Daily Israel Report

US Journal: Israel One of World's Top Spots for Science Research

A magazine for science researchers has named two Israeli universities among the top ten best workplaces for scientific researchers in the world.
By Malkah Fleisher
First Publish: 6/29/2010, 9:14 PM / Last Update: 6/30/2010, 7:13 AM

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A magazine geared toward scientific researchers has named two Israeli universities among the top ten best workplaces for scientific researchers in the world.

The Weizmann Institute of Israel was ranked 2nd in the list of 10 by The Scientist magazine, just beneath The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem placed 5th on the list.  

Countries represented among the top 10 were the United Kingdom, Israel, Australia, Canada, France, and Denmark.  United States research facilities were judged separately.

This is the third time the Weizmann Institute placed 2nd The Scientist's list, and has also been listed as the top place for scientific researchers to work in two previous years.  Areas of research at Weizmann Instiute include battling disease and hunger, the development of new materials, environmental protection, physics of matter and the universe, and mathematics and computer science.  Among their researchers have been winners of the Turing Award and Wolf and Nobel prizes.

Among Hebrew University's faculty and list of distinguished alumni include several Nobel prize winners, including David Gross (physics 2004), Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko (chemistry 2004), and Ada Yonath (chemistry 2009).

The Scientist reported that the Weizmann Institute has 100 full-time life science researchers.  It also receives $4 million in government funding per year, the 2nd lowest amount among the winners.  Hebrew University boasts 346 full-time researchers and $70.5 million in government funding..