Hundreds Participate in Israel Young Scientists and Developers Competition in Honor of the Goren-Monti-Ferrari Family in Cooperation with the Ministry of Education

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Hundreds Participate in Israel Young Scientists and Developers Competition in Honor of the Goren-Monti-Ferrari Family in Cooperation with the Ministry of Education

On March 21, young innovators from around the country gathered for the final event of the Israel Young Scientists and Developers Competition, in Honor of the Goren-Monti-Ferrari Family  in Cooperation with the  Ministry of Education, which took place at the Knesset, and was hosted by MK Uri Maklev, Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee.

The week-long competition, now entering its 20th year, was initiated by and based out of Jerusalem’s Bloomfield Science Museum, and is part of the European Union’s research and development programs to encourage collaboration between young scientists in Europe and in Israel. The competition was sponsored by the Goren-Monti-Ferrari Family, patrons of academic excellence and scientific innovation in Jerusalem.

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Hundreds of students between the ages of 16 and 20 from across the country participated in the contest; only 66 advanced to the final rounds. The competition was judged by 33 experts from a variety of academic fields. It was truly astounding to see the high level of talent on display, with innovative projects that addressed technological, scientific, and business challenges in a wide array of fields.

Matteo Ferrari came in especially to view the competition and to address the winners, speaking on behalf of Micaela Goren-Monti, the head of the family foundation that she established in order to pass down her father’s legacy of commitment to the Jewish community and to Israel.

 

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And of course, Jerusalemites were amply represented among the first, second, and third-place winners.

The winners were:

First Place

  • Rina Sevostianov of Makif Gimmel, Ashdod: “Self-assembled hybrid of two peptides into a hydrogel with unusual mechanical traits”
  • Gonen Zimmerman of Hakfar Hayarok IMO Levi Eshkol, Ramat Hasharon: “Orthonormal polynomials with the two-dimensional Nevai Condition”
  • Omri Ganchrow of the Israel Arts and Science Academy, Jerusalem:  “Linguistic innovations in contemporary Israeli literature and types of innovation in books by Eshkol Nevo and David Grossman, a stylistic linguistic study”

Second Place

  • Noga Yekutieli of the Israel Arts and Science Academy, Jerusalem:  “The change in the perception of death following the Black Plague in England”
  • Dekel Roth and Ariel Adar of ORT Greenberg high school, Kiryat Tivon: “Real time monitoring system of mechanical heart valves”

Third Place

  • Hadar Rahav of the Israel Arts and Science Academy, Jerusalem:  “Hybrid nanometer layers of Titanium Ethylene Glycol (Ti-EG) as photocatalytic materials”
  • Ohad Rave and Nitai Edelberg of ORT Greenberg high school, Kiryat Tivon:  “CPR bridge”

Hundreds Participate In Israel Young Scientists And Developers Competition 5  (1)Prof. Nili Cohen, president of the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities, congratulated the winners, saying, “You are the core of the state of Israel’s next generation of scientists”.

Over the years, the contest has produced 1,000 alumni, who have gone on to become leaders in Israeli research and academia, and  hi-tech and business entrepreneurship.

The winners will receive academic scholarships and represent Israel at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held in LA in May, and the EU Young Scientists and Developers Competition, which will be held in Estonia in September.

The Jerusalem Foundation would like to congratulate all of the winners, and  is proud to work with partners from around the world to turn Jerusalem into a thriving science center, and to nurture the next generation of Israeli innovators.

We would like to thank the Goren-Monti-Ferrari family for their support of this contest, which causes the wisdom of science to shine forth from Jerusalem.