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Boycott Calls Against Israel
Anat Matar's Group Calls to Boycott Israeli Cancer Research Congress Organized by TAU Professor

21.08.17
Editorial Note

In September 10-14, 2017 the Israeli Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, headed by Prof. Abdussalam Azem, hosts in Jerusalem the 42nd Congress of the Federation of the European Biochemical Societies (FEBS).  FEBS promotes and supports biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, molecular biophysics and related research areas.  Founded in 1964, it is one of Europe's largest organizations in the molecular life sciences, with over 36,000 members across more than 35 biochemistry and molecular biology societies.

This Congress will be held in Binyanei Hauma and is entitled "From molecules to cells and back" covering the entire spectrum of molecular life sciences. Professor Abdussalam Azem, who signed the invitation is a leading Arab researcher from Tel Aviv University, the head of the TAU Laboratory of Molecular Machines. His lab members, the Azem Group, includes Jewish and non-Jewish members.

Much to everyone's surprise, the French Association of Academics for the Respect of International Law in Palestine (Association des universitaires pour le respect du droit international en Palestine - AURDIP), headed by secretary Ahmed Abbes, mathematician and director of research in CNRS, Paris, has published a call for the boycott of the FEBS event in Jerusalem. AURDIP was created in cooperation with the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel PACBI and with the British organization BRICUP.

AURDIP has gathered some 90 signatures of international academics. There are several Israelis and former Israelis, including Azem's colleague at TAU. Such as Dr. Anat Matar, Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Emmanuel Farjoun, Professor of Mathematics, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Dr Ronit Lentin, Retired Associate Professor of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin ; Chair, Academics for Palestine, Ireland Dr. Hilla Dayan, sociologist, Lecturer at Amsterdam University College, Netherlands; Prof. Haim Bresheeth, Professorial Research Associate, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK; Moshé Machover, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of London, UK; Dror Warschawski, biophysicist, CNRS, France.

Others are worth noting as they are the most prominent activists of the academic boycott movement: 
Mona Baker, Professor of translation studies, University of Manchester, UK; Mike Cushman, Research Fellow (rtd) London School of Economics, UK; Terri Ginsberg, Assistant Professor of film and director of the film program, The American University in Cairo, Egypt; Tom Hickey, Principal Lecturer in Philosophy and Aesthetics, University of Brighton, UK; Ghada Karmi, Research Fellow, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK; David Klein, Professor of Mathematics, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, USA; David Lloyd, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Riverside, USA; Sunaina Maira, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California-Davis, US; Mazin Qumsiyeh, Biology Professor at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities, Palestine; Steven Rose, Emeritus professor of neuroscience, The Open University, UK; Jonathan Rosenhead, Emeritus Professor of Operational Research, London School of Economics, UK; Dr Derek Summerfield, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College, Univ of London, UK.

The group urge to cancel participation in the forthcoming congress for the following reasons:
  • Israel’s direct attacks on Palestinians’ right to education, including the bombing of schools and universities, and the obstruction of access to educational sites. The restrictions Israel places on the teaching and research of our Palestinian colleagues have severe consequences not only on research and educational opportunities, but also on Palestinians’ health. 
  • The five-year survival rate for breast cancer is as low as 30% in Gaza, which Israel has besieged for the past ten years, as compared to 86% in Israel. In 2016, only 44% of Gaza patients  who requested access to Israeli hospitals were admitted ; more than half of those refused entry were cancer patients. 
  • Israeli military authorities forbid students from Gaza to attend universities in the West Bank, and vice versa, and the system of Israeli checkpoints that crisscrosses the West Bank makes school attendance a matter of painful hardship for most Palestinian students. In addition, Palestinian scholars and researchers are regularly denied permission to travel abroad to further their education, attend conferences and participate in joint projects. 
  • Within Israel, Palestinian students face institutionalised discrimination. Israeli military forces have not hesitated to violently target educational and research institutions. In April 2002 the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology in Ramallah suffered extensive destruction during the IDF’s incursion into the West Bank, as did most of West Bank university laboratories. Regular invasions of their campuses have now become a fact of life for Palestinian universities. 
  • During the 2014 Israeli invasion of Gaza, six public and private schools, eleven kindergartens and three higher education institutions were completely destroyed ; 450 additional educational facilities sustained serious damage. 
  • The FEBS Congress is sponsored by Israeli academic institutions that are deeply complicit in Israel’s human rights violations. Tel Aviv University and Technion, for instance, have developed weapon systems and military doctrines employed in committing what Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned as war crimes, while the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus is partially built on illegally confiscated Palestinian land in occupied East Jerusalem. 
  • Despite the differences, it is inspired by the academic boycott of South Africa, which was called for in 1965 by 496 academics from 34 universities in the United Kingdom. 
  • Last year, only one third of invited speakers confirmed their attendance to the FEBS conference scheduled to take place in Turkey. The conference was later canceled, after expressing “solidarity with the Turkish scientific community” which is facing the “curtailment of academic freedoms in Turkey.”
They end their appeal with: "We urge you to heed the call of Palestinian academics who have called for a boycott of Israel until their basic human rights are met, and to cancel your participation in the upcoming FEBS Congress in Jerusalem.  Refraining from lending one’s name to a system of injustice is not a charitable act ; it is a basic moral duty."

