The Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) of Jerusalem is a national institution devoted to academic research. Located at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, on the Edmond J. Safra campus at Givat Ram, the IIAS is a self-governing body, both in its administrative function as well as its academic pursuit.

The primary function of the Institute is to encourage and support collaborative research. Along with collaborative Research Groups, the Institute annually hosts six Advanced Schools as well as many conferences.

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The Israel Institute for Advanced Study congratulates Prof. Vered Noam (Bruno Prize Laureate, 2010) on winning the Israel Prize for Talmudic Studies and Prof. Benjamin Z. Kedar (former Academic Director of the IIAS - 2001-2005) on winning the Israel Prize for History.


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Daphna Shohamy

Daphna Shohamy

Columbia University

Daphna Shohamy is an associate professor in the Psychology department at Columbia University. Her area of interest is the cognitive neuroscience of learning, memory and decision making. She adopts an integrative approach that draws broadly on neuroscience to make predictions about cognition. Predictions are tested in behavioral and neuroimaging studies in healthy individuals, and in patients with isolated damage to specific brain systems. 

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  • "There was something magical about the Institute, the people and the beautiful and serene campus, which I cannot quite explain, but it provided exactly the right mixture of quiet surrounding for research and opportunities to get together, consult and exchange ideas."

    Eyal Benvenisti

    University of Cambridge


  • "IAS was my home away from home for four times in two turbulent decades. It was a haven of tranquility, reflection, camaraderie and sheer beauty. Cooperation within my immediate groups was a source of abundant inspiration, but what made the IAS experience unique was the presence and influence of other groups. In my mind, the IAS comes closest to the ideal community of scholars."


    Yoram Shachar

    IDC Herzliya