Conference Circuit

Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson will be the guest of honor at the opening meeting of the Academic Club of the Netanya Academic College.

October 29, 2006 10:30


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Monday, October 30 The Konrad Adenauer Foundation will host a parliamentary delegation representing the CDU/CSU faction in the German Bundestag at the Montefiore Restaurant in the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center Mishkenot Shaanim, Jerusalem, at 7:30 p.m. Addresses will be delivered by Voker Kauder, Dr. Peter Ramsauer and MK Yaacov Edery, the Minister for Jerusalem Affairs and the liaison between the government and the Knesset. Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson will be the guest of honor at the opening meeting of the Academic Club of the Netanya Academic College. The meeting will take place at 8 p.m. at the Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv, with the participation of friends of NAC, among them Gabi Last, chairman of the Delek Group; Hannah Prizan, a member of the executive board of Bank Hapoalim; Amnon Dotan, chairman Readymix; Dr. David Mitwoch, CEO Mitwoch Computers; Amir Makov, chairman Israel Institute Petroleum and Energy; philanthropist Henry Zimand; and attorneys Lippa Meir, Gad Naschitz, and Aharon Nimdar. The Intel Developer Forum (IDF) will be held at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds (Building 1) where Intel will present its future plans for development in the company's main spheres of operation. Conference tracks and topics to be presented include: technology and research; digital health; the digital organization; mobility and communication; the digital house; the development of multi-platform software; platform and solutions for the digital organization. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Key lecturers will be Dedi Perlmutter senior VP, CEO of the mobility group at Intel International; Gordon Graylish, VP Intel and CEO of Intel Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and Muli Eden, VP and CEO of the mobile platforms group at Intel International. Redemption in Chains, a review of working women's movements in the Land of Israel from 1920 to 1939, is the title of a symposium to be held at Yad Yitzhak Ben Zvi, 12 Abarbanel Street, Jerusalem, in relation to the publication of a book on the subject by Batsheva Margalit-Stern. Speakers will discuss whether these women were feminists and they were partners or slaves in the development of national aspirations. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 31 The Pedagogic Department of the Education Ministry is hosting a conference on education for excellence in Israel. The conference will be held from 12:30 p.m. in the Law Faculty of Tel Aviv University with the participation of Education Minister Yuli Tamir and a series of well known scholars and academics. For further details and registration, call: (02) 560-3562. The Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies on the campus of Tel Aviv University will hold a study day in memory of the late General Aharon Yariv on the topic "The War in Lebanon and its Implications." 120 Years of Recording: Performance in a World of Sonic Documentation, a program sponsored by the Musicology Department of the Hebrew University, will commence at 6 p.m. in room 2715, Faculty of Humanities, the Hebrew University, Mount Scopus. Experts from Israel and abroad will discuss recording and recording history. For further information and entry arrangements, call (02) 588-3936. Wednesday, November 1 A wide ranging discussion on values with regard to government, state and security will be held at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Jerusalem, in conjunction with the Yitzhak Rabin Center and the Jerusalem Municipality to mark the 11th anniversary of the assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. Discussants will include MKs Danny Yatom and Gideon Saar, Rabbi Yoel Ben-Nun and Prof. Efraim Inbar. The event, which will be moderated by Arye Golan, begins at 8 p.m. at the Begin Heritage Center, 6 Nahon Street, Jerusalem. Thursday, November 2 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Cherrick Center for Study of Zionism, the Yishuv, and the State of Israel will host an international symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sinai War. The symposium at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University will comprise four sessions. The first will deal with military decisions and the campaign; the others will focus on international diplomacy, the Arab world and the non-aligned group; and the Canadian perspective. For further details and registration, call: (02) 588-2867. Friday, November 3 Recent (mis)recollections by Likud chairman and former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu were examples of how prone we all are to myths - those of our own making and those that are simply passed on from person to person and from generation to generation. The Open University for Continuing Education is hosting a myths-related symposium at the Eretz Israel Museum from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Moderated by broadcasting personality Yaron London, the event will