Cooperation Agreement Signed Between TAU and the Collège de France

Agreement strengthens existing strong relations between the two institutions in the areas of humanities and exact sciences
24 July 2018

A collaboration agreement was signed between Tel Aviv University and the prestigious Collège de France in Paris, during a joint symposium of the two institutions that was held as part of the 2018 France-Israel Exchange Season.


The symposium addressed four themes through round table discussions with the participation of scholars from both institutions. These included: biblical archeology; literature and society; renewable energies; quantum physics; and string theory.


The session on biblical archaeology featured presentations by Prof. Israel Finkelstein (TAU) and Thomas Römer (Collège de France) on the early results of a joint excavation project of the two institutions in the Judean hills, supported by TAU’s Shmunis Family Anthropology Institute. A session on the literature and the humanities featuring Prof. Ruth Amossy (TAU) and Prof. Antoine Compagnon (Collège de France ) addressed the ways in which contemporary literature can serve as a forum for debate on societal issues. The third session on renewable energies featured talks by Prof. David Andelman (TAU), Prof. Guy Deutscher (Collège de France) and Prof. Didier Roux (French Academy of Sciences) on the environmental challenges posed by the world’s decreasing natural resources. The final session, on the theory of quantum gravity, featured presentations by Marc Henneaux (Collège de France) and TAU Rector Prof. Yaron.


The symposium was held in the presence of Dominique Perben, former Minister of Justice of France; Prof. Alain Prochiantz, Administrator of the Collège de France; Prof. Eyal Zisser, Vice-Rector of TAU; Prof. François Heilbronn, President of the French Friends Association of TAU; and Prof. Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, a Nobel laureate in physics. The symposium, which was initiated by Prof. Antoine Compagnon of the Collège de France and Prof. Ruth Amossy of TAU, brought together eminent researchers from both countries. The agreement builds on existing ties between the two institutions. 


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