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Weekly Research Colloquia

Sacred Groves

July 15, 2021
Ms Nibha Namboodiri is a conservation and sustainability enthusiast and activist with more than 20 years of hands-on experience in initiating and preserving traditional as well as state of the art, practices and technologies for environmental sustainability, wildlife conservation, and animal welfare causes.

The Elephant in the Room

July 1, 2021 ALL DAY
Ms. Nibha Namboodiri is a conservation and sustainability enthusiast and activist with more than 20 years of hands-on experience in initiating and preserving traditional as well as state of the art, practises and technologies for environmental sustainability, wildlife conservation, and animal welfare causes.

Sustaining Ethics while undergoing Digital transformation

May 6, 2021
Limor Shmerling Magazanik is the Managing Director of the Israel Tech Policy Institute. In this role, Limor provides leadership of ITPI, including directing ITPI’s policy agenda; Limor engages policymakers, regulators, academics, and business leaders and convenes multi stakeholder groups for discussion, on Innovation and social goals in areas such as AI, Data Governance, Cybersecurity, Digital Health, E-Government, Fintech, Smart Cities and Smart Mobility. She is a member of the OECD Data Governance Expert Group and initiated the founding of the Privacy Tech Alliance.

From Action to Abstraction: Gesture as a Mechanism of Change

April 15, 2021
Dr. Godlin-Meadow is a Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology, Comparative Human Development, and the Committee on Education and the Co-Director of the Center for Gesture, Sign and Language at the University of Chicago. You can find more information about her here.

Seeds Of A New World: The Archaeology Of Plant Domestication In The Near East And Thoughts On The Modern Condition Of Man

April 1, 2021
Dr. Avi Gopher (PhD 1985, Hebrew University, Jerusalem) is Professor of Archaeology in the Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University. He is a highly influential archaeologist whose wide-ranging interests and research have been highly cited. One of his current major research interests is focused on the Neolithic Period, the Agricultural/Neolithic Revolution and the archaeology of plant domestication in the Near East.

Sustaining Ethics while undergoing Digital transformation

May 6, 2021
Dr. Frank Fischer is a full professor of Educational Science and Educational Psychology at the University of Munich. He is the speaker of the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences, an interdisciplinary collaboration of more than 30 research groups focusing on advancing research on learning. He served as President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences and is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.

Sustaining Ethics while undergoing Digital transformation

May 6, 2021
Limor Shmerling Magazanik is the Managing Director of the Israel Tech Policy Institute. In this role, Limor provides leadership of ITPI, including directing ITPI’s policy agenda; Limor engages policymakers, regulators, academics, and business leaders and convenes multi stakeholder groups for discussion, on Innovation and social goals in areas such as AI, Data Governance, Cybersecurity, Digital Health, E-Government, Fintech, Smart Cities and Smart Mobility. She is a member of the OECD Data Governance Expert Group and initiated the founding of the Privacy Tech Alliance

Seeds Of A New World: The Archaeology Of Plant Domestication In The Near East And Thoughts On The Modern Condition Of Man

April 1, 2021
Dr. Avi Gopher (PhD 1985, Hebrew University, Jerusalem) is Professor of Archaeology in the Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University. He is a highly influential archaeologist whose wide-ranging interests and research have been highly cited. One of his current major research interests is focused on the Neolithic Period, the Agricultural/Neolithic Revolution and the archaeology of plant domestication in the Near East.

Sustaining Ethics while undergoing Digital transformation

May 6, 2021
Dr. Frank Fischer is a full professor of Educational Science and Educational Psychology at the University of Munich. He is the speaker of the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences, an interdisciplinary collaboration of more than 30 research groups focusing on advancing research on learning. He served as President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences and is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.

From Action to Abstraction: Gesture as a Mechanism of Change

April 15, 2021
Dr. Godlin-Meadow is a Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology, Comparative Human Development, and the Committee on Education and the Co-Director of the Center for Gesture, Sign and Language at the University of Chicago. You can find more information about her here.

Seeds Of A New World: The Archaeology Of Plant Domestication In The Near East And Thoughts On The Modern Condition Of Man

April 1, 2021
Dr. Avi Gopher (PhD 1985, Hebrew University, Jerusalem) is Professor of Archaeology in the Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University. He is a highly influential archaeologist whose wide-ranging interests and research have been highly cited. One of his current major research interests is focused on the Neolithic Period, the Agricultural/Neolithic Revolution and the archaeology of plant domestication in the Near East.

Learning To Collaborate And Collaborating To Learn In Simulation-based Learning Environments

March 25, 2021
Dr. Frank Fischer is a full professor of Educational Science and Educational Psychology at the University of Munich. He is the speaker of the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences, an interdisciplinary collaboration of more than 30 research groups focusing on advancing research on learning. He served as President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences and is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.

Open Software, Open Hardware, Diy And Solidarity With Your Community: A Mid-flight Case Study

March 18, 2021
Leon Fedetov is a freelance programmer in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is interested in developing a communal approach to problem solving, and open source software, hardware, and resources.He has taught himself a great deal of his skills from YouTube tutorials, and uses these to develop resources that offer alternative experiences of reality and other tools for his community in his lab.

A Conversation on Children’s Imagination and Cognition

January 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dr. Paul Harris is interested in the early development of cognition, emotion, and imagination. His most recent book, Trusting What You’re Told: How Children Learn from Others, was published by Harvard University Press in May 2012. This book discusses how far children rely on their own firsthand observation or alternatively trust what other people tell them — especially when they confront a domain of knowledge in which firsthand observation is difficult.

