(l-r) Weizmann Institute of Science President Prof. Daniel Zajfman and Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science President Prof. Peter Gruss
When did modern humans arrive in Europe and Asia? At what rate have cultural changes throughout history spread from one region to another? How did Neanderthal teeth and bones differ from ours? These are examples of topics investigated at the Max Planck – Weizmann Institute of Science Center in the Field of Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology.
The agreement for the establishment of the Center was signed in January 2012 at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot – for the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science by Prof. Peter Gruss, President, and Dr. Ludwig Kronthaler, General Secretary; and for the Weizmann Institute by Prof. Daniel Zajfman, President, and Prof. Haim Garty, Vice President. Serving as the Center’s Directors are Prof. Stephen Weiner of the Weizmann Institute and Prof. Jean-Jacques Hublin of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Apart from promoting the ties between the Max Planck Society and the Weizmann Institute, the new Center might serve as the basis for expanding scientific ties between Israel and its neighbors. “It would be natural to collaborate with our neighboring countries because we share roughly the same archaeological record,” said the Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Weiner. “Just as happened in relations with Germany, now too scientific collaboration could have a broader impact, helping to promote peaceful ties in the Middle East.”
Israel BDS – building dialogue through science – aims to promote the kind of international collaboration that can lead to true understanding between people. Israel BDS stands for the free and open exchange of ideas among scientists everywhere. By reporting on the benefits of Israeli-international scientific research and the web of connections that these scientists create around the world, Israel BDS takes a vibrant approach to highlighting the global necessity of continued international scientific collaboration.