A lecture delivered in an international meeting, celebrating 60 years of the Weizmann Institute and 75 years of its predecessor, the Sieff Institute. Paris, France, May 2009
In 2008 the Israel prize was awarded to the national Perach mentoring and tutoring project. The Weizmann Institute, where the project was born, held a festive session, on that occasion, and the story (or "fairy tale") of the birth of the Perach project was then told.
A lecture dealing with the path by which discoveries of basic research find their way into commercialization, and into significant economic value. The lecture was delivered in November 2011 as the ninth annual lecture in memory of Samuel Neaman, organized by the Neaman Institute at the Technion campus, Haifa.
A TWIST talk titled “From Basic Research to Economic Power - a Wonderful Journey and an Exciting Adventure” given at IST Austria, February 28, 2017. TWIST Talks are intended to foster exchange between industry and the research community.
The lecture outlines the often surprising, and truly mind-boggling path leading from a basic research project to world-changing practical applications. Besides demonstrating several case studies as examples of successes and failures, the talk also presents certain rules and policies which may facilitate this incredible voyage.
A lecture in a symposium on higher education policy at the Samuel Neaman Institute in the Technion, December 2005. The edited transcript was later published in the proceedings of the conference. It presents an ambitious attempt to outline some of the desired features of the universities of the future.
A lecture delivered in 2011 in a symposium “The Role of non-university-based research in a country's scientific landscape” organized by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).
Invited lecture in the opening session of the 2008 international “Technology Talks”, Alpbach, Austria, an annual meeting of leading European scientific, industrial and government participants.
A proposal for determining the optimal level of university tuition, establishing a reasonable tuition fee while allowing social service, student loans and an option for no cash payments during studies.
Endorsing freedom and condemning extremism, a discussion of the importance and the limits of academic freedom and their relation to freedom of speech, published (November 2010) in the Hebrew magazine KIVUNIM.
An article, published in the HA'ARETZ daily in January 2008, regarding salary disputes in the Israeli University system (in Hebrew).