Dec. 13, 2021

W.A. Minkoff Senate Hall, Samuel and Milada Ayrton University Center (#71)

An International Conference:
Science and Society in a Changing World: Ethical and Cultural Challenges​

Over the last fifty years, the world has undergone significant changes due to several catastrophes. These include the environmental crisis resulting from climate changes, which has disrupted the ecosystem and caused horrible consequences for human and non-human lives, including a lack of food and even famine in several parts of the world. The wars that have erupted worldwide have driven waves of refugees and migrants from less advantaged nations to search for a better life in more economically developed countries, while others are leaving their homeland just so they might survive. Lastly, pandemics, like Covid 19, have altered our way of living and relating to others. All these changes have led us to become a “fluid" society, which is constantly changing. This provides new challenges for researchers from the myriad of varied disciplines: to build a sustainable global society based upon social justice.

 Thus, this conference aims to answer the following questions:

- How can science and society adapt to a changing world?

- What are the ethical and cultural challenges both science and society face today?

- In light of new trends in the fields of public health, environment, technology, and culture, how can these developments assist in building a sustainable global society?

- What role can/should researchers in the humanities, social sciences, and exact sciences play in building such a society?

The conference is organized by the recently borne "Association of Italian Scholars and Scientists in Israel" (AISSI) founded by BGU academics Dr. Cristina Bettin and Prof Aaron Fait. The conference will be attended by the newly appointed Italian Ambassador Sergio Barbanti, Vice President Jeff Kaye, scientists and scholars from Israel and Italy: confirmed speakers Nadav Davidovitch director of the School of Public Health (BGU), and member of the Israeli National Advisor Committee Covid-19, Mario Pezzotti director of Edmund Mach Foundation, Marcelo Sternberg TAU, Prof. Aaron Fait Chair in Desert Research, BIDR-BGU, Prof. Andrea Ghermandi, Haifa University, Prof. Elisabetta Boaretto, Weizmann Institute.​