The 53rd Board of Governors Meeting
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
May 14-18, 2023
Sde Boker 
4:30 pm    Board Committees
Kedma Hotel

6:30 pm   Festive Welcome Event
Celebrating BGU and Israel at 75
Ben-Gurion’s Desert Home, Kibbutz Sde Boker

9:00 pm   Gathering of the Ben-Gurion Society
By invitation
Kedma Hotel conference room 
08:45 am    Departure from hotel

Sde Boker Campus
09:00 am    Opening Plenary Session of the 53rd Board of Governors Meeting
Presidential Address: Prof. Daniel Chamovitz 
Rector’s Annual Review: Prof. Chaim Hames 
Board Procedures: Lloyd Goldman, Chairman of the Board of Governors
George Evens Family Auditorium

11:00 am    Connecting the Dots: Interdisciplinary Research Showcase
Innovative Sustainable Solutions for Oceanic Plastic Waste 
George Evens Family Auditorium

12:00 noon   Lunch with students
Esther and Michel Halpérin Student Center

1:00 pm      Return to hotel

2:00 pm      Departure for Beer-Sheva

Marcus Family Campus, Beer-Sheva
3:00 pm   Jane’s Lab Walk
Breakout lab tours with BGU women researchers provide alternative perspectives
4:15 pm   Be the Solution: BGU Radio Live
Annual Zlotowski Event 
Young faculty members debate solutions to humanity’s most pressing issues on-air
Prof. Simon Barak, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
Dr. Buzi Raviv, BGU Radio 
W.A. Minkoff Senate Hall

5:15 pm   Celebrating Our Loyal Friends and Supporters
Next to the Ben-Gurion Society, Negev Societies and Founders walls

5:45 pm   Sowing Seeds for the Future on the North Campus
Celebrating our friends making the vision a reality
Cummings Plaza

6:30 pm   Gala Dedication of the Sylvan Adams Sports Center
First view of the new state-of-the-arts facilities for our faculty and students
Sylvan Adams Sports Center

9:00 pm      Bus departs for hotel
8:00 am   Navigating the Negev
Go deep into the desert with world-renowned experts
Introduction: Prof. Noam Weisbrod, Director of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research 
Meeting and departure from the Kedma Hotel conference room

11:30 am    Picnic lunch

1:00 pm      Break at hotel

2:30 pm      Departure for Beer-Sheva
Marcus Family Campus, Beer-Sheva
3:30 pm    The Global Health Equity Challenge
Irene and Hyman Kreitman Annual Event 
Panel discussion featuring honorary PhD recipients Dr. Chelsea Clinton and Dr. Segenet Kelemu, and BGU faculty members
Moderator: Prof. Halleli Pinson, Presidential Advisor for Gender Equity
W.A. Minkoff Senate Hall

4:30 pm    The BGU Student Kaleidoscope
Get to know diverse student communities through a festival of sights, sounds and tastes
Suzanne Zlotowski Garden

6:00 pm   Conferment Ceremony of Honorary Doctoral Degrees
6:00 pm   Reception 
6:30 pm  Ceremony
Dr. Chelsea Clinton
Patrick Drahi
Prof. Menachem Elimelech
Esther Halperin
Dr. Segenet Kelemu
Justice Prof. Elyakim Rubinstein
Joya Claire Sonnenfeldt Auditorium
Ceremony will be followed by a Dinner Reception at the Zlotowski Student Center

9:00 pm      Bus departs for hotel

8:45 am      Departure from hotel

Sde Boker Campus
9:00 am   The Next Big Exit: BGU Shark Tank
Student entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of Board member “sharks”:
Laurence Ohayon, Director, Ohayon family businesses
Philippe Mauchard, Managing Partner, The Bridge Ventures; co-President, BeBGU
Dr. Shelly Gordon, Senior VP HR, Elbit Systems
Moderator: Dana Gavish, Head, Yazamut 3600 Entrepreneurship Center
George Evens Family Auditorium

10:00 am   Pushing the Limit: From Israel to the International Space Station
A talk by Israeli space entrepreneur Eytan Stibbe
Moderator: Dr. Shimrit Maman, Director of the Earth and Planetary Image Facility
George Evens Family Auditorium

11:15 am   Deep Dive Breakout Sessions 
Choose a subject for immersion: autism research, Israel studies, desert viticulture, or the Ben-Gurion Archives
Cyndi and Max Mintzberg Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism Building and Ben-Gurion Archive

12:00 noon   Lunch
French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands Building
1:30 pm   The Future of Water Research at BGU
A conversation between Prof. Menachem Elimelech, Yale University and Prof. Amit Gross, Director, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research
George Evens Family Auditorium
2:00 pm   A view of Israel’s Executive - Judiciary Relationship at 75
Halpérin Annual Event
A conversation between Justice Prof. Elyakim Rubinstein, 
former Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Israel, 
and Adv. Tami Mund, BGU Legal Counsel
George Evens Family Auditorium

2:50 pm      Return to hotel

6:40 pm      Depart from hotel

7:00 pm     After Party
Let loose and have fun with the BGU family
Cyndi and Max Mintzberg Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism Building and Ben-Gurion Archive

9:00 pm      Bus departs for hotel

Farewell Breakfast
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