BOG 2019: Boris Mints Institute Prize Awarded

Dr. Peter H. Gleick, leading water researcher and activist wins the Prize
23 June 2019
From left: Dr. Peter H. Gleick; Prof. Itai Sened; outgoing TAU President Joseph Klafter; Dr. Boris Mints

The Boris Mints Institute Prize was awarded for the third year running during the 2019 Board of Governors Meeting, this year in water research. The $100,000 Prize went to Dr. Peter H. Gleick, co-founder and President Emeritus of the Pacific Institute for studies in Development, Environment and Security, California.  Gleick is a leading researcher in the field of water, water rights, the impact of climate change and international conflicts on water resources.


Benefactor of the Prize is TAU Honorary Doctor and Campaign Cabinet Member, Dr. Boris Mints, founder of the Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges (BMI) at TAU.


Dr. Gleick’s work has made a significant contribution to in terms of science and policy over several decades. His new research approach – the “soft water path” -- has become central to discussions on how to create reliable and safe water supplies worldwide, while addressing population growth and a reduction of environmental damage.


Another issue at the center of Dr. Gleick's work is an increased awareness of the right to water as a fundamental human right. In addition, Dr. Gleick was one of the first experts to identify the growing trend in water resource disputes in many countries around the world. As a result of this work, he created the world’s largest database on water as a factor in conflicts that is used by the United Nations.


The Boris Mints Institute was established in 2016 at the School of Social and Policy Studies, Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences. Head of the School and of BMI, Prof. Itai Sened, noted at the ceremony: “The awarding of the Mints Prize to Dr. Gleick underscores the Institute’s global outlook and our commitment to finding sustainable policy solutions to urgent and universal challenges.” 

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