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DESY to strengthen cooperation with Israeli partners

Large delegation visits research institutions and universities

DESY and several Israeli research institutions intend to cooperate more closely in the future. This was agreed by representatives of the respective institutions during the visit of an 18-member DESY delegation to Israel. “We have a long and fruitful cooperation with a number of Israeli partners,” stressed Helmut Dosch, Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors and Head of the Delegation. “This success story will be expanded by strengthening the existing cooperations and establishing new ones.”

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Teilnehmer des DESY Weizmann Science Forum in Rehovot. Foto: Weizmann-Institut
The delegation visited the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, among others. “There is great interest from numerous DESY groups in expanding cooperation with Israeli partners in all DESY research areas,” emphasised Dosch. The spectrum of topics ranges from particle and astroparticle physics to nanosciences, life sciences, research with X-rays and accelerator physics. Representatives of the Centre for Structural Systems Biology CSSB on the DESY campus, the Centre for Hybrid Nanostructures CHyN at the University of Hamburg and the X-ray laser European XFEL, of which DESY is the main shareholder, also took part in the visit. A special highlight was the reception at the residence of the German Ambassador Clemens von Goetze, in which numerous representatives from research, innovation and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) took part.

Joint topics in the near future include, among others, the so-called multi-messenger astronomy, i.e. the observation of the universe with the help of different messengers such as light, neutrinos and gravitational waves, water research and the experimental opportunities at European XFEL, which are also open to Israeli scientists. In addition, a closer cooperation with the DESY NanoLab is planned and Israeli partners are to be won for a Helmholtz Data Science Research School. Together with the German Israeli Foundation GIF, a workshop for young scientists is planned for the beginning of 2019 at DESY.

Initial partnerships, including with the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot and the University of Tel Aviv, were already established at DESY in the 1970s with joint particle physics experiments. In the 1980s, Israeli partners contributed significantly to the construction of the HERA accelerator and to science with the HERA detector ZEUS. For many years, Israeli researcher Ada Yonath conducted pre-studies at DESY's X-ray source DORIS III during her enterprise to decipher the structure of the ribosome, for the successful completion of which she was later awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Since 2016, an experimental hall at DESY's X-ray source PETRA III bears Ada Yonath's name.