The second annual Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program U.S.-Israel Symposium took place earlier this month at Technion-Israel institute of Technology in Haifa, with its theme (more of a statement rather than a question) of “What’s Next in STEM.”

The event featured topics such as stem-cell regeneration “for healing injuries, addressing neurological events and helping with aging,” as well as “how to fix a broken heart,” according to the event website.

The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program, founded by businessman and magazine editor Mortimer Zuckerman, “supports future generations of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math in the United States and Israel, and over time, fosters greater collaboration between the world’s most advanced scientific research centers.”

“It is a privilege to expand on Mort’s idea and see this scholarship program come to life,” said Zuckerman Institute trustee Eric Gertler. “You, the Zuckerman scholars, have all had challenges in your work, but those challenges do not stop great ideas from going forward.”

“Robert Kennedy had a quote about the ripples of hope—you throw a pebble in the water, and it creates multiple currents with different centers of energy, all inter-connecting,” he described. “That is what we are doing here—creating great energy of hope and building great bridges between the United States and Israel.”

Boaz Golany, Technion’s vice president for external relations and resource development, said: “The U.S.-Israel bridge that Mort Zuckerman has built by establishing this program will one day be known as his biggest and most influential ‘real estate’ project.”