The boycott petition recycles some of the specious arguments against Israel. As a matter of fact, many Palestinian patients are being treated in Israeli hospitals and there are also many Palestinian students and lecturers in Israeli universities. Omar Barghouti as an example. The organizer of the congress is an Israeli Arab and a leading scholar in his field.  Perhaps the congress is receiving sponsorship from Israeli universities, but so is Dr. Anat Matar, receiving a salary from Tel Aviv University.
 
Signatories such as Mona Baker or Steven Rose are hard core "BDS warmongers" whose activities go back to the early 2000s.  Having lost the boycott debate in the University College Union, they are grasping at straws. 

As for the call to exercise "moral duty," the radical left has always been very selective, it stems from the paradigmatic posture that the Jews can do no right and the Palestinians can do no wrong.   This logic led to some very tortured explanations in the past and has guided the reference to Turkey in the current petition.  As well known, President Erdogan had hundreds if not thousand faculty fired and some were thrown in jail, together with scores of journalists and cultural figures.  In Israel, Arab academics occupy a range of important positions and can denounce Israeli policies as some of the IAM posts have suggested.

Creating this type of "moral duty" is just one more example of the moral bankruptcy of the BDS advocates.







Call to boycott the forthcoming FEBS congress in Jerusalem

18 août |AURDIP |Tribunes
Dear Colleagues,
We are a group of Palestinian, Israeli, and international scientists and academics, and we write to urge you to cancel your participation in the forthcoming congress in Jerusalem of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), scheduled for 10-14 September. We would like to share with you a few of the reasons for this appeal.
Some attendees will be unaware of Israel’s direct attacks on Palestinians’ right to education, including the bombing of schools and universities, and the obstruction of access to educational sites. The restrictions Israel places on the teaching and research of our Palestinian colleagues have severe consequences not only on research and educational opportunities, but also on Palestinians’ health.
This is precisely why thousands of academics and many academic associations have endorsed the call by Palestinian academics and civil society at large for an institutional academic boycott of Israel until it respects international law. In 2013, Stephen Hawking heeded appeals by Palestinian scientists and cancelled his scheduled participation in an Israeli conference.
The biochemistry of cancer is one of the themes of the FEBS Congress. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer is as low as 30% in Gaza, which Israel has besieged for the past ten years, as compared to 86% in Israel. In 2016, only 44% of Gaza patients who requested access to Israeli hospitals were admitted ; more than half of those refused entry were cancer patients.
The situation facing Palestinian education is no less oppressive. Israeli military authorities forbid students from Gaza to attend universities in the West Bank, and vice versa, and the system of Israeli checkpoints that crisscrosses the West Bank makes school attendance a matter of painful hardship for most Palestinian students.
In addition, Palestinian scholars and researchers are regularly denied permission to travel abroad to further their education, attend conferences and participate in joint projects. Within Israel, Palestinian students face institutionalised discrimination.
Israeli military forces have not hesitated to violently target educational and research institutions. In April 2002 the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology in Ramallah suffered extensive destruction during the IDF’s incursion into the West Bank, as did most of West Bank university laboratories. Regular invasions of their campuses have now become a fact of life for Palestinian universities. During the 2014 Israeli invasion of Gaza, six public and private schools, eleven kindergartens and three higher education institutions were completely destroyed ; 450 additional educational facilities sustained serious damage.
The FEBS Congress is sponsored by Israeli academic institutions that are deeply complicit in Israel’s human rights violations. Tel Aviv University and Technion, for instance, have developed weapon systems and military doctrines employed in committing what Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned as war crimes, while the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus is partially built on illegally confiscated Palestinian land in occupied East Jerusalem.
To be clear, the academic boycott of Israel that Palestinians have called for respects the universal principle of academic freedom as it is only directed at Israeli institutions, not individual academics. Despite the differences, it is inspired by the academic boycott of South Africa, which was called for in 1965 by 496 academics from 34 universities in the United Kingdom.
