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From listening to speeches by Israel’s Chief Scientist Dr. Eli Opper and the Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade, and Labor Binyamin Ben Eliezer, to test-driving electric cars produced by Israeli company Better Place, EUREKA delegates had an action-packed week this past October during the first NPC-HLG Meeting in Israel. The busy agenda certainly suited the never-stop spirit of the city of Tel Aviv, which served as host to the more than 100 EUREKA guests.

EUREKA delegates visited Better Place, an Israeli company offering up the latest in electric car services and technology.
EUREKA delegates visited Better Place, an Israeli company offering up the latest in electric car services and technology.

 

 

A total of 56 joint industrial R&D projects were approved during the meetings, totaling 51 billion euros. Malta was welcomed as EUREKA’s newest Eurostars member and Turkey was announced as the future chair for 2012-2013, following Hungary in 2011-2012. Dr. Eli Opper, EUREKA’s HLG Chair, summed up the Chairmanship’s spirit of collaboration and contribution to R&D development very well during his speech to EUREKA delegates and guests at the HLG dinner on Wednesday October 28th, held at the beautiful Rabin Center in Tel Aviv:

This Gala dinner is only one of the many fruitful events we have held this week in Israel as part of the Israeli EUREKA Chairmanship. Including EUREKA High Level Group and National Program Coordinator meetings and discussions, delegates have had the chance to experience a bit of what the Israeli Chairmanship is about. This year, we have identified 6 main priorities, including: (1) asserting EUREKA’s position in the ERA, (2) financing innovation, (3) upgrading innovation support services, (4) developing Eurostars, (5) targeting the ‘Grand Challenges’, and (6) expanding transnational cooperation.

All these priorities reflect our commitment to innovation. Over the years, Israel’s human capital has served as the basis for the development of our now world-famous high-tech sector. The important role of the knowledge based industries in the Israeli economy is undeniable. As they serve as a platform for our economic and social wellbeing, they require the significant leveraging of resources. This leveraging can only be achieved through national and international R&D support programs like the EUREKA Network . . .”  

And as Dr. Opper remarked at the end of his speech, “I wish all the delegates fruitful discussions that will lead to a successful chairmanship year, and to an economic growth, prosperity and wellbeing for Israel and Europe.”

Shalom from Tel Aviv!

HLG Chairman Dr. Eli Opper speaks at the Rabin Center in Tel Aviv on Oct. 27, 2010.
HLG Chairman Dr. Eli Opper speaks at the Rabin Center in Tel Aviv on Oct. 27, 2010.
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