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Turkey and Israel organized panel for innovation

A panel, jointly organized by the Consulate General of Israel in Istanbul and Istanbul Chamber of Industry, about Israel`s experience in developing technologies and opportunities for cooperation took place May 23 in Istanbul.
Turkey and Israel organized panel for innovation
Shai Cohen, Erdal Bahçıvan, Dr. Nir Ben Lavi)

A panel, jointly organized by the Consulate General of Israel in Istanbul and Istanbul Chamber of Industry, about Israel`s experience in developing technologies and opportunities for cooperation took place yesterday in Istanbul. Israeli and the Turkish experts, entrepreneurs and the academics discussed the key elements of successful innovation.

 

Consul General of Israel in Istanbul, Shai Cohen during his opening speech elaborated on Israel`s success in developing new technologies and stressed that it lies in the symbiosis created in Israel between the universities and the business world. Consul General Cohen further stressed the importance of joint cooperation between Turkish and the Israeli universities and the technoparks to facilitate  joint innovation projects and mentioned that these have been introduced as top priority in 2017 workplan of the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul. He concluded his remarks by stressing the horizontal nature of innovation which spills over to all fields of cooperation such as economy, science, culture and academia between two countries.

 

Chairman of the Board of Istanbul Chamber of Industry Erdal Bahçıvan, mentioned during his opening speech that R&D and innovation became important concepts in the global markets which are increasingly based on competitive advantages. Mr. Bahçıvan stressed that Israel stands as one of the most successful examples of innovation and R&D today and it compensated the disadvantages of its small size and difficult geography by increasing its intellectual and educational capacities.

 

The panels throughout the event, focused on the importance of R&D, technopark ecosystems and the cooperation between universities and the relevant industries which made Israel a story of success in the field of innovation. The President of International Commercialization Alliance Nava Swersky Sofer explained during her speech that 300 multinational companies have their R&D Centers in Israel and Israel`s investments are so significant that it sets the bar in R&D spending. Uzi Bar Sadeh, representing the R&D Directorate of Israel, has elaborated on the opportunities for cooperation between Turkey and Israel in the fields of high technology and Dr. Nir Ben Lavi, Head of Joint Innovation Program of Bogazici University stressed that the key to success in innovation lies in the successful cooperation between academia, industry and the government. 

 

Attended by company owners, high level executives, R&D experts, academics, journalists and project managers, the event served as a great venue for the innovation community of both countries to meet, engage and brainstrom with one another.