Letter from the President
Dear Weizmann Alumni,
Our strongest, most important asset at the Weizmann Institute of Science is people. In my travels around the world for scientific conferences and meetings and in efforts to expand our global community of friends and supporters, this is a mantra I find myself repeating at every turn. Yes, we invest in equipment and materials and construction of state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities to accommodate sophisticated experiments.
But the most precious resource of all is our students and scientists. It is their intellect, curiosity, and passion to better understand human health and the world around us that makes science ‘go’.
As President of the Weizmann Institute, my job is to ensure that it remains a vibrant intellectual hub, attracting the best students and faculty, educating the next generation of world-class scientists and pursuing science that benefits humanity.
The Alumni Organization of the Weizmann Institute, headed by Yael Goren-Wegman, is a central part of our efforts to achieve this goal. Through the Organization, we maintain our connection with our former students—you—who, after leaving our verdant Rehovot campus as freshly minted scientists, have gone onto careers in science and beyond, contributing to the world in so many ways.
In the last two years, the Organization has hosted two highly successful reunion events: for the Faculty of Physics alumni in 2012, and for Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics alumni in 2011; and our next reunion for the alumni of the Chemistry Faculty will take place on October 3rd, 2013.
The Organization also fosters other opportunities for our 6,000 graduates to connect to each other and to reconnect with members of the Weizmann community on campus.
This new e-newsletter, to be published periodically, is intended to keep alumni abreast of the latest news and developments on campus and in the global Weizmann family. We invite you to share in the excitement of the scientific inquiries and discoveries, as well as in our unique efforts to advance science education among schoolchildren, teachers, and the public. And we invite you to become an active participant in the future of the Weizmann Alumni Organization, so please be in touch.
With best wishes for a healthy and productive 2013,
Prof. Daniel Zajfman
President, Weizmann Institute of Science