Conference circuit

An academic conference dedicated to the meaning of pilgrimage, supported by Yad Yitzhak Ben Zvi, and will take place on December 6.

Sunday, December 2 WOMEN'S RIGHTS activist MK Zahava Galon and lawyer Rachel Gershoni from the Justice Ministry will be among the speakers at a symposium on 'Trafficking in Women - Modern Slavery', which will be held under the auspices of the Union of Local Authorities, the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women in the Prime Minister's Office and the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality at ZOA House, 26 Ibn Gvirol Street, Tel Aviv at 12.30 p.m. "THE JEWS of Jerusalem under Ottoman rule: Were they an oppressed minority?" is the subject of a lecture in Hebrew by Israel Prize laureate Prof. Amnon Cohen from the Institute for Asian and African Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m. at the Wise Auditorium, Edmond J. Safra Campus at Givat Ram; and is one of the "Why?" series of lectures and musical programs sponsored by the Hebrew University Authority for Community and Youth. Admission is free of charge. For further details, call: (02)-6586256. Monday, December 3 THE SIXTH Annual David Bar-Ilan Conference on the Media and the Middle East will convene at the Ariel University Center of Samaria (AUC) will convene in memory of David Bar-Illan, former Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief and Director of Communications in the Prime Minister's Office. The one-day conference, beginning at 9.30 a.m. in the Raab Building, Lax Audiorium on the AUC campus, will bring together academics, journalists, media and public relations experts and government officials to discuss how events in Israel and the Middle East are covered by the media and the impact that news reporting has on Israeli, Arab and world public opinion. The keynote address will be delivered by Leonard Asper, President & CEO, CanWest Global Communications Corp. who will speak on Israel Beyond the Propaganda War. Among the many speakers will be Miri Eisin, Foreign Media Advisor to the Prime Minister; Yair Aloni, former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority; Amnon Lord, Editor Makor Rishon; and Hamoudi Buquai, Senior Producer, MBC & Al-Arabbiya, News Channel in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The all-day event will be broadcast in real-time via the Internet in English or Hebrew audio by visiting The media conference is open to the general public. For registration and additional information about the program or transportation, e-mail [email protected] or call 052-451-4011. THE INVESTORS' Conference 2007 will be held at the David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv in participation of representatives from financial institutions and organizations including Arun K. Singh, Ambassador of India; Zhang Xiaon, Consul of China; and Jian Chao Ke, a senior manager of the shanghai Stock Exchange and Alex Giladi, a member of the International Olympic Committee. For further details and registration call (03) 513-3650. THE INTERNATIONAL conference on Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions at the Tel Aviv Hilton, will feature the latest state of the art products in cardiovascular intervention. Israel is one of the world's leading countries in this field. Many of the globally renowned experts in cardiovascular interventions will attend. Tuesday, December 4 "AFTER ANNAPOLIS: The Syria-Lebanon-Israel Triangle" will be the subject of a lecture at the Hebrew University's Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at 11.30 a.m. Speakers will be Prof. Moshe Maoz and Dr. Oren Barak - both fellows of the Truman Institute. Prof. Maoz, a member of the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University, and expert on Israeli-Syrian relations, Syrian domestic and foreign affairs, the peace process in the Middle East, and the Palestinians in the West Bank. The event will take place in the Abba Eban Conference Room on the ground floor of the Truman Institute, on the Mount Scopus campus, and will be conducted in English. THE ANNUAL R&D conference under the auspices of the Chief Scientist will be held at the Haifa Convention Center from 9 a.m. Among the overseas participants will be Prof. Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland; Lauk Borg, Head of the EUREKA Secretariat; and Jong-Ihl Lee, Chief Executive, KORIL-RDF (Korea-Israel Inudstrial R&D Foundation. For further details all: (03) 6440271. Wednesday, December 5 THE INFLUENCE of the Knesset on Economic and Social Policy will be discussed at a symposium hosted by the Open University, 108 Ravutsky Street, Raanana at 5.15 p.m. Among the participants will be MK Ophir Pines-Paz, Chairman of the Knesset Interior and Environmental Protection Committee. THE 2007 NGO Monitor Conference will take place at Mishkenot Shaananim, Jerusalem at 9 a.m. The conference, under the title of Preparing for Durban II: NGOs, Public Opinion and the Exploitation of Human Rights, has an impressive list of speakers including The Jerusalem Post's Calev Ben David, Ambassador Ramiro Cibrian, EU Ambassador to Israel; Ambassador Oded Eran Former Israeli Ambassador to EU; Avinoam Bar Yosef, Director General, Jewish People Policy Planning Institute; and Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Executive Director, Rabbis for Human Rights. Entrance is free of charge but attendance should be confirmed by November 29, by e-mailing: [email protected] Thursday, December 6 AN ACADEMIC conference dedicated to the meaning of pilgrimage, supported by Yad Yitzhak Ben Zvi, and will take place in the Ben Zvi conference hall and will include representatives of the three great faiths., among them the Xunta de Galicia, the Archbishop of Compostela, the dean of Compostela and the Custos and the Vicar of the Franciscan Custody. The Xunta de Galicia is the political regional government of the district of Galicia in north-west Spain. The shrine of Santiago (Saint James the Great) de Compostela in Galicia is a world-renowned shrine, attracting hordes of pilgrims. One of the aims of the Xunta de Galicia is to promote the understanding of this phenomenon by way of international conferences and exhibitions. For additional information, contact Dr. Avital Heyman Dept. of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (08)-9409721 or 0544 806846 Email: [email protected] NORWAY'S AMBASSADOR Jakken Bjorn Lian will open the symposium on The Architecture of Libraries Past and Present that will be held from 10 a.m. at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 27 Shaul Hamlech Blvd. The first session will be in English and the second in Hebrew. Sunday, December 9 THE ANNUAL two-day Globes Israel Business Conference 2007 - Israel's largest business conference - will be held at the David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv and will focus on the issue of the global economy. The conference will be held in the presence of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Minister of Finance Ronnie Bar-On, Minister of Communications Ariel Atias, Head of the Opposition MK Benjamin Netanyahu and Governor of the Bank of Israel. Among the participants will be Robert Friedman, the International Editor of Fortune Magazine, Prof. Jacob Frenkel, Former Governor, Bank of Israel (Vice Chairman, AIG; Chairman, Group of Thirty G-30); Dr. Josef Ackermann, CEO, Deutsche Bank; Abby Joseph Cohen partner and chief US investment strategist at Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Deven Sharma President of Standard & Poor's; Brian Henderson, Senior VP, Merrill Lynch; Marie-Lucie Morin, Deputy Minister of International Trade in Canada; Dr. Henrique Meirelles, the Governor of the Central Bank of Brazil; Phil Blazer, Founder and President/CEO of Jewish Life TV (JLTV), America's first and only 24/7 Jewish television channel, launched in 2006; Mohammad Gawdat, Managing Director for Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa, Google; Walt Mossberg, Co-Executive Editor The Wall Street Journal; Martin Pompadour, Executive Vice President, News Corporation; and numerous other personalities, with global influence in their respective fields. Further information about the Israel Business Conference is available at its website: Monday, December 10 THE FRIEDRICH-Ebert-Stiftung in cooperation with The Dr. Otto Georg Chair in European Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya and The German Innovation Center of the Science Center North Rhine-Westphalia and IDC Herzliya sponsored by the Volkswagen Stiftung is hosting a Conference on Turkey, Israel and the European Union: Is Turkey still a Western Team Player? The conference will begin at 9.30 a.m. at the IDC Herzliya Kanfei Nesharim St., Herzliya, in the Chais Family Auditorium (CL05), Sammy Ofer School of Communications. Discussions will be conducted in Hebrew, English and French with simultaneous translations. For registration and transport call: (09) 9527260, Email: [email protected]