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Parallel Sessions: Track 1: Water, Environment and Conflict Resolution

Session Chairs: Professor Dror Avisar; Shira Kronich

Parallel Sessions: Track 2: Innovations in Mediation

Session Chairs: Dr. David Silvera, Professor Brian Polkinghorn

Parallel Sessions: Track 3: Civil Society Forum

Parallel Sessions: Track 4: Civil Society Forum

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Water Management: Assessment of Present Conditions in Israel, Jordan and Palestine

09:00 - 11:15 Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University Porter School Building, Auditorium

Welcome from Conference Chair, Prof. Alon Tal

 

Session Chairs:

  • Prof. Dror Avisar, Water Research Center, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: Resolving Conflict in Transboundary Watersheds: Lessons Learned for the 21st Century

  • Prof. Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University

 

The Long-Term Plan for the Israeli Water Sector

  • Miki Zaide, Chief of Strategic Planning, Israeli Water & Sewage Authority (IWA)

Wastewater Management in Palestine

  • Dr. Jawad Hasan Shoqeir, Wastewater Management Expert

The Brain, Mediation and ADR: Innovations on the Horizon

09:00 - 11:15 Jeremy Lack, ADR Neutral, LAWTECH.CH, Neuroawareness, IMI & CISA Porter School Building, Room 101

Welcome from Conference Chair, Prof. Alon Tal

 

Session Chairs:

  • Mira Lieber, Vice-Chairman, The Israeli Chamber of Mediators
  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Keynote: The Impact of Neurosciences on the Future of ADR and Process Design

Applying Neuroscience to Support Intergroup Conflict

  • Dr. Yoni Levy, Senior Research Fellow, IDC Herzliya

Transcending Boundaries for Environmental Action

09:15 - 11:15 Porter School Building, Room 105 & 106

Welcome from Conference Chair, Prof. Alon Tal

 

Session Chair:

  • Eran Ben Yemini, CEO, Life and Enviroment

Speakers:

  • David Lehrer, Executive Director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Suleiman Halasah, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • Dr. Giulia Giordano, International Affairs Manager, EcoPeace Middle East
  • Mahmud Drieat, EcoPeace Middle East

 

Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:30

A Framework for Understanding Conflict, Dialogue and Mediation

11:30 - 13:00 Kevin Brown, Founder and President, International Mediators Association; President and CEO, Mediation International and World Mediation Summit; Ombudsman, United Nations Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chairs:

  • Dr. David Shimoni, Academic Director, Goshrim Group; Chairman, Israeli Mediators Association
  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Keynote: The Impact of Voluntariness and Mandatory Instructions on Mediation

  • Dr. Kevin Brown, Founder and President, International Mediators Association; President and CEO, Mediation International and World Mediation Summit; Ombudsman, United Nations

What is a Conflict Based on the Philosophy of Martin Buber?

  • Prof. Hans-Joachim Werner, Professor of Philosophy, University of Education Karlsruhe; Honorary President, Martin Buber Society

Response: Comments on Dialogue in Mediation, Based on Martin Buber's Philosophy

  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Cooperation Between Neighboring Countries in the Middle East: The Case of Desalination, Water Quality and the Red-Dead Conduit

11:30 - 13:00 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chairs:

  • Shira Kronich, Deputy Director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

Speakers:

  • Dr. Yara Dahdal, Environmental Consultant & Climate Change Expert, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Regional Climate Change Adaptation Center
  • Abraham Tenne, Consultant to the Israel Red-Dead Conduit Team; Former Head of Desalination Division, Israeli Water & Sewage Authority (IWA)

Panelists:

  • Prof. Dror Avisar, Water Research Center, Tel Aviv University
  • Miki Zaide, Chief of Strategic Planning, Israeli Water & Sewage Authority (IWA)
  • Dr. Jawad Hasan Shoqeir, Wastewater Management Expert
  • Dr. Yara Dahdal, Environmental Consultant & Climate Change Expert, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Regional Climate Change Adaptation Center
  • Abraham Tenne, Consultant to the Israel Red-Dead Conduit Team; Former Head of Desalination Division, Israeli Water & Sewage Authority (IWA)
  • Nada Majdalani, Director, Palestine Office, EcoPeace Middle East

Special Workshop in Participatory Program Development and Evaluation in Multi-Stakeholder Conflict Resolution Initiatives

11:30 - 13:00 Prof. Jay Rothman, President, ARIA Group Capsule Meeting Room, Porter School Building

Special Workshop in Participatory Program Development and Evaluation in Multi-Stakeholder Conflict Resolution Initiatives

  • Prof. Jay Rothman, President, ARIA Group; Senior Research Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University

An interactive workshop about building conditions for participatory program development and evaluation in multi-stakeholder conflict resolution initiatives, as an integral part of the initiative itself.

Evaluation and program development can and should be linked and integrated in to program development as conflict resolution projects launch and unfold. In this way, definitions of success are developed that are dynamic, participatory, appropriate to context, and empowering. We will explore some key theories behind “Action Evaluation” and discuss case studies of its application in Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel and Palestinian-Israeli Relations in Jerusalem. We will also engage interactively in an experiential exercise about defining success in the field of conflict resolution (participants will be invited to pre-register and respond to very short online survey to help frame this exercise).

*This session required pre-registration and is only open to participants who received confirmation.

Owls as a Catalyst for Environmental Cooperation

11:45 - 13:00 Porter School Building, Room 105 & 106

Session Chair:

  • Prof. Alon Tal, Dept. Chair of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Speakers:

  • Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Baruch Spiegel, Consultant, Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF)
  • Julia Obermeier, Resident Representative, Hanns Seidel Foundation
  • Ikram Quttaineh, Project Coordinator, Hanns Seidel Foundation; Mahmiyat
  • Prof. Alexandre Roulin, Dept. of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne
  • Prof. Yossi Leshem, School of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:00

The newly opened Steinhardt Museum of Natural History will be open during the lunch break to registered conference participants (*conference badge required for free entry). 

Catered lunch will be provided in the Porter School building for participants who have purchased a meal plan.

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:00

The newly opened Steinhardt Museum of Natural History will be open during the lunch break to registered conference participants (*conference badge required for free entry). 

Catered lunch will be provided in the Porter School building for participants who have purchased a meal plan.

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:30

The newly opened Steinhardt Museum of Natural History will be open during the lunch break to registered conference participants (*conference badge required for free entry). 

Catered lunch will be provided in the Porter School building for participants who have purchased a meal plan.

