Is­raeli sci­en­tists want to come home

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • Judy Siegel

Half of Is­raeli sci­en­tists af­fil­i­ated with one group are show­ing sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial for com­ing home and 39% are “se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing” such a move within the com­ing year, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey by the vol­un­tary or­ga­ni­za­tion ScienceAbr­oad, which en­cour­ages Is­raeli sci­en­tists to re­turn.

The sur­vey queried 2,500 mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion who are aca­demics in the sci­ences who live out­side of Is­rael. Some 76% of those who com­pleted their post-doc­toral fel­low­ships abroad said – when they left – they in­tended to re­turn af­ter com­plet­ing their stud­ies. Two out of five said the main rea­son for re­main­ing was the dif­fi­culty in find­ing em­ploy­ment in their field in Is­rael.

Since ScienceAbr­oad was es­tab­lished a few years ago, 644 Is­raeli sci­en­tists have re­turned with their fam­i­lies. Of those, 60% found jobs in academia and 36% in in­dus­try, con­tribut­ing a to­tal of some NIS 79 mil­lion in in­come taxes.

More than half of the post-doc­toral schol­ars sur­veyed study and work in the field of life sci­ences. Twenty-one per­cent of re­spon­dents said that if they re­turn with­out find­ing work in a uni­ver­sity or col­lege, they would look for an­other ca­reer to uti­lize their tal­ents.

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