Science and innovation are at the heart of government strategy for promoting prosperity and growth. Research and knowledge is increasingly developed and transferred through international collaboration which provides opportunities to work with the best in the world, exchange students and researchers, and gain access to large scale international facilities; leading to mutual benefits for UK and Israel.
To promote international collaboration on Science and Innovation, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN), based in 28 countries around the world.
SIN Israel work to the following global objectives:
- influence science and innovation policies of the Israeli Government, industry and academia to benefit the UK
- improve UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges with Israel
- stimulate strategic science collaborations with Israel to benefit the UK and deliver wider policy goals
- harness Israeli science partnerships and investment to grow UK innovation capability
The priorities for UK engagement with Israel are set by the UK-Israel Science Council, a group of 30 leading scientist and policymakers from both countries, chaired by our Ambassador in Israel. The Council and the Bilateral Memorandum of Understanding on Science between the UK and Israel identify these science priorities as Nanoscience, Neuroscience; Regenerative Medicine, Agrisciences and Water Science. Both countries also agreed to focus on researcher mobility and regional collaboration as additional mechanisms to pursue excellence in joint science and research.
In Israel, SIN is based in the British Embassy in Tel Aviv and is co-located at the British Council. We work closely with Department for International Trade and Prosperity teams, and with the UK Israel Tech Hub.
For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in Israel, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot.
Dozens of British and Israeli researchers participate annually in programmes initiated by the Science & Innovation Network and its partner organisations. In a 3-part series, some of the fellows speak about their experience with our programmes and how it benefited their work.
You can email us, or write to: Science and Innovation Officer British Embassy, Tel Aviv 192 Hayarkon Street Tel Aviv, 6340502, Israel
Enquiries +972 3-725-1222