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Eran Leck

Eran Leck
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leck@sni.technion.ac.il

Dr. Eran Leck holds Ph.D. and MSc. degrees from the Technion in Urban and Regional Planning and a B.A. degree in Statistics and Geography from the University of Haifa. Dr. Leck joined the SNI Senior Research Staff in 2008. Prior to his current position at SNI, Dr. Leck worked as a researcher at the Center for City and Regional Studies (Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion), where his worked centred on regional economic growth and Transit Oriented Development.

Dr. Leck is an expert on innovation statistics, patent statistics and innovation policy evaluation and has published a large number of reports and articles in these themes. Over the years, he has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Regional Studies, the International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, Transport and Land Use, Berkeley Planning Journal, European Regional Science Association (ERSA) and European Transport. Dr. Leck is the Editor of the book “Mapping Research and Innovation in the State of Israel”.  The study was invited by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and was published in UNESCO’s Country Profiles on Science and Technology.  The book centers on Israel’s Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) policy. 

Dr. Leck has conducted several studies in the past few years, focusing on the evaluation of the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) policy instruments and programs (MAGNETON and NOFAR programs). Since 2012, he has been a member of several large-scale EU projects (FP-7 and Horizons 2020) focusing on innovation policy, innovation statistics and Pan-European datasets (PICK-ME, RISIS and RISIS 2).

Dr. Leck’s current research interests include innovation policy, R&D policy, R&D output evaluation, innovation statistics, patent statistics and innovation and regional development.

שדרוג המערכת הכלכלית בצפון

Upgrading the Economic System of the North

In mid-2014, SNI joined a venture with the Ministry of Economic and Industrie, aimed at drafting a plan for substantial improvement of the economic status of the North. During 2015, the project was completed and a summary report, which includes an analysis of the socioeconomic situation in the north, and recommendations to realize change-generating infrastructure anchors and non-linear growth generators, was submitted to the Government.
עירוניות וצבא – היילכו השניים יחדיו

It Takes Two to Tango? Spatial and Social Implications of Joint Civil-Military Development

The study examined the impact of the IDF bases' relocation to the Negev on strengthening the urban regions in the Be'er Sheva metropolitan area. It was hypothesized that the relocation of military installations would become a major mechanism for strengthening the towns located in the Be'er Sheva metropolitan area, strengthening the Negev's urban sector and thus increasing social integration. The study examined this hypothesis, both qualitatively and quantitatively, based on a broad spectrum of collected data.
הכשרת כ"א ופיתוח הון אנושי בתחום הגנת הסייבר בישראל

Training of Personnel and Development of Human Capital in the Field of the Cyber Defense of Israel

The study was commissioned by the National Cyber Headquarters at the Prime Minister's Office and funded jointly by the Cyber Headquarters and SNI.
RISIS  -פרויקט FP7

RISIS (FP7 Project)

Work Package 9 (WP9) is part of the RISIS (Research Infrastructure for Research and Innovation Policy Studies) Project. SNI researchers are responsible for coordination between the different participants in WP9. The aim of WP9 is to develop a geographic clustering method that delineates concentrations of spatial activity regarding science, technology, and innovation.
An Innovative Approach for Measuring the Digital Divide in Israel: Digital Trace Data as Means for Formulating Policy Guidelines

An Innovative Approach for Measuring the Digital Divide in Israel: Digital Trace Data as Means for Formulating Policy Guidelines

In recent years, the study of digital divide is becoming increasingly important for policy formulation, as well as the evaluation of policy and interventions. A wide array of qualitative and quantitative methods has been used over the years to measure the scope of the digital divide between countries and various populations groups and to identify the main factors affecting it. These methods include surveys, structured interviews, open questionnaires and indicator analyses. While very useful and important, these “self-report” methods are obtrusive and very costly, thus unreplicable.
R&D Outputs in Israel: Quality Characteristics of Distinct Inventions

R&D Outputs in Israel: Quality Characteristics of Distinct Inventions

The report is the third in a series of studies conducted by the Samuel Neaman Institute on Israeli patents. The first part of the study provides updated data on the scope and characteristics of inventive activity by Israeli applicants and inventors in various patent offices (ILPO, EPO, and the USPTO) and in the PCT track. The report presents trends in patent applications and granted patents according to sectoral attributions, examines Israel's international cooperation in the field of inventive activity, and analyzes trends in cross-border patent ownership. The characteristics of foreign applicants at the Israeli Patent Office (ILPO) are also analyzed.
Adapting the Demand for Training Knowledge Workers in Local Labor Markets

Adapting the Demand for Training Knowledge Workers in Local Labor Markets

This research was done within the framework of Pick-Me project – WP 6. In this study data gathered in an Israel Central Bureau of Statistics survey among more than 5,000 Israeli university and colleage graduates were analyzed. The survey examined the extent of the graduates’ integration into the labor market.
Innovation of Foreign R&D Centers in Israel: Evidence from Patent and Firm Level Data

