Higher Education Forum: Session No.55: Academic Freedom in Research

Session 2 out of 4 ,14.06.22, Zoom

Chairman and Host of the Meeting Prof. Shimon Yankelewitz Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron

Academic freedom in research and teaching should ensure that teaching and research are carried out independently, without fear and without fear of discrimination or harm.
It includes the right to choose the subjects of research and teaching, their character and conduct without dictates. In meetings 2+3 we will examine the challenges and constraints – external and internal – on this academic freedom. Are there any restrictions worth putting, what are the limits and what are the tools for determining the borders and red lines.

Dr. Vered Ariel-Nahai, CEO BaShaar
Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron, Chairman BaShaar

First session:
On freedom of research and economic constraints - research budgeting, prioritizing research areas, commercializing knowledge and interfaces with industry and public bodies.

Chairman and moderator: Prof. Shimon Yankelewitz. Chairman of the Higher Education Forum, BaShaar, Former Rector of Tel Aviv University

Panel attended by:

Prof. Ehud Gazit, Monis School of Biomedical Research and Cancer Research and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tel Aviv Universit
Prof. Daniel Seifman, Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Weizmann Institute of Science. Chairman of the Academic Management of the National Science Foundation, former President of the Weizmann Institute of ScienceMr.Avi Hasson, Ceo of
Start-Up Nation Central
Prof. Shulamit Michaeli, Vice President of Research at Bar Ilan University Adv.
Nava Sversky-Sofer, Director and Expert in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Former CEO of Implementation, Vice President at Novartis Global and Partner in Leading Venture Capital Funds.

Second session:
on the limits of freedom of research – limitations of ethics, society and barriers to political correctness; and proper conduct and control mechanisms in front of them.

prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron | Chairman and Moderator, Tel Aviv University; Former President of the Open University and Vice President of R&D at Tel Aviv University

Panel attended by:
Prof. Dafna Yoel, School of Psychological Sciences and the Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Avi Israeli, Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Health and Head of the Dr. Julian Chair at the School of Medicine of the Hebrew University and Hadassah
Prof. Rivka Carmi, Prof. (Emerit.) Former President of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Prof. Moshe Maor, Department of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Yitzhak (Yanni) Nevo, Department of Philosophy, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Questions from the audience





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