active supporter of leading
educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable institutions in the
United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and throughout the world. The
Foundation is headed by Len Blavatnik, an American industrialist and
philanthropist. Mr. Blavatnik is the Founder and Chairman of Access
Industries, a privately-held U.S. industrial group with global interests
in natural resources and chemicals, media and telecommunications, real
estate, technology, and e-commerce. Among other things, Access
Industries owns the Israeli Clal Industries group. For more detailed
information, please visit: www.accessindustries.com.
About the New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit
organization that since 1817 has been driving innovative solutions to
society's challenges by advancing scientific research, education, and
policy. With more than 20,000 Members in 100 countries, the Academy is
creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity.
Please visit us online at www.nyas.org
and follow us on Twitter (News - Alert) at @NYASciences.
About the Israel Academy of Sciences and
The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities is the preeminent
scientific institution in Israel. It was established by law in 1961, and
acts as a national focal point for Israeli scholarship in all branches
of the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The Academy comprises
120 of Israel's most distinguished scientists and scholars who operate
in two sections - the sciences section and the humanities section.
It is tasked with promoting Israeli scientific excellence; advising the
government on scientific matters of national interest; publishing
scholarly research of lasting merit; and maintaining active contact with
the broader international scientific and scholarly community.
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