Dear Friends, As was the case around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic stirred things up quite a bit here in Israel, causing us to change our plans and set a new agenda in accordance with new needs and challenges. The Bar-Ilan Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials stepped up throughout the crisis—even during the Passover holiday and the peak of the lockdown restrictions.
It is my pleasure to start this newsletter at the mark of the Jewish New Year and our sacred holidays with a passage from "Unetanah Tokef" prayer: "And all creatures shall parade before You as a troop". These sacred lyrics remind us of the responsibility we have to one another, being part of a unit; the higher the rank, the greater the responsibility one carries on their shoulders.
On behalf of BINA, I wish to take this opportunity to thank Bar Ilan University’s management for its ongoing support. Despite the University’s latest budgetary cuts which were felt also at BINA, we continue to reap the fruits of our success, sustaining a fast-paced momentum and carrying out countless projects and initiatives
It’s been an amazing year full of exciting developments and achievements. In the international arena: Two research collaboration agreements were signed with nano institutes. One with the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) in Portugal, following an initial meeting in May at a conference hosted by BINA, and a second meeting in Portugal in September. Four joint research groups were selected among the 11 groups who submitted applications. The teams will receive research grants co-funded by both institutes. As part of our efforts to include students in the Institute’s activities, a few students travelled with us to Finland and Portugal and to other events abroad.
I am very excited to share with you the spring issue of the BINA newsletter −the first edition since the beginning of my term as Institute Director. In the last few months we were able to obtain a respectable ranking for BINA –between 200 and 300 in the Shanghai Academic Ranking– undoubtedly a testament to BINA’s excellence.
We are delighted to share the 2017 spring edition of the BINA newsletter with you, highlighting several notable achievements of the institute in the last months. Our students, researchers and staff members, seeking new horizons in innovative fields of research, continue to demonstrate outstanding scientific excellence and creativity, affirming BINA’s leading role in promoting nanoscience research.
We are proud to share the 2016 summer edition of the BINA newsletter with you, highlighting some of the exciting achievements of the institute over the past half year. Our students, researchers and staff members, perpetually exploring new horizons in innovative fields of research, continue to demonstrate outstanding scientific excellence and creativity, affirming BINA’s leading role in promoting nanoscience research.