Desert Research in Israel
Established in 1956 as Negev Institute for Arid Zone Research; in 1973 joined Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and changed to present name The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR).
The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR) constitute one of the academic faculties of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), and are located on BGU’s Sede Boqer Campus in Midreshet Ben-Gurion in the heart of the Negev Desert in Israel.
The BIDR is home to approximately 70 academic faculty and 90 technical and administrative staff members.
The BIDR comprises three internationally recognized research institutes: the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, the French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, and the Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental Research
The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research
The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR) is a multidisciplinary institute whose researchers focus on developing new technologies to provide drinking water and water for agricultural and industrial use and to promote the sustainable use of water resources.
In its stated vision, the ZIWR aims to identify current and emerging fundamental and applied challenges in water-related developments, rehabilitation, and stewardship. Operating within the ZIWR are two departments: the Department of Environmental Hydrology and Microbiology and the Department of Desalination and Water Treatment.
The French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands
The French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands (FAAB) hosts researchers who carry out fundamental and applied research to develop sustainable agricultural solutions for increasing food production, particularly in arid areas where conventional methods of agriculture are difficult to practice.
FAAB faculty focus on two main topics: 1. the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum in relation to environmental stress, and 2. aquaculture. The FAAB also hosts the Microalgal Biotechnology Laboratory whose researchers focus on microalgae as a reservoir of valuable bioactive compounds with numerous applications.
The Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research
The Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research (SIDEER) employs researchers who aim to develop, implement, and disseminate knowledge and environmental technologies in the fields of solar energy, environmental physics, and desert ecology. The SIDEER encompasses two departments: the Department of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics and the Department of Desert Ecology.
H2>The Albert Katz International School for Desert Studie
The Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies (AKIS) is a graduate program offering master’s and PhD degrees to Israeli and international students. Their program includes master’s degrees in 1. desert studies, 2. hydrology and water quality, 3. ecology and nature conservation, and 4. environmental physics and solar energy. Students can also pursue a PhD degree at AKIS in desert studies under the aegis of the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
The Jacob Blaustein Center for Scientific Cooperation
The collaborative scientific activities of the BIDR are coordinated through the Blaustein Center for Scientific Cooperation (BCSC). The center funds and promotes student exchange programs, postdoctoral training, international workshops and conferences, and joint research programs with academic institutions around the world. The BCSC offers postdoctoral fellowships for scholars who have recently attained their PhD degree and wish to carry out research at the BIDR.
School of Sustainability and Climate Change
The School of Sustainability and Climate Change is based on five decades of accumulated knowledge, experience and scientific research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The School offers an innovative approach: Synergy among all the researchers in the field. Researchers and students are taking an advantage of this creative dynamic to make unique contributions