Calling all researchers...



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A note from the President

Since its emergence, the “Corona crisis” has become an international crisis, affecting the lives of individuals, families, communities and countries worldwide. The influence of this pandemic extends way beyond the biomedical implications. It affects all aspects of life – mental health and well-being, economy, food supply, homeland security, hotel and tourism, education, social behavior, media and many more.

We call on our researchers to contribute our resources and knowledge in the next few weeks by diverting research, development and projects to relevant aspects of the crisis, using “off the shelf” capabilities to quickly create solutions for emerging problems, in all fields of life.

-Prof. Daniel Chamovitz

About the Challenge

As one of the leading research institutions in the world, BGU is poised to contribute to and lead the national and international endeavors to overcome the "Corona Crisis."

To initiate an integrated effort in various aspects associated with the crisis, we invite everyone in the BGU Researchers Community that think they can contribute in ideas or expertise to submit a project idea or offer their support to an existing project.

BGU will devote resources to promote the best ideas and directions that will stem from the submissions over the course of the coming months.


“As we continue to move ahead, we know more about this disease. We understand that it is worse than the regular influenza, but less so than SARS. We want to take the right measures, and we can now see that other countries are taking similar measures related to containment.”

-Prof. Nadav Davidovitch, M.D.,

Director of BGU's School of Public Health



BGU has individual experts, specialized centers, and accumulated institutional expertise, which are, a priori, spread across the University and housed in various departments.

Projects should be applicable, relevant to any of the aspects of the crisis and made available within reasonable timeframe for use. 

Medical Aspects
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Viral Spread Prevention
Hospital Corridor
Medical System and Delivery of Care
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Biological Aspects
Shipping Containers
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Society and Resilience


Prof. Angel Porgador and Prof. Gal Ifergane will coordinate the Corona Crisis Challenge taskforce with the support of the Research and Development Authority.

Angel Porgador, Ph.D.
Professor and Deputy Vice President and Dean for R&D

Albert Katz Chair in Cell Differentiation and Malignant Diseases
The Shraga Segal Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics
Faculty of Health Sciences

Prof. Gal Ifergane

Chairman, Division of Brain Medicine at Soroka Medical Center