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Drylands, Deserts
and Desertification

Plenary Speaker

·     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.

Vineyard-environment interactions

·     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.​