About the Symposium

December, 2011 – Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem

The Clore Israel Foundation takes great pride in the many Clore Scholarships, Fellowships and Prizes, all in the fields of science that have been awarded over the years. These include the Clore Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Weizmann Institute (since 1981), the Clore Scholars Programme (since 1991), the Clore Prize (awarded annually since 1991 to a newly appointed Senior Scientist in the experimental sciences at the Weizmann Institute), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Scholarship programme (1991-1997). The Foundation has also been supporting the National Postdoctoral Award Programme for Advancing Women in Science since its inception in 2007. Among our scholars, some have been awarded more than one Clore scholarship or prize over the years. In all, there are now more than 300 alumni of the various scholarship programmes. Clore scholars are currently to be found in academic and research posts in Israel and abroad, as well as in Israeli hi-tech companies. Today the Clore family of scientists includes many of the leading scientists in the country.

In 2011 the Clore Foundation celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Clore Scholarship Programmes with the Clore Symposium, which took place at the Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem on 15 December.

In her letter to the participants, the Foundation chairman, Dame Vivien Duffield wrote: “(the scholarships) are awarded on the basis of excellence, and excellence alone. We ask very little of our scholars: only that they do their best in their chosen field, and that they keep us informed of their progress. I am very proud of them all and follow their careers with great interest and gratification”.

In celebration of the achievements of all the Clore Scholars, Fellows and Prizewinners, the Foundation organised this special day, in which speakers from the arts, humanities and science investigated the broad perspectives of the relationship between science, economics and society, and explored the possible social contributions of scientists, both in their field of expertise and outside of it.


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