HE Mrs. Tzipora Rimon, Ambassador of Israel in Portugal
Professor Klafter, Joseph (Yossi) – President of Tel Aviv University, Israel
Professor Joseph (Yossi) Klafter, President of Tel Aviv University since October 2009 and the eighth one since TAU’s founding in 1956, is widely recognized in his academic field, chemical physics. Previously he served as the chairman of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the main institution supporting scientific research in Israel. A Fellow of the American Physical Society among other organizations, Professor Klafter has won many prestigious prizes in his field, including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Prize, the Weizmann Prize for Sciences, the Rothschild Prize in Chemistry, and the Israel Chemical Society Prize. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland. Professor Klafter was elected a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. Professor Klafter chaired the Department of Physical Chemistry at TAU from 1990 to 1992, and again from 1998 to 2002. Concurrently he served as head of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Institute of Chemical Physics. From 1996 to 2002 he was a member of the academic board of the ISF, heading the exact sciences and technology subject area, and from 2002 to 2009 he chaired the board.