The Australia Israel Research Exchange was established by the Israeli Ministry of Technology and Science and the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE), with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) administering the activities on the Australian side.
This high level program is viewed by both Governments as an extremely significant opportunity - not only to discuss areas of mutual interest between Australia and Israel but also to act as a platform to develop strategic relationships.
The first AIRE activity was an Australian Delegation travelling to Israel, 11-18 December 2012, for a Neuroscience Workshop and associated technical visits, held in conjunction with the Israel Society for Neuroscience (ISFN) Annual Meeting. An Australian delegation of 12 (details in Appendix A) travelled to Israel to achieve a greater understanding by comparing approaches and technologies and explore new collaborative opportunities between Israel and Australia. The senior delegation members, led by Dr Alan Finkel AM FTSE, were chosen to represent Australian neuroscience across a variety of fields and progress individual and institutional linkages. The visit program included the ISFN Annual Meeting, technical visits to six Israeli institutions and networking opportunities, full details of the visit program can be seen in the Appendices.
This was followed up by a Fellowship funding call for Australian early to mid-career researchers in Neuroscience to travel to Israel to progress important linkages.
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