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THE SPEAKERS

Our talks are all about how to INSPIRE PEOPLE ABOUT SCIENCE

Dr. Maya Schuldiner

Dr. Maya Schuldiner

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Dr. Abir Abed

Dr. Abir Abed

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Dr. Ran Peleg

Dr. Ran Peleg

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Noam Ottolenghi

Noam Ottolenghi

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Dr. Ron Milo

Dr. Ron Milo

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Kobi Shvarzbord

Kobi Shvarzbord

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Dr. Rachel Knoll

Dr. Rachel Knoll

Rachel will share her talk with Rotem Stahl View Details
Dr. Efrat Furst

Dr. Efrat Furst

Efrat will share her talk with Mickey Choma View Details
Prof. Oded Aharonson

Prof. Oded Aharonson

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Dr. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari

Dr. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari

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Rotem Stahl

Rotem Stahl

Rotem will share her talk with Rachel Knoll View Details
Mickey Choma

Mickey Choma

Mickey will share his talk with Efrat Furst View Details
Dr. Maya Schuldiner

Dr. Maya Schuldiner

Maya Schuldiner is a mother (three boys), wife, daughter, free spirit and scientist. In a world where often all of these roles are considered to interfere with each other, she is on a quest to balance all facets of her life. Since starting an independent research group six years ago at the Weizmann Institute of Science, she has found that the culture of science does not always maximize the ability of young scientists to be creative, flourish and be successful. Maya is trying to find ways to mentor and teach the “soft” skills required to succeed in the world of science and stay sane.

Dr. Abir Abed

Dr. Abir Abed

Dr. Abir Abed is a Chemistry teacher. She received her Ph.D from the Department of Education in Technology and Science at the Technion in Haifa. Dr. Abed has been teaching at the only non-selective school in Nazareth, Al-Galil high school, for the last 23 years. Results talk for themselves. Dr. Abed’s students are among the top decile in terms of achievement in matriculation examination set by the government and taken at the end of the high school.
Her presentation’s title is “Faith to face: every student can succeed”. She asserts that passionate teachers have great influence on their students. This influence will be greater if they truly believe that students want to and can succeed. She will talk about three guidelines that she knows give good results, and that she practices every time she teaches.

Dr. Ran Peleg

Dr. Ran Peleg

Ran Peleg is an educator, actor and engineer who tries to find the links between science and theatre for the sake of education. After a short career as a chemical engineer, Ran made the natural shift from engineering to the performing arts. He has since devoted his efforts in joining the two to improve science education. He has co-written and acted in two educational theatre plays on science and has worked with teachers and students on introducing science to the science classroom.

Dr. Peleg holds a B.A. and M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Science Education from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Mandel Scholars in Education program for distinguished PhD students in education. Currently Dr. Peleg is conducting postdoctoral research at the University of Haifa and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Noam Ottolenghi

Noam Ottolenghi

What do cancer and the Higgs have in common? Noam Ottolenghi had Leukemia with two relapses and went through a bone marrow transplant, which left him in a wheelchair. Yet, it didn’t prevent him from winning 4th prize in 2013 Intel ISEF, on research he did about the Higgs Boson.

Dr. Ron Milo

Dr. Ron Milo

Ron Milo loves life and numbers, and has been passionately striving to marry these two over the past decade. As a fellow at Harvard medical school, Ron created the BioNumbers database. This resource is now used daily by the hundreds of researchers trying to get a better sense of the numbers ruling biology. An Assistant Prof. at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Ron uses insights from quantitative biology to rewire molecular circuits that can turn carbon in the air into sugars. Such circuits hold the promise to boost yields in agriculture and produce renewable fuels.