Last year, only one third of invited speakers confirmed their attendance to the FEBS conference scheduled to take place in Turkey. The conference was later canceled, after expressing “solidarity with the Turkish scientific community” which is facing the “curtailment of academic freedoms in Turkey.” We urge you to heed the call of Palestinian academics who have called for a boycott of Israel until their basic human rights are met, and to cancel your participation in the upcoming FEBS Congress in Jerusalem.
Refraining from lending one’s name to a system of injustice is not a charitable act ; it is a basic moral duty.
  1. Ahmed Abbes, mathématicien, Directeur de recherche au CNRS, Paris, France
  2. Giuseppe Acconcia, Dipartimento di Analisi delle Politiche e Management Pubblico, Bocconi University, Italy
  3. Mona Baker, Professor of translation studies, University of Manchester, UK
  4. Angelo Baracca, Retired Professor of Physics, University of Florence, Italy
  5. Sherna Berger Gluck, Emerita, Departments of History and Women’s Studies, California State University, Long Beach, USA
  6. Dr. Susan Blackwell, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherland
  7. Prof. Haim Bresheeth, Professorial Research Associate, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK
  8. Dr. Christopher Burns-Cox, Emeritus Clinical Lecturer Medicine, University of Bristol, UK
  9. Sir Iain Chalmers, James Lind Initiative, UK
  10. Iain Chambers, Studi Culturali e Postcoloniali del Mediterraneo, Sociologia dei processi culturali, Università di Napoli, Orientale, Italy
  11. Claudine Chaouiya, Group leader, Systems Biology for Signaling Networks, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), Lisbon, Portugal
  12. Christine Charretton, mathématicienne, Maîtresse de conférence honoraire, Université Lyon1-Claude Bernard, France
  13. Lounès Chikhi, Population and Conservation Genetics, Senior Researcher, CNRS, Toulouse, France & Principal Investigator, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal
  14. Yves Chilliard, Physiologie animale, Directeur de recherche à l’INRA, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  15. Allan Christensen, Professor Emeritus of English Literature, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
  16. Dr Peter Collins, Senior Lecturer in history, St Mary’s University College, Belfast, UK
  17. Laura Corradi, Researcher, Dipartimento Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Università della Calabria, Italy
  18. Amedeo Cottino, professor of Sociology of Law, University of Turin, Italy
  19. Sophie Cribier, Professeure de physique, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
  20. Mike Cushman, Research Fellow (rtd) London School of Economics, UK
  21. Dr. Hilla Dayan, sociologist, Lecturer at Amsterdam University College, Netherlands
  22. Dr. Anne de Jong, Assistant professor of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  23. Alessandro Deiana, antropologo sociale, cultore della materia, Università di Cagliari, Italy
  24. Federico Della Valle, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Trieste, Italy
  25. James Dickins, Professor of Arabic, University of Leeds, UK
  26. Andrea Domenici, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy
  27. Ivar Ekeland, mathématicien, ancien président de l’Université Paris-Dauphine, ancien président du Conseil Scientifique de l’École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
  28. Maria d’Erme, Dept. of Biochemical Sciences, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  29. Emmanuel Farjoun, Professor of Mathematics, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  30. Moncef Feki, Doctor of biochemistry, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis, Head of the Laboratory of Biochemistry at the Rabta Hospital of Tunis, Tunisia
  31. Lia Forti, biophysicist, Assistant Professor, Università dell’Insubria, Italy
  32. Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English, University of Hawai’i, Manoa, USA
  33. Ferial Ghazoul, Dept. of English and Comparative Literature, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
  34. Véronique Ginouvès, responsable de la phonothèque de la Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme, AMU-CNRS USR3125, Aix-en-Provence, France
  35. Terri Ginsberg, Assistant Professor of film and director of the film program, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
  36. Catherine Goldstein, mathématicienne, Directrice de recherche au CNRS, Paris, France
  37. Hector Grad, Associate Professor, Social Anthropology, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
  38. Penny Green, Professor of Law and Globalisation, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  39. Michael Harris, Professor of Mathematics, Columbia University, New York, USA
