Water to Wine: Israel’s Solutions for a Better Future
435 Main Street
6:00 p.m. MT – Israeli Wine Reception
6:45 p.m. MT – Discussion
Prof. Daniel Chamovitz is the 7th President of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Previously he served as Dean of the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University, where he also founded of the Manna Program in Food Safety and Security.
Chamovitz grew up in Aliquippa, PA and is a proud alumnus of Young Judaea. He took part in the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad in Jerusalem, and then studied at both Columbia University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he received his Ph.D. in Genetics.
He carried out postdoctoral research at Yale University under fellowships from the European Molecular Biology Organization and the Human Frontiers Science Research Program. He returned to Israel on the prestigious Alon Fellowship of the Council for Higher Education in Israel for Outstanding Young Researchers. His scientific career has been characterized by novel and field-defining research on plant biology, biochemistry, developmental biology, and systems biology. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals.
Chamovitz has also held positions as a visiting scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and a visiting Professor at the School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences at Peking University. Chamovitz is a sought-after speaker and science commentator. He has lectured worldwide on issues of global food security. His 2012 book What a Plant Knows was translated into 19 languages and was featured in the world press and media.
Prof. Aaron Fait is a faculty member of the French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands at Ben-Gurion University’s (BGU) Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research. An expert in plant metabolism and stress response in crops, his state-of-the-art lab focuses on creating innovative solutions that help advance desert agriculture and grape cultivation in a changing climate. Additionally, he researches the impact of climate change on the wine industry and has worked with vineyards across Europe, including the Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Piedmont region in Italy, in Slovenia and with INRA-Bordeaux in France. Prof. Fait made Aliyah from Italy in 1992 and received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science and his postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Molecular Physiology.