· R. Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science. The Ohio State University
Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center.
President, International Union of Soil Sciences.
Mechanics of granular matter
· Itamar Procaccia, The Weizmann Institute of Science., Israel.
· Yoel Forterre, Laboratoire IUSTI, UMR 7343 CNRS, Aix Marseille University
· Y. Ashkenazy, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
Pattern formation in windblown sand
· Bruno Andreotti, , ESPCI Paris Tech, France.
Vegetation patterns and processes in dryland regions in relation to land use and climate change
· Francisco Pugnaire, Estacion Experimental de Zonas Aridas, Almeria, Spain.
· Johannes Henschel , South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), Arid Lands,Node, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.
· Merav Seifan, Mitrani Dept. of Ecology, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion, University of the Negev, Israel.
· Tarin Paz, Department of Sensing, Information and Mechanization Engineering, Institute of
· Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Center, Israel.
· Moran Segoli, Ramat Negev Desert Agro-Research Center & Southern Research and Development Center, Israel.
Animal distribution, abundance and interactions in drylands and in response to desertification
· Chris Dickman, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW 2006, Australia.
· Klaus Birkhofer, Department of Ecology, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Brandenburg, Germany.
· Itamar Giladi, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
· Amos Bouskila, Fac. of Natural Sciences, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.
The environmental change-biodiversity-disease triangle: host-parasite interactions in the era of global changes in land use, temperatures, and aridity, with implications for disease risk
· Serge Morand, Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution, Université de Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France.
· Cyril Caminade, University of Liverpool, UK.
· Ran Nathan, Dpt. of Biology, The Hebrew University, Israel.
· Takuya Iwamura, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Soil component of regional and global climate models
· Stephen Sitch,College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Exter, UK.
· Shabtai Cohen, Volcani Center, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel.
· Y. Ashkenazy, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion, University of the Negev, Israel.
Water flow and heat transport in dryland soils: modeling and measurements
· Wolfgang Durner, Technische Universität Braunschweig
Institute of Geoecology , Germany.
· Gerrit H. de Rooij, Soil Physics Department, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ, Germany.
· Shmuel Assouline , Agricultural Research Organization, Israel.
Soil-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases
· Dani Or, Inst of Biogeochem and Pollutant Dynamics, Zürich, Switzerland.
· Dan Yakir, Earth & Planetary Sciences Weizmann Instiute of Science, Israel.
· Alon Angert, Institute of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
· I.Gelfand, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
Efficient use of water in dryland agriculture
· Elias Fereres, School of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering , University of Córdoba, Spain and Institute of Sustainable Agriculture Scientific Research Council of Spain (IAS-CSIC).
· Bill Kustas, USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab, USA.
· N. Rosenberg, NJR Associates, USA
Native and non-native trees in dryland afforestation
· Giovanni G. Vendramin, Institute of Biosciences and BioResources, National Research Council, Fiorentino (Firenze), Italy.
· Eric Higgs, Department of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada.
· Yagil Osem, Volcani Center ,A.R.O., Israel.
Multi-Source Land Imaging for Studying Desertification and Land Degradation
· Garik Gutman, NASA, USA.
· Jiaguo Qi, Department of Geography, Michigan State University, USA.
Remote sensing- Tools and implications for drylands
· Martin Kappas, Institute of Geography, Goettingen, Germany.
· Hassan Rhinane, Faculty of Sciences Ain Chock, University Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco.
· Sinkyu Kang, Department of Environmental Science, Kangwon National University, South Korea.
Role and function of organic matter in dryland soils: Carbon sequestration by combating desertification
· .Joerg Bachmann, Institute of Soil Science , Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany.
· Gabriele Schaumann, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.
On-site sanitation, wastewater treatment and reuse
· Peter van der Steen, Department of Environmental Engineering and Water Technology, The Netherlands.
· Claire Quinn, Natural Resources Management, University of Leeds, UK.
· Eran Friedler, Technion, Dept of Env., Wat. & Agr. Eng., Technion, Israel.
Self-organized vegetation patchiness: observations, modeling and model analysis
· Mike Cramer. University of Cape Town, South Africa.
