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Third International Meeting of Scientists for Palestine

January 10 @ 6:00 pm - January 12 @ 4:00 pm

$10 – $100
Science in Palestine

The third International Meeting for Science in Palestine will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, from January 10th through 12th, 2020. The meeting will kick off with an event open to everybody on the evening of Friday January 10th, in the Wong auditorium of MIT. The Saturday and Sunday events will take place in the Mathematics department of MIT and are open to registered participants only (see below on how to register).


The public event on Friday will take place at the MIT Wong Auditorium,  2 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142.   See Details on the Friday Public Event

The weekend activities will be held instead at MIT Department of Mathematics (Simons Building) 182 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142.

See here for directions to MIT.


The third international meeting aims to escalate and refine plans toward Scientists for Palestine’s primary objectives of advancing science in Palestine and integrating Palestinian sciences into the international scientific community by: enhancing collaboration between Scientists in Palestine and exile with key partners globally; highlighting Palestinian scientists and scientific development; and devising measurable goals toward these ends. The international meeting will provide space to access information about the challenges and successes of Palestinians practicing and researching science under occupation while also providing concrete opportunities for international scientists to get involved. A working group track will also run to help develop enhanced strategies to identify mechanisms for sustained international collaboration with and elevation of Palestinian scientists.

The meeting will include presentations by Palestinian scientists from both Historic Palestine (Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel) and Palestinians abroad, as well as other young and established scientists from around the world, and will be joined by prominent scientists including 2018 Chemistry Nobel Prize winner George Smith, MacArthur fellow Astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala, and renowned Palestinian medic and innovator Dr. Tarek Loubani.


The Saturday and Sunday sessions are only open for registered participants. Registration is now closed.

Participants are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

For further questions, please contact .


Coming on the heels of two successful international meetings in Cambridge, UK (2017) and New York City, NY, USA (2018), as well as three Advanced Physics Schools in Palestine, Scientists for Palestine is proud to announce the Third International Meeting for Science in Palestine. This meeting will convene Palestinian scientists and scientists from the global scientific community at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston for three days, all of which will be dedicated to the protection, advancement, and elevation of science in Palestine.

The Third international Meeting for Science in Palestine will be attended by some of the world’s most prominent scientists, including the 2018 Chemistry Nobel Prize winner, George Smith, and MacArthur fellow and astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala. The meeting will also include dozens of young and established scientists from across the world, including Palestinian scientists from Historic Palestine, exile, and abroad, as well as key members of Palestinian civil society and educational institutions. Lastly, we will be in conversation with renowned Palestinian medic and innovator, Dr. Tarek Loubani, who is based in Canada has treated Palestinians in Gaza during the Great Return March.

The meeting will host an array of plenary and parallel working group sessions to ensure productivity and optimal use of the rare opportunity to convene Palestinian and international scientists in order to best promote scientific institutions and scholarship in Palestine.

The public launch of the Third International Meeting will take place on the evening of Friday, January 10, 2020, with a panel entitled “Overcoming the suppression of STEM: Practicing Science in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”. Here, panelists will discuss the scientific community’s responsibility to collectively mobilize and stand in support of their Palestinian colleagues.

The weekend program will run from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon and is only open to those who have registered. The weekend program will include sessions with a focus on the fields of medicine, environmental science, engineering, computer science, math and physics – all of which are identified as the fields most critical to Palestinian survival and scientific advancement under Israeli occupation and suppression.

Throughout the weekend program, working groups will be devising proposals and assigned committees and organizers will work to detail the impacts of the Israeli occupation, division and repression of Palestinian science. We will also be devising strategies to surpass and overcome these impacts, as well as synthesizing proposals that will be led by Palestinian scientists and representatives of Palestinian civil society.

The meeting intends to identify mechanisms to implement the proposals and developments in S4P over the past three years. We also aim to devise creative and sustainable strategies to advance institutionalized collaboration between scientists inside and outside of Palestine. In doing so, our purpose is to help reintegrate scientists in Palestine with Palestinian scientists in exile and abroad, as well as elevate Palestinian scientific developments amidst the Israeli occupation.


An interest in physics education and research in Palestine continues to grow rapidly, not only within Palestine, but also throughout the international scientific community. In December 2015, Palestine signed an International Cooperation Agreement with CERN, signaling Palestine’s increasing involvement in cutting-edge scientific research at one of the best laboratories in the world. Recently, 15 of the most famous physicists in the world, including a Nobel laureate and a Fields medalist, signed a letter condemning the use of science to normalize the military occupation of the West Bank.

To help meet the rapidly increasing demand for high-level scientific education and collaboration in Palestine, physicists from around the world created Scientists for Palestine, an international group whose goals are to promote and support science in Palestine and to help integrate Palestine into the international scientific community. Among the groups’ initiatives are the establishment of the Palestinian Advanced Physics School (PAPS) as an annual event, plans for schools in other subjects, conferences, and workshops.

For more information, visit the official page for the Third International Meeting for Science in Palestine: http://www.scientists4p


January 10 @ 6:00 pm
January 12 @ 4:00 pm
$10 – $100
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MIT Wong Auditorium
2 Amherst St
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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