May. 29, 2022

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This upcoming summit will cover three main topics related to water security in a changing world:

Desalination, water treatment,
hydrology and aquatic microbiology

May 22-23, 2022
The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research Sde Boker Campus

Program
 Sunday
May 22, 2022
08:00-10:00
Registration

10:00-10:30
Opening ceremony Moderator: Mr. Aviad Avraham

Mr. Isaac Herzog, President of the State of Israel
Prof. Alon Tal, Member of the Knesset Prof. Raz Jelinek, Vice President & Dean R&D, BGU
Prof. Noam Weisbrod, BIDR Director Prof. Amit Gross, ZIWR Director

Session A
New perspectives in hydrology
Chair: Prof. Alon Tal

10:30-11:00
A critical role of trans-generational teams in advancing  hydrological   measurements Prof. John Selker

11:00-11:30
Floods in a warming climate: what are the missing puzzle pieces?
Prof. Efrat Morin

11:30-12:00
Global-scale quantification of drought hazards
Prof. Petra Doell

12:00-13:00
Lunch
 
Session B
Frontiers in applied and aquatic microbiology
Chair: Prof. Osnat Gillor

13:00-13:30
From polio to COVID: environmental virology at its best
Prof. Joan Rose

13:30-14:00
Biology of emerging contaminants: do they
really eventually emerge?
Prof. Lisa Alvarez Cohen

14:00-14:30
Macro and micro-plastic litter and increased COVID-19-based plastic pollution in the aquatic environment and landfills: treatment, environmental risks and policy solutions
Prof. Damia Barcelo

14:30-15:30
Roundtable
Dr. Eddie Cytryn, Dr. Karen Villholth

15:30-16:30
Poster session and coffee break

19:00
The Zuckerberg Water Prize Ceremony
and Gala Dinner
2022 Laureate: Prof. Ashok Gadgil Moderator: Dr. Maya Benami



Monday
May 23, 2022
Session C
Desalination: old concepts, new horizons
Chair: Dr. Avner Ronen

09:00-09:30
The evolution of modern membrane desalination
Prof. Jack Gilron

09:30-10:00
Next-generation desalination and water purification membranes: where are we now? Prof. Menachem Elimelech

10:00-10:30
Resource recovery from seawater: emphasis on selective separation of Mg(II) salts
Prof. Ori Lahav

10:30-11:00
​Session D
Water treatment and sanitation
Chair: Dr. Oded Nir

11:30-12:00
Israel, water, and the world: how a small, dry country serves as an inspiration to nations around the globe
Mr. Seth Siegel

12:00-12:30
A renaissance for phage-based bacterial control
Prof. Pedro Alvarez

12:30-14:00
Poster session and lunch

14:00-14:30
Risk assessment and mitigation of legionellosis powered by genomics Prof. Jacob Moran-Gilad

14:30-15:00
Opportunities for greywater reuse at different scales
Prof. Eberhard Morgenroth

15:00-15:30
Overcoming the barriers to achieving the environmental Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Prof. Janet Hering

15:30-16:45
Roundtable
Prof. Sharon Walker

16:45-17:00
Closing remarks
 
 
  

Organizing Committee: Prof. Noam Weisbrod (BIDR Director, BGU, Israel), Prof. Amit Gross (ZIWR Director, BIDR, BGU, Israel), Prof. Edo Bar-Zeev (ZIWR, BIDR, BGU, Israel), Prof. Menachem Elimelech (Yale University, USA)

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