from BGU's Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR) headed at the second Brazil-Israel Water, Agriculture Research and Development
conference in Fortaleza, Brazil on November
Professors Shimon Rachmilevitch and Dana Zilberg of
the French Associates Institute for Agriculture and
Biotechnology of Drylands, Prof. Jack Gilron, of The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR) and Prof. Jeffrey Gordon of the
Alexandre Yersin Department of
Solar Energy & Environmental Physics (YDSEEP) represented the University at the week-long seminar that was
aimed at creating a new platform of scientific cooperation and networking
between the two countries.
“Brazil and Israel have a lot in common Southern Israel, and
northeastern Brazil shares many similarities in its environmental conditions:
arid and semi-arid climates, and drylands. So there is tremendous potential for
scientific, agricultural and industrial collaboration in order to find
sustainable solutions for Desert and
drylands areas," said Dr. Isabel Portugal, a graduate of the BIDR and
the co-founder of Negevnetwork a
platform to improve the current network and connectivity between the academic
bodies in southern Israel, and specifically in the Negev.
program will provide opportunities for policy makers, industry managers and
scientists to consider theoretical and practical issues associated with living
sustainably in drylands, and will also focus on promoting student exchanges,
academic and academic-industrial collaboration between Brazil and Israel on the
fields of water technology, agricultural challenges and solutions, and
sustainability in the drylands.
alumna Isabel Portugal addresses 2nd BIWARD Conference,
in the presence of Israeli Ambassador to Brazil Yossi Shelly.