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Natural Sciences

Europe & North America


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  • Turtle hatchlings rush to the sea, Israel

Israel is involved in initiatives focusing on desertification control, natural disaster reduction and monitoring sea level change. It is also contributing to many earth sciences projects.

Below you can access the projects that are currently being implemented in the country within the framework of UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector.



- UNESCO Chair in Plant-Water Relationships in Desert Sand Dunes, established in 1994 at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev More

People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- Biosphere Reserve (WNBRs)

Earth Sciences

- Triassic Time and Trans-Panthalassan Correlations (IGCP, Project 467)

- GIS metallogeny of Central Asia (IGCP, Project 473)

- Deltas in the Monsoon Asia-Pacific region (DeltaMAP, IGCP, Project 475

- The role of Holocene environmental catastrophes in human history (IGCP, Project 490)

- Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions (IGCP, Project 495)

- Global correlation of A-type granites and related rocks, their mineralization, and significance in lithospheric evolution  (IGCP, Project 510)

- Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences (IGCP, Project 511)

- Fluvial Palaeosystems: Evolution and Mineral Deposits (IGCP, Project 514)

- Coastal vulnerability related to sea level change (IGCP, Project 515)

- Black Sea-Mediterranean Corridor during the last 30,000 years: Sea level change and human adaptation (IGCP, Project 521)

Basic Sciences

- International Centre for Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) in Allan, Jordan

- UNESCO Chair of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, established in 1995 at Hebrew University of Jerusalem More

Sciences Policy and Sustainable Development

- Establishing Science and Technology Parks More

Natural Disaster Reduction

- Reducing Earthquake Losses in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (RELEMR) programme


Women in Science

Professor Adad YONATH, (Israel). L'Oréal-UNESCO Laureate 2008 for Europe. For her structural studies of the protein biosynthesis system and its disruption by antibiotics. Professor Yonath made many crucial insights and developed innovative techniques that led to determining the structure of ribosomes, the site site of protein biosynthesis in living cells.

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