A Conversation Between Howard Gardner and Sidney Strauss

February 18, 2021
Dr. Gardner graduated from Harvard University in 1965 with a BA in social relations, and studied under the renowned Erik Erikson. After spending one year at the London School of Economics, he went on to obtain his PhD in developmental psychology at Harvard while working with psychologists Roger Brown and Jerome Bruner, and philosopher Nelson Goodman.

How to Socialize with Robots

February 4, 2021
Dr. Peter Gardenfors has been a Senior Professor of Cognitive Science at Lund University since 2016. He has also been a Senior Research Associate with the Palaeo-Research Institute at the University of Johannesburg since 2019.

Science as Storytelling with Dr. Oren Harman

January 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Professor Oren Harman is the Chair of the Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Society at Bar Ilan University and Senior Research Fellow at the Van Leer Institute. He was trained in history and biology at the Hebrew University, Oxford, and Harvard, and is a historian of science and a writer.

Consensus And Deliberation with Dr. Mariano Sigman

January 21, 2021
Dr.Mariano Sigman, a physicist by training, is a leading figure in the cognitive neuroscience of learning and decision making. Sigman was awarded a Human Frontiers Career Development Award, the National Prize of Physics, the Young Investigator Prize of “College de France,” the IBM Scalable Data Analytics Award and is a scholar of the James S. McDonnell Foundation. In 2016 he was made a Laureate of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Human-Robot Collaborative Design with Dr. Guy Hoffman

December 24, 2020 ALL DAY
Dr. Guy Hoffman is Assistant Professor and the Mills Family Faculty Fellow in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Prior to that he was Assistant Professor at IDC Herzliya and co-director of the IDC Media Innovation Lab. Hoffman holds a Ph.D from MIT in the field of human-robot interaction.

The Conceptual Basis Of Discrimination

December 10, 2020
Dr. Gil Diesendruck received his B.A. in Psychology and Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Arizona. He was also a visiting professor at Yale University.

Awareness Of The Digital Revolution In Education

December 3, 2020
Dr. Ilya Levin received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering in 1987 from the Institute of Computer Technologies, Latvian Academy of Science. From 1987 he was the Head of the Computer Science Department in the Leningrad Institute of New Technologies (in the former USSR). Between 1993 and 1997, Ilya Levin was the Head of the Computer Systems Department in Holon Institute of Technology, Israel. In 1997, he was a Research Fellow in the Computer Science Department of the University of Massachusetts.

The Misappropriation of Gender in Indian Cinema

November 26, 2020
After leaving his corporate career as a Chartered Accountant, Kapur pursued his passion for the arts and has become an award-winning film, television, theatre director, producer and entrepreneur. He has not only become a prominent figure in Indian cinema, with films such as Mr. India (1987) and Bandit Queen (1994), but also in western cinema, with the academy award winning, Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Although Kapur continues with his film, television and theatre career, more recently he has also become President of the Film and Television Institute of India and co-founder of the digital start-up company, QYUKI.

The Male And Female Brain: Science Or Myth?

November 19, 2020 ALL DAY
Daphna Joel is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Tel Aviv University. In the past decade she has been combining her expertise as a neuroscientist with her interest in gender studies to study the relations between sex, brain and gender. In her research, Joel uses various analytical methods to analyze diverse datasets, from large collections of brain scans to information obtained with self-report questionnaires.

Why Study Men And Masculinities? And With What Implications For Academia And Science?

October 29, 2020 ALL DAY
Dr. Jeff Hearn, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies affiliated to Örebro University, Sweden; Professor of Sociology, University of Huddersfield, UK; Professor Emeritus, Hanken School of Economics, Finland; Professor Extraordinarius, University of South Africa; honorary doctor, Lund University, Sweden

A Methodology to Learn Lessons from How Community Empowerment through Digital Innovation in Water and Sanitation Sector has Changed Human Behaviour

October 22, 2020
Saket Pande’s project experience include assessment of impacts of climate change on agriculture and health in Benin, anthropogenic influence (grazing) on land degradation and water resource availability in Ethiopia and assimilation and harmonisation of data sets from variety of sources and scales using a software that he co-developed.

Do gamers read instructions? And does it matter? with Dr. Francesca Borgonovi

October 15, 2020
She is a Senior Policy Analyst at the OECD, responsible for analytical and developmental work in the OECD-led international assessments (PISA and PIAAC) and the Education for Inclusive Societies project. Her broader research interests include: gender and socio-economic disparities in academic achievement, student engagement and motivation, the outcomes of migrant and language minority students, and the role of education in shaping trust and attitudes towards migration.

The Prehistory of Teaching with Dr. Natalie Uomini

August 13, 2020
Dr. Natalie Uomini is a cognitive scientist who is interested in the origins of intelligence. She combines methods from anthropology, archaeology, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, and animal behaviour to study how we came to be human. She is fascinated by similarities across cultures (what all humans share) and the cultural differences in how people think and see the world.

Reimagining Social Media with Arnon Zangvil

September 29, 2020
The purpose of this talk is to identify alternative forms of social media that may tip the balance of power away from the handful of vendors that currently control the platforms, towards the multitude of diverse and unique communities around the world that constitute the more than 2 billion people whose lives are currently affected by these platforms.

On Curiosity of Robots and Children with Dr. Goren Gordon

September 10, 2020
Dr. Goren has six academic degrees, a BA, MSc and PhD in Quantum Physics, a BMSc, MBA and another PhD in Neurobiology. He did his postdoc in MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group. Goren is the head of the Curiosity Lab in Tel-Aviv University.

The Function and Mechanism of Teaching: An Evolutionary Perspective with Dr. Alex Thornton

August 13, 2020
Dr. Alex Thornton is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall,

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