(Formerly the Office of the Chief Scientist and MATIMOP)

Chief Scientist on First Official Visit to Australia

New Agreement with Commonwealth Bank of Australia to be signed during visit



Chief Scientist Avi Hasson to Visit Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to Meet with Top Australian Officials and Companies


Jerusalem. November 23rd, 2015Israel’s Chief Scientist Avi Hasson will visit Australia for a week of events and meetings designed to deepen and strengthen bilateral economic, technological and scientific ties. Hasson will also be a keynote speaker at the First Israel-Australia Investment Summit 2015 (The Bridge) , organized by the Israel Trade Commission in Sydney, the Foreign Trade Administration, and the Division for Foreign Investment and Industrial Cooperation at the Israeli Ministry of Economy.

“This visit is clearly a testament to the high regard Australia has for the Israeli innovation economy,” said Chief Scientist Hasson. “A number of Australian government and trade delegations have visited Israel in recent months, focusing on lessons from the ‘Startup Nation’ in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. They were also deeply interested in learning about our unique brand of public-private partnership and how it promotes our knowledge economy. This visit aims at strengthening an already robust relationship between our two countries.”


The week-long visit will begin Nov. 23 rd . It is being hosted by the the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in cooperation with the Israel Trade Commission in Sydney.


Among the other highlights of the Chief Scientist’s stay:


Ø   Signing with Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) of an MNC agreement – a framework which provides a supportive work environment for Israeli startups looking to collaborate with multinational companies.

Ø   Re-launching of the VISTECH program (R&D Cooperation Program with the State of Victoria) – will be open to funding for joint R&D projects

Ø   Meetings and roundtable discussions with a number of Australian officials who play an important role in shaping innovation and economic policy, including:

o    The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

o    Wyatt Roy MP, Assistant Minister for Innovation

o    Premier of New South Wales, the Hon. Mike Baird

o    Mr. Bill Ferris, Incoming Chair of Innovation Australia

o    The Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister of Trade and Investment

o    Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group

o    The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade


About the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist & MATIMOP

The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) in the Israeli Ministry of Economy is charged with execution of government policy for support of industrial R&D.  The goal of the OCS is to assist in the development of technology in Israel as a means of fostering economic growth and encouraging R&D collaboration both nationally and internationally. MATIMOP, the executive agency of the OCS, promotes international cooperation in industrial R&D, providing access to funding for cooperative international R&D projects and assistance in identifying partners.


For further information:

Aaron Kliner

Headline Media – Foreign Media Advisers to the Ministry of Economy