(You can also download this programme and practical information in pdf here)

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Sunday, March 11th

16:00 – 19:00 Registration
19:30 – 21:30 Evening get together festive event at Ruth Daniel Residence

Monday, March 12th

09:00 – 09:30 Greetings
[not yet confirmed]: Ron Huldai – Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa Hashem Hussein – Director-General of the Ministry of Regional Cooperation  Maj. Gen. (Res.) Noam Tibon – Chairman of Tel Aviv Global Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yiftah Ron-Tal – Chairman of the Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC) Iris Hahn – CEO of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) Edward Mayer – Swift Conservation, England

09:30 – 10:10 Keynote speaker lecture 1 

10:10 – 10:50 Keynote speaker lecture 2

10:50 – 11:20 Coffee break

11:20 – 13:00 Lectures 1-5 [each 20 min]

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break at hotel [please note on registration form]

14:30 – 15:50 Lectures 7-10

15:50 – 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 – 17:00 Lectures 10-

11 18:00 – 19:00 Dinner [please note on registration form]

19:30 – 22:00 Guided tour of Jaffa's Old City


Tuesday, March 13th

06:00 Early morning birding tour before breakfast [optional]

09:00 – 09:40 Keynote speaker lecture 3 

09:40 – 10:20 Keynote speaker lecture 4

10:20 – 10:50 Coffee break

10:50 – 13:00 Lectures 12-17

12:50 – 14:30 Lunch break at hotel [please note on registration form]

14:30 – 18:00 Swift tour in Tel Aviv to: (1) IDF Headquarters and Sarona to learn about the Nature Defense Forces and their connection to swifts and heritage sites; (2) Nesting boxes at the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) directorate building and walk to Schiff House

19:30  Free evening in Jaffa

Wednesday, March 14th

06:00 – 23:00 Tour to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea: 
* Jerusalem Bird Observatory – ringing station in the Israeli Parliament grounds
* Wadi Kelt (a gorge in the Judean Desert between Jerusalem and Jericho) to see three swift species: Alpine, Little and Pallid Swifts
* Swifts Welcoming Ceremony at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem
Greetings [not yet confirmed]: MK Tzachi Hanegbi – Minister of Regional Cooperation  Mr. Reuven Rivlin – President of Israel
* St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, Muristan, The Christian Quarter – The Tree of Hope – the olive tree swift sculpture and closing event with dinner and Middle Eastern music

Programme illustrations

Thursday, March 15th

09:00 – 10:00 Invited speaker

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00 Open discussion and conference summary

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break at hotel [please note on registration form]

12:00  Free afternoon and evening in Tel Aviv  

March 16th
Optional tour
to see the Griffon Vultures in Mt. Carmel and Little Swifts nesting in the Hula Valley in north Israel as well as many more local and migrating birds PRICE: €40 (including bus and professional guide)
March 17th-20th 
Optional 4-day tour (3 nights)
from Tel Aviv via the Negev to Eilat to view the amazing migration as part of the Eilat 2018 International Spring Migration Festival; accommodation at Eilat's excellent Agamim hotel; price includes half board, bus, professional guides and participation in all the festival events PRICE: €755 per person in double room / €1,065 per person in single room.

Please send all registration forms and queries to Sorrel Ritter, conference coordinator, at Yossi Leshem's office: yleshem@post.tau.ac.il  
We recommend that you book your flights as early as possible in order to enjoy the low cost flights and prices.
Looking forward to hearing from you!