Academic Affairs Office

Esti Krieger, Head

The Academic Affairs Office assists the Academic Secretary in the performance of his duties.

The Office’s principle responsibilities include the administration and follow-up of the:

  1. Appointments and Promotions Committees of (i) the Life Sciences Faculties (ii) the Scientific Council (dealing with both non-tenured scientific personnel as well as Staff Scientists) , and (iii) the Council of Professors (dealing with scientific personnel tenured appointments and promotions to the ranks of Associate Professor and Professor as well as appointments and promotions to the rank of Senior Research Fellows).
  2. Administration of appointments of Deans, Department heads, Institute heads and Center heads and internal academic administrative committees.
  3. Appointments of external academic consultants, interns and senior interns.
  4. Annual Scientific Academic Advisory Committees (SAAC) reviews.
  5. All regulations pertaining to the academic life at the Institute.
  6. Scientific Council meetings and meetings of its various Committees.
  7. President’s Advisory Committee meetings.
  8. Non tenured academic staff (i.e., scientific personnel as well as staff scientists) appointments and their extensions as relevant, as well as the Staff Scientists Tenure Committee.
  9. Academic Grants allocations.
  10. Clore (Sir Charles) Prize, Kimmel (Helen and Martin) Prize, Lombroso (Sergio) Award in Cancer Research and the Wolgin Prize for Scientific Excellence.
  11. Goldschleger Conference Foundation.
  12. Extension of Service Committee.
  13. New Immigrants Funding Support.
  14. Visiting Professors Programs and Feinberg Foundation Visiting Faculty Program.
  15. Weizmann Lectures Series.
  16. Annual disclosures of Academic Staff.
The Academic Affairs Office publishes annually:

Appointments and Promotions


To the Rank of Senior Scientist

Jakub Abramson Immunology
Ofer Feinerman Physics of Complex Systems
Valery KrizhanovskyMolecular Cell Biology
Assaf Vardi Plant Sciences

To the Rank of Associate Staff Scientist

Dena LeshkowitzBiological Services

To the Rank of Assistant Staff Scientist

Barry Bruner Physics of Complex Systems
Sigalit Boura-Halfon Molecular Cell Biology
Elena Kartvelishvily Chemical Research Support
Galia Maik-Rachline Molecular Cell Biology
Rinat Goren Physics of Complex Systems
Michael Tsoory Veterinary Resources


To the Rank of Professor

Abraham ArcaviScience Teaching
Gary HodesMaterials and Interfaces
Chaim KahanaMolecular Genetics
Orly Reiner Molecular Genetics

To the Rank of Associate Professor

Ilan LamplNeurobiology
Itay RoussoStructural Biology
Abraham ZangenNeurobiology

To the Rank of Senior Scientist

Rafal KlajnOrganic Chemistry

To the Rank of Senior Research Fellow

Daniela Novik Molecular Genetics
Hagai Cohen Chemical Research Support
Miriam Eisenstein Chemical Research Support

To the Rank of Senior Staff Scientist

Batya Cohen Biological Regulation
Yishay Feldman Chemical Research Support

To the Rank of Associate Staff Scientist

Ruti Kapon Biological Chemistry
Ghil Jona Biological Services
Erez Dekel Molecular Cell Biology
Eyal Rotenberg Environmental Science and Energy Research

Awards and Honors


Allon Fellowships

The Allon Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding young researchers by the Council for Higher Education. In 2010 the incumbents were:

Eli AramaMolecular Genetics
Eran BouchbinderChemical Physics
Barak DayanChemical Physics
Nirit DudovichPhysics of Complex Systems
Eran HornsteinMolecular Genetics
Shahal IlaniCondensed Matter Physics
Robert KrauthgamerComputer Science and Applied Mathematics
Valery KrizhanovskyMolecular Cell Biology
Anat LevinComputer Science and Applied Mathematics
Ron MiloPlant Sciences
Dan OronPhysics of Complex Systems
Rony PazNeurobiology
Rotem SorekMolecular Genetics
Amos TanayComputer Science and Applied Mathematics

Center for Complexity Science Fellowships

The Center for Complexity Sciences was established in 2001. It is aimed at promoting the Science of Complexity which integrates disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Psychology. In 2010 the incumbents were:

Koby LevyStructural Biology
Elad SchneidmanNeurobiology
Tsvi TlustyPhysics of Complex Systems

Ministry for Immigrant Absorption Fellowships

The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption maintains several programs to aid in the absorption of new immigrants holding a Ph.D. in the Higher Education Institutions of Israel. During the calendar year of 2010, the following number of fellowships were in effect in the Weizmann Institute of Science: 15 Fellowships for initial absorption of new immigrant researcher, 1 Gileadi Fellowship and 31 Kamea Fellowships.

Institutional Awards

The Sir Charles Clore Prize for Outstanding Appointment as Senior Scientist in the Experimental Sciences was established in 1981 by Mrs. Vivien Clore Duffield, Geneva. The 2010 prize was awarded to Dr. Jacob Hanna, Molecular Genetics.

The Gruber Award fo a newly appointed researcher. The 2010 prize was awarded to Dr. David Margulies, Organic Chemistry.

The Helen and Martin Kimmel Award for Innovative Investigation was extablished in 2007. The Kimmel Award is a distinction bestowed annually on one Weizmann Institute researcher. The award consists of a substantial research grant ($1 million allocated as $200,000 annually over a five year period) and is intended for a researcher who is in the forefront of leadership in his/her area of research. The recipient of the award in addition to significant past achievements is judged to be in a position to reach new heights of scientific achievement in his/her broad area of research within the coming five year period as well as to provide scientific leadership to a group of younger investigators. The 2010 prize was awarded to Prof. Rafi Malach, Neurobiology.

