Student Organized Hybrid Event

June 19, 2021, 09:00-18:00
University of Haifa (Hecht Auditorium) and Virtual

Live Broadcast


Keynote Speaker

Prof. Amy Clement

Amy Clement is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She is a climate scientist aiming to simplify climate systems in order to better understand the fundamental mechanisms that influence climate, with a particular focus on atmosphere-ocean systems. Through the use of climate models, her team strives to uncover new information about Earth's past, present, and future climate.


Prof. Kenny Broad

Kenny Broad is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He is an environmental anthropologist focusing on the relationship between humans and their environment. His numerous publications address the interdisciplinary aspects of natural resource management, ranging from the impacts of climate variability and change to environmental justice to perceptions of risk by diverse stakeholder groups.


Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist, oceanographer, underwater explorer, aquanaut, former chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Geographic Society Explorer, and founder of Ocean Blue. She has dedicated her life to advocating for the Ocean, and has had a major impact on science, policy, and the public.

*she will be joining virtually


Dr. M Jackson Glaciologist Author

M Jackson, PhD, is a TED fellow, National Geographic Explorer, Glaciologist and Geographer, as well as published author and researcher. She examines how climate change has impacted and transformed the people and communities bearing witness to the changing glacial landscapes of Iceland in this time of climate change. Her storytelling in voice and in writing share the

*she will be joining virtually


Dr. Yaeli Rosenberg- Head of Biology at ECOncrete

Dr. Yaeli Rosenberg, Head of Biology at ECOncrete® Tech LTD is a marine biologist and ecologist, Bar-Ilan University graduate, and expert on the effect of urbanization and anthropogenic stressors on coral reefs. She has conducted lab and fieldwork worldwide. Yaeli is highly experienced in underwater monitoring surveys and sampling as well as computational programming and meta-data analysis. ECOncrete® Tech LTD is dedicated to finding solutions for coastal construction that not only incorporate sustainable materials, but also compensate for ecosystem habitat loss.


Alon Rothschild

Biodiversity policy manager, director of 'The Blue Half' and the biodiversity division at The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI)


Arik Rosenblum - CEO Ecoocean

EcoOcean is an NGO devoted to education, research, and assisting in policies related to improving ocean conditions. Arik Rosenblum, is a native of the United States who came to Israel with his family in 1969. Before joining Ecoocean, Arik gained a wide range of experience in NGOs and socially important institutions. His past roles included Director of Education in Beth Hatefutsoth--The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv; Emissary of Israel in Connecticut, USA; Director of Resource Development for Beterem--the National Center for Children's Safety; as well as positions in the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Public Affairs at Tel Aviv University, and lead of the social startup 'Takdim'--The Ramat Hasharon Community Foundation. EcoOcean has grown significantly under Arik’s direction, including leading the recent oil spill clean-up campaign, representing Israel in the UAE, while continuing to be a primary resource for subsidizing and supporting world-class research on their research ship the R/V Mediterranean Explorer.


Prof. Tali Mass, University of Haifa

Professor Tali Mass received her PhD fro the Hebrew University, Israel, focusing on coral physiology. She then did a post-doctoral fellowship on coral biomineralization at Rutgers University, USA, in the laboratory of Prof. Paul Falkowski. In 2014 she started her own laboratory at the university of Haifa, Israel, where she continues studying the basic mechanism responsible for calcium carbonate (CaCO3) precipitation in calcifying organisms, specifically corals. She targets her study on how corals respond physiologically and morphologically to changes in their environment from the molecular to the organism level.


Recently signed Middle Eastern cooperation agreements are bringing together new and old partners in the shared effort to slow and mediate global issues brought on by climate change. The Middle East plays a critical role in mitigating the move away from fossil-fuel-based energy sources, and the hosting of both upcoming Climate Change Conferences (COP 27 Egypt and COP 28 UAE) demonstrate region’s dedication to these issues.  On June 19th we will be holding the 9th annual Conference in Marine Sciences.  The theme this year is ‘Climate-Ocean-Change’; a one-day, hybrid event dedicated to exploring the relationship between the ocean and climate change, and highlighting UN-SDGs related to climate change and the sea, as well as demonstrating general SDG goals. Scientists, students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate), policymakers, general public, and representatives from the private sector will gather to learn about and discuss this connection as well as highlight solutions on an individual to societal level.