Kobi Shvarzbord

Kobi Shvarzbord

Kobi has been a physics teacher for the last 16 years and was rewarded the “Trump Master Teacher Award” in 2013. His studies include a MSc for Science Education in Physics from theWeizmann Institution and a BSc in Science Education in Mathematics from the Technion. He has been teaching physics at the Pre-Academic Unit at the Technion for the last 15 years, as well as, at the Leo Baeck school in Haifa for the last 11 years. This year he became the head ofthe Science and Technologies Education department at the Leo Baeck school.
Kobi,for the past three years, has also been the leader of a national project, Learning Communities of Physics Teachers, which was developed and is supported by the ScienceTeaching Department in the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Dr. Rachel Knoll

Dr. Rachel Knoll

Rachel will share her talk with Rotem Stahl

Rachel is a physics teacher and educational entrepreneur. She has a Ph.D. in Physics and a B.A. in Musicology. She is the director and co-founder of the Yeruham Science Center, in which the robotics program is a leading program. Rachel believes that it is possible to “beat the statistics” with a lot of hard work, persistence and belief in human potential.

Dr. Efrat Furst

Dr. Efrat Furst

Efrat will share her talk with Mickey Choma

My background is in cognitive neuroscience, focusing on behavioral tools to study human memory. Today I combine the two fields I love, neuroscience and education, into the practice of Neuroeducation. I teach kids, their teachers and principals about the brain: the basics of sensing, attention learning, memory and emotion. We discuss the current and emerging knowledge and the way it affects many aspects of their daily life, particularly at school.

Prof. Oded Aharonson

Prof. Oded Aharonson

Oded Aharonson is a Professor of Planetary Science at the Weizmann Institute. Aharonson’s research focuses on planetary geology, geophysics and dynamics. He is a member of many spacecraft investigations of solar system bodies, including the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Cassini mission to Titan. He was also the Mission Scientist for the first Israeli mission to the Moon, SpaceIL. He received his Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University, served in the Israeli Air Force, and after earning a PhD from MIT (2002), served as a professor at Caltech for a decade. Recently Aharonson returned to Israel and directs the Center for Planetary Science established at Weizmann.

Dr. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari

Dr. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari

Ayelet Baram-Tsabari heads the Science Communication research group in the Department of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She completed her PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science and a postdoc at Cornell University, and was awarded a Landau Fellowship for Leaders in Science and Technology and an Allon Fellowship for Outstanding Young Researchers. Her research identifies science information which is relevant and interesting to the public based on user generated data in order to support public engagement with science.

Ayelet is interested in peoples’ science-related questions and online queries. These questions can indicate what kind of science people want to know, and why. She believes that we can use what people want to know to teach them what educators want them to know. This is a way to make science education much more relevant to people of all ages and walks of life.
In this talk, she hopes that she’ll convince you that many people – adults, teens and children – are interested in science, and that we need to build on these interests in order to open the door for meaningful learning to take place.

Rotem Stahl

Rotem Stahl

Rotem will share her talk with Rachel Knoll

Rotem Stahl is 18 years old. She got into robotics in 9th grade – and as a member in a FLL (FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ) team, she fell in love with robotics. During her high school years Rotem was a member in the FRC (FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION) team of Yeruham – each year taking more and more responsibilities. She was the head of media-community sub team, and in her senior year was the team captain. Rotem was also a scout leader and a member of “KAV HAZINUK”. Now, she mentors younger robotics teams and manages the robotics section in the science center in Yeruham. In her talk, Rotem will discuss the huge effect of robotics on her life, and on Yeruham. She will demonstrate how “meaningful studying” can start at kindergarten and how robotics can take any kid and lead them into being curious and choosing a future in the science world.

Mickey Choma

Mickey Choma

Mickey will share his talk with Efrat Furst

Mickey Choma is a former Israel fencing champion and dancer in Bat Sheva Dance Company, soloist, rehearsals manager and teacher in the Kol Demama (Sound and Silence) Dance Company, Alexander Technique teacher , and appears in the show “The Development of Juggling”. He is the creator and teacher, for the past 20 years, of the course, “Body Wisdom”, at the enrichment centers and schools for gifted children.

