Thursday, February 16 Nuclear physicist Prof. Gerald Schroeder will discuss "Intelligent Design: Evolutionary Sense or Non-Sense?" under the auspices of Root and Branch at the Israel Center, 22 Keren Hayesod, Jerusalem at 7 p.m. Admission: Israel Center Members NIS20, non-members NIS25, students NIS10, Israel Center Life Members gratis. Monday, February 20 The Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies is hosting a special lecture by Barun Mitra from India's Liberty Institute who will speak on Freeing the Market, Strengthening Democracy, Providing Security. For details contact: Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies Koveshei Katamon 26/3 Jerusalem. Telephone: Corinne Sauer (054) 765-0125 Tuesday, February 21 The influence of the Internet on the life of the individual; the global village and its relationship to religious communities and to secular communities will be the focal points of discussion at a conference on Judaism, Society and the Internet to be held at the Events Center, 8 Rehov HaPisga, Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem. Conducted in Hebrew, the conference will include well known rabbinical figures and academics. Space is limited and registration is essential. For full details and registration, see the Internet site: www.kipa.co.il/kenes. The Medax Israel medical technology, rehabilitation and health care convention and trade fair focusing on medical technologies and hospital supplies will open at the David Intercontinental Hotel. Organized in conjunction with the Israel Medical Association, Medax will introduce participants to innovative products and techniques such as a portable LifePak semi-automatic defibrillator that can save lives when quickly applied to people who have suffered heart attacks. For further details and registration, contact: Stier Group Ltd. (03) 562-6090. Wednesday, February 22 The Institutes for Desert Research together with the Institute for Desert Agriculture and Biotechnology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev are hosting a meeting of researchers dealing with agriculture in the Negev and the Arava. The meeting will take place in the George Evans Auditorium, Sde Boker. Lectures will focus on aquaculture in the Negev, methods of growing grass in sparse water areas, new developments in irrigation and similar topics. For registration and further details, call Rachel (08) 659-6710. Thursday, February 23 A new nine-session course for Small Business Entrepreneurs will open in Ramat Gan. The course will be held in English from 6:30-9:30 p.m. To register and receive a course outline, call Mati Bney Brak (03) 616-0054 or email email@example.com Pre-registration is required. Seminar Coordinator: Michal Manheimer. Academic Coordinator: Judy Feierstein, CEO, Transitions & Resources, Ltd. (02) 671-0673 Fax: (02) 672-1985 Cell: (050) 573-9496. Friday, February 24 Prof. Asher Susser, director of the Moshe Dayan Center of Middle East Studies at Tel Aviv University will address the Israeli Friends of Tel Aviv University on "The Arab State: Religion Reform and Democracy." The lecture will take place at 11 a.m. in the Malka Brenda Hall of Justice in the Trubowicz Law Building. Sunday, February 26 Jerusalem Businesswomen's Forum Workshop - Rules for Success and Prosperity with Tzippi Moss, M. Ed. Psych., life coach and therapist. Commencing at 7 p.m., the event also offers opportunities for networking prior to the workshop. Israel Center, 22 Rechov Keren Hayesod, Jerusalem. Admission NIS 45. RSVP by February 22, (02) 671-0673 or (02) 679-4242. Tuesday, February 28 The Agro Moshav convention and trade fair focusing on new water technologies agricultural products and markets, with lectures on innovations in irrigation, genetic modification, horticulture and floriculture and plant house cultivation will take place at the Tel Aviv Fair Grounds. For details and registration, contact Mashov Ltd (08) 627-3838. Wednesday, March 1 An international two-day conference on Globalization 2006 will take place at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, with the focus on The Changing Structure of World Trade and Investment and its Impact on Poverty and Income Equality. Keynote speakers will be Professor T. N. Srinivasan, Yale University, Professor Martin Wolf, Associate Editor, Financial Times and Professor Nancy Birdsall, President Center for Global Development, Washington, DC. The conference will include a panel discussion on the impact of globalization on Israel's economy moderated by Ronit Kan, General Director, The Israel Antitrust Authority with panelists: Zvi Alon, Deputy Director General, International Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; David Arzi, Vice President I.A.I. Corporation and Chairman of the Israel Export Institute; Gil Bufman, S.V.P.& Chief Economist Bank Leumi; Dov Mishor, Business Consultant and Lecturer, BGU, former Director-General Ministry of Industry and Trade; and Daniel Porat, Vice President and Chief Operating Office, Makhteshim-Agan Industries. Thursday, March 2 The Bachar Reforms: the day after is the theme of a conference that will look at the impact of the reforms on both employers and employees. Speakers at the event at the Sheraton City Tower, Ramat Gan will include Labor Party Chairman Amir Peres and Prof. Avishay Braverman, President of Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Among the other speakers will be representatives of the Finance Ministry, the Israel Manufacturers Association, insurance and investment companies, etc. For details and registration, call Haaretz Conferences (03) 512-1195. Friday, March 3 A symposium on Mathematics, Assessment and What Lies Between Them will be held from 8:15 a.m. at the Herzliya Center for the Performing Arts, 15 Jabotinsky Street. Keynote speaker will be Prof. Yehuda Schwartz, MIT Harvard Graduate School, who will speak on The Assessment of Mathematical Understanding & Skills - both necessary and neither one sufficient. For details and registration, call: (03) 646-0176. Sunday, March 5 American and Israeli politicians, diplomats, economists, military officers, media personnel, academics, et al will get together for three days at the AIPAC Policy Conference at the Washington Convention Center. Among the subjects on the table for discussion are: How to defeat terrorism and achieve Middle East stability; What would nuclear Iran mean to the world? Fighting efforts to delegitimize Israel; the future of Israel's economy; Israel and the media; and the peace process: what happens next? Monday, March 6 The second annual international update symposium on Clinical Neurology and Neurophysiology will be held at the Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv. The symposium will focus primarily on stroke treatment and management of cerebrovascular disease and medical and surgical treatments of epilepsy. For details and registration, contact ISAS International Seminars (02) 652-0574 Wednesday, March 8 US Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones will be the guest speaker of the English Speaking Friends of Tel Aviv University at 6:15 p.m. in Hall 001 of the Naftali Building of Social Sciences, on the TAU campus, Tel Aviv. Thursday, March 23 The Kosher World conference and expo will open at the Anaheim Convention Center, California. Launched two years ago, Kosher World gives producers of kosher food products access to ever wider markets in addition to enabling restaurateurs, caterers, hotel food buyers, supermarket managers, etc. to see what is new in kosher food. Jews are not the only people interested in kosher food. Muslims, Seventh Day Adventists and Hindus also prefer to buy products with kosher certification. Manufacturers of parve (non-dairy, non-meat) products have also discovered a huge market among the lactose intolerant. For further details and registration contact: Penton Lifestyle Media, a division of Penton Media 1401 Pearl St. Ste. 200, Boulder, CO, 80302, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org.