Speakers

PROGRAM

7 – 9 December

Young Scholars Forum


Sunday 9 December

18:00 Welcome reception

Monday 10 December

09:00 Registration

09:30 Opening Ceremony
- Costas Papanicolas, President, The Cyprus Institute
- Wolfgang Eberhardt, DESY
- Edouard Brézin, Chair of the Board of Trustees, The Cyprus Institute
- Titos Christofides, Under Secretary to the President of the Republic of Cyprus
- Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, Director Division Water Sciences, UNESCO
- Ghassem R. Asrar, Director World Climate Research Programme of WMO
- Jan Dusik, Regional Director Europe, UNEP (video message)

10:30 Coffee break / Poster Viewing

11:00  EWACC Plenary: Climate Change, Weather Extremes, Air Pollution and Human Health
- Chair: Silas Michaelides, Director of the Meteorological Service, Cyprus
- Martin Claussen, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany
Desert Mediterranean and Green Deserts? Climate and Vegetation Change in North Africa
- Jos Lelieveld, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry/The Cyprus Institute
Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health Impacts
- Georgiy Stenchikov, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Regional Climate Response to Radiative Forcing in Middle East and North Africa
- Pinhas Alpert, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Weather Extremes in the East Mediterranean
- Milan Dacic, Director Republic Hydrometeorological Service, Serbia
Integrated Earth Modelling System as a Tool for Science to Policy Interface

12:40 Lunch

14:00 EWACC Plenary: Water availability, food security, hydro conflicts and human security
Chair:
Manfred Lange, The Cyprus Institute
- Giorgos Kallis, UAB, Spain
Hydro-Climatic Change, Conflict and Security
- Aaron T. Wolf, Oregon State University, USA
Mapping Institutional Resilience of International River Basins to Future Climate Change Induced Water Variability
- Halvard Buhaug, Peace Research Institute, Norway
Food Insecurity and Political Violence in Africa and the Middle East
- Wajdi Najem, St Joseph Engineering School, Lebanon
Water Availability, Hydro Conflicts and Human Security in the Middle East
- Ghislain de Marsily, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
North African Countries: How Can the Water Scarcity Problem be Solved?

16:00 Coffee Break / Poster viewing

17:00 – 18:30 EWACC Panel Discussion: Climate Change and Human Security
Chair: Kyriacos Kyrou, Director of the Water Development Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Cyprus
- Adriana Bruggeman, The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
Human Security and the Power of Water
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Nüzhet Dalfes, Eurasia Institute of Earth Science, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Data and Knowledge Sharing as a Confidence Building Measure
- Menas Kafatos, Chapman University, USA
Climate Change and Regional Impacts on Agriculture and Ecosystems in Semi-Arid Regions
- Theodore Panayotou, Director of CIIM, Cyprus
Climate Change and Human Security: the Economics and Ethics Dimension

Tuesday, 11 December

09:00  EWACC Plenary: Energy Supply/Demand Scenarios – Strategies, Policies and Challenges
Chair: Catherine Cesarsky, High level Science Advisor at CEA, France
- Chris Llewellyn-Smith, Director Energy Research, U Oxford, UK

Energy Scenarios and Challenges for the World and MENA
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Mat Santamouris, University of Athens, Greece
Environment Quality of the Built Environment
- Kenneth L. Verosub, UC Davis, USA
The Interrelationship Between Climate Change Mitigation, Fresh Water Availability and Energy Security in the Middle East and North Africa
- Constantinos Varnavas, Assistant Manager, Electricity Authority of Cyprus
Integrating Intermittent Renewables: Challenges and Solutions

10:40 Coffee Break / Poster Viewing

11:00 EWACC Plenary: Energy R&D and Technologies and Market Opportunities for the Region
Chair: Frank Lehner, DESY, Germany
- Amr Amin, Helwan University, Egypt
A View from the Science Academies on the Prospects for Concentrating Solar Power
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Michael Epstein, Director at SRU, Weizmann Institute, Israel
Solar Fuels-Future Prospects
- Costas N. Papanicolas, President of The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
Concentrating Solar Power and Water Desalination
- Hichem M’Saad, CEO Volta PV & Solakta Solar, Tunisia
From IT to ET, a Perspective for MENA
- Galal Osman, V. President, World Wind Energy Association, Tunisia
Renewable Energy Decentralized Water Desalination: Bridging Egypt 2ND Nile 2050 Water Gap

