October 28, 2015
Not by science alone shall we win through. Let us build a fresh bridge between science and the spirit of man.
Dr Chaim Weizmann, First President of the Weizmann Institute of Science
Knowledge sharing has a long history at the Weizmann Institute of Science. It is embedded in its inclusive culture and this outlook extends into the global arena.
Continuing in this spirit, WEIZMANN AUSTRALIA encourages Australian scientists to travel to the Institute campus in Rehovot, Israel to explore collaborative research opportunities first-hand. Similarly, WEIZMANN AUSTRALIA facilitates opportunities for Israel-based scientists to travel to Australia, to inspire us with their spirit of curiosity, their dedication and their exceptional research.
Weizmann scientist, Professor Ada Yonath – the 2009 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry – recently undertook such a journey to Australia, where she generously gave her time to share her discoveries on the structure of ribosomes. Professor Yonath’s presentations gave Australian audiences an unprecedented insight into how genetic code is translated into proteins, as the gateway to grasping life itself. Or in her words, “to understand the principles of life from the inside, by unraveling the detailed structure of ribosomes.”
Professor Yonath’s visit symbolised much of what WEIZMANN AUSTRALIA seeks to achieve through knowledge sharing. In an age where time is a commodity, the spirit of knowledge sharing takes us all back to basics. During her time in Australia, Professor Yonath sat down with curious school students, engaged aspiring university students and was privileged to meet highly-esteemed Australian scientists with whom collaborative networks are set in motion for the future.
There are many other Weizmann scientists like Professor Yonath, each with their own story to share and a desire to connect with like-minded people. In this outwardly focused spirit of knowledge sharing, WEIZMANN AUSTRALIA continues to facilitate an international meeting of scientific minds.