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    "Science Diplomacy Can Succeed Where Other Diplomacies Have Failed" - Dr. Zafra Lerman + Student Posters + Green Building Tour

    March 21, 2019
    5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Oakton Community College
    1600 E. Golf Rd.
    Des Plaines, IL 60016

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    Public Affairs Meeting

    Dr. Zafra Lerman

    - President -
    Malta Conferences Foundation

    "Science Diplomacy Can Succeed Where Other Diplomacies Have Failed"


    Because science can be used to both improve life and cut it short, scientists have a special responsibility to use science for the betterment of humankind. In this talk, we’ll discuss how science can be used as a bridge to peace. During the 1980’s, when geopolitics threatened world peace, chemists from the US and Soviet Union eased tensions by engaging one another. In 1998, US and Cuban chemists began a relationship in which ACS delegations attended Cuban Chemical Society conferences. Following the 9/11 attack on the US, science diplomacy efforts focused on the Middle East to overcome cultural, political, and religious barriers to help prevent acts of war and terrorism. To help promote stability in the Middle East, every other year since 2003 the Malta Conferences bring together six Nobel laureates with scientists from 15 Middle East countries including Israel, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, and Jordan for five-day scientific discussions. The Malta Conferences Foundation provides this forum to foster solutions to the scientific and technological challenges of the region: inadequate education, water scarcity, and environmental degradation. In this talk, we’ll explore the enormous impact of science diplomacy and how the Malta Conferences have become a powerful force for peace on the world stage.


    • 5:30 - 6:30  Registration and Student Poster Session
    • 6:00 - 6:30  Green Building Tour (meet at the registration desk)
    • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner 
    • 7:30 - 7:45  Introductory remarks
    • 7:45 - 8:30  Main Lecture


    MAIN SITE (With live speaker): Oakton Community College
    REMOTE LOCATION: Purdue University Northwest (Hammond, IN)

    TEACHERS! All K-12 educators can receive continuing education credits for attending our meetings. Get your CE form at the registration desk.


    Undergraduates can present posters describing their research, and the best one will win a prize! Register your poster here:

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    ! Did you present a poster at a recent conference? Bring it out and present it again!


    PRE-DINNER: Green Building Tour, 6:00

    Led by Debra Kutka, Sustainability Specialist at Oakton


    DINNER - Main site only: Sandwich wrap bar

    - Turkey & provolone, Grilled vegetable, Chicken Caesar
    - Penne pesto pasta salad
    - Brownies and cookies
    - Water


    Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, March 19
    Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon Wednesday, March 20

    QUESTIONS OR NON-WEB RESERVATIONS?  Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]).


    Prof. Zafra Lerman is the renowned scientist, scholar, and human rights leader who founded the Malta Conferences Foundation in 2002 and has led its growth ever since. She holds a PhD in chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel and conducted research at Cornell and Northwestern Universities in the US, and the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. She developed an innovative approach of teaching science using art, music, dance, drama, and poetry which proved to be extremely successful among underprivileged students around the globe and received international recognition. She worked on human rights cases in many countries and at great risk to her safety, she succeeded in preventing executions, releasing prisoners of conscience from jail and bringing dissidents to freedom. She received over 40 international awards for her work, including the Presidential Award from President Clinton (1999); ACS Parsons Award (2002); Royal Society of Chemistry, England, Nyholm Award (2005); CRDF Global George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation (2007); ACS Pimentel Award (2010); AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy (2015); APS Andrei Sakharov Award (2016); Peace and Justice Award from the UN NOVUS summit (2016); IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry Award (2017). She was honored three times by the US Congress with speeches about her work in 2002, 2004, and 2013. She is invited to lecture internationally and was covered many times by print and electronic media.  



    Oakton Community College
    Main Building, room 1625
    1600 E. Golf Rd.
    Des Plaines, IL 60016

    Map & Directions:

    PARKING: Free in LOT A (see map)



    Purdue University Northwest
    Gyte Building, Room 240
    2200 169th St.
    Hammond, IN  46323


    PARKING: free


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    $0.00 MAIN SITE - Lecture only registration

    $0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Lecture only registration

    $0.00 Individual Donation (flexible amount)

    $0.00 Company Sponsorship (flexible amount)

    $0.00 Donation to Project SEED (flexible amount)

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue