After five years of construction, The Dead Sea Research Institute was inaugurated on the 23rd of November. 2016. Established by the Tamar Regional Council in collaboration with Tel Aviv University, Arava R & D , the Porter Foundation, the Porter School of Environmental Studies the ICA Foundation, and the Ministry for Regional Development, the institute will coordinate with its academic studies together  with Tel Aviv University researchers engaged in relevant research.

By exploring, researching, and learning from life in the extreme conditions of the The Dead Sea, the institute will expand and create new fields of research and understanding.  In particular, the institute will be a centre for studying the effects of climate change on the region, groundwater mining and the devastating phenomenon of sinkholes around the Dead Sea, as well as essential and pressing questions about the development and rehabilitation of the Dead Sea itself.