Conference Structure:

Session I: Problem

Session focuses more generally on climate change and its link to the oceans to present the issues at hand

Session II: Evidence

Session discusses more specific signs of climate change through more focused presentations

Session III: Solutions

Session presents solutions helping combat climate change and/or environmentally-friendly products that can help reduce peoples’ carbon footprints and their impacts on the environment


Prof. Ilana Berman-Frank

Head of the The Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences 

Professor Ilana Berman-Frank heads the University’s Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences (CSMS). CSMS’s specialty and expertise lies in developing a basic scientific understanding of the eastern Medi terranean basin—from its geology and geophysics through ecology and biological responses of organisms at different levels, to stressors on the environment.  Studying and monitoring how the ecosystem will respond to oil spills, to pollution of trace metals, plastics, etc. and more general responses to global changes will offer key insights to addressing not only the impact to Israel, but worldwide climate change and environmental concerns.
Prof. Berman-Frank’s lab is dedicated to the impact of aquatic ecosystems on the environment and society—on local to global scales.  Her research focuses on how global changes and environmental stressors influence the organisms forming the base of the aquatic food-webs.

Dr. Beverly Goodman

Head, Dr. Moses Strauss Department of , The Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences Marine Geoscience

Dr. Beverly Goodman-Tchernov is a marine geo-archaeologist, and studies how archaeology, geology, and anthropology of marine systems can help us understand the way nature and humans impact coastlines in the past, present, and future. 
Her interests include ancient harbors, disasters, and coastal change.  Her work has contributed to tsunami disaster planning and education in Israel and the eastern Mediterranean.
She is head of University of Haifa’s Department of Marine Geosciences, a National Geographic Explorer and has been seen on television programs, often addressing the world’s ancient marine and coastal mysteries, what is truth and what is fiction, and how it might matter for us today

Main Committee

Akos Kalman, Postdoctoral Researcher, Marine Geosciences
Alyssa Pietraszek, PhD student, Marine Geosciences
Daniel Goloe, MSc student,  Marine Biology
Debi Ramon, PhD student, Marine Biology
Iris Preiss, PhD student, Marine Biology 
Prashant Tewari, MSc student, Marine Biology
Tal Ben-Ezra, PhD student, Marine Biology 
Cara Weisswasser, MSc student, Marine Geosciences

General Committee

Adam Ostrowski, MSc student, Marine Geosciences
Amir Bar, PhD student, Marine Geosciences
Charles Everhardt IV,
M.Sc. Student, Marine Geo
Claudia FerreiraMSc student, Marine Biology
Elena BogdanovaMSc student, Marine Biology
Gabriel OlawuyiMSc student, Marine Geosciences
Lucy Boyani, MSc student, Marine Geosciences
Lana Lintser, MSc student, Marine Geosciences
Moh AdemMSc student, Marine Geosciences
Riliwan Damilola AbioyeMSc student, Marine Geosciences
Winnie Bett, MSc student, Marine Geosciences
Yanyu Jiang,PhD student, Marine Geosciences
Yarden Aaltonen, MSc student, Marine Geosciences

SDG’s Goals of the conference

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals that are an urgent call for action by all countries to improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. This conference aims to respect as many SDGs as possible, with hopes of leading by example and doing our part to ensure a better future for all

Conference #SDGs:

3. Good Health and Well-Being

By supporting green energy solutions and reducing pollution, air quality will be improved reducing chronic exposure and the resultant health issues.

4. Quality Education

The conference will include an outreach program for high school students, and the information presented will remain free of charge on the conference website, increasing the accessibility of reliable information for all members of the public.

9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

The conference will emphasize the participation of a wide variety of companies from different sectors that are helping to develop solutions combating climate change worldwide.

10. Reduced Inequalities

Some of the target industries that will be showcased at the conference are working on solutions to help reduce inequalities around the globe, such as providing access to clean water or recycling waste materials within Israel instead of shipping them elsewhere. In addition, the conference aims to have equal gender balance and representation amongst the speakers                                     and organizers, and will include a sign language interpreter to make the event more accessible to everyone.

11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

By allowing for open access to information about climate change and the seas, cities can implement more sustainable solutions for the benefit of their communities.

12. Responsible Consumption and Production

By reducing the use of single use materials and supporting the proper treatment of wastes to make this a net-zero event, the conference aims to lead by example to show firsthand what using more sustainable options looks like.

13. Climate Action

By showcasing solutions provided by the individual as well as from grassroots, industry, and academia the conference aims to highlight the range of approaches taken to combat climate related issues.

14. Life Below Water

As a School of Marine Sciences our work focuses on spreading knowledge about the marine environment, which will be highlighted at the conference in addition to solutions from other sectors, such as industry and non-governmental                                                      organizations (NGOs).



The organization committee for COC-SDG invites you and your colleagues to submit an abstract for the Climate – Ocean – Change 9th Haifa Conference, Graduate students and postdoc fellows are especially encouraged to submit. There will be prizes for best posters and flash talks. Abstracts should focus on new scientific results or studies related to ocean, atmosphere, climate, environmental and marine sciences or their applications and/or contributions to society.



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