Innovations in the Research and Teaching of Mediation

14:00 - 15:25 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chairs:

  • Alma Sharon, Family Mediator & Trainer
  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Collaboration in a Complex World - Simplifying the Matrix: A New World Approach, Beyond Mediation and Negotiation

  • Omri Gefen, CEO, Gevim Group

Mediating Cases where Legal Issues and Changing Social Norms Collide: Examining the Evolving Use of ADR within the LGBT Community

  • Dr. Abraham (Avi) Mozes-Carmel, Senior Research Fellow, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Salisbury University; Doctoral and Law Faculty, California Southern University; Doctoral Faculty, Grand Canyon University

Intercultural Mediation: Integration Through Music

  • Emilio Navas Paús, President, AIEEF

Gender and Civil Society

14:00 - 16:10 Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chair:

  • Prof. Joel Migdal, University of Washington

Panel:

  • Pascale Chen, Women Wage Peace
  • Debi Parush, Women Wage Peace
  • Leora Hadar, Women Wage Peace
  • Michal Katzenelson, Women Wage Peace
  • Netta Loevy, Itach Maaki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice
  • Ibtisam Mahameed, SHIN: The Israeli Movement for Equal Representation of Women
  • Ina Darmstädter, Chairwoman, The Canaan Project

Climate Change, Refugees and Conflict

14:30 - 15:55 Amali Tower, Founder and Executive Director, Climate Refugees Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Ronit Justo-Hanani, Department of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: Climate Change, Refugees and Conflict: The Magnitude of the Phenomenon and Possible Global Responses

  • Amali Tower, Founder and Executive Director, Climate Refugees

Respondents:

  • Prof. Dan Rabinowitz, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
  • Carmit Lubanov, Director, Association of Environmental Justice in Israel
  • Robin Twite, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies; Former Director of the British Council in Israel
  • Amb. Gideon Behar, Head of Africa Dept., Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

* Please Note: This session will be held at the new Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Designing Conflict Interventions

15:30 - 16:55 The Psychology of Intergroup Conflict and Reconciliation Lab Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Oded Adomi Leshem, Postdoctoral Fellow, IDC Herzliya; Visiting Scholar, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University


From the Unfamiliar to the Familiar: Sequential Evaluation as a Tool for Increasing Acknowledgement of Wrongdoing in Intergroup Conflict

  • Deborah Shulman, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena & IDC Herzliya

Making Intergroup Contact More Fruitful: Enhancing Cooperation between Palestinian and Jewish-Israeli Adolescents by Fostering Beliefs about Group Malleability

  • Kinneret Endevelt, PhD Candidate, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, IDC Herzliya

Shamed If You Do, Shamed If You Don’t: Accountability, Group-Based Moral Emotions, and Tolerance of Enemy Collateral Casualties

  • Dr. Noa Schori Eyal, Post-Doc, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, IDC Herzliya

The Enemy’s Gaze: Immersive Virtual Environments Enhance Peace Promoting Attitudes and Emotions in Violent Intergroup Conflicts

  • Yossi Hasson, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, Hebrew University & IDC Herzliya

The Pivotal Role of the Enemy in Inducing Hope for Peace

  • Dr. Oded Adomi Leshem, Postdoctoral Fellow, IDC Herzliya; Visiting Scholar, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

Are Peace Parks Delivering A Biodiversity Dividend? An Update from the Field

16:00 - 18:00 Werner Myburgh, CEO, Peace Parks Foundation Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Session Chair:

  • Prof. Tamar Dayan, Tel Aviv University; Chair, Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Keynote Speaker:

  • Werner Myburgh, CEO, Peace Parks Foundation

 

Case Studies:

Reflections on Cyprus

  • Dr. Anna Grichting Solder, University of Qatar; University of Vermont

The Jordan River Peace Park: A Vision for the Future

  • Gidon Bromberg, Director, EcoPeace Israel

 

Panel Discussion by Speakers and:

  • Dotan Rotem, Landscape Ecologist, Israel Nature and Parks Authority

 


 

* Please Note: This session will be held at the new Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

The Role of Narratives in Resolving Conflict

16:15 - 18:00 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Steven Klein, Tel Aviv University; Senior Editor, Haaretz


Unofficial Truth Telling for Persistent Conflict: Contemplating an Israeli-Palestinian Truth and Empathy Commission

  • Jeremie Bracka, Law Faculty, Monash University

Can Conflict Resolution Studies Benefit Urban Planning Practices: Preliminary Directions Based on the Jaffa Port Redevelopment Case Study

  • Dr. Nufar Avni, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Department of Geography, Hebrew University 

Transitional Justice and the Finalization of Peace Processes

  • Dr. Yoav Kapshuk, Lecturer, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee

The Effect of Intergroup Contact Between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Employees in Shared Workplaces​

  • Idit Miller, PhD Candidate, Ariel University

Applied Mediation in Different Social Contexts

17:00 - 18:15 Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chair:

  • Michael (Micky) Lichtenstein, Member, Mediation Advisory Committee, Israel; Trainer; Neuropsychologist
  • David Silvera, ​International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University;  Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

 

Mediation in the Courts

  • Prof. Michal Alberstein, Law Faculty, Bar-Ilan University; Head, ERC Research Team on Judicial Conflict Resolution (JCR)

The Mind and Mindfulness

  • Michael (Micky) Lichtenstein, Member, Mediation Advisory Committee, Israel; Trainer; Neuropsychologist

Festive Opening - Celebrating Twenty Years of Peace in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement

18:30 - 21:00 Eamon Gilmore & Peter Robinson Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Attendance restricted to registered guests. 


Session Chairs:

  • Amb. Alison Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Israel
  • Prof. Alon Tal, Dept. Chair of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: 20 Years Later: What the Good Friday Agreement Means

  • Eamon Gilmore, Former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland
  • Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Respondents:

  • Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University
  • Ronit Herzog, Clinical Psychologist

 

Reception: 18:30 - 19:30
Irish Tunes Performed by The Bloomers
Pub Grub and Beer on Tap

Opening Program: 19:30 - 21:00
Keynote and Discussion

Festive Opening - Celebrating Twenty Years of Peace in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement

18:30 - 21:00 Eamon Gilmore & Peter Robinson Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Attendance restricted to registered guests. 
 

Session Chairs:

  • Amb. Alison Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Israel
  • Prof. Alon Tal, Dept. Chair of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: 20 Years Later: What the Good Friday Agreement Means

  • Eamon Gilmore, Former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland
  • Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Respondents:

  • Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University
  • Ronit Herzog, Clinical Psychologist

 

18:30 - 19:30: Reception
Irish Tunes Performed by The Bloomers
​Pub Grub and Beer on Tap

19:30 - 21:00: Opening Program
Keynote and Discussion

Festive Opening - Celebrating Twenty Years of Peace in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement

18:30 - 21:00 Eamon Gilmore & Peter Robinson Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Attendance restricted to registered guests. 


Session Chairs:

  • Amb. Alison Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Israel
  • Prof. Alon Tal, Dept. Chair of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: 20 Years Later: What the Good Friday Agreement Means

  • Eamon Gilmore, Former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland
  • Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Respondents:

  • Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University
  • Ronit Herzog, Clinical Psychologist

 

18:30 - 19:30: Reception
Irish Tunes Performed by The Bloomers
​Pub Grub and Beer on Tap

19:30 - 21:00: Opening Program
Keynote and Discussion

Parallel Sessions: Track 1: Water, Environment and Conflict Resolution

Session Chairs: Professor Dror Avisar; Shira Kronich

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Water Management: Assessment of Present Conditions in Israel, Jordan and Palestine

09:00 - 11:15 Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University Porter School Building, Auditorium

Welcome from Conference Chair, Prof. Alon Tal

 

Session Chairs:

  • Prof. Dror Avisar, Water Research Center, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: Resolving Conflict in Transboundary Watersheds: Lessons Learned for the 21st Century

  • Prof. Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University

 

The Long-Term Plan for the Israeli Water Sector

  • Miki Zaide, Chief of Strategic Planning, Israeli Water & Sewage Authority (IWA)

Wastewater Management in Palestine

  • Dr. Jawad Hasan Shoqeir, Wastewater Management Expert

Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:30

Cooperation Between Neighboring Countries in the Middle East: The Case of Desalination, Water Quality and the Red-Dead Conduit

11:30 - 13:00 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chairs:

  • Shira Kronich, Deputy Director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

Speakers:

  • Dr. Yara Dahdal, Environmental Consultant & Climate Change Expert, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Regional Climate Change Adaptation Center
  • Abraham Tenne, Consultant to the Israel Red-Dead Conduit Team; Former Head of Desalination Division, Israeli Water & Sewage Authority (IWA)

Panelists:

  • Prof. Dror Avisar, Water Research Center, Tel Aviv University
  • Miki Zaide, Chief of Strategic Planning, Israeli Water & Sewage Authority (IWA)
  • Dr. Jawad Hasan Shoqeir, Wastewater Management Expert
  • Dr. Yara Dahdal, Environmental Consultant & Climate Change Expert, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Regional Climate Change Adaptation Center
  • Abraham Tenne, Consultant to the Israel Red-Dead Conduit Team; Former Head of Desalination Division, Israeli Water & Sewage Authority (IWA)
  • Nada Majdalani, Director, Palestine Office, EcoPeace Middle East

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:30

The newly opened Steinhardt Museum of Natural History will be open during the lunch break to registered conference participants (*conference badge required for free entry). 

