DDD Conference

Deserts, Drylands, and Desertification: Defining the New Normal

The 9th International Conference
November/December 2025

5 days of scientific and policy sessions, workshops, and tours focusing on topics such as: Earth Observation, Ecology, Economics, Ecosystem Services, Education, Energy, Food, Health, Society and Water

General Information:

DDD2025 

Given the uncertainty that surrounds the ongoing war here in Israel, the members of the DDD 2024 Steering Committee have made the difficult decision to postpone the conference that was originally scheduled for September 22-26, 2024, until sometime in November/December 2025. International participation is a critical component of the conference and we do not wish to exclude anyone who would want to come to the conference but would feel uncomfortable traveling here during a time of conflict.

We will provide exact dates in the coming weeks.

We apologize if some of you have already invested time and effort in preparing for DDD2024 but look forward to greeting you hopefully here in 2025.

For those that were at the DDD 2022 conference or for those who missed it here is a short video of the highlights:  HIGHLIGHTS DDD2022

Some sessions can be viewed on the Recordings Page

 

 
 
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Sunday

27 November 2022

17:30-19:00

Greetings & Session:  Philanthropy, SDGs and Combating Desertification

Greetings from:

  • Dr. Barron Orr, Lead Scientist, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Prof. Shimon Rachmilevitch, BIDR, BGU, and Chair of DDD2022
  • Prof. Noam Weisbrod, Director, The Jacob Blaustein Institutes For Desert Research (BIDR

Recording of Greetings and Philanthropy Session

19:00

Welcome Cocktail & Open Plenary Talk

Keynote Speaker:  Prof. Noga Kronfeld-Schor, Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP)

Adapting to Global Change: A MoEP Perspective

Recording of Keynote -starts at 1:18:43

Monday

28 November 2022

6:30-7:30

Optional Early Morning Activity:  A light morning walk

9:00-10:30

Greetings from: 

  • Prof. Shimon Rachmilevitch, BIDR, BGU, and Chair of DDD2022
  • Prof. Noam Weisbrod, Director, The Jacob Blaustein Institutes For Desert Research
  • Prof. Daniel Chamovitz, President, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • H.E. Ambassador Samuel Thuita, Ambassador from Kenya to Israel
  • Dr. Michael Mirilashvili, President, Watergen Ltd.
  • Dr. Gilad Ostrovosky, Chief Forester, KKL-JNF
  • Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary, UNCCD

Keynote Speaker: 

Prof. Dorit Nitzan, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Drylands, Food Systems and Resilience

Recording of Greetings and Keynote Speech

11:00-13:00

Parallel Sessions

14:30-16:30

Parallel Sessions

17:00-19:00

Parallel Sessions

Tuesday

29 November 2022

6:30-7:30

Optional Early Morning Activity:  A morning walk with a tour guide  along the Nahal Karkash

9:00-10:00

Plenary Session – 

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Osvaldo Sala, Arizona State University, USA

Effects of Climate Change on Drylands: Directional Changes in Precipitation Amount and Variability

Recording

10:30-12:30

Parallel Sessions

Open Campus Lunch & Poster Session

14:30-16:30

Parallel Sessions

17:00-19:00

Parallel Sessions

20:30 

Special screening of the documentary “Dead Sea Guardians” followed by a discussion with the film’s producers

Location:  R & D Center

Wednesday

30 November 2022

9:00 – 18:00

Full Day Professional Field Trips and Workshops:

A description of each can be found by clicking the above link.

To register for a tour please complete the TOUR SIGN-UP FORM

NOTE: For all tours we recommend you wear closed-toe comfortable walking shoes, a hat, and bring a warm piece of clothing (as once the sun goes down it gets chilly). For the Agriculture/Dead Sea Tour we recommend you also bring a bathing suit and a towel. Water and food will be provided by the conference organizers.

– Agriculture/Dead Sea Tour

– Bedouin Arab Society in Southern Israel: Difficulties, Challenges & Opportunities

– Brackish Groundwater in the Arava Valley Region and Its Importance for Agricultural Development

– Ecohydrology in Ramon Center

–  Healthy Placemaking Meets Climate Change

 – Practical Methods for Rainwater Harvesting and Watershed Management in Semi-Arid and Arid Regions Tour

– Renewable Energy Management in the Negev Highland

– Viticulture:  How Desertification and Climate Change Affect Wine Making

19:00

Social Event

Thursday

1 December 2022

6:30-7:30

Optional Early Morning Activity:  Bird watching in Ben Gurion Park with a professional ornithologist

9:00-10:00

Plenary Session –

Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Ehud Meron, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change across Different Levels of Ecological Organization

Recording

10:15- 12:00

Parallel Sessions

Coffee Break

12:15-14:00

Parallel Sessions

14:15-14:45

Closing Session

Conference Venue

The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research are located at the Sede Boqer campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Situated at the edge of a scenic cliff overlooking the Biblical “Zin Valley” and adjacent to several spectacular national parks and nature reserves, the campus makes a breathtaking venue for an academic gathering.

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