Population growth and increasing the average standard of living drive the increase in global demand for energy. Meeting this demand in a sustainable* manner poses a huge challenge to mankind – to scientists, in particular. Why?

Our mission

To provide the fundamental, scientific basis that will lead to the technological developments of affordable, sustainable energy sources, and to educate the public toward that goal.

Future engineers will need the results of basic scientific research, for sustainable energy developments.
By providing less-polluting fuel recent natural gas finds provide much needed additional time for such basic research.


Please read the latest publication from the Vardi lab at New Phytologist“Viral infection of the marine alga Emiliania huxleyi triggers lipidome remodeling and induces the production of highly saturated triacylglycerol”


Developing sustainable energy will have a direct impact on our needs for food and water, on keeping our environment livable and on narrowing the gap between poor and rich. While focusing on the natural sciences aspects, we are fully aware that meeting the energy challenge mandates commitment also at the technological, social and political levels.

Sustainable development: Development that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Brundtland report).