Monday, December 4 Yossi Bachar, the outgoing director-general of the Finance Ministry will be the keynote speaker at The Marker's 2006 Investors' Convention taking place at the David Intercontinental Hotel. For details and registration, call (03) 513-3650. A two-day international conference on innovations in cardiovascular interventions will bring together cardiologists from around the world to share information on how biomedical technology is translated into patient care. The conference will be held at the Tel Aviv Hilton. Among the highlights will be a live video broadcast from Japan that will enable participants to witness the performing of a procedure by Dr. Saito Shigeru. The penultimate speaker will be Nobel Prize laureate Aaron Ciechanover. Industrialist and philanthropist Eitan Wertheimer will deliver the final lecture of the conference in which he will speak about Medicine and Industry for Science and Humanity Tuesday December 5 The inaugural conference of Leadership for Change in the Negev will be held at the Sammy Shamoon Academic College for Engineering, commencing 3 p.m. Moderator will be broadcasting personality Dan Shilon, and the final speaker will be National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer. Among the other speakers is former Ben-Gurion University president MK Avishay Braverman who will discuss the impact of higher education on employment in the Negev. Conference participants will discuss issues such as changing the image of the Negev in the eyes of the media; whether or not the municipalities of the South have good news about job opportunities, the involvement of public companies in community support, and tourism as a springboard for economic growth. To register, call Heli (03) 561-5159. Johan Galtung, the founder and director of Transcend: A Global Peace and Development Network for Conflict Transformation will be among the speakers at a dialogue on whether peace between Israel and the Palestinians is possible. The dialogue which will initially involve Israeli and Palestinian discussants will be opened up to audience participation. The event will take place at 5:45 p.m. in auditorium 0003 of the Naftali Building on the Tel Aviv University campus. The annual Jewish-Arab Business Conference under the auspices of the Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development will take place from 8:30 - 5:30, at the Dan Accadia Hotel in Herzliya. Wednesday, December 6 A conference on proper nutrition for People of the Third Age will be held from 9 a.m. at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv. Organized by the Israel Gerontological Society in conjunction with Golden Towers, Maccabi Residential Facilities for Seniors, Maccabi Health Services, the Faculty for Social Welfare and Health Studies at the University of Haifa, the Institute for Geriatric Research as Ben-Gurion University, the Health Ministry and the Atid Association, the conference will debunk popular myths and explore new research on how to ensure that the elderly eat and drink what is best for their health. Prof. Jan Wolenski of the Philosophy Department of the University of Cracow will be the guest of the Faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University and will speak on Todeswell: A contribution to the philosophical understanding of the Holocaust in room 449 of the Gilman Building on the TAU campus. The lecture in English will begin at 4:15 p.m. PriceWaterhouseCoopers Keselman and Keselman are hosting a conference on 2006 US GAAP & SEC Developments, with special emphasis on the publication of financial reports. The symposium will be held at the David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv. Participation fee is NIS 200. For further details and registration, call: (03) 941-4614. Thursday, December 7 The Bimkom conference on Law Planning and Human Rights through the Prism of the Separation Barrier will be held at Jerusalem's historic Bezalel Building, 1 Bezalel Street at 5 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Prof. Don Mitchell, Department of Geography, Syracuse University who will discuss Pretexts, Paranoia and Public Space. The second session of the conference will focus on a case study of the ruptures caused in people's lives by the separation barrier. Discussion will be followed by the screening of 'Beloved Bili'in.' Conference proceedings will be conducted with simultaneous translation. Saturday, December 9 For over a decade Globes Israel's financial daily, has been hosting The Israel Business Conference which is attended by more than 3,000 participants. The three-day event, a permanent fixture on the Israeli international business calendar is widely recognized as Israel's most prominent business forum, attracting politicians, and top business people from Israel and around the world to come and learn more about recent developments in Israel's economy and the global economy. The conference sets the stage for a direct dialogue between the business and economic community and local decision makers together with important figures from around the world. The Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, the leader of the parliamentary opposition, Governor of the Bank of Israel and other senior officials traditionally participate in the conference with the Prime Minister delivering the final address. Key speakers will include: Nikish Arora - Vice President of European Operations Google; David Bradford - Dean Stanford Executive Program on Leadership, Philippe Davy - Vice President Strategic Alliances Lenovo, Thomas Glacer, CEO, Reuters Group, David Arkless - Senior Vice President Manpower, Ali Faramawy - Vice President Microsoft, Richard Quest - CNN correspondent, Robert Friedman - business Editor Fortune Magazine, Augusto Lopez-Clarlos - Chief Economist Global Competitiveness Program at World Economic Forum. Monday, December 11 The English-speaking group of Macular degeneration victims will hold its inaugural meeting at 10:00 a.m. at Beit Tami in Shenkin on the Park, Tel Aviv near Allenby Street. The venue is on the 3rd floor of an elevator building. Guest speaker will be Dr. Gideon Naor, who will provide an overview of this debilitating condition which is the major eye problem of people over the age of 60. For additional information call Michal 052-233-4272 or Shirley (03) 571-8749 (Not on Shabbat). The Third International Conference on Health Policy to be hosted by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research will be held at the International Conference Center Binyanei HaUma Jerusalem. The conference will examine reforms in public health policy under the title Health Systems: Are we in a reform era? The three day conference will also feature an exhibition including information booths, state of the art products and services geared to public health and health policy professionals. Tuesday, December 12 I'lam, The Media Center for Arab Palestinians in Israel is hosting a conference on Media Rights as Human Rights with the participation of communications and legal experts from Israel and abroad. The conference begins at 9:45 at the Sheraton Hotel, Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv. It will include a presentation of I'lam's project 'Responsible and Professional Media', funded by the European Union, a panel discussion on Women in the Media and a Roundtable on Public Service Broadcasting, with particular emphasis on changes required in the Israel Broadcasting Authority so that Arab citizens in Israel will be properly serviced. The conference is being held in conjunction with the 58th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Participants will be able to meet and establish relations with other Human Rights NGOs during the day. The Sixth Conference on Insurance Pensions and Finances will open at the Sheraton City Tower Hotel at 7 p.m. The two-day event will focus on all the reforms, innovations, changes and new trends in the Israeli insurance and financial markets. Experts will be on hand to answer questions everything and anything in the field. Participation fee for the opening night is NIS 360, for discussions the following day NIS 560 and for the whole conference NIS 760. To register, call: (03) 512-1748 or (03) 513-2471. Thursday, December 14 The second two-day KEDEM conference on Inter-religious Reconciliation will take place at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center at Mishkenot Sha'ananim in Jerusalem on the theme "Cooperation between Religious and Political Leaders in Promoting Reconciliation between Arabs and Jews in Israel." The conference - which will be co-sponsored by ICCI, Religions for Peace, USAID (the Conflict Mitigation and Management Division) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Israel - will bring together grass-roots religious and political leaders from all over Israel for an intensive set of discussions in Jerusalem. Parts of the conference will be open to the public, including a special symposium on the theme of the gathering. Thursday, January 11 The Jerusalem Friends of the Hebrew University will hold a seminar on Magic Mystery and Witchcraft at the Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem.