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«It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of ECWIS, the the European Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science. We are a non-profit organization, dedicated to furthering the development of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

History has repeatedly shown that curiosity-driven research leads to unexpected breakthroughs and has a meaningful long-term impact on all of us. Our goal is to enable such scientific research and raise financial means to support the work of our scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science, for the future of humanity.

This website aims to share with you a glimpse of the broad and fascinating science that comes from the Weizmann Institute. Through this website, I invite you to step into a magical journey. A journey in the footsteps of human curiosity, passion and knowledge, a journey to learn and come closer to understanding the mysteries of life and the secrets of the universe.

Thank you and enjoy the WOW – Wonders Of Weizmann Institute of Science.»

Bob Drake, Chair of ECWIS and Vice Chair of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science

Bob Drake

Chair of the International Board and Chair of the European Committee, Weizmann Institute of Science


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18 Jun, 2024

Reimaging Images

Just a few years ago, we could hardly have imagined that millions of people around the world would have access to easy-to-use generative AI applications that produce texts, images and videos. These apps can generate outputs that look as if they were created by human beings, as well as create things that have never existed in reality. The rapid advance in the capabilities of large language models, which after decades of development have started to generate complex and reasonably credible texts, took even experts by surprise. As a result, attention also turned to models that combine text with visual data such as images and videos, and their…

10 Jun, 2024
Like treetops reaching high into the sky to sense the sunlight, our sensory neurons – whose role is to collect information about what is happening in and around the body – grow long, intricate ext…
6 Jun, 2024
Vortices are a common physical phenomenon. You find them in the structure of galaxies, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as in a cup of tea, or water as it drains from the bathtub. Normally, vorti…
3 Jun, 2024
Autophagy, which literally means “self-eating,” is a cellular cleaning-out process that maintains our bodies in good order, but excessive autophagy can be too much of a good thing. Now Weizmann In…
1 Jun, 2024
Once upon a time, we were all nothing but a mass of densely packed stem cells. Over time, this mass elongated, sprouted limbs on either side, buttocks at the rear, a stomach in the front and a hea…