Israeli Woman Elected President of International Science Organization

Professor Rahel Shalon, head of the Building Research Station of the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, becomes the first Israeli to assume presidency of an international scientific organization with her election as president of RILEM, the International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures now meeting in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

RILEM, founded in 1947, is an international organization established to promote meeting and scientific information exchanges between members through symposia and colloquia. Only actively engaged scientists in construction research may belong. Membership today is composed of about 500 scientists, many internationally famous, in addition to 300 research organizations from many nations as well as private companies.

Among the participating countries are the United States, Russia, India, Japan, Australia, Canada, countries of Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe. Prof. Shalon’s election as president of the organization is for a one-year period, and automatically places the next international meet in Israel next year. This will mark the first congress of this kind to be hosted in this country. Prof. Shalon, herself a graduate of the Technion, has been associated with the Institute’s Faculty of Civil Engineering since 1931.

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