Dozens of diplomats stationed in Israel participated in a special GPO tour at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.
Among the 34 participants in the tour were the Peruvian Ambassador and representatives of various ranks from 29 countries including Uruguay, Chile, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Turkey, Georgia, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Hungary, Ireland, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Japan, Ghana, Congo and Angola. The broad participation in the tour attests to the global interest in the various fields of science being developed in Israel.
The group began the tour in the Levinson Visitors Center where it viewed a short film about the range of research – and presented some of the researchers – at the Weizmann Institute.
From there the group continued to Weizmann House, the home of Chaim Weizmann. The house was built as the private residence of Dr. Chaim Weizmann and Dr. Vera Weizmann, close to the Sieff Institute, founded by the former and which became Weizmann Institute of Science. The visitors were impressed by the spacious house which was built by architect Erich Mendelsohn in 1936 and which features simple lines but was both innovative for, and representative of, its time. The tour of the house added an important historical note about the State of Israel.
The diplomats then visited the especially impressive Koffler Accelerator, which was built in 1976 for use in advanced nuclear physics research. The site also includes astrophysics and particle physics labs. Dr. Ofer Yaron explained about distant stars, black holes and the uses of nuclear physics. The tour concluded at The Nancy and Stephen Grand Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine where the visitors were briefed by Dr. Danny Ben-Avraham, Dr. Haim Barr and Dr. Shmulik Motola. The doctors explained about – inter alia – DNA research; the visitors viewed work at the center.
The diplomats were impressed by the activity at the Weizmann Institute of Science, which is one of Israel's leading research centers and which positions the State of Israel among the world's most advanced countries in various fields of scientific research