May. 19
- May. 21

The fast-paced nature of scientific and technological innovation often eclipses the human ability to absorb the repercussions of these rapid changes. Thus, progress often happens faster than our ability to account for its potential environmental, sociological, and psychological impacts. Given the need to critically reflect on the interdependence between discovery and humankind, this year's symposium will explore the intersections of science and society throughout the past and present. We will bring together scholars from various fields to cast in interdisciplinary eye toward topics ranging from land use changes to bioengineering, from social biases in research to the unintended consequences of the scientific discovery, from data-mining to evidence-based policy. With this broad perspective, we intend to stimulate discussion as what scientific and technological innovation means to humankind as well as how we can best manage and apply the knowledge that we gain from such discoveries. Such critical reflection is necessary if we wish to address the human element within scientific and technological progress. Thus, we expect this symposium to be thought-provoking to scholars working within a wide variety of fields.

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Serge Morand is a research director at the CNRS (Institut des sciences de l' évolution de Montpellier) and an associate researcher at CIRAD (ASTRE), he is based in Thailand at the Faculty of Veterinary Technology at Kasetsart University, and is also a visiting professor at the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University in Bangkok. An ecologist and field parasitologist, he analyses the role of biodiversity in the health and well-being of humans and wildlife. He conducts projects on the impacts of global changes (climate change and land use change) on the linkages between biodiversity conservation, health, and societies in Southeast Asia. 

Dr. Julie Trottier is a research professor at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), France. Over the past 24 years, she has been exploring the political construction of water management, the social and political construction of the scientific discourse and technological choices concerning water and the interactions between these two types of processes. She has directed several research projects on water in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Invited speakers:

Dr. Anat Ben-David
Sociology, Political Science and Communication, the Open University  

Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler
Head, Media Reform Program and Democracy in the Information Age, The Israel Democracy Institute 

Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli
Director of the Center for Internet Research, University of Haifa 

Dr. Tony Travis
Sidney M. Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem    

Dr. Lonia Friedlander
Lab of Remote Sensing and Planetary Imaging, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 

Dr. Anat Rosenthal
Health Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 

Dr. Uri Roll
Marco and Louise Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology (MDDE), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 

Dr. Noa Sophie Kohler

Jacques Loeb Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 

Dr. Alessandra Passariello
Jacques Loeb Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 

Dr. Agathe Colleony
Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion 

Ofer Bartal
Software engineer at Google, volunteer at The Public Knowledge Workshop

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