President Reuven Rivlin sitting with the Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen.
(photo credit: HAIM ZACH/GPO)
President Reuven Rivlin visited Denmark this week in and conducted a tour with the Novo Nordisk Foundation, an international fund that supports scientific and humanitarian causes.
The foundation has deep roots with the State of Israel. The NNF has facilitated 80 cooperative medical and bio-technical projects between Israeli and Danish researchers.
The foundation created a collaboration between two research groups, the University of Copenhagen and the Weizmann Institute of Science.
The NNF, in addition, has given grants to support projects between Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School and the School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, as well as 5 million euros in separate grants for growing clinical trials at the Copenhagen University and Hadassah Medical Center.
The president went on a river tour of Copenhagen regarding the developmental areas of the city, accompanied by the mayor of the city Frank Jensen and the head of the city's regional development division.
During the tour, the group discussed the issues facing the city in the next few years.
Chairman of the NNF, Lars Rebien Sorensen, told Rivlin about the mission of the fund from inception to implementation.
The president expressed optimism that the partnership and collaboration of research between the two countries will continue to strive and develop.
Tomorrow, Rivlin will meet with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, for a formal anniversary of the rescue of more than 7,000 Danish Jews
from Nazi oppression, ending in their safe relocation to Sweden in the fall of 1943.
The ceremony will take place in a location where hundreds of Jews were smuggled to and then hidden, the Gilleleje church.
Rivlin will conclude his tour with the NNF after the anniversary celebration.
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