1. Iconic Mix of Modernity and History
Imagine networking with global leaders in a 1500-year-old citadel, enjoying a gala dinner in an underground quarry dating back to King Herod’s time, or grabbing a beer in a bustling, delicacy-filled market.
Nowhere but Jerusalem do the antiquities of multiple cultures blend so well with the best features of modern life. One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem—along with its meticulously preserved structures and artifacts—spans over 3,000 years. Some of the city's most breathtaking historical sites can be transformed into amazing venues that give conferences a unique added value.
Jerusalem provides conference goers with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It's fascinating. It’s diverse. It's truly unconventional.
2. Top Academic Institutions
Jerusalem, Israel's largest city and home to The Hebrew University and a host of life science and biomedical companies, offers a wealth of unique resources for scientific conferences and symposia.
The Hebrew University is Israel’s oldest, largest, and most important institution of higher learning and research, and it ranks among the 100 most outstanding academic institutions in the world.
With the highest number of life science Ph.D. students in the country, The Hebrew University is at the forefront of international science research. From biotechnology and computer science to astrophysics and cancer research, from microbiology to solar energy and genetic engineering, the university and its affiliate Hadassah Medical Center conduct over one-third of all academic research in Israel, and forty-three percent of the country’s biotechnology research.
With its strong academic backbone, Jerusalem clearly has a competitive advantage in the global arena. International visitors from academia and industry have much to gain from Jerusalem's achievements and innovations in biotechnology, medicine, computer vision and image processing, and many other realms.
Perhaps the greatest evidence of Jerusalem's reputation as an academic powerhouse is the long list of associations that have chosen the city as the preferred venue for their international conferences.
3. Top Medical Centers
Half of all medical research, nearly half of all biotech research, and one-third of academic research overall in Israel is conducted in Jerusalem at The Hebrew University and its affiliate Hadassah Medical Center.
Jerusalem, home to the influential Hadassah and Shaarei Zedek Medical Centers, The Hebrew University, pharmaceutical giant Teva and numerous biotech startups, offers valuable resources for any medical organization or association planning a conference in the city. Jerusalem is also a leader in the life sciences, excelling in multidisciplinary approaches to brain research and regenerative medicine, most notably stem cell experimentation.
Backed by the groundbreaking findings that regularly emerge from Jerusalem’s medical institutions, Israeli representatives of international medical associations can confidently approach their colleagues abroad with proposals to host conferences in Jerusalem. It is at these conferences that Jerusalem scientists and physicians present their impressive work to those engaged in the same fields worldwide.
4. Innovation Leader with Nearly 1,000 Startups
In 2015 Time magazine chose Jerusalem as the world’s top emerging technological hub.
Israel was dubbed The Startup Nation after achieving the greatest number of per-capita startups and venture capital investments in the world. In March 2017, Mobileye was acquired by Intel for $15 billion. A company that started as an idea in the halls of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University harnessed the city’s knowledge, passion and resources to become the largest acquisition in Israel. Conference delegates can visit major R&D centers and innovation hubs and benefit from access to Hebrew University and the Hadassah Medical Center, two global groundbreakers in medical and scientific research.
5. A City Rich in Culture, Art, Gastronomy and Vibrant Nightlife
Jerusalem is a culture vulture's haven, and each year's calendar is filled with events and festivals of all types. The city boasts over 50 museums, including the Israel Museum, Bible Lands Museum and Museum for Islamic Art. In the modern city center, Jerusalem’s new neighborhoods offer visitors a vibrant nightlife, superb dining from the simple to the elegant, and the best of classical and ethnic music. Jerusalem offers something special for everyone. Whether your delegates meet under ancient Roman arches, attend an opera at the foot of the Old City walls, or grab drinks after hours at an open-air market, they will return home with very fond memories of Jerusalem.
6. Convenient Location
Jerusalem is the center of the world, the meeting point of East and West. It has never ceased to be a source of inspiration and innovation. Jerusalem is just 20 minutes by train from Ben Gurion International Airport, and it is within easy reach of Europe, with an average flight time of four hours. Jerusalem houses Israel’s largest international conference center, and the city offers more than 17,500 hotel rooms suitable for any budget.
7. Support from the Jerusalem CVB
The Jerusalem CVB is a proud member of ICCA, ECM, and MPI and it is one of INCON's preferred destinations. We help event organizers access and navigate the wide range of venues, hotels, reception locations, tours, and services, including transportation. In addition to offering financial incentives, we centralize the process of organizing a conference by leveraging our extensive network of contacts and service providers, and we offer impartial advice and facilitation.
Your successful and rewarding conference in Jerusalem is our only goal. Our team will be there for you from bid to gala.
Through the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA), the city would is pleased to offer financial support of up to €50,000, according to the JDA grant procedure, to cover any need of conference organizers.