The Conference Circuit

More than 140 scientists from Israel, Europe, the US and the Far East will gather in Eilat this weekend for a symposium dealing with topics related to neuronal signalling.

Thursday, February 23 * "'Charlemagne's Church' on Mount Zion" by Dr. Asher Eder; "Pilgrimage from Darkness: Nuremberg to Jerusalem" by David E. Feldman; and "Update on the Vatican and Mount Zion" by Barry Chamish will be discussed by the respective authors at the Israel Center, 22 Keren Hayesod. Israel Center non-members NIS 25, Israel Center members NIS 20, students NIS 10, journalists free, Israel Center life members free. * The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, in conjunction with the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, will host Dr. Tessen von Heydebreck, Vice President Deutsche Bank, who will lecture on the economic relations between Israel and the European Union. The lecture at the IDC campus will be delivered in German with simultaneous translations into Hebrew and English. The event is expected to attract leading figures from Israel's banking community. For further details, call: Einav or Avital (03) 644-0404. Friday, February 24 * The Federation of Chambers of Commerce is sponsoring a Women's Career and Business Forum to facilitate networking and to hear addresses from women who have succeeded in business both locally and internationally. The forum will convene at 9:15 a.m. at the Sheraton Moriah Hotel, Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv. For further details, contact forum director-general Batsheva Shtrauchler (052) 244-0990. * More than 140 scientists from Israel, Europe, the US and the Far East will gather in Eilat this weekend for a symposium dealing with topics related to neuronal signalling. The symposium, from Feb. 24-28, is one of a series of Minerva Foundation symposia dealing with topics in physics, biology and chemistry which are held annually in Germany or Israel and are aimed at bringing together scientists from those two nations with colleagues from other countries. The symposium has been coordinated by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Saarland University in Germany with participants from Israel, Germany, Japan, the US, Holland Belgium and Britain. For further information, contact: Jerry Barach, Dept. of Media Relations, the Hebrew University, (02) 588-2904, or Orit Sulitzeanu, Hebrew University spokesperson, (02) 588-2910 or (052) 260-8016. * 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. Tuesday, February 28 * BESA - the Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies - will host Dr. Kenneth Levin, of Harvard Medical School, author of 'The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of People Under Siege' who will discuss 'Overcoming the Psychological Legacy of Oslo.' The lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Beck Auditorium on the Bar Ilan university campus. * A program in Hebrew marking the publication of the book, "Diaries of Leah Goldberg," will be held at 7:30 p.m., in the Weintraub Hall, the Jewish National and University Library, the Hebrew University Safra campus, Givat Ram. * 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 * The Chais Research Center for the Integration of Technology in Education together with the Open University is sponsoring a wide-ranging conference on the student and researcher in a technological era. Keynote speaker will be Prof. Curtis Bank of Indiana University who will discuss The Perfect E-storm: Emerging Technologies, Enhanced Pedagogy and Erased Budgets. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. at the Open University's Ra'anana campus, 108 Ravutzky Street. (For people arriving in cars, the entrance is from Weizmann Street). For full details and registration, call: (09) 778-1834. * 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 Black Hole in the Center of the Galaxy, a lecture in Hebrew by Dr. Tal Alexander of the Weizmann Institute, will take place at 6 p.m., in Canada Hall, the Hebrew University Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram. It is one of a series of lectures on the universe sponsored by the Hebrew University Authority for Community and Youth. No admission fee. For further details: (02) 658-6256. * 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 and 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 tabled 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 p.m.