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Helmsley Charitable Trust Mediterranean Sea Research Center The Helmsley Charitable Trust Mediterranean Sea Research Center (currently under establishment, April 2014) was established in order to drive forward the national effort regarding Marine research. Marine research is a strategically important field for Israel that has gained new interest following the gas and natural gas discoveries in recent years. The Helmsley National Center will directly oversee research priorities, financial accountability, academic partnerships, governmental and industry relationships, capital purchases, recruitment efforts and course development.

RIMS logoThe Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa (RIMS) was established in 1972. Guided by an interdisciplinary concept, the Institute conducts and promotes research projects, which encompass humankind’s activities relating to the sea, bringing to light what was known in the past, our involvement in the present, and what we may accomplish in the future. By combining disciplines, such as marine and coastal archaeology, maritime history, marine geology and coastal geomorphology, marine biology and marine resources, the Institute bridges between the Humanities, Sciences and Technology. The Institute conducts numerous collaborative research projects with other research institutions in Israel and abroad.

Head of the Center: Dr. Gil Gambash and Dr. Zur Shalev

Haifa Research Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy logoThe Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) aims to turn the University of Haifa into a significant, internationally recognised hub for the study of the pre-modern Mediterranean. Its activities are varied, and they all focus on research, from the Ph.D. level and beyond. 

The HCMH works to enhance and re-focus scholarship in Haifa, securely setting it within the vibrant local and international networks of Mediterranean historical research. It recruits excellent new faculty members, thereby strengthening the field of Mediterranean studies in Haifa, as well as the discipline of History more generally.

Head of the Center: Prof. Rear Admiral (Ret.) Chorev Shaul

Research Leaders: Dr. Aviad Rubin, Dr. Ehud Eiran

Haifa Research Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy  logoRecent discoveries of large-scale offshore gas fields have placed Israel in a significant position with respect to the global energy market. In a country already affected by global threats such as international terror, illegal immigration, piracy, smuggling of arms and drugs, these discoveries have intensified the potential for maritime tensions in the region and the need for increased security measures.

The Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in EilatThe Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat (IUI) evolved from the H. Steinitz Marine Biology Laboratory (MBL) established by the Hebrew University in 1968. In 1985 the wide scopes and the heterogeneity of scientific disciplines at the MBL, induced the Israel Council for Higher Education (ICHU) to transform the MBL into a national facility, shared by all Universities in the country. Consequently, the IUI was established as the only interuniversity teaching and research facility in Israel, directly reporting to the Budget and Coordinating Committee (BCC) of the ICHU.

Research activities at the IUI span the whole spectrum of marine sciences, including Ecology, Chemical, Physical and Biological Oceanography, Ichthyology, Invertebrate and Vertebrate Biology, Neurobiology, Molecular Biology and Marine Biogeochemistry. 

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