​Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
The Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research

September 24-25, 2019​

During the symposium, we honored Prof. David Faiman on the occasion of his 75th birthday

The first Sde Boker Symposium on Solar Energy Production took place in 1986, and this series continues to be a central activity of the Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center, on Ben-Gurion University’s Sde Boker​ campus.
The Sde Boker symposia are unusual in that they combine presentations on all methods of solar energy conversion to electricity (photovoltaic, solar-thermal, etc.) in a single conference.​

Abstracts on the following subjects are of interest: solar energy conversion systems, optics of solar systems, models of systems and components, photovoltaic materials and devices, concentrated solar energy, measurements and characterization, solar thermal systems, thermoelectricity, electricity and heat storage, solar applications.

Keynote Speakers:​

Eli Yablonovitch
University of California - Berkley
"Mass Production of Thin-Film Single-Crystal GaAs Solar Cells"

Martin Green
University of New South Wales
“Photovoltaic Research and Technology: Current Status and Future Prospects"​

Aldo Di Carlo
“Tor Vergata" University of Rome
“Perovskite Solar Cells and Modules"


The list of Invited Sp​eakers included:

  • ​David Cahen (Bar Ilan University/Weizmann Institute of Science),
  • Gilles Flamant (PROMES-CNRS)
  • Jeffrey Gordon (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev),
  • Gary Hodes (Weizmann Institute of Science),
  • Ariel Ismach (Tel-Aviv University),
  • Abraham Kribus (Tel-Aviv University),
  • Morten Madsen (University of Southern Denmark),
  • Manuel João Mendes (Universidade Nova de Lisboa),
  • Carmel Rotschild (Technion),
  • Gideon Segev (Tel-Aviv University),
  • Menny Shalom, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev),
  • Reshef Tenne (Weizmann Institute of Science),
  • Pavel Troshin (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology),
  • Vida Turkovic (University of Southern Denmark),
  • Daniel Vanmaekelbergh (University of Utrecht),
  • Alexis Vossier (CNRS-France).


Organizing Committee

Eugene A. Katz  keugene@bgu.ac.il 
Daniel Feuermann  daniel@bgu.ac.il

Conference Administration  ​

Shoshana Dann 
Tel. 08-6596934
Fax: 08-6596736