Negev Desert - Support of Access to Research Infrastrcture (ARI)

Hadassa Sorek inter at
Sun Feb 6 09:56:11 EST 2000

Negev Desert - Support of Access to Research Infrastructure

The Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research (BIDR) of the Ben-Gurion
University of the Negev is pleased to offer research fellowships in the
framework of the support of Access to Research Infrastructure (ARI,
previously LSF) of the EU. The ARI will allow scientists to conduct
experiments in the variety of disciplines that relate to desert research.

Scientists from EU member countries or from the associated states
(Bulgaria, Czech Rep., Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia,
Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia)
can apply to visit the BIDR for a period of up to two months.

The fellowship covers travel, subsistence and bench fees.

The BIDR is divided into the following research centers:
·       Energy and Environmental Physics
including solar energy utilization and applied optics, the desert climate
remote sensing and modeling of desertification.
·       Desert Ecology
        animal and plant at all levels of organization.
·       Man in Drylands
        urban & regional planning in arid zones, energy & climate in desert
architecture, anthropology, sociology, regional development, human
geography, economic history.
·   Environmental Hydrology & Microbiology
        hydrological processes, modeling of transport processes,
environmental and
water resources engineerings, microbial ecology, environmental
microbiology, bioremediation, climate change and desertification.
·       Dryland Biotechnologies
        aquaculture, biostress, cellular and molecular biology of plants in
controlled environment, desert plant biotechnology, microalgal
biotechnology, tissue culture and propagation.
·       Dryland Agriculture
        irrigation of field crops, greenhouse management, water harvesting,
introduction, range management and animal physiology.

How to apply
Application forms can be downloaded from our internet site (see below).
The application should include; CV, list of publications and research
proposal to be performed at one of the facilities above (not to exceed 2-3

Fellowships will be awarded 3 times a year on March, July and November.
Applications should arrive by the last day of the previous month.

A steering committee will allocate the visiting fellowships, based on the
merit of the applications, the relevance to desert studies and the
importance to the EU. Priority will be given to applicants who have not
previously used the facility and who would not normally have access to it.

Further information
For more information concerning application procedures, the research
centers and the scientific activity of the institute please visit our
or contact:
Prof. Zvi Cohen, Project Manager-ARI
The Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,
Sede Boqer, Israel, 84990
E-mail: inter at
Tel: 972-7-659-6717
Fax: 972-7-659-6718

Hadassa Sorek, Executive Secretary
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research
The Blaustein Center for Scientific Cooperation 
Sede Boqer Campus, 84990 Israel
Phone: 972-7-6596717;     Fax: 972-7-6596718
E-mail:inter at


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