The UK-Israel Inter-University Strategic Cooperation Programme aims to strengthen academic collaboration between UK and Israeli universities. The scheme supported them and other research institutions to hold academic meetings (symposia, workshops or conferences) as a seed for future UK-Israel academic collaboration. 

The programme was funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and managed by the UK Science and Innovation Network and the British Council Israel. 

In the long run, we hope that these collaborations will address pressing global challenges and establish Britain and Israel as leading academic research partners.

See below the list of the confirmed academic meetings:

Nationalism, citizenship, trans-nationalism, and diaspora

Professor David Tal, University of Sussex

Professor Raanan Rein, Tel Aviv University


Prof Tal and Rein will hold a two-day workshop examining issues relating to Nationalism, Citizenship, Exile, and Diaspora from broad and interdisciplinary perspectives such as historical, sociological, cultural, and theoretical. It will serve as the opening event for the creation of a research group whose members are engaged with these issues, and lead to an edited volume that will be based on the presentations at the workshop.

British-Israeli cultural images in comparative perspective

Professor Nathan Abrams, Bangor University

Dr Yvonne Kozlovsky-Golan, University of Haifa

Other participating institutions: The Open University of Israel, The University of Cambridge, The University of Sheffield, The University of Winchester, UK Jewish Film


The workshop proposes to analyse the representation of Jews/Israelis, Jewishness/Israeli-ness, and Judaism in British and Israel film and television, especially the role that non-Jewish reception plays within them. It will engage in exploring, in a comparative transnational perspective, the politics and representation of the Jewish self-image and stereotypes within and across the two countries. The is to bring together the leading scholars in British-Jewish and Israeli film and television in order to develop a research network and meaningful collaborative links between the two institutions. The event will serve to solidify and formalise the series of informal meetings and collaborations that have occurred hitherto, as well as bring a wider range of scholars and students into its purview to increase research capacity, teaching exchanges, public engagement and pathways to impact activities, and major grant bids.

UKSPINE and Oxford–Tel Aviv translational medicine meeting

Professor Dan Peer, Tel Aviv University

Professor Chas Bountra, University of Oxford


The 2020 UKSPINE-Oxford-TAU translational medicine symposium is dedicated to establishing a community advancing the development of novel therapeutics and diagnostics. This meeting aims to accelerate and connect scientific capabilities between the UKSPINE-Oxford and Tel Aviv University, building on national capabilities to foster international programmes of work. The results will be new and innovative projects addressing the needs of an ageing population, and enhancing the development of breakthrough translational technologies

Establishment of a Scotland-Israel parasitology consortium

Dr Lilach Sheiner, University of Glasgow

Professor Shulamit Michaeli, Bar-Ilan University

Other participating institutions: University of Dundee, Hebrew University


The planed event is a 3-day meeting between scientists from four institutes in Israel and the UK that are leaders in the field of parasitology research. The purpose of the meeting it to establish a strategic collaboration between the four institutes and to form a consortium of parasitology leaders that will stir the future collaborative activities between scientists from those institutes. 

Pedagogical innovation for shared life

Professor Tony Gallagher, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Zehavit Gross, Bar-Ilan University

Other participating institutions: Kibbutzim College of Education


The event will explore experiences in developing pedagogical and classroom practice to address issues related to diversity in societies currently or recently experiencing conflict, with emphasis on Israel and Northern Ireland. The opportunity will allow us to extend our existing partnership by enhancing the role of pre-service and in-service teachers.

Addressing Global Issues in Gender and Queer Studies

Dr Jenny van Hooff, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Kinneret Lahad, Tel Aviv University


Over the course of seven months, the grant-holders will bring together eight other academics from Tel Aviv and Manchester Metropolitan Universities, culminating in a two-day workshop in Manchester. Building on an existing international partnership between the grant-holde3rs, a formal institutional collaboration will be established between the two universities in order to inform and collaborate on social scientific work on scholarly investigations of gendered life

Network and data infrastructure security (NDIS)

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol

Professor Ofer Hadar, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Other participating institutions: IBM Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Beer Sheva


This project aims to address key challenges in future network and data infrastructure security. The two proposed workshops seek to bring together expertise from the two institutions to overcome key challenges in building future secure connectivity and data platforms addressing critical challenges of the future Internet Infrastructure and services. Most importantly, the project, and the workshops, will provide a basis for planning future joint research activities building on the MoU that was recently signed between the two institutions.


Pedagogical resources for dialogue between science education and religious education

Professor Hanan Alexander, University of Haifa

Professor Michael Reiss, University College London

Other participating institutions: Technion – Israel Institute of Technology


This two-day symposium will bring together leading scholars of religious education and science education from the UK and Israel to consider how educational theory and practice can better address the challenges of teaching evolution and origins of the universe, of life, and of humans to students with a variety of religious beliefs and cultural norms. As diverse democratic societies in which tensions between science and religion are often hotly debated by believers and unbelievers, scholars from Israel and the UK are particularly suited to explore dialogue between these disciplines and how this dialogue should impact educational approaches. The symposium builds on existing collaborations between the two institutions to broaden existing partnerships and stimulate further offshoots and new joint-projects.


Driving research excellence in AI, health, mathematics, data science, history and laws

Professor Colin Grant, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Oron Shagrir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Other participating institutions: Tel Aviv University


Following excellent discussions between representatives of the leadership teams at Queen Mary and Tel Aviv University (TAU) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) - through the British Council-hosted December 2019 UK-Israel roundtable - Queen Mary has initiated discussions with TAU and HUJ to expand existing collaboration through two days of focused workshops (one day each with TAU and HUJ). The ambition through the workshops is to build on existing connections and generate new links between both established and early-career academics at each of the three partners, in order to generate ideas for new joint projects, co-develop grant funding proposals, and so contribute to the development of high impact clusters of research excellence in the identified priority areas.


Mapping the terrain: navigating academic leadership and management in the art and design institution.

Mr Darryl Clifton, University of the Arts, London

Dr Liat Brix, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design


The event is designed to further deepen the collegiate relationship between University of the Arts, London and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in some of the following ways:

  • Realise a primary ambition to create an international network of academics as well as the further deepening of the existing partnership between UAL and Bezalel with a view to widening the university networks, including strategies for engagement with key regional and national stakeholders.
  • Develop and deliver 2-day conference hosted by UAL and Bezalel in September 2020/April 2021 at UAL
  • Cultivate a network of ‘change leaders’ from Art and Design institutions particularly.
  • Identify key findings and strategies for programmes of management and leadership development in Art and Design Institutions


Innovation in development and adoption of autonomous vehicles, systems and robots in farming

Mr Parmjit Chima, Harper Adams University

Professor Avital Bechar, Agricultural Research Organisation (Volcani Center)


The primary focus of the symposium is for academics and researchers from the two institutions to explore developments and emerging innovations in advanced autonomous technologies to support farming and agricultural tasks in UK and Israel. It is anticipated the symposium will lead to the development of a satellite Hands Free Hectare test site in Israel to provide a test bed for academia and industry.