Scientists For Palestine General Meeting

Postdoc Centre at Eddington, University of Cambridge
January 5th-7th 2018

Most of the meeting was streamed live on Facebook, and the videos are available here.

FRIDAY 5th January

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Social dinner in the city centre.

SATURDAY 6th January

9.30 – 11.30 a.m.  

Opening  — David Marsh on behalf of Scientists for Palestine

Challenges for developing science in Palestine”

Skype: Wafaa Khater, Birzeit University
Skype: Imad Barghouthi, Al Quds University
Skype: Adli Saleh, Arab-American University
Skype: Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem University
Skype: Suleiman Baraka, Islamic University, Gaza

Panel Discussion  — Panel chair: Mario Martone
Panel: Imad Barghouthi, Wafaa Khater, Mazin Qumsiyeh, Adli Saleh.

11.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.  

Coffee Break

12.00 – 12.30 p.m.

Video showing – Science in the Gaza strip in Gaza
Mohammed Sabbah – “Being a scientist in Gaza: a personal perspective”
Said Alyacoubi – “The long journey Palestinians encounter to overcome travel restrictions and crossing points to get their opportunities abroad: Gazan students as an example”
Presentation – Education in the West Bank (Right2Education Birzeit)

12.30 – 1.30 p.m.  

Lunch break.

1.30   – 3.00 p.m.  

“The experience of Scientists for Palestine and other international efforts supporting science in Palestine”

Scientists for Palestine – Mario Martone
German – Palestinian Science Bridge – Ghaleb Natour
International Centre for Theoretical  Physics – Bobby Acharya, Viraf Mehta and Lukas Witkowski
Astronomy outreach in Palestine – Hannah Dalgleish
Science for the People – Ciaran Kohli-Lynch
Skype: Al Nayzak – Sarah Kuhail

3.00 – 3.30 p.m.

Coffee break.

3.30 – 4.15 p.m.

Panel discussion  —  Panel chair: David Marsh.
Panel: Michael Berry, Hannah Dalgleish, Ciaran Kohli-Lynch, Viraf Mehta, Ghaleb Natour, Jonathan Rosenhead.

4.30 – 5.00 p.m.

“Concrete activities for supporting science in Palestine”

Plenary introduction & open discussion

5.00 – 6.00 p.m.

Working session: “Getting down to work: practical ways to get involved”.

The goal of this session is to start the formation of active sub-committees, such as:

  • Organisation of the Palestinian Advanced Physics School and other schools
  • Mentorship program and online resources on opportunities in academia
  • Outreach and communication. Video, audio and social media.
  • Other topics …
6.30 – 8.00 p.m.  

Social dinner.


9.30 – 10:40 a.m.

Research talks:

Andrea Fortier, University of Bern – The CHEOPS Mission
Karolin Hijazi, University of Aberdeen –  Oral disease prevention in UNRWA refugee camps
Zayneb al-Shalalfeh, University of East Anglia – Water Security and International Development
Mathias Beck, University of Geneva – SELLIMA – a SatellitE consteLLatIon to Monitor stArs and exoplanets

10.40 – 11.10 a.m.

Coffee Break.

11.10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

Continuation of research talks:

Osaid Alser, Queen Mary University of London – Epidemiology in Gaza Strip & West Bank.
Richard Hopper, AMS Sensors UK – Infrared sensing. The use of infrared sensors for gas detection & other applications
Andy O’Bannon, University of Southampton – A c-theorem for two-dimensional boundaries
Aldric Brown, Dept of Mathematics, UCL – Metric projections onto finite dimensional subspaces of spaces of continuous functions – from Chebyshev to the present

12.30 – 1.00 p.m.