The Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies University of Haifa, Israel
The Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa (RIMS) was established in 1972. Guided by an interdisciplinary concept, the Institute conducts and promotes research projects, which encompass humankind’s activities relating to the sea, bringing to light what was known in the past, our involvement in the present, and what we may accomplish in the future. By combining disciplines, such as marine and coastal archaeology, maritime history, marine geology and coastal geomorphology, marine biology and marine resources, the Institute bridges between the Humanities, Sciences and Technology. The Institute conducts numerous collaborative research projects with other research institutions in Israel and abroad.
The Institute (offices and laboratories) is situated in the Multipurpose Building on the campus of the University of Haifa on Mount Carmel and is affiliated to the University's Research Authority.
The Institute's staff includes: Head of the Institute; Administrative Director, and 7 administrative staff members. Researchers at different levels include: 14 researchers, 14 research associates, 22 research assistants
Most researchers affiliated with the Institute lecture in the Graduate Department of Maritime Civilizations and in other academic departments at the University of Haifa. Students (M.A. & Ph.D.) participate in ongoing academic research carried out at the Institute for Maritime Studies as a part of their training.
An integral part of RIMS is the Marine Workshop which is located at the National Maritime Museum, near the Mediterranean sea. The workshop provides technical support, including professional diving and field surveying, for all field research conducted at the Institute, either from its base in Haifa or its temporary coastal bases.
The Elaine Recanati Marine Research Laboratories include the Conservation Laboratory for Waterlogged Wood and Organic Materials, the Microscope Laboratory, the Geological & Geomorphological Laboratory, and the Marine Mammal Laboratory (processing, tissue-banking and skeleton conservation).Other laboratories are the Restoration & Conservation Laboratory (pottery, metals), the Petrographic Laboratory, and the Laboratory of Marine Biology & Living Resources with sea water aquaria. All laboratories are equipped with modern instruments.
Numerous archaeological finds unearthed by researchers affiliated with the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies are on permanent display both in Israel and abroad. The bronze ram of a 2nd Century BCE warship is on display at the National Maritime Museum in Haifa. Finds from Tel Nami are on display at the Israel Museum. Finds discovered in Caesarea are on display at the Ralli Museum in Caesarea and in the past were displayed at the Smithsonian Institution and other important museums in North America. The 2,400-year-old Ma‘agan Mikhael ship has been reassembled, and is displayed in the special wing dedicated to the late Dr. Elisha Linder in the Hecht Museum, University of Haifa.