· Sujith Ravi, Temple University, Philadelphia USA.
· Moshe Shachak, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
· Maxim Shoshani, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion,Institute of Technology,Israel.
· Mustapha Tlidi, Department of Physics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
· Yuval Zelnik, Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling, CNRS – Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station, Moulis, France.
· Nadav Shnerb, Department of Physics, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
Fairy circles as a self-organization phenomenon
· Arjen Doelman, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
· Pierre Couteron. Institute for Research and Development, Marseille, France.
· Efrat Sheffer , The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Hebew University, Israel.
· Nichole Barger, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, CO, USA.
· Stephan Getzin, Department of Ecosystem Modelling, University of Goettingen, Germany.
NGOs for water: activities in rural communities
· Gilberto Correa Carvalho Silva, Minister of Agriculture, Cape Verde.
· Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa , MP, Zambia,
· Rachel Peletz, Aquaya, USA
· Sivan Yaari, Innovation Africa, Israel
Plant abiotic stress tolerance mechanisms for coping with arid and semi-arid environments
· Sylvain Delzon, INRA, Bordeaux, France.
· Herve Cochard, UMR-PIAF, INRA, Université Clermont-Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
· Tamar Avin-Wittenberg, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
· Yana Kazachkova, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
· Gideon Grafi, The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
· Gad Miller, The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar Ilan University, Israel.
· Mario Pezzotti, Department of Biotechnology Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy.
· Fulvio Mattivi, Dipartimento Qualità Alimentare e Nutrizione, Centro Ricerca ed Innovazione, Fondazione Edmund Mach, (TN), Italia.
· Tirtsa Zahavi, Northern Development and Research Center, Israel.
Viticulture/agronomy practices in relation to climate
· Claudio Lovisolo, Università degli Studi di Torino Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Forestali e Alimentari, University of Turin, Italy.
· Guido D'Urso, Department of Agriculture, University of Naples Fedrico II, Italy,
· Etti Or, Volcani Center, A.R.O., Israel.
Vine molecular physiology and genetics
· Osvaldo Failla DiSAA, Dipartimento di Scienze agrarie e ambientali – Produzione, Territorio, Agroenergia, Milano, Italy.
· Enrico Peterlunger, University of Udine, Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and animal Sciences, Udine, Italy.
· Delrot Serge, l'UMR Ecophysiologie et Génomique Fonctionnelle de la Vigne, Institute for Vine and Wine Sciences at Bordeaux.
· Eliashev Drori, Agriculture and oenology, Samaria and the Jordan Rift Regional R&D Center, Israel.
· Yishai Netzer Agriculture and Oenology Department, Eastern R&D center
· Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Materials, Ariel University, Israel.
Urban form of dryland cities - mitigating effects of climate change and environmental degradation
· Gerald Mills, School Of Geography University College Dublin, Irland.
· D.Pearlmutter, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
Scientific conceptual framework for land degradation neutrality: a report of the Science-Policy Interface Committee
· P.Chasek, International Institute for Sustainable Development, USA
Land degradation neutrality: will Africa achieve it?. Institutional solutions to land degradation and restoration in Africa
· L. Gnacadja, Former Secretary General, UNCCD
· Liesl Wiese, Land and Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Rome, Italy.
Landscape restoration and renewable household energy
· W.Mathai, The Greenbelt Movement, Kenya
· Tefera Mengistu Woldie, Forest Sector Development Program, UNDP/Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of Ethiopia.
Practice and theory of combating desertification in rural areas
· David Mutekanga, Uganda National Academy of Sciences, Uganda
· Jane M. Mutune University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Assessing emerging health risks in water: Drylands and beyond
· Kornelia Smalla, The Julius Kuhn Institute, Institute for Epidemiology and Pathogen Diagnostics, Berlin, Germany.
· Ruth Hershberg, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion , Israel.
Land degradation neutrality: the physical and geographical dimension
· Alan Grainger, University of Leeds, UK
Plant nutrition under abiotic stress
· Philip White, The James Hutton Institute, Scotland UK.
Biodeterioration and preservation of Desert Archeological Sites
· Francesca Cappitelli, University of Milan, Italy.
· Federica Villa, University of Milan, Italy.