Professional experience

Professional experience
On going

Senior Staff Scientist, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel


Staff Scientist, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel



Senior Scientist, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel


High-school chemistry teacher
"De-Shalit" high-school, Rehovot & "Gimnasya Realit" high-school, Rishon Le-Zion


Orgenics LTD, Biotech industry
Quality control management, developing and implementing ISO 2000 standards



Post Doctoral Research fellow
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
Advisors: Prof. Avi Hofstin &Prof. David Fortus
Main Activities: Research on students understanding of multi-disciplinary aspects of energy; Developing a learning progression for modeling.


Post Doctoral Research fellow
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Advisor: Prof Joe Krajcik
Main Activity: Development; implementation and assessment of a coordinated science curriculum for middle school level.


Designing and Teaching On-line courses.
The concord consortium.
A moderated online course for instruction using online environments.


Research fellow
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
advisor: Prof. Avi Hofstein
Main Activities: Development of pedagogy and evaluation of the CONNECT project; Curriculum development for the advanced chemistry course, at high-school level.

1998 – 2004

PhD in Science Education
Direct PhD track. Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
Supervisors: Prof. Avi Hofstein and Dr. Ruth Ben-Zvi
Dissertation: “Chemical Literacy: Defining it with teachers and assessing its expression at the high-school level “

1991 – 1992

Teaching Diploma
The Ministry of Education & Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
Main Topics: educational processes, psychology and cognition, and the methodology of chemistry

1986 – 1989

BSc. in Chemistry
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan

Scientific Productivity

Positions in Academy


Head and projects coordinator: Science and Technology for Junior high projects

On going


Head of MUTAL division in the National Center for Science and Technology center



Responsible for the Educational Initiative path in chemistry of Rothschild-Weizmann program for Excellence in Science Education. As part of this I was leading the  Chemistry conferences for high-school students.





Students and Post-Docs

Students & Post-docs
On Going

Ms. Stephanie Bismuth, Teachers as Designers


Ms. Rachel Eidelman – Self regulated learning in an online virtual chemistry class

Mr. Emil Eiding – Socio-scientific issues and informal argumentation

Mr. Dadi Marom – PhD student – Green chemistry, digital texts and thinking skills. In collaboration with Prof. Dori, Technion

Ms. Neta Avraham-Green PhD student – Environmental Chemistry education

Mr. Emil Eidin – Msc student (with Dr. Mamlok-Naaman, Weizmann Institute) – Promoting critical thinking and understanding of NOS (Nature of Science) of high-school students

Dr. Yamit Saraabi-Naor (Postdoctoral fellow) investigating students' motivation to learn chemistry

Ms. Hend Basheer – Msc. (with Dr. David Fortus, Weizmann Institute). Topic: Characterizing and Developing Middle School Students' DGOA (Data Gathering, Organization, and Analysis) Skills During Science Labs

National Projects

On going

Leading Middle school Personalized Teaching and Learning project (PETEL, 200K NIS)

On going

Head of Professional Communities of Science Teachers project (1000K NIS/year

 On going

Head of the National Center for Science and Technology Teachers for Junior high and Mutal  (12,000K NIS/year)

2016- 2020

Scientific Literacy and Accessibility to Science in the Negev Periphery: Research and Development of Distance Learning Network using Communication Centres, The Ministry of Science, In Collaboration with:

Dr. Noa Avriel Avni, Dead Sea and Arava science centre & Prof. Gilad Ravid, Ben Gurion University, (150K NIS)


"Virtual chemistry school" ((כימיה ברשת – in collaboration with Davidson Institute, In the past – developer and researcher, currently – Academic advisor.


Proteoepdia (with Prof. Sussman and Dr. Prilusky, Structural Biology and bioinformatics department) Facilitating Teachers professional programs in the Proteopedia environment – Developing proteoepedia activities for high school students


External evaluator of a laboratory safety program at the Ben-Gurion university (with Prof. Kushmaro, Ben-Gurion University) 20K$


Facilitating a 2 years program for Chemistry-Teachers leaders, including facilitation of a virtual community of learners (85K)


PI of a the project "Chemistry, Industry, and the Environment in the eyes of the individual and society" - A national project to encourage chemistry studies in Israel 250K$


International collaborations

International collaborations
2019 ERASMUS- travel grant, Jointly with Dr. Bayram, Rudboud University, the Netherland
2017, 2019

Organization of an international Course for PhD students about Teachers' Professional development, In collaboration with Dr. Irene Bayer and Dr. Tom Bielik, Michigan State University 56K


"ENGAGE" – An FP7 consortium project submitted to the European Commission, funded 178K Euros. PI Tony Sherbourne, Sheffield University, UK


MODELS: An NSF funded project aimed at the design, implementation and assessment of learning progression of modeling and meta-knowledge associated with the practice. Collaborating with Northwestern university – P.I. Prof. Resier, University of Michigan – P.I. Prof. Krajcik, Michigan State university – P.I. Dr. Schwartz, the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel – P.I. Dr. David Fortus, and Project 2061.


