The Annual Haifa Conference on the Mediterranean Sea Research - Program

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09:00-09:30    Gathering

09:30-10:30    Greetings
Convener – Dr. Uri Schattner, University of Haifa (Israel)

Prof. Ron Robin, President, University of Haifa (Israel)
Prof. Nili Cohen, President, Israel Academy of Sciences and humanities (Israel)
Prof. Ilana Berman-Frank, Director, Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa (Israel)
Dr. Ze'ev Binyamin Begin, Member of Knesset Parliament (Israel)


10:30-11:25    Pacific session
Convener – Dr. Amotz Agnon, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)

Prof. em. Amos Nur, Stanford University (USA)
        "The tortuous history of thinking about the science of earthquakes"
Prof. Bob Ballard, University of Rhode Island (USA)
Prof. Joann M. Stock, Caltech (USA)
         "How Zvi's explorations changed plate tectonics"

11:25-11:50    Coffee break


11:50-12:30     Atlantic session
Convener – Dr. Michael Lazar, University of Haifa (Israel)

Prof. Uri ten Brink, US Geological Survey (USA), ditor in Chief, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth
         "Transform plate boundaries: A view from Alaska"
Prof. em. Gerald Schubert, University of California (USA)
        "Reminiscences of Research with Zvi Ben-Avraham"
Dr. Emanuele Lodolo, National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (Italy)
       "A still unknown and mysterious sea: the Sicilian Channel"

12:30-13:25    Keynote lectures
Convener – Dr. Hillel Wust-Bloch, Tel Aviv University (Israel)

Prof. Sierd Cloetingh, President, Academia Europaea
Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham, University of Haifa, Tel-Aviv University
          “So much yet to discover"

13:25-14:25    Lunch break


14:25-15:10    Mediterranean session
Convener – Dr. Mor Kanari, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (Israel)

Prof. Zvi Garfunkel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
        "Thoughts about the early history of the Levant basin and its margin."
Prof. em. Friedemann Wenzel, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
        "Tectonic and other geologic boundary conditions for building deep nuclear waste disposals"


15:10-15:50    Red Sea session
Convener – Dr. Gideon Tibor, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (Israel)

Prof. Tina M. Niemi, University of Missouri–Kansas City (USA)
         “From the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba: 30 Years of Geophysical Collaboration”
Prof. Walter D. Mooney, US Geological Survey (USA)
        "A new model for the structure and evolution of the Red Sea"

15:50-16:15    Coffee break


16:15-16:55    Southern and Arctic Oceans session
Convener – Dr. Vladimir Lyakhovsky, Geological Survey of Israel (Israel)

Prof. Anton Le Roux, Acting Deputy Vice Chansellor, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
        "Opening of the South Atlantic and Southern Oceans: insights from linked geochemical and tectonic constraints"
Prof. John K. Hall, Geological Survey of Israel
        "The Arctic's Enigmatic Alpha-Mendeleev Ridge"

16:55-17:40    Continental transforms session
Convener – Prof. Moshe Reshef, Tel Aviv University (Israel)

Prof. Shmulik Marco, Head, Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Tel Aviv University (Israel)
        “Interpreting the longest continuous earthquake record on Earth from the Dead Sea”
 Prof. Mordechai Stein, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
       “The Dead Sea core : archive of the late Quaternary hydro-climate history of the Levant”