About The Prize About

Future - Artificial Intelligence


The field of Artificial Intelligence has the ambitious goal of building machines that can mimic aspects of human behavior such as learning, reasoning, perception and movement.

Achieving this goal can dramatically change modern society, for example by reducing risk to humans via autonomous vehicles, improving healthcare via automated diagnostics, and making new scientific discoveries by applying AI to large amounts of data.

In recent years we have witnessed dramatic progress in this field, with machines matching or out-performing humans in several tasks. Extensive research efforts are ongoing to reduce the large gap that remains between what humans and computers can achieve.

The development of AI heralds a new era for humanity, one that brings with it a promise of extraordinary advancements, but also serious challenges from the ethical, social and economic point of view.

The 2019 Dan David Prize for the Future Time Dimension in the field of Artificial Intelligence will be awarded to an outstanding individual or individuals who have made a groundbreaking, significant contribution to advancing Artificial Intelligence for the benefit of humanity and who continue to pioneer this field.

Past - Cultural Preservation and Revival


Culture constitutes a foundational cornerstone of every society. It includes traditions, beliefs, rituals, artistic expressions, philosophies, mythologies, languages and more. It is dynamic, vibrant and in constant dialogue with society.

This fragile and impermanent heritage can sometimes fade or even disappear. Indeed, some cultures have ceased to exist due to social or political upheavals that brought about their extinction. Many groups and institutions since the dawn of civilization have engaged in the preservation and revival of their cultures. Museums, libraries and universities have been at the forefront of preserving cultures in modern times. 

Reviving cultures has become common as a means to promote social ideas and weigh in on debates, from protecting minorities and promoting social justice to building nations and preserving traditional power structures.  

With the accelerated pace of change in the global arena over recent decades – expediting the emergence of new cultures and the disappearance of old ones – the practice of cultural preservation and revival has become an even more important for humanity. 

The 2020 Dan David Prize in the Past Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization who is making an ongoing, groundbreaking contribution to cultural preservation or revival through research, conservation efforts or direct activity in the field.

Present - Gender Equality


The struggle for gender equality in the last two centuries has led to one of the most astonishing and effective societal transformations humanity has seen. Early feminists and their supporters struggled for women’s right to vote, to own property and engage in market transactions, to seek divorce and child custody, to receive equal pay – in other words, to be treated as full human beings in all spheres of life. What seemed unimaginable then is formally the reality for most women around the world today.

Yet the struggle is far from complete. Some campaigns benefited certain groups while leaving other women behind, calling attention to intersectionality and class dynamics. Moreover, the male-female binary that motivates feminist thought has come into question, drawing attention to the differences between groups of women, and to the impact on other gender minorities. At the same time, a glaring disparity between the formal equality of women and their lived realities, remains. Women still disproportionately endure sexual and domestic violence, workplace and pay discrimination and a greater burden of household care work. They are unequally represented in leadership positions and overly represented under the poverty line. And in communities following traditional orthodoxies, women are still subject to extreme forms of discrimination, subjugation and mutilation. These challenges have become more evident in the age of technological developments - that enabled movements such as #MeToo – and of globalization, which has enhanced questions of global and local power disparities. Feminists are thus called upon to develop new tools, methods, theories and strategies to respond to the different challenges.

The 2020 Dan David Prize in the Present Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization whose achievements are making a significant impact in the ongoing complex, multifaceted struggle for gender equality.

Prof. Ariel Porat

Prof. Ariel Porat

Alain Poher Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University
President, Tel Aviv University 
Chairperson, Dan David Prize Board

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Name Your Hero 2019

The 2019 Dan David Prize High School Essay Competition in Conjunction with the Dov Lautman Unit of Science Oriented Youth, Tel Aviv University

“Name your Hero” – Winning Essays



Talia Gluck
Asif Misgav High School, Misgav
“Nature 2.0”

Areen Muhammad Majadly
Al-Qasemi High School, Baqa-El-Gharbia
“Aharon Barak - Architect of the Constitutional Revolution”

Amir Sharvit
Charles E. Smith High School for Boys, Shalom Hartman, Jerusalem
“Come as Yourself”


Liya Bar-Sella
Ahad HaAm High School, Petach Tikva
“A Step towards the Truth”

Michelle Frodin
Makif Vav High School, Ashdod
“Peace will Come Among Us”

Shira Haya
Hebrew Reali School, Haifa
“We can Make it Better”

Niv Breuer Herzig
HaSharon Junior School, Ra’anana
“With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”

Benjamin Cohen Jacobs
Multidisciplinary School for Art & Science, Nahariya
“Catharsis in Progress”

Deema Odi
Yamma Agriculture High School, Jaljulia
“The Hope that Amal Alsana is Giving”


Layan Bssam Abomokh
Al-Qasemi High School, Baqa-El-Gharbia
“The Limits of Science are not the Limits of Imagination”

Roi Cohen
Makif Zain Hakirya, Ashdod
“The Rainbow isn't Always Colorful”

Ronnie Haller
Leo Baeck High School, Haifa
“Eat it – don’t throw it!”

Amelia Simone Hans
Leo Baeck High School, Haifa
“The Voice of Peace”

Mika Inditzky
The B. Ostrovsky High School, Ra’anana
“Action In Favor of Two Billion”

Noam Jehoshua
Ahad HaAm High School, Petach Tikva
“The Double Victory”

Shira Kamarleker
Makif Yud Alef, Ashdod
“Every Student Is Brilliant”

Kashmir Levy
Makif Vav, Ashdod
“I've Watched Bojack Horseman and everything is Worse Now”

Noa Segev
Hakfar Hayarok, Levy Eshkol Experimental Youth Village, Ramat Hasharon
“The Journey toward a Dream Come True”

Noam Tomer
Charles E. Smith High School for Boys, Shalom Hartman, Jerusalem
“One against the Current”

Daniel Weisberg
Charles E. Smith High School for Boys, Shalom Hartman, Jerusalem
“The Artist is the One who makes the Unseen - Seen”

Shira Young
Ahad HaAm High School, Petach Tikva
“Politics is Not a Bad Word”

Yaara Gilat
Asif Misgav High School, Misgav
“A Different End to the Story”

Noa Jacoby
Hakfar Hayarok, Levy Eshkol Experimental Youth Village, Ramat Hasharon

Prize Winning School

Ahad HaAm High School, Petach Tikva

Review Committees 2019


Prof. Edward Berenson, Chairperson
Institute of French Studies
New York University
New York, USA

Prof. Michal Biran
The Louis Frieberg Center for East-Asian Studies
Faculty of Humanities
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 

Prof. Ghislaine Lydon
Department of History
African Studies Center
University of California, Los Angeles
California, USA   

Prof. Jacques Revel 
Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales
Paris, France



Prof. Shlomo Avineri, Chairperson
The Department of Political Science
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 

Prof. Michel Rosenfeld
Cardozo School of Law
New York, USA 

Prof. Shulamit Volkov 
School of History
Faculty of Humanities
Tel Aviv University, Israel  

Mr. Michael Žantovský
Executive Director
Václav Havel Library
Czech Republic



Dr. David W. Fahey, Chairperson
Director, Chemical Sciences Division
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
Colorado, USA 

Prof. Katharine Hayhoe
Department of Political Science
Texas Tech University
Texas, USA

Prof. Shilong Piao
Peking University
Beijing, China 

Prof. Colin Price
Head, Environmental Studies Department
The Porter School of the Environmental and Earth Sciences
Tel Aviv University, Israel 

Prof. Thomas Stocker
Climate and Environmental Physics        
Physics Institute
University of Bern, Switzerland