45 members attended our last AGM with guest speaker from TAU Prof. Yair Bar Haim, world expert in post traumatic stress at the home of Rosie and Dov Potaznik. Prof Bar Haim talked about the computerized intervention training program he has developed, which helps soldiers address pre-combat threats, reducing the risk of PTSD outbreaks post-combat by two-thirds. The program is currently being prepared for full-scale implementation by the Israeli Defense Forces, with the American army showing interest in its adoption.
150 people attended the prestigious Oration function held at Queens Hall, Parliament house on April 26, 2017 with guest speaker Ms. Margaret Jackson AC, former Chairperson of Qantas and Prof. Joseph Klafter, President of TAU. The Oration was held jointly with JNF Victoria and dedicated to the late Eva & Les Erdi OAM in partnership with the Erdi Foundation. An appeal on the night raised funds for the “Australia Educational Gallery” dedicated to Eva and Les Erdi, and to be…
Oct 16, 2016 – 120 people attended a beautiful recital by visiting New York expatriate Sarah Grunstein, The Sydney-born pianist, praised by The New York Times for her ‘penetrating musical intelligence’, played Bach’s famous “Goldberg Variations” in the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Salon.
A new relationship between La Trobe and Tel Aviv Universities is being established with a focus on Agriculture and Food Security, with the expected visit of the TAU Dean of Life Sciences, Prof Danny Chamowitz to Australia this year. La Trobe joined our AISEP scholarship fund this year and its students can come to TAU for exchange programs. La Trobe University sponsored our “Innovation and Entrepreneurship breakfast with Dov Moran.
After two years of development, the first discussions having occurred during TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter’s last visit to Melbourne, we recently signed an agreement for the establishment of a Joint Research Centre between TAU and Swinburne University in Data Science. The joint centre will start working this year with four PhD candidates from both Universities, collaborating on research, and graduating with a joint degree from both Universities.
This year, AFTAU led a coalition of Victorian Universities to support exchange programs with TAU and provide funding via the AISEP (Australia Israel Scientific Exchange Program) fund, which is a tax-deductible entity. In September, we held a big Luncheon event for AISEP, co-hosted by The University of Melbourne with over 150 people attending. Special guest speaker was TAU graduate Uri Levin, the founder of “WAZE” founder of “WAZE” the world’s largest social navigation app, which was acquired by Google for…
AFTAM – The Australian Friends of Tel Aviv University – Monash Collaborative Research Awards Program
This year we have just expanded and doubled our scholarship fund with matching from Monash University for research collaborations with Monash and TAU. Up to eight researchers every year will now receive scholarships and run state of the art research with their fellows at TAU, and including travel between Israel and Australia as part of the awards.