Catered lunch will be provided in the Porter School building for participants who have purchased a meal plan.

Climate Change, Refugees and Conflict

14:30 - 15:55 Amali Tower, Founder and Executive Director, Climate Refugees Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Ronit Justo-Hanani, Department of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: Climate Change, Refugees and Conflict: The Magnitude of the Phenomenon and Possible Global Responses

  • Amali Tower, Founder and Executive Director, Climate Refugees

Respondents:

  • Prof. Dan Rabinowitz, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
  • Carmit Lubanov, Director, Association of Environmental Justice in Israel
  • Robin Twite, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies; Former Director of the British Council in Israel
  • Amb. Gideon Behar, Head of Africa Dept., Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

* Please Note: This session will be held at the new Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Are Peace Parks Delivering A Biodiversity Dividend? An Update from the Field

16:00 - 18:00 Werner Myburgh, CEO, Peace Parks Foundation Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Session Chair:

  • Prof. Tamar Dayan, Tel Aviv University; Chair, Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Keynote Speaker:

  • Werner Myburgh, CEO, Peace Parks Foundation

 

Case Studies:

Reflections on Cyprus

  • Dr. Anna Grichting Solder, University of Qatar; University of Vermont

The Jordan River Peace Park: A Vision for the Future

  • Gidon Bromberg, Director, EcoPeace Israel

 

Panel Discussion by Speakers and:

  • Dotan Rotem, Landscape Ecologist, Israel Nature and Parks Authority

 


 

* Please Note: This session will be held at the new Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Festive Opening - Celebrating Twenty Years of Peace in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement

18:30 - 21:00 Eamon Gilmore & Peter Robinson Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Attendance restricted to registered guests. 


Session Chairs:

  • Amb. Alison Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Israel
  • Prof. Alon Tal, Dept. Chair of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: 20 Years Later: What the Good Friday Agreement Means

  • Eamon Gilmore, Former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland
  • Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Respondents:

  • Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University
  • Ronit Herzog, Clinical Psychologist

 

18:30 - 19:30: Reception
Irish Tunes Performed by The Bloomers
​Pub Grub and Beer on Tap

19:30 - 21:00: Opening Program
Keynote and Discussion

Parallel Sessions: Track 2: Innovations in Mediation

Session Chairs: Dr. David Silvera, Professor Brian Polkinghorn

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

The Brain, Mediation and ADR: Innovations on the Horizon

09:00 - 11:15 Jeremy Lack, ADR Neutral, LAWTECH.CH, Neuroawareness, IMI & CISA Porter School Building, Room 101

Welcome from Conference Chair, Prof. Alon Tal

 

Session Chairs:

  • Mira Lieber, Vice-Chairman, The Israeli Chamber of Mediators
  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Keynote: The Impact of Neurosciences on the Future of ADR and Process Design

Applying Neuroscience to Support Intergroup Conflict

  • Dr. Yoni Levy, Senior Research Fellow, IDC Herzliya

Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:30

A Framework for Understanding Conflict, Dialogue and Mediation

11:30 - 13:00 Kevin Brown, Founder and President, International Mediators Association; President and CEO, Mediation International and World Mediation Summit; Ombudsman, United Nations Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chairs:

  • Dr. David Shimoni, Academic Director, Goshrim Group; Chairman, Israeli Mediators Association
  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Keynote: The Impact of Voluntariness and Mandatory Instructions on Mediation

  • Dr. Kevin Brown, Founder and President, International Mediators Association; President and CEO, Mediation International and World Mediation Summit; Ombudsman, United Nations

What is a Conflict Based on the Philosophy of Martin Buber?

  • Prof. Hans-Joachim Werner, Professor of Philosophy, University of Education Karlsruhe; Honorary President, Martin Buber Society

Response: Comments on Dialogue in Mediation, Based on Martin Buber's Philosophy

  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:00

The newly opened Steinhardt Museum of Natural History will be open during the lunch break to registered conference participants (*conference badge required for free entry). 

Catered lunch will be provided in the Porter School building for participants who have purchased a meal plan.

Innovations in the Research and Teaching of Mediation

14:00 - 15:25 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chairs:

  • Alma Sharon, Family Mediator & Trainer
  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Collaboration in a Complex World - Simplifying the Matrix: A New World Approach, Beyond Mediation and Negotiation

  • Omri Gefen, CEO, Gevim Group

Mediating Cases where Legal Issues and Changing Social Norms Collide: Examining the Evolving Use of ADR within the LGBT Community

  • Dr. Abraham (Avi) Mozes-Carmel, Senior Research Fellow, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Salisbury University; Doctoral and Law Faculty, California Southern University; Doctoral Faculty, Grand Canyon University

Intercultural Mediation: Integration Through Music

  • Emilio Navas Paús, President, AIEEF

Designing Conflict Interventions

15:30 - 16:55 The Psychology of Intergroup Conflict and Reconciliation Lab Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Oded Adomi Leshem, Postdoctoral Fellow, IDC Herzliya; Visiting Scholar, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University


From the Unfamiliar to the Familiar: Sequential Evaluation as a Tool for Increasing Acknowledgement of Wrongdoing in Intergroup Conflict

  • Deborah Shulman, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena & IDC Herzliya

Making Intergroup Contact More Fruitful: Enhancing Cooperation between Palestinian and Jewish-Israeli Adolescents by Fostering Beliefs about Group Malleability

  • Kinneret Endevelt, PhD Candidate, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, IDC Herzliya

Shamed If You Do, Shamed If You Don’t: Accountability, Group-Based Moral Emotions, and Tolerance of Enemy Collateral Casualties

  • Dr. Noa Schori Eyal, Post-Doc, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, IDC Herzliya

The Enemy’s Gaze: Immersive Virtual Environments Enhance Peace Promoting Attitudes and Emotions in Violent Intergroup Conflicts

  • Yossi Hasson, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, Hebrew University & IDC Herzliya

The Pivotal Role of the Enemy in Inducing Hope for Peace

  • Dr. Oded Adomi Leshem, Postdoctoral Fellow, IDC Herzliya; Visiting Scholar, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

Applied Mediation in Different Social Contexts

17:00 - 18:15 Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chair:

  • Michael (Micky) Lichtenstein, Member, Mediation Advisory Committee, Israel; Trainer; Neuropsychologist
  • David Silvera, ​International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University;  Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

 

Mediation in the Courts

  • Prof. Michal Alberstein, Law Faculty, Bar-Ilan University; Head, ERC Research Team on Judicial Conflict Resolution (JCR)

The Mind and Mindfulness

  • Michael (Micky) Lichtenstein, Member, Mediation Advisory Committee, Israel; Trainer; Neuropsychologist

Festive Opening - Celebrating Twenty Years of Peace in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement

18:30 - 21:00 Eamon Gilmore & Peter Robinson Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Attendance restricted to registered guests. 


