​​​​ZIWR was founded in January 2002 within the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, at the Sede Boqer Campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

ZIWR scientists use experimental and theoretical approaches to conduct fundamental research related to water in order to understand wide-ranging phenomena.

Our broad-based research encompasses nanoscience and pore scale phenomena, and extends to pilot projects and field studies.

Our interdisciplinary team includes hydrologists, soil scientists, geologists, chemists, microbiologists, and engineers. The result is a unique scientific environment facilitating the investigation of environmental challenges and the development of engineering solutions for water-related problems. Young and dynamic, the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research is open to change, and research topics are “fine-tuned" to remain responsive to constantly evolving needs and challenges.

ZIWR members are actively engaged in research projects within Israel, and collaborate with other scientists worldwide. Particular emphasis is placed on research and development of water resources in drylands in general, and on the local conditions of the Negev in particular. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev remains mindful of its founding mission to spearhead development of Israel's southern region while taking its place in the global scientific community.

A unique graduate studies curriculum in “Hydrology and Water Quality" was developed to meet the increasing need for hydrologists, water engineers, and water planners in Israel, the Middle East, and other places around the world. The program is founded on an interdisciplinary approach through the integration of science with engineering.

Our international program has succeeded in attracting students from Israel, North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Our students have gone on to take key positions in academia, research institutes, the water treatment and desalination commercial sector, consulting firms, and in policy-making and governmental bodies.

Two departments operate within the Institute:

·         The Department of Environmental Hydrology & Microbiology

·         The Departme​nt of Desalination & Water Treatment​               

To learn more about the ZIWR, click below for a full color PDF brochure of the Institute:

ziwr brochure 2016-finalversion.pdf