BMI’s 7th Annual Conference

BMI’s 7th Annual Conference: Research, Innovation and Global Policy

May 11-12, 2022

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022


14:00 | The Garden Suite, Naftali Building 

Opening Remarks

  • Prof. Itai Sened, Dean, Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences, Head of BMI


15:45-17:00 | The Garden Suite, Naftali Building
BMI on the biggest challenge facing the globe – Part 1: No More War?




Moderator: Prof. Itai Sened, Dean of the G.H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences at TAU



  • Prof. Miranda Schreurs, Professor of Environment and Climate Policy, School of Governance, Technical University of Munich
    The European Energy Crisis Following the war in Ukraine
  • Mr. Seppo Remes, Co-Founder and Chairman of EOS Russia
    Sanctions – who and what do they serve?
  • David R. Francis, Distinguished Professor and Director Emeritus of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University in St. Louis
    Collective Memory in Eastern Europe

Thursday, May 12th, 2022


11:00-12:30 | Green Naftali meeting room (Floor -1), Naftali Building
BMI on the biggest challenge facing the globe – Part 2: No More War?

Moderator: Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Head of the INTL program of Conflict Resolution and Mediation, TAU


  • Dr. Igor Lukšić, Associate Professor, UDG University, and Former Prime Minister of Montenegro
  • Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, Former Ambassador of Israel in the USA and former TAU President
  • Prof. Shlomo Ben Ami, Co-founder & VP of the Toledo International Centre for Peace, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Minister of Internal Security of Israel
  • Prof. Evyatar Matanya, Head of Tel Aviv University’s MA program in Security Studies, founder and former Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate

Q & A



14:00-15:00 | Yaakov Efter Hall (001), Naftali Building – ground floor


  • Address of BMI Founder and President: Dr. Boris Mints (15 min.)
  • mRNA technology and its impact on sustainable future
    Prof. Katalin Karikó, Senior Vice President RNA Protein Replacement Therapies, BioNTech
    Presented by: Inbal Hazan – Halevy, Ph.D., Manager of the Laboratory of Precision Nano-Medicine at TAU
16:15 –17:30 | Green Naftali meeting room (Floor -1), Naftali Building
BMI Research Symposium – Part 1: The Global Challenge of Water Treatment


  • Prof. Hadas Mamane, Head of the Environmental Engineering Program, Faculty of Engineering, TAU
  • Eitan Benson, BMI Fellow, Faculty of Engineering, TAU
  • Engineers Without Borders – TAU Student Delegation to Tanzania

16:15 –17:30 | Green Naftali meeting room (Floor -1), Naftali Building
Research Presentations by BMI Fellows Part 2: The Global Challenge of Refugees


  • Refugees in town: assessing the “local turn” of forced migrants’ integration
    Nora Meissner, BMI Fellow, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, TAU
  • Roots of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Towards an Escalatory Process Model
    Petr Pesov, BMI Fellow, Conflict Resolution and Mediation Program, TAU
  • Decentralized redistribution of wealth: A case study
    Eve Guterman, BMI Fellow, Department of Public Policy, TAU