Jerusalem – A Growing Knowledge Hub

Event Africa Contributor 23/02/2018

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The longest inhabited city on the globe, Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, is not only a holy place for three of the world’s major religions, it’s also an evolving association destination, Lane Nieset writes.

Two Millennia of Academic Heritage

Thanks to the presence of 17 academic institutions and cutting-edge research from the Hebrew University and Hadassah University Medical Center’s world-class labs, Jerusalem has emerged as a modern-day leading hub of academic knowledge. “In recent years, the university’s administration has made intense efforts to attract the best students, teachers and researchers, and to equip them with the best tools to succeed. In turn, our faculty and students have made world-class contributions in diverse fields, ranging from the arts and humanities to the basic and applied sciences,” explains Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

There’s a reason why Time Magazine named Jerusalem the world’s top emerging technological hub in 2015. Hebrew University ranks no. 1 in the 2018 QS World University Rankings report and sits among the top one percent of the world’s 26,000 higher education institutions. Not only does the university count the father of physics, Albert Einstein, as a founding father, it also boasts eight Nobel Laureates; nearly 10,000 patents for 2,600 inventions; and 4,000 research programmes that explore everything from Alzheimer’s medication to medical marijuana.


Jerusalem Fast Facts

-35 minutes (or 18 by train) from Israel’s international airport, Ben Gurion

-One of the world’s most secure airports, with direct flights between two and five hours from Europe and Russia

-International Convention Center with 27 halls, accommodating up to 10,000 people

-More than 17,500 hotel rooms spread across a variety of budgets

de the association through all phases of their events, they also ensure that this support continues year over year.

Jerusalem has also rightfully earned the title as “Start-Up Nation,” boasting the largest number of per-capita start-ups and venture capital investments in the world. One of the best examples of success sprouting from the city itself: in March 2017, Intel acquired Mobileye for $15 billion. The Israeli technology company, which develops vision technology for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and autonomous driving, got its start in the halls at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. With this type of home-grown success, Jerusalem is showing the world its power as an innovation hub.

Association Success in the City

Jerusalem is clearly standing out in the global arena in terms of academic research, biotechnology and medical innovation, and computer vision and image processing. In this context, it has started laying down a strong foundation for future conferences, with Israeli representatives of scientific international associations attracting international colleagues to the city for events like the 42nd Congress of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies, mHealth Israel, a global HealthTec conference, the 28th Annual Meeting of the International BFM-SG, or the International Symposium on the Cannabinoids which will be held in 2021.

Not only does Jerusalem offer association delegates the chance to meet in the world’s holiest city that’s as rich in culture as it is in business, it gives them the opportunity to be part of a growing knowledge hub and build a legacy both for their association as well as for the dynamic city.

For organisations who need financial assistance or are looking to boost delegate attendance, the Jerusalem Conventions & Visitors Bureau (JCVB) acts as a one-stop-shop and has helped the city host more international delegates than any other in Israel, assisting with everything from financial incentives of up to €50,000 to marketing and technological tools geared toward hotel and venue booking.

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