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The European Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science (ECWIS), expresses our deep sadness and heartbreak over the loss of the many innocent lives taken, and for the families of the kidnapped children, women and men, in light of the horrendous terror attacks in Israel. We pray for the recovery of those who have been wounded and for the safety and wellbeing of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the security forces and rescue services, and everyone impacted by these horrendous tragedies.

Our thoughts and concerns also remain with our colleagues and friends at the Weizmann Institute of Science, as they seek safety and shelter.

As friends of our beloved Weizmann Institute of Science, we know very well how impactful Israel’s gift is to mankind, through excellent, bold, innovative and cutting-edge scientific research, as conducted in Rehovot. 

This special and pure curiosity-based science is music which can never be stopped, even after the dark day that took place on Saturday, October 7, 2023, during the Jewish holiday of Simchat Tora.

The Weizmann Institute philosophy, of allowing curiosity and passion to excel and advance mankind, is here to stay and grow.

ECWIS, throughout its 13 societies of friends, all across Europe, is sending its prayers and unwavering support to the state of Israel and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

European Committee of the
Weizmann Institute of Science ECWIS


«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 ECWIS,
Chair of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science


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26 Feb, 2024

Toward a Treatment for Huntington’s Disease

The human brain is a well-guarded control center. Its system of blood vessels is surrounded by a densely packed cellular barrier that prevents most substances from getting in or out. This fortified architecture protects the brain, but it can also stop it from getting help when it needs it – for example, in the case of a neurodegenerative disease. In a new study, published in EMBO Molecular Medicine, Prof. Rivka Dikstein of the Weizmann Institute of Science and her team identified two small molecules that manage to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and reduce the levels of a defective protein that causes Huntington’s disease, an incurable …

14 Feb, 2024

Proteins without Parents

When Profs. Joel Sussman and Israel Silman were asked to mentor Chinese students online during the COVID-19 pandemic, the last thing they expected to come out of the experience was highly innovati…
8 Feb, 2024

Down the Rabbit Hole

No one would ever confuse a human being with, say, a mouse or a chicken. But at the very start of their different developmental paths, they share a striking similarity. In fact, even the most expe…
2 Feb, 2024

There’s a New Hypothesis on Your Hypophysis

An unexpected observation has led researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science to challenge a 200-year-old doctrine regarding the embryonic origins of the pituitary gland. Situated at the base…
25 Jan, 2024

The Human Touch: Designing “Humanized” Antibodies That Work

In the late nineteenth century, physicians started treating human disease with blood serum extracted from immunized horses. But those extracts – which contained antibodies that target disease agen…


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11 Jul, 2023

Prof. Michael Sela

This spring marks one year since the passing of Prof. Michael Sela, the sixth President of the Weizmann Institute, who was one of the founding fathers of biomedical research in Israel and an international leader in the fields of immunology and drug discovery. To this day, the impact of Prof. Sela’s scientific achievements and institutional leadership are evident in every corner of the Weizmann campus.
10 Jul, 2023

Life’s mysteries in a droplet

How did small segments of proteins floating in the primordial soup evolve into the complex protein molecules we know today?
10 Jul, 2023

Chiral encounters

Will an electron escaping a molecule through a quantum tunnel behave differently depending on its inherent asymmetry?
10 Jul, 2023

The science of stress resilience

Our ability to handle stressful situations may come down to genetics
10 Jul, 2023

The power of the sun

Friends of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel Yehuda and Dita Bronicki say their relationship with Weizmann originated from the conviction that industry has much to gain from cooperating with research institutions and that research institutions can benefit from cooperation with industry.
10 Jul, 2023

The brains from Brazil

The Brazilian Association of Friends of the Weizmann Institute of Science, under the leadership of President Mario Fleck, has undertaken a major endeavor to support the construction of the building to house Weizmann’s neuroscience flagship initiative, the Azrieli Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences.
10 Jul, 2023

Cracking the neural code

The Weizmann Institute is excited to announce a pledge from longtime friend David Lopatie to establish the David Lopatie Center for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience—a pillar of the Azrieli Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences. The new Lopatie Center will advance efforts to unravel the basic principles of nerve cell communication and crack the underlying neural code.
10 Jul, 2023

Putting energy into physics

The Weizmann Institute was recently gifted an endowment by Milvia Perinot and the Fondazione Henry Krenter toward a new research center within the Frontiers of the Universe flagship: the Krenter-Perinot Center for High-Energy Particle Physics.

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A legacy can help you ensure that long into the future you will have played your part in allowing countless ground-breaking scientific discoveries to be made for the benefit of humanity.

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