  40. Yara Hawari, Doctoral Researcher, University of Exeter, UK
  41. Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, sociologue, Professeure émérite à l’Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7, France
  42. Tom Hickey, Principal Lecturer in Philosophy and Aesthetics, University of Brighton, UK
  43. Florence Janody, Ph.D., Principal investigator, Cell biology, Development and Cancer, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), Lisbon, Portugal
  44. Ghada Karmi, Research Fellow, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK
  45. David Klein, Professor of Mathematics, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, USA
  46. Robert V. Lange, Physics Professor Emeritus, Brandeis University, USA
  47. Dr Ronit Lentin, Retired Associate Professor of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin ; Chair, Academics for Palestine, Ireland
  48. Dr Les Levidow, Open University, UK
  49. Prof Malcolm H Levitt FRS FRSC, University of Southampton, UK
  50. Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond, physicien, Professeur émérite de l’université de Nice, France
  51. Abby Lippman, PhD, Professor Emerita, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  52. David Lloyd, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Riverside, USA
  53. Moshé Machover, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of London, UK
  54. Sunaina Maira, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California-Davis, US
  55. Marco Mamone-Capria, Researcher, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer, Science, University of Perugia, Italy
  56. Guillaume Marrelec, biomedical imaging, senior Inserm research associate, Paris, France
  57. Dr. Anat Matar, Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  58. Jean-Pierre Mazat, Professeur Émérite, Institut de Biochimie et Génétique Cellulaires - CNRS UMR 5095 & Université de Bordeaux, France
  59. Michel Mietton, géographe, Professeur émérite à l’Université Lyon 3 Jean Moulin, France
  60. Régis Morelon, Directeur de recherche émérite au CNRS, ancien directeur de l’Institut Dominicain d’Études orientales du Caire (IDEO), France
  61. Mara Nerbano, Docente di storia dello spettacolo, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Italy
  62. Elsa Oréal, égyptologue, CNRS, Paris, France
  63. Angelo d’Orsi, Professor of History of Political Thought, Department of Historical Studies, University of Turin, Italy
  64. Nella Prevete, Department of Translational Medical Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
  65. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Biology Professor at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities, Palestine
  66. Amina Rachid, Professeur de littérature comparée, Université du Caire, Egypte
  67. Prof. Paolo Ramazzotti, Economics, Universita’ di Macerata, Italy
  68. Marwan Rashed, Professeur de philosophie, Sorbonne, Paris, France
  69. Roshdi Rashed, historien des mathématiques, Directeur de recherche émérite au CNRS à Paris, Professeur honoraire à l’Université de Tokyo, France
  70. Elisabeth Remy, mathématicienne, CNRS, Marseille, France
  71. Pier Giorgio Righetti, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering "Giulio Natta", Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  72. Steven Rose, Emeritus professor of neuroscience, The Open University, UK
  73. Jonathan Rosenhead, Emeritus Professor of Operational Research, London School of Economics, UK
  74. C. Heike Schotten, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
  75. Lionel Schwartz, mathématicien, Professeur émérite à l’Université Paris 13, France
  76. Richard Seaford, Professor Emeritus of Ancient Greek, University of Exeter, UK
  77. Simone Sibilio, Arabic Literature, Ca Foscari University, Italy
  78. Élio Sucena, Departamento de Biologia Animal, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  79. Annick Suzor-Weiner, physicienne, Professeure émérite, France
  80. Dr Derek Summerfield, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College, Univ of London, UK
  81. Taoufiq Tahani, mathématicien, Maître de Conférences, Université de Lille 1, France
  82. Jacques Thibiéroz, géologue, Maître de Conférences (en retraite), Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.
  83. Prof. Gabriele Usberti, Dipartimento di Scienze sociali, politiche e cognitive, Siena, Italy
  84. Bernard Vandenbunder, biophysicist, Directeur de recherche émérite CNRS, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
  85. Dror Warschawski, biophysicist, CNRS, France
  86. Sylvie Wolf, ingénieur de recherche, Université Paris 6 (UPMC), France
  87. Professor John S Yudkin, MD FRCP, Clinical Scientist, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University College London, UK
  88. Hatem Zaag, mathématicien, Directeur de recherche au CNRS, Université Paris 13, Paris, France
  89. Monica Zoppè, Inst. of Clinical Physiology, National Research Council, Pisa, Italy