Session Chairs:

  • Amb. Alison Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Israel
  • Prof. Alon Tal, Dept. Chair of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: 20 Years Later: What the Good Friday Agreement Means

  • Eamon Gilmore, Former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland
  • Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Respondents:

  • Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University
  • Ronit Herzog, Clinical Psychologist

 

Reception: 18:30 - 19:30
Irish Tunes Performed by The Bloomers
Pub Grub and Beer on Tap

Opening Program: 19:30 - 21:00
Keynote and Discussion

Parallel Sessions: Track 3: Civil Society Forum

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Transcending Boundaries for Environmental Action

09:15 - 11:15 Porter School Building, Room 105 & 106

Welcome from Conference Chair, Prof. Alon Tal

 

Session Chair:

  • Eran Ben Yemini, CEO, Life and Enviroment

Speakers:

  • David Lehrer, Executive Director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Suleiman Halasah, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • Dr. Giulia Giordano, International Affairs Manager, EcoPeace Middle East
  • Mahmud Drieat, EcoPeace Middle East

 

Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:30

Owls as a Catalyst for Environmental Cooperation

11:45 - 13:00 Porter School Building, Room 105 & 106

Session Chair:

  • Prof. Alon Tal, Dept. Chair of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Speakers:

  • Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Baruch Spiegel, Consultant, Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF)
  • Julia Obermeier, Resident Representative, Hanns Seidel Foundation
  • Ikram Quttaineh, Project Coordinator, Hanns Seidel Foundation; Mahmiyat
  • Prof. Alexandre Roulin, Dept. of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne
  • Prof. Yossi Leshem, School of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:00

The newly opened Steinhardt Museum of Natural History will be open during the lunch break to registered conference participants (*conference badge required for free entry). 

Catered lunch will be provided in the Porter School building for participants who have purchased a meal plan.

Gender and Civil Society

14:00 - 16:10 Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chair:

  • Prof. Joel Migdal, University of Washington

Panel:

  • Pascale Chen, Women Wage Peace
  • Debi Parush, Women Wage Peace
  • Leora Hadar, Women Wage Peace
  • Michal Katzenelson, Women Wage Peace
  • Netta Loevy, Itach Maaki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice
  • Ibtisam Mahameed, SHIN: The Israeli Movement for Equal Representation of Women
  • Ina Darmstädter, Chairwoman, The Canaan Project

The Role of Narratives in Resolving Conflict

16:15 - 18:00 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Steven Klein, Tel Aviv University; Senior Editor, Haaretz


Unofficial Truth Telling for Persistent Conflict: Contemplating an Israeli-Palestinian Truth and Empathy Commission

  • Jeremie Bracka, Law Faculty, Monash University

Can Conflict Resolution Studies Benefit Urban Planning Practices: Preliminary Directions Based on the Jaffa Port Redevelopment Case Study

  • Dr. Nufar Avni, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Department of Geography, Hebrew University 

Transitional Justice and the Finalization of Peace Processes

  • Dr. Yoav Kapshuk, Lecturer, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee

The Effect of Intergroup Contact Between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Employees in Shared Workplaces​

  • Idit Miller, PhD Candidate, Ariel University

Festive Opening - Celebrating Twenty Years of Peace in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement

18:30 - 21:00 Eamon Gilmore & Peter Robinson Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Attendance restricted to registered guests. 
 

Session Chairs:

  • Amb. Alison Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Israel
  • Prof. Alon Tal, Dept. Chair of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: 20 Years Later: What the Good Friday Agreement Means

  • Eamon Gilmore, Former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland
  • Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Respondents:

  • Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University
  • Ronit Herzog, Clinical Psychologist

 

18:30 - 19:30: Reception
Irish Tunes Performed by The Bloomers
​Pub Grub and Beer on Tap

19:30 - 21:00: Opening Program
Keynote and Discussion

Parallel Sessions: Track 4: Civil Society Forum

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Special Workshop in Participatory Program Development and Evaluation in Multi-Stakeholder Conflict Resolution Initiatives

11:30 - 13:00 Prof. Jay Rothman, President, ARIA Group Capsule Meeting Room, Porter School Building

Special Workshop in Participatory Program Development and Evaluation in Multi-Stakeholder Conflict Resolution Initiatives

  • Prof. Jay Rothman, President, ARIA Group; Senior Research Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University

An interactive workshop about building conditions for participatory program development and evaluation in multi-stakeholder conflict resolution initiatives, as an integral part of the initiative itself.

Evaluation and program development can and should be linked and integrated in to program development as conflict resolution projects launch and unfold. In this way, definitions of success are developed that are dynamic, participatory, appropriate to context, and empowering. We will explore some key theories behind “Action Evaluation” and discuss case studies of its application in Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel and Palestinian-Israeli Relations in Jerusalem. We will also engage interactively in an experiential exercise about defining success in the field of conflict resolution (participants will be invited to pre-register and respond to very short online survey to help frame this exercise).

*This session required pre-registration and is only open to participants who received confirmation.

Parallel Sessions: Track 1: Learning from Northern Ireland: Lessons for the Region

Parallel Sessions: Track 3: Civil Society Forum

Parallel Sessions: Track 2: New Approaches in Conflict Resolution

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Economic Cooperation: Can Business Help Advance Israeli-Palestinian Reconciliation?

09:00 - 10:25 Yadin Kaufmann, Founding Partner, Sadara Ventures; Founder, Palestinian Internship Program Porter School Building, Auditorium

Welcome from Conference Chair, Prof. Alon Tal

 

Session Chair:

  • Miriam Lev, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: Changing the Economic Environment: The Role of Entrepreneurial Cooperation in Bridging Political Gaps

  • Yadin Kaufmann, Founding Partner, Sadara Ventures; Founder, Palestinian Internship Program

Respondents:

  • Amb. Charlotte Slente, Ambassador of Denmark to Israel; Former Ambassador for Economic Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mas Watad, President & Founder, Dawsat

Building Infrastructure for Developing Shared Societies

09:00 - 10:25 Givat Haviva & University of Haifa Porter School Building, Room 101

Welcome from Conference Chair, Prof. Alon Tal

 

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Ran Kuttner, Program for Peace and Conflict Management, University of Haifa; Academic Advisor, Givat Haviva
     

The Paradigm Shift from Co-Existence to Shared Society: An Introduction to the Program

  • Dr. Ran Kuttner, Program for Peace and Conflict Management, University of Haifa; Academic Advisor, Givat Haviva

Givat Haviva's "Roadmap to Shared Society" as a Starting Point for the Israeli Team's Focus in the Current Initiative

  • Yaniv Sagee, Executive Director, Givat Haviva

Why do People Resist Implementation of Shared-Society Ideals?

