The Israel Institute for Advanced Research in Natural Sciences
The Israel Institute for Advanced Research
The Israel Institute for Advanced Research aspires to become the first interdisciplinary academic establishment in Israel to engage in basic research that stresses originality and independent thought.
Research studies at the Israel Institute will be selected purely on their scientific merit. The Institute will promote those studies seeking to re-examine mainstream paradigms and will uncompromisingly insist on high-level research and strict adherence to scientific methods.
The Institute was established by a group of well-known Israeli researchers and endorsed by celebrated Israeli scientists who are leaders in their fields. An international advisory committee of distinguished scientists will oversee the Institute.
The Institute’s academic staff will include Israeli scientists who have already made scientific breakthroughs in their fields of expertise. In addition, visiting scientists from academic institutions in
The Institute will hold joint conferences with other Israeli institutions and will invite key scientists for short visits and participation in focused workshops.
Such a research institute is undoubtedly missing today from the Israeli academic scene, while similar establishments thrive worldwide, among them the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), and the Interdisciplinary Research Institute in
Due to financial considerations, the Institute will initially focus on theoretical research, adding relevant experimental studies at a later stage.
The Institute will begin operating as soon as all legal procedures have been completed. Initially it will operate as a virtual institute via a website detailing the researchers and their work. Institute members who are affiliated with other institutions will list the Israel Institute as another affiliation.
The physical venue of the Institute will be based upon socioeconomic considerations. Areas that do not have many academic institutions will be given priority to ensure the Institute’s independence and to emphasize its commitment to
In aspiring for complete academic freedom, the Institute’s founders clearly prefer private or public sources of funding rather than commercial bodies with their own interests in mind. Nevertheless, they recognize that industrial and public financial sources must also be considered. The Institute's regulations include mechanisms to safeguard academic freedom while attending to the Institute’s financial needs.
The Institute’s founders have begun recruiting the capital necessary to set the Institute’s scientific operations in motion.
For a full list of Institute founders please see the Institute’s temporary website: