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Announcing the “2023 Blavatnik Awards in Israel Symposium”

How can DNA teach us about the history of populations? What is protein folding and how does it relate to neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases? How can we make cloud computing more secure? The three recipients of the 2023 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel will answer these questions and more in a morning of free and exciting lectures, on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and The New York Academy of Sciences invite the public to a series of lectures from the forefront of Israeli research at the 2023 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel Symposium on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv University. The symposium will be in-person and in English.

Intended for science enthusiasts, students, and scientists of all ages—from high school students to professionals—participants will have the opportunity to interact with the Laureates during Q&A sessions and enjoy a lunch networking reception at the conclusion of the event. Attendance is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The three 2023 Blavatnik Awards in Israel Laureates will present their research at the symposium:

  • Professor Shai Carmi of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem received the Blavatnik Award in Life Sciences for his fundamental contributions to the scientific fields of population and medical genetics.
  • Chemistry Laureate, Dr. Rina Rosenzweig of the Weizmann Institute of Science, discovered how “chaperone” proteins can prevent and reverse protein aggregation—a phenomena associated with many neurodegenerative conditions including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases.
  • Professor Zvika Brakerski of the Weizmann Institute of Science, this year’s Physical Sciences & Engineering Laureate, developed the first efficient encryption algorithm that allows cloud computers to perform computations on encrypted data without the need to first decrypt them, vastly improving the potential for cloud computing security.

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel are given every year to three early-career Israeli scientists aged 42 and younger for their groundbreaking research, their extraordinary achievements and their demonstrated potential for future scientific discoveries. Each Laureate in the categories of Life Sciences, Chemistry, and Physical Sciences & Engineering is awarded USD $100,000. The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel are given alongside the international prizes that are awarded each year in the United States and the United Kingdom.

For more information on the Blavatnik Awards, please visit the website.

The 2023 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel Symposium

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 

10.00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. Israel Daylight Time

The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History,

Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Entrance is free with advance registration. For more information and to register for the event, please visit this link HERE.

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