Brain drain conference attracts hundreds

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Hundreds of Israeli and Jewish academics from various universities around the world attended a first-of-its-kind academic employment fair in Jerusalem aimed at bringing back researchers and scientists to Israel. Most of the participants were Israeli citizens who left the country to study abroad. The conference was also attended by Jewish academics that are exploring the possibility of making aliyah. The conference was initiated by the Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The Academy of Sciences and Humanities has 2,061 Israelis listed as interested in returning to Israel. Among them 1,505 are certified doctors, 447 are doctorate candidates and 101 are MA graduates. As part of Israel's policy of encouraging the return of Israelis expats, the researchers will be eligible for various benefits, mainly in tax. Their employers in Israel will also earn the right to receive grants worth tens of thousands of shekels in the first two years.