To celebrate the 120th anniversary of Rehovot, and in cooperation with the Municipality of Rehovot, more than 20 Weizmann Institute scientists and graduate students took to the local pubs and coffee shops, where they shared with the public the excitement that accompanies scientific research at the forefront of human knowledge.
In an Irish pub situated in the Rabin Science Park, Weizmann Institute President Prof. Daniel Zajfman spoke about the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial life.
Meanwhile, a local café provided the picturesque backdrop for a discussion between Weizmann Institute Vice President for Resource Development and Dean of Educational Activities Prof. Israel Bar-Joseph and Rehovot Mayor Rahamim Malul about science education. Computer scientist Prof. Irit Dinur and International Women’s Film Festival Director Anat Shperling spoke about “Women in Science and Cinema.” Among the topics discussed by students in the local pubs and coffee shops were supercomputers, quantum theory and how life evolved on Earth.
The celebrations opened with a children’s exhibition, “Nano Comics
, Science and Good Spirits,” based on the comic series published by the Weizmann Institute that depicts the real work of Weizmann scientists.
A workshop that was popular with the children was one held in honor of Prof. Ada Yonath. Her unique personal history led her on the quest to study ribosomes, and decades of intense research finally earned her the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.