feature retired Supreme Court judge Dalia Dorner, Prof. Yoram Yovel, Yossi Lemel, Dr. Danny Gutwin and Dr. Gadi Taub who will discuss myths about the Supreme Court, trauma myths in literature about war, coping with personal and political myths in art, myths about the free market and myths about redemption and divinity. Monday, November 6 The Second Lebanon War and its Aftermath is the theme of a conference organized by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. Topics will include: Strategic Miscalculations, Problems in the Conduct of the War, Mistakes in Preparing the Ground Forces for War, What Did Iran Learn from the War? The Aftermath of the War; What Does the Hizbullah Really Want? The View from Washington: From Disappointment to Disillusion, The Arab World Following the War and The Political System in Israel After the War. The conference will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held in the Senate Hall, Feldman Building, Bar-Ilan University, with simultaneous English/Hebrew translation. More than 200 participants from over 30 countries are expected to participate in an international conference on 'Deserts and Desertification: Challenges and Opportunities,' to be held in Sde Boker under the auspices of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification - Annex IV nations (UNCCD). This is the first time that a UN General Assembly resolution has welcomed an Israeli initiative on an issue that is high on the global agenda and it comes as an acknowledgement of the State of Israel's leadership role in the worldwide battle against desertification. The conference will consider the effectiveness of different initiatives employed to combat desertification and to share a variety of opportunities available for ensuring the quality of life and sustainable livelihoods in dry lands. In addition, the conference will attempt to assess different domestic policies and strategies in countries affected by desertification. Leading international experts will come together with practitioners to discuss and present recent findings on a range of issues and controversies associated with desertification. Expected participants include Ambassador Gregoire de Kalbermatten, Deputy General Secretary of the UNCCD; Dr. David A. Mouat, Chair, UNCCD Group of Experts, Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada; Dr. Vandana Shiva of India, who is a leading environmentalist in the developing world; Minister of the Environment Gideon Ezra and Vice Prime-Minister Shimon Peres who will represent the Israel government. Israel Telecom 2006 will be held from November 6-8. Exhibits will focus on the Israeli IT and telecommunications industry, including wireless, communications security, technologies, infrastructure, content, Internet, software and start-ups. There also will be an International Exhibition, in which the world's major producers and leading service providers will participate. In addition to the exhibits there will be professional interdisciplinary conferences, comprised of key note speeches, panels, discussions and workshops, with the guidance of the Steering Committee and participation of leaders in the world telecommunication community, annalists and regulators. Tuesday, November 7 The first Global Rabbinic Task Force Conference convened by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar in conjunction with the International Council of Jewish Women to try to find solutions for Agunot (women anchored in marriage by the disappearance of husbands or the refusal of husbands to grant a bill of divorce) will be held over a period of two days at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). Wednesday, November 8 The Prime Minister's Conference for Export and International Cooperation will take place at the David Intercontinental Hotel with the participation of hundreds of business leaders from around the globe, including some of the Israel Telecom participants who will stay on to move from one conference to the other. The Prime Minister's Conference will focus on R&D, initiative technology, sustainable development of energy and water resources, professional services in the global market, and financial conditions for international business. In addition to Prime Minister Olmert and various government ministers, the conference will also be addressed by representatives of foreign governments including Australian Communications Minister Helen Coonan. For further information and registration, call: (03) 644-0271. Sunday, November 12 Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will deliver the keynote address at the opening plenary of the four-day United Jewish Communities General Assembly at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The session will deal with the effects of the recent war on Israel, how Jewish communities responded and what more needs to be done. Livni is part of a large Israeli contingent led by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert who towards the end of the GA will discuss Israel's foreign policy challenges. Among the other Israelis participating are Opposition Leader Binyamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Yuli Tamir, Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog, Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer, Bank