  • Dr. Keren Sharvit, Program for Peace and Conflict Management Program, University of Haifa

From 'Back to Back' to 'Face to Face': Crossing Borders and Building Shared Societies

  • Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa

Working Shoulder to Shoulder, Learning Side by Side

09:00 - 11:00 Porter School Building, Room 105 & 106

Welcome from Conference Chair, Prof. Alon Tal

 

Session Chair:

  • Uri Leventer-Roberts, UJA-Federation of New York


Panel:

  • Dan Weksler, Science Training Encouraging Peace (STEP)
  • Julie Benbenishty, Nurses in the Middle East
  • Dori Ardisson, Nurses in the Middle East
  • Amer Abu Arquob, Jerusalem Youth Chorus
  • Shoshana Gottesman, Jerusalem Youth Chorus
  • Avia Pinkovitch, Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS)
  • Areej Mitri, Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS)
  • Lucas Tshokwe, Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS)
  • Yonatan Ben Haim, Ultimate Peace

Conflict Resolution and Therapeutic Justice

10:30 - 12:00 Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Karni Perlman, Head of the Non-Adversarial and Therapeutic Justice Center, College of Management Academic Studies, Tel-Aviv University
     

Introduction: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Its Influence on the Conflict Resolution Discipline

  • Dr. Karni Perlman, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; Head of the Non-Adversarial and Therapeutic Justice Center, College of Management Academic Studies, Tel-Aviv University

Therapeutic Jurisprudence: The Law with an "Ethic of Care"

  • Prof. David B. Wexler, University of Puerto Rico; Honorary President of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Therapeutic Court: A Judicial Perspective

  • Hon. Judge Nira Daskin, The Community Court, Ramla

Creating the Societal Conditions for Conflict Transformations: What Can We Learn from Ireland and South Africa?

10:30 - 12:00 Eamon Gilmore, Former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Alon Liel, Former Director General of the Foreign Ministry, Israel; Former Ambassador to South Africa

Speakers:

  • Eamon Gilmore, Former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland
  • John Lyndon, European Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Amb. Ashraf Suliman, South African Representative to Palestine
  • Talia Sasson, Formerly, Israel State Attorney's Office; Former Chair, New Israel Fund

Dealing with the Past: The Geneva Initiative and Transitional Justice for Israel/Palestine

11:05 - 12:00 The Geneva Initiative Porter School Building, Room 105 & 106

Session Chair:

  • Noam Rabinovich, Director of Foreign Relations, The Geneva Initiative

Panel: 

  • Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Israela Oron, The Geneva Initiative
  • Dr. Mostafa Elostaz, The Geneva Initiative

Lunch Break

12:00 - 12:45

Catered lunch will be provided in the Porter School building for participants who have purchased a meal plan.

Lunch Break

12:00 - 12:45

Catered lunch will be provided in the Porter School building for participants who have purchased a meal plan.

Lunch Break

12:00 - 12:45

Catered lunch will be provided in the Porter School building for participants who have purchased a meal plan.

Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

12:45 - 13:55 Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University
     

Keynote: Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

  • Prof. Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Panel:

  • Prof. Galia Golan, Darwin Professor (Emerita), Hebrew University; Professor (Emerita), IDC Herzliya
  • Dr. John Topping, Fellow, Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace Security & Justice, Queen’s University, Belfast; Chairperson, Community Restorative Justice Ireland

Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

12:45 - 13:55 Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University
     

Keynote: Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

  • Prof. Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Panel:

  • Prof. Galia Golan, Darwin Professor (Emerita), Hebrew University; Professor (Emerita), IDC Herzliya
  • Dr. John Topping, Fellow, Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace Security & Justice, Queen’s University, Belfast; Chairperson, Community Restorative Justice Ireland

Teaching Negotiation, Communication and Cooperation

13:00 - 15:15 Porter School Building, Room 105 & 106

Session Chair:

  • Rabbi Michael Cohen, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies; Bennington College

Panel:

  • Michael Schnall, Co-Director, PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education
  • Udi Cohen, Co-Executive Director, Citizens' Accord Forum
  • Evan Muney, Director of Operations, Citizens' Accord Forum
  • Edith Silman, Citizens' Accord Forum
  • Rabbi Doron Danino, Citizens' Accord Forum
  • Dr. Shany Payes, Co-Manager of Shared Education Programs, Center for Educational Technology (CET)
  • Mira Munayer, Co-Manager of Shared Education Programs, Center for Educational Technology (CET)
  • Roi Mekler, Founding Director, Co.Lab
     

The Role of Civil Society in Sustaining Peace in Northern Ireland -- Implications for the Region

14:00 - 15:15 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Amb. David Quarrey, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Israel
     

Panel:

  • Pat Hynes, Former Advisor to Prime Minister Ahern; Civic Engagement Practitioner, Glencree Center for Reconciliation
  • Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Rethinking Conflict, Belfast

Humanitarian Aid and Its Contribution to Conflict Resolution

14:00 - 15:15 Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chair:

  • Dr. (Lt. Col. Ret.) Daniel Beaudoin, Tel Aviv University; Professor for Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation


Panel:

Humanitarian Assistance: The Wrong Tool for Peace?

  • Prof. Gregory Gottlieb, Center Director and Professor of the Practice, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University

Humanitarian Perspectives and Realpolitik in Myanmar: Where Are the Answers?

  • Ambassador (Ret.) Christopher Lamb, Australian Ambassador to Myanmar (Burma) from 1986-89 and later to Yugoslavia, Romania and Macedonia from 1997-2000; Adviser and Lecturer on Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation

 When Law Clashes with Justice

  • Gal Lusky, CEO, Israeli Flying Aid (IFA)

Community, Strength and Resilience: A Pathway to Conflict Resolution

  • Talia Levanon, Director, Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC)

Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:30

Ethics and Conflict Resolution: Troubled Partners

15:20 - 16:30 Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chair:

  • Dr. (Lt. Col. Ret.) Daniel Beaudoin, Tel Aviv University; Professor for Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation


Speakers:

The Justice of Transitional Justice: Transitional Justice and Intersectionality in Post-Conflict Societies

  • Dr. Ruth Amir, Senior Lecturer, Departments of Political Science and Multi-Disciplinary Social Science, Yezreel Valley College, Israel

Facing Non-Resolvable Conflicts

  • Prof. Asa Kasher, Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair in Professional Ethics and Philosophy of Practice, Tel Aviv University

The Ethical Bankruptcy of Humanitarian Aid in the Occupied Territories: UNRWA as a Case Study​

  • Dr. (Lt. Col. Ret.) Daniel Beaudoin, Tel Aviv University; Professor for Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation

The Role of Religion and Religious Tradition as Forces For Initiating Peace Processes in Conflict Situations

15:30 - 16:25 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Rabbi Sara Cohen, Municipal Rabbi, Hevel Eilot Regional Council
     

Respondents:

  • Rabbi Michael Melchior, Former Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs; Chair of Mosaica
  • Sheikh Raed Badir, Director, Human Center, Kafr Kasem; Islamic Movement

Synergy, Cooperation and Nonviolence as Tools for Conflict Resolution

15:30 - 17:00 Porter School Building, Room 105 & 106

Session Chair:

  • David Lehrer, Executive Director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

Panel:

  • Shaul Judelman, Co-Director, Roots/Shorashim/Judur
  • Noor Awad, Roots/Shorashim/Judur
  • Mehra Rimer, Co-Founder and Chair, B8 of Hope
  • Ali Abu Awwad, Founder, Taghyeer

From Belfast to Jerusalem: Transforming Attitudes in Intractable Conflicts

16:30 - 17:30 Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Yuval Benziman, The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution, Hebrew University
     

Speakers:

  • Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland
  • Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal, Prof. Emeritus, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
  • Myriam Darmoni, Director of Civics and Shared Life Education, Center for Educational Technology (CET)
  • Elias Zananiri, Vice-Chairman, PLO Committee for Interaction with the Israeli Society
     

From Belfast to Jerusalem: Transforming Attitudes in Intractable Conflicts

16:30 - 17:30 Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Yuval Benziman, The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution, Hebrew University
     

Speakers:

  • Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland
  • Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal, Prof. Emeritus, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
  • Myriam Darmoni, Director of Civics and Shared Life Education, Center for Educational Technology (CET)
  • Elias Zananiri, Vice-Chairman, PLO Committee for Interaction with the Israeli Society

Parallel Sessions: Track 1: Learning from Northern Ireland: Lessons for the Region

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Economic Cooperation: Can Business Help Advance Israeli-Palestinian Reconciliation?

