JERUSALEM (Mar. 29)
Israeli and French scientists will gather at Beit Dagim, near Tel Aviv March 31-April 1 for a joint symposium on radiation and agriculture to be held at the Vulcani Agricultural Research Institute. Co-sponsors of the event are the Prime Minister’s office, the National Council for Research and Development and the French Agricultural Ministry’s National Institute for Agricultural Research. The symposium has political implications as well as scientific purpose. It was described officially as “a further link in the series of actions for the creation of closer relations between Israel and France in the field of science under the provisions of the cultural agreement between the two countries. “The agreement is regarded as an important step toward improving Franco-Israel relations which deteriorated seriously after the Six-Day War. Fourteen French scientists and scholars visited Israel last year and 19 Israelis went to France for scholarly research at French institutions. In addition, 18 French scientists were invited to carry out research projects jointly with Israeli scientists. A similar exchange is planned for the current year.