12:40 Lunch

14:00 EWACC Plenary: Regional Energy Roadmaps & Profiles
Chair: Leonard Barrie, Vice President of Research, The Cyprus Institute
- Richard N. Cooper, Harvard University, USA
Challenges of Doha: A Sobering Assessment
- Amit Mor, CEO and Owner at Eco Energy Ltd., Israel
Eastern Mediterranean Natural Gas Developments – the Challenges Ahead
- Nabil Saimi, Executive Advisor, Director of International Cooperation MASEN
The Moroccan Solar Plan
- Luis Crespo, President of the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA)
STE Plants: Current Situation and Prospects
- Samir Flazi, University of Science and Technology of Oran, Algeria
The Present Situation and the Aspects of Future Implementation of Renewable Energies in Algeria 

15:40 Coffee Break / Poster Viewing

16:20 EWACC Panel Discussion: New perspectives on Energy Supply and Demand in the MENA Region
Chair: Carthage Smith, International Council for Science
- Frank Lenzen, Director Reference Project, DESERTEC Industrial Initiative (Dii GmbH)
Results of Dii’s ‘Desert Power 2050′ study and status of Dii’s current Reference Projects
- Ruud Kempener, Innovation and Technology Center, IRENA
Doubling the Share of Renewables in 2030: The Role of the MENA Region
- Daniel Ayuk Mbi Egbe, University of Linz and Coordinator of ANSOLE, Austria
African Network for Solar Energy: Promoting Low Cost Appropriate Solar Energy Technology in Africa
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Thomas Fink, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany
The Role of Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development

19:00 Public Lecture
- Richard N. Cooper, Harvard University, USA
Survival of the Euro: Views of a Sympathetic Outsider
Venue: Bank of Cyprus, Head Office


21:00 Conference Dinner
At a local tavern

Wednesday, 12 December

08:30  Building Bridges Plenary: Assessments, Opportunities and Challenges for EU-MENA Science Cooperation
Chair: Herman Winick, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University, USA

- Robert Pitz-Paal,Head of Solar Institute, DLR, Germany
The Role of New Research Infrastructure in the Field of Concentrating Solar Power Technologies in Science Cooperation with MENA Countries
- Ghassem R. Asrar, Director WCRP, Switzerland
The World Meteorological Organization: Science, Technology and International Partnership for Serving Society
- Nadim Farajalla, Program Research Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Modeling Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources – Challenges and Opportunities
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Sameh Afifi, Arab Water Council, Egypt
Water Opportunities and Challenges in the EU-MENA Region and Areas of Possible Scientific Cooperation with EU Countries

10:10 Coffee Break / Poster Viewing

10:30 Building Bridges Plenary: Foundations for a common EU-MENA Knowledge Area
Chair:Hany Mahfouz Helal, Former Minister of Higher Education and Research, Egypt

- Chris Llewellyn-Smith, Director of Energy Research, Oxford University and President of the Council of SESAME, UK/Jordan
Shared Infrastructure in the MENA Region and the Example of SESAME
- Nagi Siam and Mouldi Miled, DESERTEC University Network
DESERTEC University Network: Presentation and Working Programme
- Catherine Cesarsky, High level Science Advisor at CEA, France
Research Partnerships and International Cooperation between French or European Institutes and MENA
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Rafael Rodriguez-Clemente, CSIC and MIRA-Project, Spain
The Common Euro-Mediterranean Research Agenda: A Political Breakthrough

12:10 Lunch

13:15 Building Bridges Plenary: Paving the way towards a common EU-MENA Knowledge Area
Chair: Manfred Lange, Director Energy, Environment and Water Research Center, CyI, Cyprus

- Nina Salden, Director DAAD Office Brussels, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Belgium
Towards a Common EU-MENA Higher Education Area – National and European Programme Initiatives
- Maged Al-Sherbiny, President ARST, Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egypt
The Role of Science and Technology in Building Bridges between North and South Mediterranean Partners
- Helfried Burckhart, Energy Coodinator, CERN
International Cooperation and Renewable Energies – A view from CERN
- Constantia Alexandrou, The Cyprus Institute/University of Cyprus
Developing Computational Science in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

15:00 Coffee Break / Poster Viewing

15:30 Building Bridges Panel Discussion: Perspectives on EU-MENA Cooperation: Discussion and Adoption of the Cyprus Declaration
Chair: Herwig Schopper, Chair of Scientific Board of UNESCO International Basic Science Programme IBSP, former Director-General CERN, former President SESAME Council

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- Jos Lelieveld, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry/The Cyprus Institute
- Ghassem Asrar, Director WCRP, Switzerland

-        Kostas Cartalis, University of Athens, Greece

-        Anas Fareed Zyadin, Jordan, Representative of Young Scholars Forum

-        Ourania Papasozomenou, Cyprus, Representative of Young Scholars Forum

17:40 Closing Ceremony

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