05 December 2014

Systems Science and Israel

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has invited IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr Pavel Kabat to speak about the benefits of systems science. During the visit Kabat also met with the Director of the National Economic Council in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and the President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities to discuss possible future collaboration with Israel.

On 8 December 2014, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with IIASA, held a seminar at its headquarters in Jerusalem to explore the principles and benefits of systems science. Kabat highlighted how single-disciplinary science can no longer resolve the major global problems facing mankind because of the increasingly complex and interconnected world that we live in. Only systems science which takes a multi-scale, integrated, and interdisciplinary approach and considers social, economic, and environmental aspects that looks across borders and sectors, and that identifies side-effects or synergies, can identify long-lasting solutions to the challenges we face.

The event was opened and hosted by Ambassador Yossi Amrani of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. IIASA’s Professor Chin-Min Lee, Special Advisor to the Director-General and CEO, and IIASA research scholar Leena Ilmola also attended. Ilmola presented some her latest research into how to help decision makers to make wise decisions in situations where there is a high degree of uncertainty. Other presenters highlighted their work on models for complexities, social unrest, and technological influences.

During the visit, Kabat also met with Professor Eugene Kandel, Director of the National Economic Council in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, and with Professor Ruth Arnon, President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The objective was to strengthen IIASA's links with the Israeli research community as well as the research community in the wider Middle East region.

Agenda of Seminar at Headquarters of Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem

Monday, 8 December 

09:00                        Gathering and Registration

09:30                        Ambassador Yossi Amrani: Opening Remarks

09:45 – 10:45            Prof. Dr. Pavel Kabat, Director General and CEO, IIASA: Principles and Benefits of Systems Science: The case of IIASA

10:45 – 11:30            Dr. Dan Miodownik Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Group Segregation and Urban Violence

11:45 – 12:15            Dr. Roey Tzezana  Tel Aviv University: Tech. Influences

12:15 – 13:00            Prof. Sorin Solomon Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Models for complexities and social phenomena

13:00 - 14:00             Working Lunch

14:00 – 15:00            Dr. Leena Ilmola, IIASA:  How to make wise decisions in the global environment of surprises

15:00 – 15:45            Mr. Sharon Tal: His current project

15:45 – 16:30            Closing Remarks and Collecting of Insights

19:30                        Dinner hosted by Ambassador Amrani


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