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President Zajfman and I have frequently reported that one of our most pressing priorities is to attract outstanding younger scientists to the Institute to add to the complement of senior, experienced researchers. As our senior scientists reach retirement age, it is these new additions who will ensure the maintenance of high standards of scientific research at the Institute.
Competition from all leading research institutions, worldwide, to attract the very best scientists is challenging, and we are aware of the importance of our meeting the challenge. Meanwhile, we are pleased with the younger scientists who have joined or have committed to join the Institute since our last report.
Nearly 40 Weizmann Institute scientists have retired in the past five years. About 60 will be reaching retirement age in the next five. That means that, in one short decade, we will see a turnover of nearly half the Institute’s faculty. In the meantime,
we continue to take in a large number of young scientists. The stakes are high and the potential payoff dramatic: The changeover will shape the scientific “personality” of the Weizmann Institute for decades to come.
Recruiting large numbers of scientists in only a few years presents a true challenge. Clearly, we must maintain our normally high standards when inviting scientists to join. Achieving this means the Institute must be an attractive option for talented young researchers, many of whom receive offers from top universities around the world. And this requires a major effort, including serious investment in our research infrastructure.