09:00 - 10:25 Yadin Kaufmann, Founding Partner, Sadara Ventures; Founder, Palestinian Internship Program Porter School Building, Auditorium

Welcome from Conference Chair, Prof. Alon Tal

 

Session Chair:

  • Miriam Lev, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: Changing the Economic Environment: The Role of Entrepreneurial Cooperation in Bridging Political Gaps

  • Yadin Kaufmann, Founding Partner, Sadara Ventures; Founder, Palestinian Internship Program

Respondents:

  • Amb. Charlotte Slente, Ambassador of Denmark to Israel; Former Ambassador for Economic Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mas Watad, President & Founder, Dawsat

Creating the Societal Conditions for Conflict Transformations: What Can We Learn from Ireland and South Africa?

10:30 - 12:00 Eamon Gilmore, Former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Alon Liel, Former Director General of the Foreign Ministry, Israel; Former Ambassador to South Africa

Speakers:

  • Eamon Gilmore, Former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland
  • John Lyndon, European Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Amb. Ashraf Suliman, South African Representative to Palestine
  • Talia Sasson, Formerly, Israel State Attorney's Office; Former Chair, New Israel Fund

Lunch Break

12:00 - 12:45

Catered lunch will be provided in the Porter School building for participants who have purchased a meal plan.

Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

12:45 - 13:55 Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University
     

Keynote: Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

  • Prof. Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Panel:

  • Prof. Galia Golan, Darwin Professor (Emerita), Hebrew University; Professor (Emerita), IDC Herzliya
  • Dr. John Topping, Fellow, Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace Security & Justice, Queen’s University, Belfast; Chairperson, Community Restorative Justice Ireland

The Role of Civil Society in Sustaining Peace in Northern Ireland -- Implications for the Region

14:00 - 15:15 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Amb. David Quarrey, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Israel
     

Panel:

  • Pat Hynes, Former Advisor to Prime Minister Ahern; Civic Engagement Practitioner, Glencree Center for Reconciliation
  • Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Rethinking Conflict, Belfast

Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:30

The Role of Religion and Religious Tradition as Forces For Initiating Peace Processes in Conflict Situations

15:30 - 16:25 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Rabbi Sara Cohen, Municipal Rabbi, Hevel Eilot Regional Council
     

Respondents:

  • Rabbi Michael Melchior, Former Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs; Chair of Mosaica
  • Sheikh Raed Badir, Director, Human Center, Kafr Kasem; Islamic Movement

From Belfast to Jerusalem: Transforming Attitudes in Intractable Conflicts

16:30 - 17:30 Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Yuval Benziman, The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution, Hebrew University
     

Speakers:

  • Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland
  • Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal, Prof. Emeritus, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
  • Myriam Darmoni, Director of Civics and Shared Life Education, Center for Educational Technology (CET)
  • Elias Zananiri, Vice-Chairman, PLO Committee for Interaction with the Israeli Society

Parallel Sessions: Track 2: New Approaches in Conflict Resolution

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Building Infrastructure for Developing Shared Societies

09:00 - 10:25 Givat Haviva & University of Haifa Porter School Building, Room 101

Welcome from Conference Chair, Prof. Alon Tal

 

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Ran Kuttner, Program for Peace and Conflict Management, University of Haifa; Academic Advisor, Givat Haviva
     

The Paradigm Shift from Co-Existence to Shared Society: An Introduction to the Program

  • Dr. Ran Kuttner, Program for Peace and Conflict Management, University of Haifa; Academic Advisor, Givat Haviva

Givat Haviva's "Roadmap to Shared Society" as a Starting Point for the Israeli Team's Focus in the Current Initiative

  • Yaniv Sagee, Executive Director, Givat Haviva

Why do People Resist Implementation of Shared-Society Ideals?

  • Dr. Keren Sharvit, Program for Peace and Conflict Management Program, University of Haifa

From 'Back to Back' to 'Face to Face': Crossing Borders and Building Shared Societies

  • Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa

Conflict Resolution and Therapeutic Justice

10:30 - 12:00 Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Karni Perlman, Head of the Non-Adversarial and Therapeutic Justice Center, College of Management Academic Studies, Tel-Aviv University
     

Introduction: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Its Influence on the Conflict Resolution Discipline

  • Dr. Karni Perlman, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; Head of the Non-Adversarial and Therapeutic Justice Center, College of Management Academic Studies, Tel-Aviv University

Therapeutic Jurisprudence: The Law with an "Ethic of Care"

  • Prof. David B. Wexler, University of Puerto Rico; Honorary President of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Therapeutic Court: A Judicial Perspective

  • Hon. Judge Nira Daskin, The Community Court, Ramla

Lunch Break

12:00 - 12:45

Catered lunch will be provided in the Porter School building for participants who have purchased a meal plan.

Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

12:45 - 13:55 Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University
     

Keynote: Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

  • Prof. Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Panel:

  • Prof. Galia Golan, Darwin Professor (Emerita), Hebrew University; Professor (Emerita), IDC Herzliya
  • Dr. John Topping, Fellow, Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace Security & Justice, Queen’s University, Belfast; Chairperson, Community Restorative Justice Ireland

Humanitarian Aid and Its Contribution to Conflict Resolution

14:00 - 15:15 Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chair:

  • Dr. (Lt. Col. Ret.) Daniel Beaudoin, Tel Aviv University; Professor for Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation


Panel:

Humanitarian Assistance: The Wrong Tool for Peace?

  • Prof. Gregory Gottlieb, Center Director and Professor of the Practice, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University

Humanitarian Perspectives and Realpolitik in Myanmar: Where Are the Answers?

