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Fifth Annual Symposium on Water in Israel and the Middle East, CoWERC Water-Energy Innovation Symposium

When: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM CT

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Northwestern Center for Water  

Group: NCWR


Co-Sponsor: Israel Innovation Project

Category: Global & Civic Engagement, Academic, Multicultural & Diversity


Joint Meeting: Fifth Annual Symposium on Water in Israel and the Middle East, CoWERC Water-Energy Innovation Symposium
About this event
We hope you'll join us for the Joint Meeting: Fifth Annual Symposium on Water in Israel and the Middle East, CoWERC Water-Energy Innovation Symposium. The virtual conference will feature global experts discussing the impactful innovations in water technologies found in Israel and the Middle East, as well as the water issues, partnerships and resources in the region. Northwestern Center for Water Research, Northwestern Israel Innovation Project (IIP), Ben Gurion University, and the US-Israel Cooperative Water-Energy Research Center (CoWERC) have come together to create a one-day virtual symposium to inform the public on the most recent developments in these areas and connect researchers, community leaders, and innovators.

The workshop will be organized into two sessions. The first session will focus on water insecurity and the health dimensions of water, including the causes and consequences of the recent increase in water levels in Lake Kinneret, Israel, and links between regional water insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic. The second session will delve into water technology, focusing on new materials innovations for water, water reuse, and resource recovery from wastewater.


8:30am CST - Welcome

Alaina Harkness, Executive Director, Current
Frederick Ato Armah, Director, Directorate of Research Innovation and Consultancy, University of Cape Coast
Moshe Herzberg, Associate Professor, Ben Gurion University
9am CST - Session 1: Regional Water Resources, Partnerships and Health

Israeli Water Water Sector - Uri Shamir, Professor Emeritus, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Water Insecurity and COVID-19 - Bernard Ekumah, Principle Research Assistant, Center for Coastal Management, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Moderator: Elie Rekhess, Crown Visiting Professor in Israel Studies - Department of History, Northwestern University 
10:20am CST - Break

10:30am CST - Session 2: Innovations in Water Technologies

Water Reuse and Resource Recovery from Wastewater - Amit Gross, Professor, Director of The Department of Environmental Hydrology & Microbiology, Director of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Ben Gurion University
New Materials for Water Applications - Seth Darling, Director of the Center for Molecular Engineering and Senior Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
Moderator: Alaina Harkness, Executive Director, Current
11:50am CST - Concluding Remarks

Aaron Packman, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University; Director, Northwestern Center for Water Research; Co-Director, US-Israel Collaborative Water-Energy Research Center (CoWERC); Water Lead, Manufacturing Science and Engineering Initiative, Argonne National Laboratory
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