The Arava Institute is home to transboundary research and development centers focusing on the areas of key environmental concern — water management, renewable energy and energy conservation, sustainable agriculture, ecology, political ecology and environmental diplomacy. Our research enables critical cross-border exchanges of knowledge and technology by providing young Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, and international researchers the opportunity to work together and advance solutions to the region’s pressing environmental issues.
Each year, the Arava Institute accepts interns for one to two semesters. Interns contribute substantively to transboundary research through a defined project under the direction of an Arava Institute researcher, while gaining valuable professional, academic, and personal experience.
Interns develop skills in environmental research and development, environmental policy, and project management while gaining important professional contacts. In addition to building effective community-based and professional partnerships; interns become a vital part of the global network of accomplished Arava Institute alumni.
The Arava Institute welcomes interns from varied backgrounds, including the social and the natural sciences.
Applications must be submitted by April 17th for the Fall 2020 semester, and by October 8th for the Spring 2021 semester.
Sampling of Research
- reverse osmosis desalination powered by photovoltaic/thermal solar systems
- design & thermal performance investigation of an air solar collector
- well-being and energy poverty in Israel Jordan and the PA
- geothermal energy applications in hot climates
- environmental impact of production, storage and distribution of alternative fuels
- hydrogen production by metal hydrolysis
- water & energy capacity for Palestinian date farmers in the Jordan valley
- decentralized onsite greywater treatment & reuse for rural communities
- Middle East medicinal plants survey & census – Southern Israel (MEMP)
- rare & endangered species of the Arava & Southern Negev & propagation plans
- ecosystem services
- biodiversity and foodweb
- Acacia research
- geo-ecology of Wadi Shita
- soil quality
- oil spill reclamation
- plant biodiversity
For further details about research projects, please visit the Arava Institute Research Center pages.
I have a Bachelor’s degree of Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, and am currently studying Energy and Process Engineering. My main academic interest is water management and desalination, but I have also worked in projects about renewable energy sources and microalgae as biofuel. As I believe that access to clean water should be considered a basic human right, I volunteer at an NGO that funds drinking water projects in Third World countries and raises awareness about the issue.
I came to Ketura to write my Master thesis about a solar desalination project of my university in cooperation with the Arava Institute. This topic has attracted attention in recent years due to an increased global demand for drinking water, and the ongoing pollution of existing fresh water sources. The experimental setup at the Institute consists of a photovoltaic thermal hybrid solar collector and a reverse osmosis unit. The energy used to desalinate brackish or seawater is stored in a battery that is supplied by the photovoltaic cells. The idea behind the project is to simultaneously preheat the feed water and cool the solar panels, as photovoltaic cells show a higher efficiency at lower temperature. The water used to cool the solar panels is then used as feed water. Increased input temperatures enhance migration processes and therefore guarantee a higher fresh water output.