  • Ambassador (Ret.) Christopher Lamb, Australian Ambassador to Myanmar (Burma) from 1986-89 and later to Yugoslavia, Romania and Macedonia from 1997-2000; Adviser and Lecturer on Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation

 When Law Clashes with Justice

  • Gal Lusky, CEO, Israeli Flying Aid (IFA)

Community, Strength and Resilience: A Pathway to Conflict Resolution

  • Talia Levanon, Director, Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC)

Ethics and Conflict Resolution: Troubled Partners

15:20 - 16:30 Porter School Building, Room 101

Session Chair:

  • Dr. (Lt. Col. Ret.) Daniel Beaudoin, Tel Aviv University; Professor for Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation


Speakers:

The Justice of Transitional Justice: Transitional Justice and Intersectionality in Post-Conflict Societies

  • Dr. Ruth Amir, Senior Lecturer, Departments of Political Science and Multi-Disciplinary Social Science, Yezreel Valley College, Israel

Facing Non-Resolvable Conflicts

  • Prof. Asa Kasher, Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair in Professional Ethics and Philosophy of Practice, Tel Aviv University

The Ethical Bankruptcy of Humanitarian Aid in the Occupied Territories: UNRWA as a Case Study​

  • Dr. (Lt. Col. Ret.) Daniel Beaudoin, Tel Aviv University; Professor for Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation

From Belfast to Jerusalem: Transforming Attitudes in Intractable Conflicts

16:30 - 17:30 Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Yuval Benziman, The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution, Hebrew University
     

Speakers:

  • Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland
  • Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal, Prof. Emeritus, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
  • Myriam Darmoni, Director of Civics and Shared Life Education, Center for Educational Technology (CET)
  • Elias Zananiri, Vice-Chairman, PLO Committee for Interaction with the Israeli Society
     

Parallel Sessions: Track 3: Civil Society Forum

Registration and Reception

08:00 - 09:00 Porter School Building

Working Shoulder to Shoulder, Learning Side by Side

09:00 - 11:00 Porter School Building, Room 105 & 106

Welcome from Conference Chair, Prof. Alon Tal

 

Session Chair:

  • Uri Leventer-Roberts, UJA-Federation of New York


Panel:

  • Dan Weksler, Science Training Encouraging Peace (STEP)
  • Julie Benbenishty, Nurses in the Middle East
  • Dori Ardisson, Nurses in the Middle East
  • Amer Abu Arquob, Jerusalem Youth Chorus
  • Shoshana Gottesman, Jerusalem Youth Chorus
  • Avia Pinkovitch, Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS)
  • Areej Mitri, Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS)
  • Lucas Tshokwe, Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS)
  • Yonatan Ben Haim, Ultimate Peace

Dealing with the Past: The Geneva Initiative and Transitional Justice for Israel/Palestine

11:05 - 12:00 The Geneva Initiative Porter School Building, Room 105 & 106

Session Chair:

  • Noam Rabinovich, Director of Foreign Relations, The Geneva Initiative

Panel: 

  • Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Israela Oron, The Geneva Initiative
  • Dr. Mostafa Elostaz, The Geneva Initiative

Lunch Break

12:00 - 12:45

Catered lunch will be provided in the Porter School building for participants who have purchased a meal plan.

Teaching Negotiation, Communication and Cooperation

13:00 - 15:15 Porter School Building, Room 105 & 106

Session Chair:

  • Rabbi Michael Cohen, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies; Bennington College

Panel:

  • Michael Schnall, Co-Director, PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education
  • Udi Cohen, Co-Executive Director, Citizens' Accord Forum
  • Evan Muney, Director of Operations, Citizens' Accord Forum
  • Edith Silman, Citizens' Accord Forum
  • Rabbi Doron Danino, Citizens' Accord Forum
  • Dr. Shany Payes, Co-Manager of Shared Education Programs, Center for Educational Technology (CET)
  • Mira Munayer, Co-Manager of Shared Education Programs, Center for Educational Technology (CET)
  • Roi Mekler, Founding Director, Co.Lab
     

Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:30

Synergy, Cooperation and Nonviolence as Tools for Conflict Resolution

15:30 - 17:00 Porter School Building, Room 105 & 106

Session Chair:

  • David Lehrer, Executive Director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

Panel:

  • Shaul Judelman, Co-Director, Roots/Shorashim/Judur
  • Noor Awad, Roots/Shorashim/Judur
  • Mehra Rimer, Co-Founder and Chair, B8 of Hope
  • Ali Abu Awwad, Founder, Taghyeer

Field Trips

Peace, War and the Environment in Gaza with EcoPeace Middle East

(Field Trip Registration is Currently at Capacity; If Participants Have Queries, Please Contact the Conference Email)

 

Program

The program anticipates a range of government and non-government institutional partners. Beyond the plenary event, there will be numerous academic and practical sessions involving a broad spectrum of topics including:

  • Peace Processes: Public Opinion and Policy
  • Innovations in Mediation Practice
  • The Role of Hi-Tech and Entrepreneurial Ventures in Bridging Conflict
  • Water Management and Transboundary Cooperation in Conflict Settings
  • Humanitarian Aid and its Contribution to Conflict Resolution
  • Promoting Coexistence and Trust-building through Environmental Protection and Conservation
  • Methods for Changing Attitudes in Cases of Intractable Conflicts
  • Ethical Conduct in Military Conflict
  • Climate Change, Refugees and Conflict: Addressing a Global Challenge

In addition to the academic lectures, workshops and discussions, the conference will include a number of field trips that highlight local success stories in co-existence and peacebuilding. 

 

Speakers

Jeremy Lack

ADR Neutral, LAWTECH.CH, Neuroawareness, IMI & CISA

About the Conference

Tel Aviv University is hosting its first International Conference: Innovations in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (ICRM). 

As opposed to conventional conference designs, which conform to a “top-down” orientation, the ICRM conference is intended to serve as a conflict management incubator where new ideas can be presented, much as creative processes take place in the hi-tech world.  Accordingly, the gathering will be home to a broad range of formal parallel sessions involving the full range of disciplines as well as more informal workshops to facilitate creative thinking. 

The central event of the conference and the opening plenary will be a commemoration of the twentieth anniversary since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, and the lessons that might be applied to the Middle East.  Additional sessions on the issue, exploring lessons that can be learned from the resolution of what was long-perceived as an intractable conflict, will be conducted.

Over the past decades considerable efforts have been directed at better understanding the nature of conflicts and how to solve them.  Effective strategies require comprehensive responses, with expertise and insights from a range of disciplines.  The conference therefore aims to achieve the following goals:

  1. The promotion of improved international understanding of conflicts, and the refinement of different methodologies to address them;
  2. The exploration of potential areas of cooperation in transboundary management of natural resources, parks and water and to better characterize the effect of climate change on refugees in conflict;
  3. The diffusion of best practices and techniques in mediation;
  4. The development and dissemination of cutting edge theoretical and applied research about conflict management along with practical methods for preventing and combating conflicts;
  5. Increased collaboration between Israeli and Middle Eastern scholars and practitioners with an eye towards cooperation on multinational initiatives.

We look forward to seeing you in Israel in November! 

Prof. Alon Tal, Chair of the Organizing Committee

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Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Tel Aviv University.

Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest institution of higher learning – with over 30,000 students and more than 125 schools and departments in nine faculties. Global in outlook and impact, it is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities, as well as the top 20 institutions in terms of scientific citations. A spirit of openness and innovation is evident in all of TAU's teaching and research activities, breaking down barriers between disciplines, and boldly striving to address the twenty-first century's most pressing challenges.

Established in 2003, The Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in the theory and practice of mediation and conflict resolution. In order to achieve these goals, it established two main units: An academic M.A. program in conflict resolution and mediation, and a Mediation Center that provides services to the public.  The Mediation Center was founded with the objective of providing professional mediation services while basing its practices on theoretical and applied academic research. The center also provides training opportunities for graduates of the program and practitioners in the field of mediation.

The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, established in 2009, is a one- year interdisciplinary MA program taught in English.  The program takes a unique interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of conflict theory and practice looking at the spectrum of conflict situations around the world.  The curriculum is structured in such a way that the theory based conflict courses are complimented by courses that enhance student's practical skills and in-field experiences thus providing them with tools for effective analysis, negotiation strategies, and conflict resolution frameworks in the international arena.