The Sergio Lombroso Award in Cancer Research was established in 1998. The award is given once in two years to an internationally distinguished scientist, medical researcher, or physician, who has made highly significant contributions to the understanding of the causes and mechanisms of cancer, or to its diagnostics and therapy. The candidate should be affiliated with a research or medical institution, and should be engaged full-time in scientific or clinical activity at the time of this award. In alternate years the award is given to a Weizmann Institute researchers, who has made highly significant contributions to the understanding of the causes and mechanisms of cancer. The 2009-2010 prize was awarded to Prof. Prof. Eli Canaani, Molecular Cell Biology.

The Rosa and Emilio Segre Research Award was established in 1999. The 2010-2011 prize was awarded to Prof. Micha Berkooz, Particle Physics and Astrophysics and to Prof. Yuval Oreg, Condensed Matter Physics.

The Wolgin Prize for Scientific Excellence was established in 2005. The prize is awarded to a scientist who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in research, who has been reviewed by an international committee. The 2010 prize was awarded to Prof. Yosef Nir, Particle Physics and Astrophysics.

Scientific Council Awards

The Morris L. Levinson Prizes were established in 1982 by Mr. Morris L. Levinson, New York. The Physics Prize for 2010 was awarded to Dr. Avishay Gal-Yam, Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, for his breakthrough discoveries in the study of supernovae and their explosion mechanisms. The Mathematics Prize in 2010 was awarded to Dr. Amos Tanay, Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, for his developing novel clustering algorithms and using them successfully so as to gain new insights from massive biological data sets. The Biology Prize in 2010 was awarded to Dr. Eldad Tzahor, Department of Biological Regulation, for his work on the development of the cranio-facial muscles and the contribution of the same progenitor cells to the development of the heart.

The Scientific Council Prize in Chemical Research. In 2010, the Prize was awarded to Dr. Michael Bendikov, Department of Organic Chemistry, for his contributions to the development and understanding of new conducting polymers and novel electronic organic materials.

The Maxine Singer Prize to Outstanding Staff Scientists was established in 1991. In 2010, the Prize was awarded to Dr. Tamar Sapir, Department of Molecular Genetics, for elucidating novel mechanisms regulating proliferating and migrating neuroblasts using cutting edge technology and to Dr. Eugenia Klein, Department of Chemical Research Support, for her outstanding contributions of development of scanning electron microscopy.


Awarded to Weizmann Institute Academic Staff

Honorary degrees and Awards bestowed by the Institute

  • Ph.D. Honoris Causa
  • Weizmann Awards and Honorary Fellows

    Visiting Professors Programs

    The Visiting Professorships are made available to suitable candidates from all countries. They are intended for outstanding scientists from institutions of higher learning and research institutions, who have achieved appropriate recognition in their fields of activity and who hold the rank of Full Professor (or an equivalent rank) in their home institutions.

    Visiting Professors in 2010 were as follows:

    The Morris Belkin Visiting Professorships

    Prof. Yehia Daaka, MIT, Cambridge, MA., USA
    Prof. Wilma Friedman, Rutgers University, NJ., USA
    Prof. Jonathan Widom, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
    Prof. Raphael Zidovetzi, University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA., USA

    The Joseph Meyerhoff Visiting Professorships

    Prof. Alexander Pines, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA., USA
    Prof. Dirk Schwalm, Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg, Germany

    The Erna and Jakob Michael Visiting Professorships

    Prof. Efim Brener, Juelich Center, Germany
    Prof. Ofer Lahav, University of London, UK

    The Rosi and Max Varon Visiting Professorships

    Prof. Richard Kaner, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA., USA
    Prof. Boris Khesin, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    The Weston Visiting Professorships

    Prof. Judith Berman, Universityof Minnesota, Minneapolis, MI., USA
    Prof. Margit Burmeister, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI., USA
    Prof. Benjamin Chain, University College London, London, UK
    Prof. David Goldhaber-Gordon, Stanford University, Stanford, CA., USA
    Prof. Pierre Goloubinoff, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Prof. Vladimir Golubyatnikov, Russian Academic of Science, Novosibirsk, Russia
    Prof. Martin Huber, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO., USA
    Prof. Laurence Kedes, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA., USA
    Prof. Louis Lyons, Imperial College, London, UK
    Prof. Stefano Ruffo, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

    Feinberg Foundation Visiting Faculty Program

    Feinberg Foundation Visiting in 2010 were as follows:

    Prof. Adi Armoni, Universiry of Wales, Wales, UK
    Prof. Stefano Curtarolo, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
    Prof. Andrey Kaplan, Universiry of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
    Prof. Donna Martin, Universiry of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI., USA
    Prof. Dmitri Perepichka, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Weizmann Memorial Lectures

    The "Weizmann Annual Lectures" program is the most prestigious lectureship program at the Weizmann Institute of Science and commemorates the name of the founder of the Institute, Dr. Chaim Weizmann.

    The Weizmann Lecturers are selected by an internal committee from among the proposals for potential lecturers which are made by the members of the Institute's Scientific Council, the body representing all professors at the Institute.

    The lectures are intended to review the state of the art and the newest developments of the particular field chosen. The series usually consists of two lectures, which are open to the Institute's faculty and staff and to the community at large. The first talk is usually aimed for anyone interested in science while the second lecture is mainly aimed for scientists at the Weizmann Institute as well as from other Higher Education Institutions in Israel.

    In 2010, the Weizmann Memorial lecturer was Prof. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, General Director of CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.

    Weizmann Presidential Development Chairs, Professorial Chairs and Career Development Chairs