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TEDxWeizmannInstitute is all about how to

Inspire people about science

May 20, 2014

On stage, leading scientists, science teachers and students will share their ideas for inspiring hearts and minds about science. The event will take place at the David Lopatie Conference Centre at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
TEDxWeizmannInstitute is co-organized by the Davidson Institute of Science Education, the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute and the Weizmann Institute of Science.


The Davidson Institute of Science Education is dedicated to the advancement of science and technology education. It offers a wide range of activities directed at students, teachers and the general public. The Davidson Institute's guiding principles include a commitment to the individual and to society, promoting professional excellence, passion and curiosity, and demonstrating the relevance of science to our day-to-day lives.

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THE TEAM

Dr. Einat Sprinzak

Dr. Einat Sprinzak

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Dr. Miri Kesner

Dr. Miri Kesner

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Livnat (Libi) Ben-Nun

Livnat (Libi) Ben-Nun

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Prof. David Harel

Prof. David Harel

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Prof. Uri Alon

Prof. Uri Alon

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Dr. Ron Blonder

Dr. Ron Blonder

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Eyal Sinai

Eyal Sinai

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Debby Whiteson - Somech

Debby Whiteson - Somech

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Yardena David

Yardena David

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Nir Klein Kedem

Nir Klein Kedem

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Merav Dvori-Levi

Merav Dvori-Levi

Marketing director View Details
Shiri Tal

Shiri Tal

External Relations View Details
Hofit Kindil

Hofit Kindil

Graphic designer View Details
Tzila- zlil Biterman

Tzila- zlil Biterman

Video Editor View Details
Dr. Avi Saig

Dr. Avi Saig

Social network activity View Details
Reut Hershenhoren

Reut Hershenhoren

Producer View Details
Sarah Kaufman Strauss

Sarah Kaufman Strauss

Back office View Details
Yael Ben-Haim

Yael Ben-Haim

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Liron Shtern

Liron Shtern

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Dr. Michal Stolarsky-Ben-Nun

Dr. Michal Stolarsky-Ben-Nun

Content Committee View Details
Dr. Gabriela Dorfman Furman

Dr. Gabriela Dorfman Furman

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Dr. Aurelie Lachish-Zalait

Dr. Aurelie Lachish-Zalait

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Dr. Yael Shwartz

Dr. Yael Shwartz

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Dr. Einat Sprinzak

Dr. Einat Sprinzak

Organizer

Dr. Einat Sprinzak joined Davidson Institute for Science Education in 2011. She is the head of the computational biology program – “MOACH” at the School of Contemporary Science for excellent students. Dr. Sprinzak is involved in curriculum development, teaching, and managing the program stuff. In addition, Dr. Sprinzak is the head of the Nachshon science program for excellent students, part of the curriculum development team for the ‘excellence program for junior high’, and for the teachers unit. Dr. Sprinzak has completed her Ph.D. in computational biology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2004. After receiving her PhD she held several research positions in the industry and at University of California, Los-Angeles (UCLA). In addition to her work at Davidson Institute, Dr. Sprinzak is teaching at Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem.

Dr. Miri Kesner

Dr. Miri Kesner

Organizer

Dr. Miri Kesner is the Head of the Teachers’ Professional Development Unit in Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Dr. Kesner undergraduated in chemistry in Tel Aviv University and then taught chemistry in high school for about 20 years. In parallel she studied for graduate and doctorate at the science teaching department at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where she specialized in industrial chemistry and professional development of chemistry teachers.

Livnat (Libi) Ben-Nun

Livnat (Libi) Ben-Nun

Co-organizer

Livnat (Libi) Ben-Nun holds an MBA degree with specialization in Marketing from Ben – Gurion University. You can find Livnat busy doing quite a lot of things; Apart of being a business developer and standing behind the establishment of two small businesses, she expertise with producing TEDx events and volunteers in producing events for the Jerusalem youth. She also passionately takes part in various educational programs in schools and universities, and lectures in some universities.