Established in 1992, The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research (TSC) is a multidisciplinary academic framework shared by the faculties of the humanities, social sciences, and law at Tel Aviv University. The Center promotes systematic research and thinking on issues connected with peacemaking processes and conflict resolution in the Middle East and in other regions around the world. The Center supports theoretical and empirical research, political, historical, psychological, cultural and legal factors that encourage or may delay the peace process

With its leading position in Israeli academia and its disciplinary diversity, The Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University offers scholars and students an unparalleled opportunity to study, investigate and seek solutions to problems of individuals and society in the twenty first century.  Supported by 17 Research Centers and Institutions, the collective work of the Faculty has addressed such issues as Israeli and Jewish identity, the Israeli party system and voting behavior, Israeli family patterns and gender inequality, immigrant integration, the impact of immigration on economic development, Jewish-Arab relations, the impact of war and occupation on Israeli society and on individuals, social and economic inequality between Arabs and Jews and among Jews, the social impact of higher education expansion, and small countries in a globalizing world.

The Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University is dedicated to developing ethical and professional public leadership that aspires to excellence and innovative research at the frontiers of knowledge in the field.  Studies conducted by the department emphasize the design of original, sustainable and effective policy solutions for complex social and public problems. The Department encourages social and public involvement as an effective bridge between academia and civil service.  Its research informs decision makers with new and relevant findings while forums hosted by the Department enable public discourse on the central public policy issues of the present and of the future.

Fees & Registration

Speakers at the conference are exempt from payment of registration fees (all meals included. Pre-registration is advised.)

Students / TAU Alumni / TAU Faculty / Affiliates (both Israeli and international) are also exempt from registration fees (meals NOT included. Pre-registration is REQUIRED).

If students / affiliates would like to purchase a meal voucher for 80 NIS/day, meals include refreshments (1-2 coffee breaks with tea, coffee, pastries and small bites) and a catered lunch. 

 

Registration Fees:

1-Day Participation 

100 $US for International Participants (Meals & Gala Included; paid in local currency)
150 NIS for Local Participants (Meals Included & Excluding Gala Evening)
80 NIS for Members of Israel Mediators Organizations / ALLMEP / World Mediation Summit Affiliates / Participating NGOs (Meals Included & Excluding Gala Evening)
80 NIS for Students / Affiliates with Meal Voucher
Free for Students / Affiliates (Meals Not Included)

2-Day Participation   
        

180 $US for International Participants (Meals & Gala Included; paid in local currency)
250 NIS for Local Participants (Meals Included & Excluding Gala Evening)
160 NIS Members of Israel Mediators Organizations / ALLMEP / World Mediation Summit Affiliates / Participating NGOs (Meals Included & Excluding Gala Evening)
160 NIS for Students / Affiliateswith Meal Voucher
Free for Students / Affiliates (Meals Not Included)


Gala Evening Participation 150 NIS per person; 250 per pair if registering together; 50% discount for students, Tel Aviv University and NGO affiliates of the conference.

  • The Gala Evening is fully booked, and registration is no longer available.


Field Trip Participation 200 NIS per person.

  • The Friday Field Trip is fully booked, and registration is no longer available.

 

Steering Committee

Organizing Committee:

Prof. Alon Tal, Chairman of Organizing Committee; Chair, Department of Public Policy, ‪Tel Aviv University

Miriam Lev, Conference Director

 

Advisory Committee:

Prof. Brian Polkinghorn, Director, Program in Conflict Analysis & Dispute ResolutionUniversity of Salisbury

Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Founding DirectorRethinking Conflict, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ms. Emily Guthrie, Fundraising Officer, SANAD for Peacebuilding

Mr. Federico Gonzalez Waite,  Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, Government of Mexico

Prof. Eppie Yaar, Founder, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution, Tel Aviv University

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Steering Committee

Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace

Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director,  EcoPeace Middle East

Michal Caspi, Olivestone Trust

Noy Erez, Founder, Gishurim and NegoPro

Arie Geronik, Department of Political Science, The Open University

Dr. Giulia Giordano, International Affairs Manager, EcoPeace Middle East

Amb. Alison Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Israel

Dr. Steven Klein, Senior Editor, Haaretz

Dr. Alon Liel, Former Director General of the Foreign Ministry, Israel, Former Ambassador to South Africa

Dr. Clive Lipchin, Arava Institute

Noga Nabarro, Founding President, Owner & Director at SHINUI: Israel Institute for Systemic Studies, Family & Personal Change

Dr. Karni Perlman, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University,  Head of the Non-Adversarial and Therapeutic Justice Center, College of Management Academic Studies, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Jay Rothman, President, ARIA Group; Senior Research Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University

 

 

Tel Aviv University Committee Members:

Dr. (Lt. Col., ret.) Daniel Beaudoin, Tel Aviv University; Professor for Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation

Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University;  Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Prof. Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

 

Abstract Submission

While the central event focuses on a 20-year retrospect of Northern Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement, a variety of more general themes and specialized sessions are planned for the gathering which encompasses a broad range of topics and disciplines associated with conflict resolution and mediation.

In particular, sessions with the following themes are already confirmed to be held during the conference*:

  • Peace Processes: Public Opinion and Policy
  • Innovations in Mediation Practice
  • The Role of Hi-Tech and Entrepreneurial Ventures in Bridging Conflict
  • Water Management and Transboundary Cooperation in Conflict Settings
  • Humanitarian Aid and its Contribution to Conflict Resolution
  • Promoting Coexistence and Trust-building through Environmental Protection and Conservation
  • Methods for Changing Attitudes in Cases of Intractable Conflicts
  • Ethical Conduct in Military Conflict
  • Climate Change, Refugees and Conflict: Addressing a Global Change

* Additional specialized themes may be announced. Some themes may be united with others, or canceled, depending on the number of accepted presentations.

In addition, if an individual wishes to propose and organize a relevant session on another topic, the organizing committee encourages such submissions. Presumably, a new session proposal should include at least three abstracts from prospective participants.

Abstracts for oral presentations must be submitted by August 15th, 2018 and will be subject to peer review. Replies will be sent to applicants no later than September 15th. Certain abstracts may be recommended for a poster session rather than as oral presentations.

Abstract submission is conducted online. Full papers are not accepted. Up to 400 words can be uploaded.

Kindly note that ENGLISH is the conference language, and no translation will be provided. Abstracts are to be submitted in English only.

Civil Society Forum

In parallel with the academic presentations, the conference steering committee has decided to hold a Civil Society Forum, in which NGOs, educational initiatives and innovative mediation and conflict resolution projects can offer presentations.  Among the themes that will be highlighted are initiatives that focus on education, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, economics/business, building a Jewish-Arab shared society, the environment, children, philanthropy, etc.  The Forum seeks to offer “success stories” which might be of interest or replicable for the broader field. 

 

These sessions are designed to be less formal than the typical academic ones and can contain brief films, interactive workshop elements and multiple speakers.   If you or your organization would like to participate in the Forum, please submit an abstract about your work which describes the name of your organization or specific project, the challenge it is trying to address, specific objectives and its role within the broader ecosystem of civil society and your proposed format for the session.  Most importantly, please describe your organization’s “theory of change”, and specific projects and activities which have been successful.  All presentations must be in English. Typically, presentations will last 20 minutes, but proposals can specify longer or shorter durations.  Please submit your proposed session by September 20, 2018.

Abstracts should be forwarded to:  icrm.conf@gmail.com.

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The conference will be held at the Porter school, Department of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University

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