Who We Are

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The Department of Environmental Studies in the Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Tel Aviv University was the first graduate school in Israel dedicated to the research, teaching and sharing of environmental knowledge in Israel, with a wholly interdisciplinary approach. The department was established in the year 2000 to respond to the increasing need for knowledge, research and training in this essential field, and it offers a range of study and research programs for graduate students on an array of topics addressing contemporary environmental issues.


The department's unique interdisciplinary approach facilitates productive interfaces between exact and natural sciences and the social sciences and humanities. The integration of environmental aspects into the various disciplines creates new fields of research and knowledge, which nourish the current evolution of thinking in Israel and globally.

As part of its overall vision, the department seeks to bring forth the wealth of academic environmental knowledge to the places where it is most needed, in all realms of Israeli society: national and local government, the judicial system, the education system, industry, private sector companies and public institutions. The school therefore maintains extensive contacts and partnerships with leading environmental organizations, government ministries, industry and other research institutions in Israel and around the world.

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