The “Association of Italian Scholars and Scientists in Israel” (AISSI) was founded, including Italian professors, researchers, and PhD students. The initiative was promoted by the Italian Ambassador to Israel, Gianluigi Benedetti, thanks to two professors from Ben Gurion University, Cristina Bettin and Aaron Fait.
The new association is non-profit and aims to provide further visibility and prominence to the highly qualified Italian scientific presence in the Israeli academic scene, both in the humanities and science and technology, representing their interests.
AISSI will promote relations with the Israeli academic community. It will support young Italian researchers and students upon their arrival in Israel and contribute, in close collaboration with the Embassy, to the intensification and expansion of relations between the academic and research institutions of the two countries. In this regard, the AISSI Scientific Committee will serve as a point of reference for the Embassy in elaborating Italian priorities in the field of bilateral academic, scientific, and technological cooperation.
Ambassador Gianluigi Benedetti, who will act as honorary president of the association, stressed that “the creation of AISSI will ensure greater visibility for the many excellent Italian scholars and researchers in Israel, enhancing their role as a “bridge” in support of academic and scientific relations between the two countries”.