German Friends of Tel Aviv University hosted three of the University’s brightest minds at an event held at Humboldt Box, as part of Berlin Science Week. A veritable who’s who of leading scientists and researchers from around the globe assembled in Berlin for a week of lectures, forums, workshops and interactive activities. More than 300 guest speakers at over 100 events across the city entertained the attendees, hoping to inspire the next generation of young scientists and academics.
TAU‘s Prof. Oded Lipschits, Director of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archeology, together with Prof. Dr. Manfred Oeming, professor of Old Testament Theology from the University of Heidelberg, presented their findings from two different excavation sites in Israel, the Ramat Rahel Archaeological Project and the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition.
Prof. Colin Price of TAU‘s Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, and Prof. Helmut Elsenbeer, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at University of Potsdam, discussed their current research into pressing environmental issues.
Dr. Rachel Sarig of TAU’s Dan David Center for Human Evolution and Biohistory Research spoke about the newly opened Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, and also gave an overview on the importance of dental findings to the understanding of human evolution and anthropology.
German Friends also helped the TAU Alumni Association kick off its first ever networking event for TAU graduates living in Germany. Featured speaker Nirit Bialer, alumna of the TAU Security & Diplomacy Program, spoke to over 35 alumni about efforts to expose Israeli culture to the German people.
Longtime supporter of the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition, Dr. Manfred Lautenschläger, was presented with a certificate recognizing his longstanding efforts to promote German-Israeli academic cooperation between TAU and the University of Heidelberg, as well as his commitment to connecting young people from diverse religious, national and cultural backgrounds through archaeological excavations.