Skoltech students immerse themselves into Israel’s cutting-edge agricultural sectors
Driven by the desire to spur innovation in the Russian agricultural sector, Skoltech last year began to lay the foundations for an agricultural educational track To bolster the initiative, a delegation from the institute headed south to Israel to learn more about how the small desert nation has succeeded in developing a flourishing agricultural sector despite water scarcity and limited land resources. At the time, the delegation – which included President Alexander Kuleshov and Center for Life Sciences (CLS) Director Konstantin Severinov, among others – visited some of Israel’s leading educational institutes. Full text available here
Three Skoltech biotech students – Anna Shmelkova, Julia Piskunova and Ksenia Tsvetkova – spent a couple of weeks in Tel-Aviv, Israel. They didn’t come for the beach or for the thriving nightlife. They came to participate in the food safety and security summer school, held in Tel-Aviv University’s Manna Center for Plant Biosciences.
As Skoltech progresses, it covers more areas of research relevant to its core activities. Agriculture is indeed such an area, and within the Center for Data-Intensive Biomedicine and Biotechnology an agricultural program has already been initiated, led by Professor Philipp Khaitovich (see more about the program in the box below). The participation of Skoltech students in the food safety and security summer school is part of the development of the program, and in the same time, a first step in strengthening the cooperation between Skoltech and Tel-Aviv University (TAU). Full text available here