Leumi CEO Galia Maor, business tycoon and philanthropist Eitan Wertheimer and other leading figures representing Israeli organizations and institutions. The GA attracts more than 4,000 leaders from around the Jewish world. Beyond the regular topics focusing on Jewish education, the prevention of assimilation, fostering Jewish identity, fighting anti-Semitism and dealing with Jewish communities in crisis, this year's GA will be heavy with Israel-related discussions. The comprehensive agenda includes the integration of Ethiopian immigrants; in the footsteps of Ben-Gurion towards the strategic development of the Negev; the volunteer sector and Israeli philanthropy throughout the war; fighting Hizbullah - a new kind of warfare; media coverage of Israel; how Israel looks to the average American; Israel on the North American campus; making the case for Israel; women on the frontline; investing in Israel; the challenges of radical Islam; US-Israel relations; what's next for Israel and the Palestinians; the Iranian threat; anti-Zionism as the new anti-Semitism, the United Nations and other related subjects. Concurrent with the GA, the Ben-Gurion Society, a philanthropic organization for people in the 25-45 age group will hold a National Young Leadership conference in Los Angeles to mark the 120th anniversary of the birth of Ben-Gurion and to discuss what remains to be done to realize his vision for the Negev. Monday, November 13 The Fifth Annual David Bar-Illan Media Conference will be held at the College of Judea and Samaria where it was inaugurated and where it is held each year. The full-day academic forum is held in memory of former Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief and senior Israel government spokesman David Bar-Illan. Topics on the agenda for this year's forum include: Foreign News Reporting during the 2006 Lebanon conflict; The Propaganda War: Israel vs Hizbullah; and Political Satire and its Impact on Israeli Society. For registration and further information: Telephone: (052) 451-4011 or E-mail: Tuesday, November 14 Greece's 11th annual two-day energy conference and exhibition will take place at the Eugenides Foundation, Athens under the auspices of the Ministry of Development. The conference which is convened by the Institute of Energy for South East Europe (IENE), has established itself as a major event for energy policy and business. The conference will be attended by senior executives, government officials, policy makers, scientists and engineers from all major Greek energy-related companies. A large participation is expected from other countries, especially from the European Union and from S.E. Europe. Among the Greek dignitaries will be Minister for Development, Dimitris Sioufas, Deputy Minister in charge of Energy Anastasios Neratzis, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Euripides Stilianidis, the Chairman of Greece's Energy Regulatory Authority Prof. Michael Karamanis, the Managing Director of Public Power Corporation (PPC), the Managing Director of the Public Gas Corporation, the Chairman of Hellenic Petroleum, along with CEOs from Greece's major oil, gas and electricity companies, all of whom will address the conference. Subjects to be covered include: Greece's expanding role as an energy corridor in SE Europe; competition in the European and Greek electricity sector and the liberalization of the Greek energy market; the development of the regional SE European electricity and gas market; high oil prices and their impact on the emerging energy markets; new dilemmas for energy strategy, investment and development of the energy sector in Greece; the broader implications of the energy market in SE Europe with reference to ECSEE; the role of RES in the new energy landscape; and new technologies and alternative fuels. Participating companies, corporations and research institutes will display examples of their work and projects. The conference is sponsored by several leading Greek and international energy companies. There will be simultaneous translation from Greek to English and vice versa throughout the conference. For further information and registration contact the Conference Secretariat at: 30210-3640278, 3628457, 3624245, fax: 30210 - 3646144, e-mail: Monday, November 20 Does Israel have a policy on International Property? The question will be dealt with in English and Hebrew by visiting and local speakers at a conference to be held at Prime in the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Guest speakers will include Dr. Peter P. Balas, Deputy Director General DG Trade, European Commission, and Francis Gurry, Deputy Director General World Intellectual Property Organization. Wednesday, November 22 The national business conference for members of the construction and real estate community will take place at Meridian Hotel on the Dead Sea over a three-day period during which participants will hear lectures on new trends and developments and will be able to network with a view to doing business. A special session will be for CEOs and CFOs. For details and registration, call Tasya (09) 951-8061, ext. 147. The opening address will be delivered by Justice Minister Meir Sheetrit.

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