Consortium to establish Haifa research center

National Center for Mediterranean Research will investigate fossil fuel extraction, desalination and infrastructure in the basin.

July 17, 2012 00:33
1 minute read.
Desalination plant in Hadera

Desalination plant in Hadera 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS / Nir Elias)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


A consortium of academic institutions around Israel will soon establish the Haifa-based National Center for Mediterranean Research, to investigate fossil fuel extraction, desalination and infrastructure in the basin.

Israel’s Planning and Budgeting Committee, a subcommittee of the Council for Higher Education, recently adopted the recommendation of an Israel Academy of Sciences Committee to grant the consortium a tender to establish the center, according to the group’s head institution, the University of Haifa.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Within the consortium will be representatives from seven different academic institutions in addition to the University of Haifa – the Technion, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Geological Survey of Israel and the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Center. Establishing the center will cost approximately NIS 60 million for its first three years of activity.

Leading the center will be Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham, founding director of the University of Haifa’s Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, who stressed that the sea will remain a primary field of research in Israel in the coming years – particularly due to the large natural gas finds in the Mediterranean. Such discoveries require the constant involvement of trained researchers and scientists to determine the implications of such progress, said Ben- Avraham.

The president of the University of Haifa, Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, said he was proud of the Planning and Budgeting Committee’s choice, stressing that the Mediterranean Sea “is a strategic asset for Israel” that will bring the country economic independence.

“Forming Israel’s coastline to the west, the Mediterranean possesses magnificent resources, a developed infrastructure, economic promise and international trade potential,” Ben Ze’ev said.

“The resources hidden beneath the surface can significantly strengthen Israel’s energy economy, can contribute to closing social gaps and can ultimately increase Israel’s political strength at home and abroad.”


Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Holland Park’s forest, north of Eilat.
August 11, 2014
Promising trend of prosecution for environmental crimes, officials say