As part of the 50th anniversary celebratory activities of IIASA, the Israel Committee for IIASA and other Israeli partners in collaboration with IIASA are convening a scientific symposium titled “Sustainability Pathways empowered by Systems Analysis."

The symposium will take place on 28-29 November 2022 at Tel Aviv University in Israel. It will feature a keynote presentation on “Systems analysis of population, education and environment interactions” and a series of panel discussions on the demographics, biodiversity and agriculture, water, energy and transport nexus.

The event will bring together the community of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to highlight the power of systems analysis and to discuss new frontiers in this context. It will particularly focus on the four above mentioned topics of parallel sessions.

 

28 November 2022

Venue: The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv University (TAU)

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Registration | 17:00 – 17:30

(time provided is Israel Standard Time)

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Welcoming remarks | 17:30 – 18:15

Master of Ceremonies
Itai Sened, Tel Aviv University, IIASA Council member for Israel

Dan Peer, Vice President for Research and Development, Tel Aviv Univiversity
Albert van Jaarsveld, Director General, IIASA
Hilla Haddad Chmelnik, Director General, Ministry of Science, Israel

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Keynote presentation | 18:15 – 19:00

Systems analysis of population, education and environment interactions
Wolfgang Lutz, Interim Deputy Director General for Science, IIASA

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Closing remarks | 19:00 – 19:10

Gansen Pillay, Interim Head, Communications and External Relations Department, IIASA

29 November 2022

Venue: Naftali Building, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tel Aviv University (TAU)

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Welcome and Greetings | 09:00 – 10:00

Milette Shamir, VP for international academic collaboration, Tel Aviv University
Vered Blass, Head of the Innovation in Industrial Ecology Lab, Tel Aviv University
Albert van Jaarsveld, Director General, IIASA

Introduction to IIASA and Systems Analysis

Parallel Panels | 10:00 – 12:30

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Demography | room 527

Moderator: Isaac Sasson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tel Aviv University

Session 1: Frontiers in Demographic Research

Wolfgang Lutz, Interim Deputy Director General for Science, IIASA
Isaac Sasson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Tel Aviv University
Juho Härkönen, Professor of Sociology, European University Institute (via Zoom)
Eliahu Ben-Moshe, Demographer and Statistician, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University

Session 2: Demographic Research in Israel - Opportunities and Challenges

Analia Schlosser, Associate Professor of Economics, Tel Aviv University
Alex Wienreb, Research Director, Taub Center
Daniel Gotlieb, Former Chief Scientist, Israel Institute for Social Security

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Biodiversity and Agriculture | room 003

Moderator: Tamar Dayan, Chair, The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv University

Presentations:

Integrating ecology and conservation into the planning and assessment of sustainable agricultural policies.
Piero Visconti, Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Research Group Leader, Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program, IIASA

Challenges in multi-purpose landscape management. 
Uri Ramon, the Open Landscape Institute, the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv University

Restoring riparian ecosystems as a means of increasing biodiversity.
Orah Moshe, Ministry of Agriculture, Soil Erosion Research Station

Heterogeneous farmland under area-based conservation measures: the case of the EU Natura 2000 farmed sites.
Francesca Falco, School of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Crop pollination services by wild and managed pollinators: local and global perspectives.
Yael Mandelik, Faculty of Agriculture Food and Environment, The Hebrew University

Nutrition-sensitive food systems: examples from terrestrial and aquatic environments.
Alon Shepon, the Department of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University, and Chair of the Israeli Forum for Sustainable Nutrition

A step towards food security: an accessible tool for analyzing and forecasting agricultural commodity prices.
Rotem Zelingher, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Advancing Systems Analysis Program, IIASA

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Water | room 505

Moderator: Dor Fridman, Research Scholar, Water Security Research Group, Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program, IIASA

Presentations:

Water and water-human interactions - overview of the IIASA Water group research.
Dor Fridman, Research Scholar, Water Security Research Group, Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program, IIASA

It’s all about water.
Hadas Mamane, Head of Environmental Engineering Program, Mechanical Engineering Department, Tel Aviv University

Now-casting water quality parameters using AI.
Asaf Peres, PhD student, Environmental Engineering Program, Mechanical Engineering Department, Tel Aviv University

Modelling and monitoring urban and rural water systems – Can it support decision-making?
Eran Friedler, Head of the Grand Water Research Institute, Technion

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The Energy and Transport Nexus | room 021

Moderator: Vered Blass, Head of the Innovation in Industrial Ecology Lab, The Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Tel Aviv University

Presentations:

Energy and Transport Systems Research using the MESSAGEix Integrated Assessment Model.
Paul Natsuo Kishimoto, Research Scholar, Energy, Climate, and Environment Program, IIASA

Energy and Transportation National-Level Policy Analysis using MESSAGEix.
Ayelet Davidovitch, Innovation in Industrial Ecology Lab, Tel Aviv University

Using the MESSAGE model for planning NetZero emissions in 2050.
Shahar Dolev, Chief Scientist office, Ministry of Energy, Israel

Is it possible for Israel to achieve 100% Renewables in 2050?
Moshe Tshuva, School of Mechanical Engineering, Afeka College

Competitive electricity market with photovoltaic cells, batteries and gas technologies.
Irena Milstein, Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Technology Management, Holon Institute of Technology

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Summary Discussion and Closing Remarks | 12:30 – 13:15 | room 201

Vered Blass, Head of the Innovation in Industrial Ecology Lab, The Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Tel Aviv University
Albert van Jaarsveld, Director General, IIASA

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