MEeting of Scientists, Educators and Artists (ME-SEA)

A key concept throughout the conference is the MEeting of Scientists, Educators and Artists (ME-SEA). The idea is to bring together small groups of three individuals that include a researcher from (or affiliated with) the Charney School of Marine Sciences, educators and artists who deal with similar topics in their daily practice, but from very different perspectives. These meetings, or their subject matter, will form the core topical sessions of the 8th Haifa Conference on the Mediterranean Sea Research (see below). The meetings themselves will take place before the conference in non-standard venues, such as onboard a research vessel, the Scanning Electron Microscope, underwater, etc… The conversations will be filmed, edited and shown during the conference and at various venues. Each group will then be invited to present their findings (in whatever format they wish) during the first day and to hold a workshop during the second day, should they wish to do so. The final team will comprise an experimental filmmaker, a student with a passion for science communication and an expert on science communication, who will speak about how to communicate complex messages to diverse audiences.

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Tal Luzzatto Knaan

Studies the tiny world of microbes in the marine environment, which have an immense effect on the wellbeing of virtually all living organisms.

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Tamar Gorka Kleiner

In 2007 she joined the Education Department of the Haifa Museums and since 2010, she heads educational activities at the National Maritime Museum

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Lior Ben-Gai

A computational artist, designer, and lecturer specializing in custom interactive software for live performances, installations, and web applications.

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Naama Charit-Yaari

Earned her PhD in physics and earth sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research has included earthquake geodynamics and the use of isotopes as geodynamic tracers in the environment.

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Vered Shapiro

A member of the Teachers Professional Development Unit at the Davidson Institute of Science Education, the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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Maayan Tsadaka

A composer and sound artist interested in understanding the nature of sound, its behavior, acoustic ways of organization and its environmental and social roles.

Maayan Tsadaka
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Tali Treibitz

Heads the Viseaon Marine Imaging Lab at the University of Haifa’s Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences.

focus on cutting edge research in underwater computer vision, scene, color and 3D reconstruction, automatic analysis of scenes, and autonomous decision making based on visual input.

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Tamar Tenenbaum

Head of the Education Department at EcoOcean. Tamar has MSc in Environmental Chemistry from the Hebrew University and over 20 years experience in the field of education in Israel and abroad.

Tamar Tenenbaum
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Michel Platnic

 A multidisciplinary artists who creates illusionary worlds that often involve the viewer becoming part of them. Originally trained as an electrical engineer, he later graduated with honors in Fine Arts from the Midrasha School of Art in Israel.

Michel Platnic
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Nimrod Marom

Studied Prehistoric Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed his PhD in Archaeology at the University of Haifa where he teaches today at the Department of Maritime Civilizations and the Department of Archaeology.

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Assi Meshullam

Holds a BA in Art and Archaeology, and an MA in Biblical Studies from the University of Haifa. His work deals with his Jewish and Israeli identity, as well as the connection between art, religion, and worship.

Assi Meshullam
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Hadar Elyashiv

A PhD student in marine geology working on submarine landslides as part of a collaboration between the University of Haifa and the University of Bremen, Germany.

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Erez Garty

Holds a PhD in immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science and is Head of science communications at the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the same institute.

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Dani Williamson

A Haifa-based American film/video artist and occasional noise maker creating digital and celluloid experimental works, which explore the tensions between virtual and physical space and how those places are experienced by others.

Dani Williamson