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Dear IAAS members,

You are all invited to a special IAAS annual meeting.
The meeting will include updates on our recent activities (2021) and voting for replacement of some IAAS board members. Take a look on the candidates in the Following link »

And join our meeting on Nov 23, 2021 03:00 PM at the Following link »  

The IAAS joins the Israeli Geological Society (IGS) in a call for raising awareness to ocean acidification and global warming among the general public and decision makers.

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IAAS virtual seminar series

The Israeli association for aquatic sciences (IAAS) is inviting you to our special virtual seminar series


  • The topics of the talks will be highly diverse and given by leading scholars from the US, Europe, Australia and Israel.
  • The seminar will include ONE talk per MONTH (five in total, starting from February) during this upcoming semester.
  • The seminar series is free of charge with no prerequisites. Zoom link will be distributed without any pre-registration.

Listen to Prof. Peter Mumby, University of Queensland, Australia: "The resilience of coral reefs in a world of change".

Listen to Prof. Linda Amaral, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands: "Plastics and the Plastisphere".

Listen to Prof. Rosalind Rickaby, University of Oxford, UK: "Transforming trace metals and phanerozoic phytoplankton revolutions".

Listen to Prof. Stephen G Monismith, Stanford University, USA: "Flow Through Living Roughness".

Listen to Prof. James Stegen, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), USA: " Freshwater metacommunities and biochemical cycles".

Listen to Prof. Yeala Shaked, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel: " Dust and Aquatic Microbes".

2021 annual conference

Thanks everyone for attending the IAAS conference 2021. The committee will soon announce the winners for the best poster competition. You are welcome to watch our key-note lectures given by Prof. Assaf Vardi and Dr. Itay Bar-Or in the following link:

We would like to thank all the posters presenters, we had more than 40 wonderful posters!

We are proud to present the 2021 IAAS conference best poster winner:

Noam Lotem
Matan Masasa
Guillermo Anderson
Yahel Eshed

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About us

The Israeli Association for Aquatic Sciences (IAAS) was founded in 2003 and currently includes about 600 active members. One of the main goals of the IAAS is to foster scientists and students interested in aquatic sciences ranging from oceans and lakes to rivers and streams. In addition, the IAAS is focusing on the different impacts of global environmental changes and upraising concerns to our aquatic systems. The IAAS hold an annual multidisciplinary scientific conference in Israel to provide a platform for cutting edge aquatic science while at the same time strengthen the bonds between young and established aquatic researchers. The membership in IAAS is open to all who are interested in aquatic sciences. By ‘aquatic sciences’ we refer to all aspects of the study of marine and inland aquatic systems.

Meet our

Board Members

Prof. Orit Sivan (Ben Gurion University)


I'm a biogeochemist and chemical oceanographer. My group uses mainly stable isotopes to quantify anaerobic microbially mediated processes in aquifers and sediments to improve our understanding on the redox cycling of globally important species that are related to global climate change.

Dr. Eyal Rahav (Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research)


Dr. Ayah Lazar (Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research)

Committee Member

Dr. Orr Shapiro (Volcani Institute)


Dr. Edo Bar-Zeev (Ben Gurion University)

Committee Member

Ya'arit Levitt Barmats

Committee Member

Ya’arit Levitt Barmats has finished her PhD at the Department of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and is the Crustacea collection manager at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Israel National Center for Biodiversity Studies, Tel Aviv University. Her research is focusing on the taxonomy and ecology of Decapod crustaceans from the infraorder Caridea in Israel.

Dr. Matan Oren (Ariel University)

Committee Member

Research interest: Marine plastic microbiome and biodegradation of plastic. Evolution of the immune system in marine Invertebrate.

Dr. Miguel Frada (The Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences of Eilat)


Nimrod Krupnik (Technion)

Student representative

PhD student at Dedi meiri's lab, faculty of biology, Technion. Nimrod research aims to study and characterize seaweed based marine natural compounds with anti- cancer properties.

Dr. Itay Halevy (Weitzman Institute)

Committee Member

By studying the range of processes that impart geochemical and isotopic signals on the rock record, Itay’s group studies the coupled evolution of biogeochemical cycles, climate and biological activity.

Tal Ben-Ezra (Haifa University)

Student representative

PhD student supervised by Prof. Michael Krom, Prof. Ilana Berman-Frank and Prof. Danny Tchernov dealing with phyto/bacterioplankton nutrient limitation and biogeochemical cycles.

Previous Meetings

View the information programs for previous years


2016 Convention

2017 Convention

2019 Convention

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