Water in Israel and the Middle East: Geopolitical Conflicts, Technological Challenges, and Sustainable Solutions

Dr. Elhanany
Dr. Elhanany presents on Israel's leading water desalination and reclamation technology
International experts met at Northwestern on May 18, 2016 for a half-day symposium to explore how the control of and access to water play into transboundary politics and whether recent advances in water technologies in Israel may provide a model for sustainable water development in other water-poor regions around the world.

A large crowd of scientists, engineers, students, and members of the public engaged in lively Q&A discussions with the speakers to engage the issue of water in Chicago, California, and its wider scope in the world. The event was co-organized by the Northwestern Center for Water Research and the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies.

The featured speakers included:

  • Deans Julio Ottino, McCormick School of Engineering and Adrian Randolph, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University (VIDEO)
  • Sara Elhanany, Director of the Water Quality Division of the National Water Monitoring Laboratory, Israel Water Authority (VIDEO)
  • Noam Weisbrod, Director of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, where he also is the head of the Department of Environmental Hydrology and Microbiology (VIDEO)
  • Stuart Schoenfeld, Associate Professor at Glendon College and at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, York University, Canada (VIDEO)
  • Jeffrey Sosland, Assistant Professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, American University, and Director of the Washington Semester Program: Global Economics and Business (VIDEO)

See highlight of the symposium in our Flickr album.

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