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BGU’s Desert Research Institutes to Receive Cleantech 2009 Environmental Excellence Award for Outstanding Academic Institution

BGU’s Desert Research Institutes to Receive Cleantech 2009 Environmental Excellence Award for Outstanding Academic Institution

June 29, 2009

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SEDE BOQER, ISRAEL, June 29, 2009 – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s (BGU) Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR) has won the CleanTech 2009 Excellence Award in the category of Outstanding Academic Institution in the Field of Environmental Studies.


CleanTech 2009 is a premier environment event in Israel, featuring professional conferences, seminars and symposia, as well as exhibitions where companies, researchers and professionals demonstrate new technologies and research developments.


The goal of the BIDR, located at BGU’s Sede Boqer campus, is to carry out research on the desert environment required for promoting sustainable uses of the Negev Desert and other drylands worldwide. 


Deserts and other drylands constitute more than 40 percent of the global land area. Environmental changes such as global warming and further desertification of drylands threaten more than one billion people in some 100 countries. 


Due in part to technology developed at BGU, Israel is the only country in which the desert is receding.


Nearly 300 scientists, researchers, staff and students carry out a wide range of environmental projects at laboratories, classes and other facilities at the Blaustein Institutes, as well as at research stations and field research sites throughout the Negev Desert and globally.


The CleanTech Award will be presented in Tel Aviv on June 30th at CleanTech 2009 – the 13th Annual International Summit and Exhibition for Environmental Quality, Renewable Energy, Infrastructures and Water Technologies. The event will take place at the Israel Trade Fairs and Conventions Center in Tel Aviv.


View a video of the research being done at the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. As Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) celebrates its 50th birthday this year, AABGU imagines a future that goes beyond the walls of academia. It is a future where BGU invents a new world and inspires a vision for a stronger Israel and its next generation of leaders. Together with supporters, AABGU will help the University foster excellence in teaching, research and outreach to the communities of the Negev for the next 50 years and beyond.

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