Buckingham Palace has announced that Ben Gurion University President Prof. Rivka Carmi is to be honored by the Queen.
Prof. Carmi will receive an appointment of an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for her work to deepen scientific and academic relations between the UK and Israel.
Prof. Carmi, the first woman to serve as president of an Israeli university, has played a vital role in strengthening scientific collaboration between the UK and Israel, as the founding co-chair of the UK Israel Science Council since its inception in 2010. The Science Council promotes joint academic work, such as cutting-edge stem cell research to tackle some of the world’s most dreadful diseases.
“I am thrilled to accept this honor which recognizes the increasing links between the UK and Israel, especially in science”, said Prof. Carmi in response to receiving the award, “We are committed to improving the health of all nations and sharing our scientific discoveries.”
Commenting on the award, British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould said: “I am delighted that Her Majesty has chosen to honor Rivka with this award. Rivka is an inspiration, to me and many others. Her leadership and commitment to strengthen science collaboration between our countries has made a huge difference”.
The past few months have witnessed a sharp increase in scientific collaboration, further engaging British and Israeli researchers. These include the second round of projects of the BIRAX joint medical research initiative, launch of several student exchange programmes and scholarships in top universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, and a unique cooperation agreement between the UK’s prestigious Royal Society and the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities.