Putting a Stop to Israeli Brain Drain

Published: March 14th 2010

Weizmann Institute of Science
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The Israeli government has announced a plan it says will reverse the long-term trend of the country’s best scientific minds being lured overseas due to more lucrative job offers.


To curtail the brain drain Israel has faced for years, the government issued a statement on Sunday saying it plans to use measures, such as incentives for scientists who do not leave the country as well as funds for new research facilities, to convince scientists not to go abroad.


Approximately $250 million USD has been allocated for the undertaking, with the aim of encouraging research scientists and technicians to return or stay in Israel instead of pursuing what have in the past been more rewarding avenues outside of the country.


AP reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that science is “an important core of know-how for growth and advancement in Israel.”


Israel has long been known for its pioneering advances in science, including in the areas of medical technology, agriculture and solar energy. Israeli chemist Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute of Science won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2009. The country is ranked fourth in the world in terms of scientific activity, measured by the number of scientific publications per capita.


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