Published on 11 July 2017

In the wings of a meeting of the French-Israeli Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST - Haut-Conseil pour la Science et la Technologie) in Paris on 19 June, a delegation from the HCST met with representatives from Université Paris-Saclay (UPSaclay).

The Higher Council for Science and Technology

The HCST is the result of an agreement signed in 2002 by the Israeli Ministry for science and technology and the French Ministry of foreign affairs. Its purpose is to promote the creation of bilateral research networks between France and Israel. In particular, the HCST selects the themes that will be the object of the Maimonide-Israel call for projects, established in Israel by the ministry for science and technology and, in France, by the ministry of foreign affairs and the ministry for higher education and research, and for which there were 2 UPSaclay laureates (2015 and 2016). Six projects are awarded 40,000€ per year for a period of two years on both the French and Israeli side (

The HCST delegation was led by David Harari and Marion Guillou, respectively Israeli and French co-presidents of the HCST, accompanied by Prof. Alexander Bligh, chief scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Claire Levaton, Director, Israel-France Scientific Relations (MOST), J.L. Clément (French Ministry of Higher Education Science and Innovation – MESRI), S. Linden, scientific and academic cooperation attaché at the Embassy of France in Israel, along with representatives of the Embassy of Israel in France.

Visit of Neurospin

Welcomed by Gilles Bloch, President of UPSaclay, Patricio Lebœuf, director for research, and Guillaume Garreta, director of international relations, the delegation was able to discover, with Jean-Robert Deverre, deputy director, the Institute of biomedical imaging (I²BM) Neurospin, the research platform for neuroimaging which recently welcomed the 11,7 Tesla magnet, the most powerful magnet in the world.

Reinforcing cooperation between universities

Ahead of the France-Israel 2018 Season, the HCST expressed the wish to meet representatives of Université Paris-Saclay in order to identify areas of cooperation with Israeli universities such as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Technion and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

These universities already have long-standing collaborations with UPSaclay member institutions with, for instance, an LIA (Exhaled Breath Olfactory Signature of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension-SNOOPY2) with Technion – who signed an MoU with UPSaclay last spring – an LIA with the Weizmann Institute of Technology (LIA NaBi – NanoBio), and several cooperation agreements that the various players would like to extend in order to develop research projects, student exchanges and joint PhDs, in particular but not exclusively in nanoscience, mathematics, neuroscience, and nanobiology.


L'aimant installé à NeuroSpin, le plus puissant du monde à ce jour

Visit of Neurospin - here the 11,7 Tesla magnet