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International scientists and academics say it is colleagues’ “moral duty” to boycott conference in Jerusalem

 

A group of Palestinian, Israeli, and international scientists and academics has called on colleagues to cancel their participation in a forthcoming conference in Israel, to show their solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation.
The Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), has scheduled its 2017 Congress for 10-14 September. But the venue – the International Convention Centre in Jerusalem – has made it a target for the Palestinian-led campaign for the academic boycott of Israel.
The letter, which has been signed by 88 scientists and academics, including Sir Iain Chalmers (UK), Professor Claudine Chaouiya (Portugal), Professor Ivar Ekeland (France), Prof. Malcolm H Levitt FRS FRSC (UK) and Professor Steven Rose (UK), draws its recipients’ attention to “Israel’s direct attacks on Palestinians’ right to education, including the bombing of schools and universities, and the obstruction of access to educational sites.” The letter has been sent to all speakers at the Conference.
Another factor supporting the boycott call is the unequal access of Palestinians to healthcare. One of the themes of the FEBS Congress is the biochemistry of cancer, which as the letter points out is tragically ironic. “The five-year survival rate for breast cancer is as low as 30% in Gaza, which Israel has besieged for the past ten years, as compared to 86% in Israel. In 2016, only 44% of Gaza patients who requested access to Israeli hospitals were admitted ; more than half of those refused entry were cancer patients.”
The letter goes on to list Israeli restrictions preventing students from Gaza attending universities in the West Bank ; the system of Israeli checkpoints in the occupied West Bank which causes daily obstacles for Palestinians trying to attend school or university ; and the “institutionalised discrimination” experienced by Palestinian students within the state of Israel.
The FEBS Congress is sponsored by Israeli academic institutions which are accused of being “deeply complicit in Israel’s human rights violations”. Tel Aviv University and Technion, for instance, have developed weapon systems and military doctrines employed in committing what Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned as war crimes, while the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus is partially built on illegally confiscated Palestinian land in occupied East Jerusalem.
Professor Ahmed Abbes, Secretary of AURDIP, said : “By organizing its congress in Jerusalem, the FEBS participates consciously or unconsciously in whitewashing Israel’s violent repression of Palestinian human rights. We hope that our colleagues will take the opportunity of consulting their consciences, listen to the voice of Palestinian civil society, and decline to cross this picket line.”
Professor Jonathan Rosenhead, Chair of BRICUP, said : “Israel relies on international academic events like the FEBS congress to make it seem like a normal country. World public opinion begs to differ – Israel’s 50-year violation of international and human rights law puts it in a class of its own. Scientists can play a key part in driving this lesson home”.
The academic boycott of Israel is inspired by the similar boycott of apartheid South Africa, which was called for in 1965 by 496 academics from 34 universities in the United Kingdom. The boycott of Israel targets institutions rather than individuals and has grown steadily in strength since it was launched in 2005. In 2013, as the letter points out, Stephen Hawking heeded appeals by Palestinian scientists and cancelled his scheduled participation in an Israeli conference. The writers are asking potential participants in the FEBS Congress to follow his example.
The letter concludes : “Refraining from lending one’s name to a system of injustice is not a charitable act ; it is a basic moral duty”.
Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)
British Committee for Universities of Palestine (BRICUP)
 The letter and a full list of signatories : Call to boycott the forthcoming FEBS congress in Jerusalem (August 12, 2017)






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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The Israeli Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is delighted to invite you to the 42nd Congress of The Federation of the European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) on September 10–14th, 2017.  This Congress will be held in the multi-cultural and historical city of Jerusalem at the well-known international convention center "Binyane Hauma". The center is located at the entrance to Jerusalem and is only an hour away from Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps. Less than an hour in the other direction brings you to the famous Dead Sea.

The 2017 FEBS Congress, entitled "From molecules to cells and back", will cover the entire spectrum of molecular life sciences with symposia that include:
  • Cancer biology
  • Chromatin structure and epigenetic modifications
  • Molecular neuroscience
  • Mechanisms for protein homeostasis
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Metabolomics and signaling
  • Molecular machines in action
  • Protein degradation
  • Signaling across membranes: receptors, channels and transporters
  • Systems biology
  • Structural computational biology
Pioneers and leading researchers from all aspects of molecular life sciences have confirmed their participation.  Among the plenary speakers are Nobel laureate Robert J. Lefkowitz (Duke University), Patrick Cramer (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen), Carol Robinson (University of Oxford), Marcelo Rubinstein (University of Buenos Aires), Jonathan Weissman (University of California) and Feng Zhang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
In addition, there will be early-bird practical sessions, and discussion sessions on topics such as science and society, careers and education. Active participation of delegates is encouraged through short talks, speed talks, and poster sessions. Furthermore, the FEBS Young Scientists’ Forum (YSF), intended to promote interactions between pre- and post-doctoral scientists, is scheduled just before the Congress, on September 7–10th, 2017.

We believe that the Congress will offer unique opportunities for scientific interactions, which will facilitate the initiation of friendships, collaborations, and joint projects.
We look forward to welcoming you in Jerusalem in 2017!
Abdussalam Azem, Chair
Amnon Horovitz
Israel Pecht
Michal Sharon
Hermona Soreq




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