Prof. David Harel

Prof. David Harel

Steering Committee

Prof. David Harel has been at the Weizmann Institute since 1980,
and served as Dean of the Faculty of Math & CS. He has worked
in logic and computability, software and systems engineering,
modeling biological systems and more. Among his books are
“Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing” and “Computers Ltd.: What

They Really Can’t Do”. Hisawards include the ACM Outstanding
Educator Award, the Israel Prize, the ACM Software System
Award, the Eme”t Prize, and 5 honorary degrees. He is a Fellow of
ACM, IEEE and AAAS, and a member of the Academia Europaea,
the Israel Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of
Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Prof. Uri Alon

Prof. Uri Alon

Steering Committee

Uri Alon is a Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science. His highly cited research investigates gene expression, network motifs and the design principles of biological networks. He is also interested in Playback theatre and changing the way we do science by nurturing scientists.

Dr. Ron Blonder

Dr. Ron Blonder

Steering Committee

Dr. Ron Blonder is a senior researcher in the Department of Science Teaching in the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She received her B.Sc (summa cum laude, 1993) and her Ph.D in chemistry in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is engage in professional development of chemistry teachers and research in Science Education. Her goal is to promote the modernization of both chemistry contents and chemistry teaching pedagogies by promoting professional development and interactions within the community of chemistry teachers.

Eyal Sinai

Eyal Sinai

Steering Committee

Eyal Sinai from Modiin is a physics teacher. He also serves as a pedagogic consultant in Atidim organization. Eyal is a De-Shalit prize laureate for excellent physics teacher and has received a citation from the Tramp master teacher award. His activity over the years concentrates upon improving science education in the periphery.

Debby Whiteson - Somech

Debby Whiteson - Somech

Steering Committee
Yardena David

Yardena David

Steering Committee

Yardena David is a high-school biology teacher since 1987. She joined Davidson institute for science education in 2007 as a stuff member in biology and biotechnology team. Yardena is involved in developing curriculum in biology and teaching students and teachers. Yardena holds a M.Sc. degree with specialization in virology from the Hebrew university – Jerusalem.

Nir Klein Kedem

Nir Klein Kedem

Steering Committee

I am currently working towards a Ph.D in chemistry. My field of study is materials properties for solar energy conversion. Early on, I found myself highly passionate with science education, and so, I spend a lot of time working with many of the Davidson Institute programs. I teach physics to high and middle school kids as well as taking active part in science camps.

Merav Dvori-Levi

Merav Dvori-Levi

Marketing director
Shiri Tal

Shiri Tal

External Relations
Hofit Kindil

Hofit Kindil

Graphic designer
Tzila- zlil Biterman

Tzila- zlil Biterman

Video Editor
Dr. Avi Saig

Dr. Avi Saig

Social network activity
Reut Hershenhoren

Reut Hershenhoren

Producer
Sarah Kaufman Strauss

Sarah Kaufman Strauss

Back office

Sarah Strauss was born and bred in Brooklyn, NY. She studied English Literature before moving to Israel 17 years ago. Once settled in her new country she married, had four kids, and went back to school to receive her Master’s degree as an information specialist/librarian. She now heads the library and runs the English website of the Davidson Institute of Science Education in Rehovot. Some of Sarah’s passions include information retrieval (seriously!), dancing with her kids, classic novels, and her German Shepherd – Labrador, Prince.

Yael Ben-Haim

Yael Ben-Haim

Back office
Liron Shtern

Liron Shtern

Dr. Michal Stolarsky-Ben-Nun

Dr. Michal Stolarsky-Ben-Nun

Content Committee
Dr. Gabriela Dorfman Furman

Dr. Gabriela Dorfman Furman

Content Committee

Gabriela Dorfman Furman has a Ph.D. in Physics, Medical Physics from Tel Aviv University. She also has a MSc. and BSc. in Physics, Electro-Optics from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She is now the physics coordinator of scientific programs, including development of instructional materials for advanced inquiry laboratories in physics, and lecturer and instructor in a computational science course for talented students in the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Dr. Aurelie Lachish-Zalait

Dr. Aurelie Lachish-Zalait

Content Committee
Dr. Yael Shwartz

Dr. Yael Shwartz

Content Committee
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