The Institute is managed by an International Board headed by an elected Chair, and by an Executive Board, also headed by an elected Chair. The Executive Board elects the President of the Weizmann Institute, who appoints the Vice President, and the Vice Presidents for Resource Development, for Technology Transfer, and for Administration and Finance. They work alongside the Deans, the Scientific Council (which includes all the Institute’s scientists) and the Council of Professors (which includes all the full Professors of the Institute).
The Institute has five faculties – Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology – and the faculties in turn are divided into 17 scientific departments. In addition, the Feinberg Graduate School, the Institute’s university arm, trains research students pursuing graduate degrees.
The Weizmann Institute serves as a meeting place for scientists from different disciplines, setting the stage for multidisciplinary collaborations and the emergence of new research fields. To encourage this creative activity, the Institute has created some 50 multidisciplinary research institutes and centers, most of which provide an intellectual rather than physical framework for joint projects. These institutes and centers stimulate activity in a multiplicity of fields, including brain research, cancer research, nanotechnology, renewable energy sources, experimental physics, biological physics, environmental studies, the study of autoimmune diseases, plant sciences, photosynthesis, genetics and others.
In its early days, the Daniel Sieff Research Institute had a scientific staff of no more than a dozen, working under the guidance of Dr. Weizmann. Today the campus community numbers more than 2,600: some 1,000 scientists and scientific staff, 1,000 research students, 220 postdoctoral fellows and 400 administrative employees.
The Institute has some 250 research groups headed by senior scientists and professors, of whom approximately 100 were born in Israel; the rest have come to Israel and to the Institute from 28 countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Germany, France, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay.
Each year, around 500 scientists from dozens of countries around the globe visit the Weizmann Institute or come to work on its campus. And each year, approximately 25 international scientific conferences take place at the Institute.
The Weizmann Institute’s annual budget stands at approximately one billion shekels. An allocation from the government of Israel covers about one-quarter of the budget; the rest is provided by research grants, donations and royalties.
Yeda Research and Development Company Ltd., which promotes the industrial applications stemming from Weizmann Institute inventions, was founded in 1959. Since then, it has been involved in registering some 1,400 families of patents. Since 1973, Yeda has signed 169 agreements with Israeli companies on the use of various Institute patents and established 42 companies (21 of them since 2000).
The Weizmann Institute is located in the town of Rehovot, 22 kilometers south of Tel Aviv and 42 kilometers west of Jerusalem.
The Institute campus, covering an area of some 1.1 sq km (280 acres), includes more than 100 buildings with a total area of 155,000 sq m (38 acres), as well as some 100 housing units for scientists. Approximately 120 research students live in dormitories on campus.