Innovation of Foreign R&D Centers in Israel: Evidence from Patent and Firm Level Data

The research sets out to investigate the impact of multinational companies (MNCs) on the Israeli economy in terms of demand for innovation.
Israel

Israel's SETI system - a series of studied by UNESCO on science, engineering, technology and innovation policy

The study was commissioned by the Israel Academy of Sciences and will be published in UNESCO's series of studies on Science, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) policies during 2015.
UNESCO 2015:Science and Innovation in Israel

UNESCO 2015:Science and Innovation in Israel

לבקשת אונסקו מד”ר דפנה גץ, נכתב ע”י מוסד שמואל נאמן, פרק לגבי מדע, טכנולוגיה וחדשנות (STI) בישראל. הפרק התפרסם במסגרת דו”ח אונסקו 2015 UNESCO Science Report.
Public Funding of R&D: PREF

Public Funding of R&D: PREF

SNI is a partner of the PREF project, sponsored by the European Union (FP7).
Investments In Higher Education And Scientific Research In Israel: An International Comparative Perspective

Investments In Higher Education And Scientific Research In Israel: An International Comparative Perspective

The research investigates the relationship between investments in higher education and scientific research, on the one hand, and the economic performance of developed countries on the other.
Evaluation of the MAGNETON Program

Evaluation of the MAGNETON Program

The evaluation of the Magneton program is a research initiated and funded by both the Samuel Neaman Institute and the MAGNET management. The research was performed during 2008-2009. The main research goal was to examine the outputs of the Magneton projects and their success while focusing on the characteristics of the projects, academic researchers and industry head of projects and to evaluate the factors impacting the projects' successes and failures in the past few years.
Evaluating the NOFAR Program

Evaluating the NOFAR Program

The NOFAR program was conceived as part of the implementation of the recommendations made by the "Monitor Report," and stresses the need to establish a fund to support the development of inventions in the fields of biotechnology and nanotechnology that have a commercial potential in universities, so as to increase the chances of successful transfer of the technology from the academy to industry. The program helps build a bridge between the basic research and the applied research at the stage at which industry has not yet recognized the idea as having a commercial potential.
Evaluating the "Rothschild Fellowship" Program

Evaluating the "Rothschild Fellowship" Program

The main goal of the research was to evaluate the impact of the program on the candidates' careers and to assess their chances of pursuing academic careers in leading universities and research institutions in Israel. The research population included 359 candidates who applied to the program between 1996 and 2005. Three groups are included in the analysis: candidates who received the fellowship (Rothschild fellows), candidates who their application was turned down by the evaluation committee and candidates who chose to decline the fellowship.
National Energy Technologies Research and Development Survey

National Energy Technologies Research and Development Survey

This survey has been recently completed by the energy and environment team at the Samuel Neaman Institute, for the National Council for Research and Development (NCRD).
Technion’s Contribution to Israel and to the Development of Technology in the World, Through Its Graduates

Technion’s Contribution to Israel and to the Development of Technology in the World, Through Its Graduates

This project documents the contribution of Technion faculty and graduates, to Israel and to humanity. It includes a Web-based survey of Technion graduates, to which over 4,000 alumni/ae responded. The results of the survey were analyzed and processed; we extrapolated the data to represent the population of all Technion graduates since the Technion was founded.
Policy Incentives for Knowledge Creation

Policy Incentives for Knowledge Creation

The project is implemented under the Seventh Program of the European Union (FP7), a consortium that consists of seven countries (Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Poland, the UK, and Israel). The purpose of the project is to examine empirically the role of the demand side in the creation of technological knowledge, recognition of technological and organizational innovation, and encouraging the increase in productivity. The project is formally complete and our contribution was expressed in five outputs.
Issues for Formulating a Metropolitan Plan in the North

Issues for Formulating a Metropolitan Plan in the North

The promotion and positioning of the northern region as an attractive metropolis for industry and the Israeli public is constantly on the public agenda.
Evaluation of the Technion Excellence Programs

Evaluation of the Technion Excellence Programs

The Technion Program for Excellence was launched in 1992 and is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculties of Science and Engineering who have been identified as having exceptional abilities.
Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Smart Robotics

Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Smart Robotics

The aim of the project is to present an up-to-date and complete picture of the current activities in academia and industry in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Smart Robotics, and to examine the possibilities of advancing these fields, as is being done in many advanced countries.
Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Smart Robotics Companies-Survey

Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Smart Robotics Companies-Survey

July, 2019
The aim of the project is to present an up-to-date and complete picture of the current activities in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Smart Robotics in Israel, and to examine the possibilities of promoting these fields.
Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Smart Robotics- First report summary

Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Smart Robotics- First report summary

August, 2018
The aim of the project is to present an up-to-date and complete picture of the current activities in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Smart Robotics in Israel, and to examine the possibilities of promoting these fields.
Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Smart Robotics- First report

Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Smart Robotics- First report

August, 2018
The aim of the project is to present an up-to-date and complete picture of the current activities in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Smart Robotics in Israel, and to examine the possibilities of promoting these fields.