1954- Reintroduction of German language classes at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (German language classes had not been offered since 1934).


1958- First visit by Otto Hahn and Wolfgang Gentner to Israel, to negotiate scientific research cooperation, especially in nuclear physics and biology.


1959- Decision made to cooperate with the Weizmann Institute in Rehovoth through financing of the Max Planck Society; seed capital DM 3 m.


1964- Establishment of the Minerva Foundation as part of the Max Planck Society, financed by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) with DM 3,65 m. annually.


1965- Establishment of diplomatic relations and exchange of ambassadors between Israel and the Federal Republic.


1971- Founding of the Minerva Institute for German History at Tel Aviv University under the direction of Walter Grab. Initial funding was provided by the Volkswagen Foundation.


1977- Founding of the chair for German Language and Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; first full professor was Stéphane Moses. Initial funding was provided by the Volkswagen Foundation.


1980- Founding of the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of George Mosse.


1986- Founding of the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development.


1990- Founding of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Stéphane Moses.


1991- Founding of the Helmut Kohl Institute for European Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


2001- Foundation of the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society, University of Haifa, financed by the ZEIT-foundation, under the direction of Yfaat Weiss.


2008- Founding of the Center for German and Austrian Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheba, under the direction of Frank Stern.