Wed 25 October 2017 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Beit Ariela Public Library - Shaul Hamelech 25, Tel Aviv,

TEL AVIR is back! Shout-out to עיריית תל-אביב-יפו and Olim in Tel Aviv Yafo for hosting us at Beit Ariela.

Thanks to all that completed our earlier member survey to select upcoming Tel Avir event themes. Based on those results, this next event will focus on one of the most critical environmental topics: marine protection.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr. Dror Zurel, Marine Biologist, Ministry of Environmental Protection
Dror did his MSc. research on coral-algae symbiosis and his PhD. Research on marine invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea.
Dror was part of the first participants of the MIMSHAK program, a program aimed at integrating scientists into the public sector and government. Dror worked for two years as a marine environment consultant at the planning division at the Ministry of Interior.
Currently Dror is working as the Marine monitoring and research coordinator in the Marine and Coastal Division at the Ministry of Environmental Protection, where he oversees all monitoring surveys which are being done in the Mediterranean sea, Dead Sea and Red Sea.

Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, CEO & Chief Scientist, ECOncrete Tech Ltd.
Founded in 2012 by Dr. Ido Sella and Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, marine biologists, specializing in ecological engineering, with a vision of changing the way our future coastlines look and function, ECOncrete® developed a suite of high performance environmentally sensitive concrete products, such as seawalls and breakwaters that enhance the ecological value of urban, coastal, and marine infrastructure while increasing their strength and durability. The company offers robust, cost-effective, concrete products that harness biological processes that benefit both the environment and the structural performance. The technology is based on three basic elements working in synergy: Bio-enhancing concrete composition; High surface complexity; Science based 3D designs.

She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Marine Biology and Ecology in over 20 counties, specializing on design, development, evaluation, and monitoring of urban marine habitats. Shimrit has ample of technical experience in sustainable management of coastal infrastructure, conservation and rehabilitation at both species and habitat levels, planning and execution of green engineering and coastal enhancement projects. Dr. Perkol-Finkel has lead several large scale and long term projects like the EU funded MarUrbe project in Italy, and a waterfront enhancement scheme in Brooklyn Bridge Park NY. Shimrit serves as an ecological advisor for Israel’s marine spatial planning program, was one of the advisors for NY Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s WEDG program (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines), and was involved in the ecological design of the federally funded “Living Breakwaters” SCAPE Team Project. Shimrit holds a B.Sc. in Life Sciences, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Zooogy, all from Tel-Aviv University, and has conducted a post-doc in the University of Bologna, Italy (EU Marie Curie Fellow).

Prof. Michele Portman, Technion
Michele leads the MarCoast Ecosystems Integration Laboratory, where they study policy questions related to and influencing the interface of land and sea. There they focus on the well-being of ecological systems (including humans within them) that make up the natural world. Questions of stewardship and environmental protection are at the core of research undertaken by group members, often combining mixed research methods and spatial analysis. Projects include research on coastal erosion, land-based marine litter in near shore environments, green-blue (marine) infrastructure, marine spatial planning, protected areas and stormwater management policies affecting marine and coastal environments.

19:30 – 20:00 Gathering + Networking
20:00 – 21:00 Speakers
21:00 – 21:30 Networking

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