Al-Quds Chemistry lab projects

An EU funded Israeli-Palestinian project, which aims at developing lab activities for students in Al-Quds university, P.I Prof, Hassan Duek, Al Quds University. In this project, I mentored and guided the Palestinian colleagues, demonstrating the lab procedures, as well as providing pedagogical advice.


CONNECT: An EU-funded project aiming at enhancing the connections between school science and museum visits using augmented reality technologies.
P.I. Prof. Ozengulou, Technical University of Athens, Greece.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars
2010 Dr. Astrid Wichmann, Department of Instructional Psychology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. 8th-26th of February 2010.
2010 Alexandra Schultz, PhD graduate student from DFG-research-group & Research Training Group Teaching and Learning of Science at University Duisburg-Essen (didactics of chemistry) 4-31 of October 2010

Dr. Simone Ables - Universität Wien, Österreichisches Kompetenzzentrum für Didaktik der Chemie

Dr. Varena Pietzner. Wildsheim university, Germany. (In collaboration with prof. Sussman and Prof Prieluskey)

Ms. Nechama Averick, A graduate summer student, The City University of New York, College of Staten Island, Macaulay Honors Colleg

2014 Dr. Matthias Straller, A visiting PhD student from Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, TU Dresden
2018 Ms. Vanessa Figueiredo De Andrade, a visiting PhD student from the University of Lisboa, Portugal
2019 Dr. Dury Bayram-Jacobs, Radboud University, The Netherland

Curriculum Design

Curriculum Design

Developing teaching units for Junior High Science and Technology: Particles and atoms, nutrition, climate change


Developing learning materials for inquiry Modeling – MUTAL – in collaboration with Dr. Limor Daphna


Engaging Science innovative teaching for responsible citizenship – a teachers' guide. In collaboration with ENGAGE team


Developing virtual learning materials on the topic of Nano-materials in dental medicine, in collaboration with Prof. Hanna Dudyuk, Polymers and Plastic education, Shenkar college.

Developing Teaching materials in the topic of "Chemistry and Health"


Design and Facilitation of a teaching improvement workshop for the members of the chemistry faculty in collaboration with: Prof. Gilad Haran, Prof. Nir Orion


Development of a teaching model and set of activities for coherent teaching of Scientific Ideas. In collaboration with the National Teacher center of Mutav, Technion


Leader of team developing a middle-school chemistry unit: "Where do I get the energy to do things?"  HiCe, School of Education, The University of Michigan. 

Senior member of team developing a middle-school chemistry unit: "How can I smell things across the room?" HiCe, School of Education, The University of Michigan. 


Leader of team developing 11th grade chemistry textbook in Israel: "Chemical bonding and quantitative relations in the materials world". Department of Science teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science.

National and International Recognition

Grants, Awards and fellowships

Grants, Awards and fellowships

TOP DOWNLOADED PAPER 2018-2019, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Wiley

2017 incumbent of the Maurice Levy staff Scientist chair in Science Teaching  Chair


Award for special contribution to Science & Technology teaching in Israel – MUTAL inspector, Ministry of education
2014 Incumbent for staff scientists with substantial records of achievement

ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI)


Incumbent of the Benjamin H. Swig & Jzck D. Weiler Career development chair
2009 Karen Siem grant 20K$
2005-2007 CCMS scholarship for post doctoral fellows in the University of Michigan. CCMS is a centre funded by project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), aimed for developing leaders in research on curriculum materials
2004 Orli-Kaplan award, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
2001 – 2004 Sacta-Rashi scholarship for excellency in PhD studies
1987 Ulpanat De-Shalit – A scholarship and a summer science program for outstanding chemistry students, undergraduate programs, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot

Organizing committees and Other Appointments

Organizing committees
On going

A Member of the steering committee of the Meizav science test – RAMA, MOE

- A Member of the steering committee of the National center for Science and Technology teachers

 - A Member of the Professional committee (Vaadat Mikzoa) for Science & Tachnology for junior high

- A Member of the Professional committee (Vaadat Mikzoa) for Mutal (Science for All- high school level


A Member of the steering committee of Science and Technology teachers,

A member of the steering committee of the project "We have chemistry" – an educative initiative and a collaboration of the science teaching department at the Weizmann Institute and CIL


- Steering committee of National Sustainability week in Eshkolot Pais (Organizer MOE)


Steering committee of the Remote Learning to promote Science Literacy in the Periphery conference, (organizer: MOP Arava and Dead see)


Steering committee of Tedx weizmann institute.

2009-2015 A member of the steering committee of the project "we have chemistry" – an educative initiative and a collaboration of the science teaching department at the Weizmann Institute and CIL
2006 Organization of a video-analysis symposium, KSI, Ann Arbor, Michigan



Participating in a symposium "advancing science and research in conflict areas" Organized by IPSO, at the Cyprus institute Nicosia, Cypruse, June 2011

Professional association membership: NARST, ESERA, CCMS.