Technion mission

February 24, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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A visit to Israel, a tour of The Technion’s research unit and attending the conferment of an honorary doctorate on former NSW Governor Dame Marie Bashir form part of an exciting mission planned by Technion Australia.

Marie Bashir and Technion's Ruth Ratner

Dame Marie Bashir and Technion’s Ruth Ratner

Technion Australia has announced that there are still a few vacancies left on its ‘Mission 16 – Technion Unlimited’ to Israel and the Technion in June 2016.

“This is the first ever Mission undertaken by Technion Australia and our planning committee’s brief was to prepare something that even regular visitors to Israel will not have seen,” said Dr Ruth Ratner, President.

“In addition to participating in the celebrations and presentations at the annual International Board of Governors meeting at Technion, we will have special access to some of Technion’s cutting edge research labs, as well as visits to a select few international and Israeli high-tech companies. “
Following the Board of Governors meeting there will be two full days of touring with previously Sydney based and now qualified tour guide Rivka Cohen and will end in Jerusalem just two days before Shavuot.

“This will be a Mission different to others you may have been on or heard about. The foci for ‘Mission 16’ are twofold, firstly to share in the conferment by the Technion of Doctor Honoris Causa on our esteemed Patron and former Governor of NSW, Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir, and secondly to see firsthand the impact of the Technion through its research laboratories and the high-tech industries established or staffed by its alumni.

“This will be a unique opportunity to see for oneself the amazing impact of the Technion,” said Dr Ratner.

“The impetus for the Mission was that many people wanted to celebrate the conferment with Professor Bashir and the personal highlight for me is that she plans to join us for the entire Mission,” Dr Ratner added.

The Mission is from 3 to 10 June, 2016.

Some of the unique activities will include behind the scenes visits and briefings to Technion research centres and laboratories doing break through research in stem cell based biomedical solutions, autonomous micro satellites (the next wave in satellite communications) and nano solutions to everything from diseases to new materials.

There will be briefings by researchers engaged in collaborations with Australian universities and a special session by the author of ‘Technion Nation’ to put everything into context.

“We will also see firsthand the Technion’s impact as the powerhouse behind Start Up Nation by visiting companies either founded or substantially staffed by Technion graduates. These will include Google Haifa and ReWalk,” Dr Ratner said.

“Additionally, we will participate in the Board of Governors Program, including an exclusive welcome by the Chairman of the Board, Oneg Shabbat hosted by the Technion President, the conferment ceremonies, festive dinners and receptions, and meeting a panel of ‘Women at the Technion’. “

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One Response to “Technion mission”
  1. Leon Poddebsky says:

    Without being condescending, I applaud Dame Marie Bashir’s well-known humanity, intelligence and work in her various capacities over the years.
    How different are her values from those of the ALP politicians who, out of shortsightedness, animosity and self-interest, act in a way that is diametrically opposed to Dame Marie’s.

    Dame Marie’s actions enhance the prospects of achieving harmony and peaceful co-existence; those politicians’ do the exact opposite.

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