The Dead Sea-Arava Science Center (DSASC) operates along the entire Dead Sea and Arava Valley, a region that covers about 20% of the area of the State of Israel. This area is under the jurisdiction of the regional councils Megilot, Tamar, Central Arava and Hevel Eilot.
This area, the lowest in the world, combines an array of extreme geographical, geological, physical, and climatic conditions. It displays unique flora and fauna and contains a combination of minerals that does not exist anywhere else in the world. The area is also home to sites of international cultural, religious and historical significance including the Dead-Sea Scrolls, Masada, the Dead Sea, and Timna Mines.
The local settlements, regional councils, and research institutes have taken economic advantage of region's special characteristics, particularly in the fields of agriculture, tourism and industry. These enterprises exist while preserving the area's unique natural resources.
Areas of Research and Activity:
The DSASC publishes an electronic journal, "The Dead Sea and Arava Research."
DSASC Organizational Structure:
The Center was established by the Ministry of Science, Culture, and Sport and the Regional Councils, and runs under the auspices of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The Center is a registered non-profit association, and receives support from Partnership 2000 of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
The DSASC includes four divisions:
The Southern Arava Division, located in the offices of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura, Hevel Eilot Regional Council. Research Director: Dr. Hanan Ginat email@example.com
The Central Arava Division, located in the Hatzeva Field School, Arava Tichona Regional Council. Research Director: Dr. Gidon Winters firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dead Sea Division, located at the Tamar Regional Council and at the laboratory of Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Tamar and Megillot Regional Councils. Research Director: Prof. Zvi Bentwich email@example.com
The Ramon Division, located in Mitzpe Ramon regional Council. Research Director: Dr. Noa Avni firstname.lastname@example.org
The center's offices are located in Tamar Regional Council, Neve Zohar.
The Science Center operates various research laboratories:
The Science Center is actively seeking young researchers from Israel and abroad, and offers housing assistance in the region.