The Water Council of Wisconsin and the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have signed an accord to increase collaboration and research in water related issues between the midwestern US state and Israel as a first step to setting up an arm of Wisconsin’s National Science Foundation center in Israel.
The agreement calls for collaboration on water-related applied research that aims to introduce new technologies globally through Wisconsin’s National Science Foundation sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Water Equipment and Policy (WEP). The foundation is an independent federal agency that aims to promote science and advance health and welfare.
The Water Council also signed an accord with the Israel Innovation Authority, a public organization responsible for Israel’s innovation policy, to develop a new research partnership in which Israeli and Wisconsin water technology startup companies will collaborate on piloting and developing new applications for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and other Wisconsin water utilities.
The accords were signed during Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s trade mission to Israel this week.
“These partnerships will strengthen the sector in both countries, and are expected to open new markets to water technology companies in Wisconsin and Israel,” said Walker in a statement released by Ben-Gurion University.
The Zuckerberg Institute conducts interdisciplinary research and graduate education in water sciences.
Read the full story by The Times of Israel