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Wisconsin Teams Up With BGU to Tackle Water Issues

Wisconsin Teams Up With BGU to Tackle Water Issues

April 30, 2018

Desert & Water Research

From the Grapevine – When you think of Wisconsin, several things might come to mind: delicious cheese, the Green Bay Packers and “Laverne & Shirley.” Soon, you may be able to add another item to that list: water expertise.

Wisconsin – which is home to two of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, signed an agreement with Ben-Gurion University during Governor Scott Walker’s trade mission to Israel, to collaborate on water-related research with the goal of introducing new technologies.

Visit of Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker
and Global Trade Mission and signing of MOU with The Water Council (TWC)

The initial set of projects will focus on a variety of areas, some of which will help detect contaminants in storm-water runoff and remove pollutants from the state’s water.

“These partnerships will strengthen the sector in both countries, and are expected to open new markets to water technology companies in Wisconsin and Israel,” says Gov. Walker.

The partnership involves several institutions on both continents – including Ben-Gurion University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University in the U.S.

BGU is home to the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Israel’s largest and leading water institute. It conducts interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research and graduate education in water sciences, aimed at improving human well-being through technologies and policies for sustainable use of water resources.

Wisconsin is following in the footsteps of Illinois, which has already taken advantage of partnering with BGU. Since the collaboration between BGU and University of Chicago, the two have already created one commercial product and have published numerous papers.

By Benyamin Cohen, a fellow of Americans for Ben-Gurion University’s 2018 Murray Fromson Journalism Fellowship

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