BGU is recognized by the United Nations as a world leader in desert research, water resources and sustainable development of drylands.

BGU’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research are focused on harnessing the arid-zone ecosystem for human habitation. The Blaustein Institutes are comprised of three world-renowned research institutes: the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, the French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, and the Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research. The knowledge gained here is shared with the world, where the rapid expansion of desert, called desertification, affects 1 billion people in 100 countries.

Its Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies (AKIS) offers English-language master and doctoral degree programs in desert studies, and hydrology and water quality.

“For centuries, people in arid lands prepared special plots for crops with retaining walls. The floodwater was conveyed by dirt channels. We’ve refined this system to produce trees, fodder and grain.”
– Prof. Pedro Berliner

Arid lands make up 40 percent of the planet’s landmass, and growing. Support BGU’s research in preventing desertification.

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BGU Announces New Rector and Deans

August 3, 2018

Tags: Leadership, Awards & Events

Prof. Haim Hames is elected rector. New deans are elected for the Glazer Faculty and the Blaustein Institutes.

American Associates Village Honored for Eco Design

July 26, 2018

Tags: Desert & Water Research, Leadership, Awards & Events

The student village in Sede Boqer won an architecture award for its unique and desert-friendly design.

Thanks to Wildfires, Some Streams Are Flowing Better

July 18, 2018

Tags: Desert & Water Research, Social Sciences & Humanities

BGU finds, in some cases, wildfires are responsible for up to 20 percent of a stream’s water flow.