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Program

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, Smolarz Auditorium
video

Conference will be held in English With Hebrew translation

9:30 - 10:00 Welcome Session
US Ambassador to Israel, Ambassador Richard H. Jones
Chairman of the Board of Governors, TAU, Mr. Robert Goldberg

  • Mike Dagan, Editor in Chief, The Marker Magazine
  • Arnold J. Goldman, Chairman: BrightSource Energy, Inc., USA / LUZ II Ltd., Israel: "Creating A New Energy Culture"

10:00 - 11:30 Global Warming and Geopolitics: Instability or Peace?
Chair: Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron, Vice President for Research and Development, TAU

11:30 - 11:45 Break

11:45 - 13:15 Sustainable Energy: Opportunities in the Business Sector
Chair: Prof. Yehuda Kahane, Head, Akirov - ALROV Institute of Business and the Environment, TAU

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 -16:30 Renewable Energy: Research and Development Challenges
Chair: Prof. Yehuda Benayahu, Head, Porter School of Environmental Studies, TAU

  • Prof. D. Yogi Goswami, John and Naida Ramil Professor of Chemical Engineering, Co-Director, Clean Energy Research Center, University of South Florida: "New and Emerging Solar Energy Technologies - Challenges and Opportunities"
  • Prof. Avi Kribus, School of Mechanical Engineering, Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering, TAU: "Renewable Energy Innovation in Israel"
  • Prof. Aldo Steinfeld, Institute of Energy Technology, ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology: "Solar Hydrogen - Present and Future"
  • Mr. Steven Chalk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy: "Renewable Energy in the USA"

16:30 - 17:00 Break

17:00 - 19:00 Israel's Road to Energy Independence
Chair: Dr. Miki Haran, former Director General of the Ministry of Environment, Head of MBA Environmental Management Specialization, Ono Academic College
Greetings: MK Binyamin Ben Eliezer, Israel Minister of National Infrastructure,
MK Gideon Ezra, Israel Minister of Environmental Protection


Program Committee:

  • Prof. Zvi Galil, President, TAU
  • Prof. Itamar Rabinovitch, former President, TAU
  • Mr. Israel Klabin, President, Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development
  • Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron, Vice President for Research and Development, TAU
  • Prof. Avi Kribus, School of Mechanical Engineering, Fleischman Faculty of Engineering, TAU
  • Prof. Daniel Chamovitz, Chair, Department of Plant Sciences, Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, TAU
  • Prof. Yehuda Kahane, Akirov Institute of Business and the Environment, Faculty of Management - Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, TAU
  • Prof. Dan Rabinowitz, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences, TAU
  • Prof. Yehuda Benayahu, Head, Porter School of Environmental Studies, TAU
  • Dr. Ilan Sulieman, Public Utility Authority - Electricity

Conference coordinator: Ms. Anat Halevy, Director Public Relations, TAU anath@tauex.tau.ac.il
Media Consultant: Ms. Orly Fromer, Director of Media Relations and Spokesperson, TAU