Bar-Ilan University | President’s Report 2022

25 NETWORKS Researchers in the Networks pathway will provide a scientific basis for the creation and optimization of networks for distributing materials, information, and energy. STRENGTHS Bar-Ilan is home to the leading network-science group in Israel, including pathway head Prof. Shlomo Havlin, winner of the 2018 Israel Prize for physics and one of the twomost-cited scientists in Israel. IMPACT • smart cities and smart transportation • cybersecurity • preparedness and response to public-health epidemics c-health epidemics REGULATION Researchers in the Regulation pathway will develop evidencebased regulatory solutions to national and international environmental challenges. STRENGTHS The Bar-Ilan Faculty of Law is the national leader in regulatory and environmental law and home to the country’s only graduate program to bring physical ecology, environmental economics, and law together under one roof. IMPACT • climate-change policies • policies for the transition to a hydrogen economy ENERGY Researchers in the Energy pathway will work to develop sustainable technologies for energy storage, conversion, and management, including hydrogen economy. STRENGTHS Bar-Ilan has the largest number of leading energy scientists in Israel, including Prof. (Emeritus) Doron Aurbach, the world renowned electrochemist, second-most cited scientist in Israel, and winner, among other prizes, of the Israel Chemical Society GoldMedal; Prof. Lior Elbaz, head of the Israeli Fuel Cell Consortium; and Bar-Ilan President Prof. Arie Zaban, acclaimed for his work on photovoltaic cells. IMPACT • advanced batteries and fuel cells for automotive vehicles, boats, and drones • solar cells • water desalination EARTH SCIENCES and ENVIRONMENT Researchers in the Earth Sciences and Environment pathway will use advanced physical and chemical modelling methodologies to characterize the extent and pattern of climate change, as well as to address the negative impact of both global warming and human activity. STRENGTHS Researchers in the Earth Sciences and Environment pathway specialize in terrestrial, aquatic, oceanographic, atmospheric, and climatological research. IMPACT • assessment of climate change severity and pattern • large-scale weather forecasting • prevention of desertification • seawater desalination and water-resource management SUSTAINABILITY Researchers in the Sustainability pathway will advance research and advocacy for the development all aspects of smart cities. STRENGTHS Researchers in Bar-Ilan’s Department of Geography and the Environment have ongoing collaborations with governmental ministries such as the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture; national nonprofits such as the Israeli Association for Ecology and the Environment and the Society for the Protection of Nature; and local municipalities. IMPACT • urban planning • smart transportation infrastructure • epidemiology ENGINEERING Researchers in the Engineering pathway will work to develop sustainable technologies, pioneer the use of sustainable materials, and optimize systems for energy efficiency. STRENGTHS Researchers in the Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering have extensive experience in the design of prototypes and the commercialization of technologies. Pathway head Prof. Zeev Zalevsky, for example, received the Edison Award™ for his ultra-thin, high-resolution, single-use endoscope. IMPACT • photonic devices for energy storage, conversion, and transmission • recycling technologies • robotics for energy-efficient processes ECOLOGY Researchers in the Ecology pathway will work to understand and address the effects of anthropogenic stressors such as climate change on plant, animal, and marine ecosystems, as well as raise awareness of practices for mitigation at the national and international levels. STRENGTHS Researchers in the Ecology pathway will work to understand and address the effects of anthropogenic stressors such as climate change on plant, animal, and marine ecosystems. IMPACT • biofuel production • plant and crop resilience • coral-reef preservation