Israel, Canada academies pledge cooperation
Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, counterpart Royal Society of Canada (RSC) sign memorandum of understanding.
Israel, Canada memorandum of understanding Photo: Dany Veillette/Office of the Secretary to Canada’s
The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and its counterpart, the Royal
Society of Canada (RSC) have established a memorandum of
The ceremony was held in Toronto last week, with President
Shimon Peres and Academy president Prof. Ruth Arnon among the signatories for
Israel, and Governor General David Lloyd Johnston and RSC president
Prof. Yolande Grisé representing the Canadians.
with the Israel Academy, as well as the upcoming meeting of scientists in the
field of brain research, signal that our two institutions believe in the
principles of cooperation, but also in the necessity to see programs arise from
those principles immediately,” said Grisé. “In its 130th year, the RSC is
honored to undertake this innovative project with our esteemed colleagues in
Israel, whose distinguished academicians are active partners in living the
ideals of knowledge, promotion of research and cooperative projects espoused by
national academies around the world.”
Arnon, a distinguished scientist at
the Weizmann Institute of Sciences in Rehovot, noted: “The achievements of
Israeli researchers and their contributions to innovation are well-recognized in
Nobel Prizes and Gairdner Awards.
However, as an academy in a small
country, we see the great value of relationships with scientists in other
scientifically advanced countries such as Canada.”
Once the accord is
signed, permanent cooperation between the two academies will be established,
with potential for joint projects such as an upcoming conference on brain
research and exchanges of students and researchers. This is the 34th such
bilateral agreement between Israel’s academy and others abroad.
in 1882, the RSC comprises the academies of arts, humanities and sciences of
Canada. Its mission is to recognize scholarly research and artistic excellence,
to advise governments and organizations, and to promote a culture of knowledge
and innovation in Canada and together with other national academies around the
Founded in November 1959, the Israel Academy acts as a national
focal point for Israeli scholarship in both the natural sciences and the
humanities. Its mission is to cultivate and promote scholarly and scientific
excellence, to advise government, to maintain contact with similar bodies abroad
and to publish writings calculated to promote scholarship and
“This agreement with the RSC will allow scientists of both
countries to collaborate and enhance scientific development on the global stage,
to the mutual benefit of both Israel and Canada,” added Arnon.