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Israeli Minister of Science Ofir Akunis

Israel and Britain signed a scientific cooperation agreement on Wednesday, with the official ceremony having been carried out by Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) and British Science Minister Sam Gima.

The agreement expands existing scientific cooperation between Israel and Britain in order to promote science, technology and innovation and was designed against the backdrop of the International Conference of Ministers of Science, involving the participation of science ministers and senior delegations from more than 25 nations.

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“The new agreement opens additional opportunities for Israeli researchers to cooperate scientifically with their British counterparts,” Akunis said. “The British minister’s arrival in Jerusalem attests to the great desire to cooperate with Israel, and to its status as a science and technology superpower that many want to cooperate with. It also strengthens the fight against the academic boycott of Israel. ”

The agreement is intended to promote the exchange of scientific research through expansion of cooperation and research among policy makers in government, research organizations and institutions of higher education.

Among the areas examined for cooperation are: access to science, artificial intelligence, development of satellite-based applications that support education, agriculture and marine research, renewable energy, bio-technology, health and neuroscience.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.