1st iPEN Intensive Program, 24 – 25/10/2018, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Conference Title: Modern teaching methods and soft skills development in science (שיטות הוראה חדשניות ומיומנויות ניהול קבוצת מחקר באוניברסיטה (סדנא)

Dates: 24-25/10/18

Venue: David Lopatie Conference centre, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

In google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/k64tzfaz41x

How to reach Rehovot from Ben Gurion International Airport –  Travel Guidelines: 

Ground Transportation

The Ben-Gurion Airport is located approx. 35-minutes’ drive (by car or taxi) from the city of Rehovot.

Here is a Link to airport Terminal 3 web site: http://www.iaa.gov.il/enus/airports/bengurion/pages/arrivingpassengers.aspx

Taxi services:

Taxis are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can find them as you exit the arrival hall of the airport building you should look for signs for taxis directing you to the left. We suggest that you insist on paying for the fixed price set by the Ministry of Transportation and not using the meter.

The fare during daytime to Rehovot should be approx. 150 shekels (~43$).

Public buses:

This service is rather time consuming and inefficient and it’s not recommended. Bus stops and free internal shuttle pick-up points are located in Terminal 3, second level of the multilevel road, across from Gates 21 and 23.

‘Egged’ (the main bus company in Israel) bus lines stop at EL AL Junction on Highway 40 (approximately 5 km from Terminal 3 and 2.5 km from Terminal 1), but do not go through Ben Gurion Airport.

Egged Line 249 will take you from El-Al Junction to Rehovot.

For up-to-date and detailed information about departure times and frequency of the lines, please contact the Egged’s Customer Service Center: Tel: +972 (0)3-6948888 or go to Egged’s website: www.egged.co.il

The cost for a one way ticket from El-Al Junction to Rehovot is approx. 13 NIS (~4$).

**Egged service do not operate during the Jewish Sabbath (Friday afternoon – Saturday evening)

Train services:

The train station at Ben-Gurion airport is located on Level S of the main Building, adjacent to the exit of the arrival hall. Train tickets can be purchased through automated ticket machines on Level G of the terminal.

There is no direct train from Ben-Gurion airport to Rehovot. To get to Rehovot you must to go from BG airport train station to Tel-Aviv HAGANA train station (approx. 17 minutes ride) & from there connect to a train to the Rehovot train station (approx. 30 minute ride).

The cost for one way ticket from BG airport to Rehovot is approx. 18 NIS (~5$)

For information on schedules and fares call Israel Railways Information Service: +972 (0)77-2324000 or go to Israel railways website: http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/Homepage.aspx

**Israel railways service do not operate during the Jewish Sabbath (Friday afternoon – Saturday evening)

How to reach Weizmann and the Venue Guidelines, please check below: 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the conference on Modern teaching methods and soft skills development in science, to be held at The David Lopatie Conference Centre, at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

The conference centre is adjacent to the Weizmann Institute’s Main Gate. (See link to campus map: http://www.weizmann.ac.il/campus_map/).

Directions for how to arrive to the Weizmann Institute of Science can be found here.

Parking is available next to the conference centre.

See you soon,

The organizing committee

All the above information and useful guidelines how to reach your Accommodation can be found here


To download the poster please click here

About the Workshop: 

The goal of the workshop is to raise the awareness of the participants to the importance of quality science teaching in the university level and to provide practical tools for the participants to improve their teaching skill. The workshop will be focus on the development of the participants modern teaching methods and soft skills development including oral & written presentation skills, time management, leadership, lab management. This development will be achieved through lectures and workshop training sessions of students and lecturers in modern teaching techniques.

Being a teacher and a lecture in the digital era raises many challenges: How to use the available technologies and integrate it to improve teaching and learning? How to better assess students when all the information is available on-line? What are the soft skills that are needed to become a researcher and a lecturer? And many more.

In the current workshop we chose to treat four main challenges, for the tertiary education level:

  1. Teaching skills in digital environments
  2. ICT tools for better science teaching
  3. Intellectual property rights (involved in using teaching materials)
  4. Soft skills in Sciences
  5. Writing a scientific article

The workshop is a result of an on-going EU project called i-PEN aiming at providing innovative photonic education applied in nanotechnology. The project envisions the offer of online & offline training in photonic sources & techniques in a nanotechnology.

However, we found that in addition to the courses about photonic and nanotechnology there is a need to develop better teaching skills and therefore the current workshop “Modern teaching methods and soft skills development in science” is planned.


  • What can university lecturers learn from basketball coaching? (Oded Katash, Israel National Team Basketball Coach)
  • Modern methods for teaching and assessment, Prof. Ron Blonder (Weizmann Institute of Science)
  • Nanotechnology for all: The case of a bilingual MOOC,  Prof. Miri Barak (Technion, Israel Institute of Technology)
  • ICT tools in teaching, Elli Shmueli, Machba (מיט”ל), (Inter-university Computation Center)
  • Presentation skills, Scientific Writing, Critical Thinking, Conducting Open Science, Dr Katerina Zourou & Dr Ioannis Lefkos (W2L) 
  • Lab Management Skills, How to write a grant by Prof.Raz Zarivach (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
  • How to write and publish a scientific article, Ass. Prof. Kostantinos Petridis, (Technological Educational Institute of Crete)

The lecture program can be found here

A poster session will be held during the two days of the workshop during which the participants can interact and get know each other better. Please check here the list of the posters – here 

In this event, all the iPEN partners can participate with four staff members (one of them will also participate in the projects’ progress meeting on the 23rd of October 2018) to attend the workshop. All the participant staff members should be faculty members of one of the consortium HEIs. The Israeli partners should contribute with staff & student participants.

The poster of the event can be downloaded from the iPEN google drive. Please circulate among the staff and the students of your Institution; disseminate the event as good as possible.

What the program covers for the non-Israeli consortium partners:

The cost of stay that the iPEN covers is 120 Euros per day per participant and the travel fee is fixed and based on the distance from the venue. More analytical:
TEI of Crete participants: 225 Euros per participant 
POLIMI: 360 Euros 
FAU: 360 Euros 
Twente: 530 Euros 
W2L: 225 Euros 
IESL: 225 Euros 
Weizmann Institute will sponsor the event (coffee breaks and lunches) and also have made all the arrangements to stay within the campus.

To be registered & for accommodation options follow this link, click here

Guidelines how to reach the venue form the Airport (for the non-Israeli participants), please check here

60 people have been registered to attend the school (19 October 2018). The local hosts closed the registrations on the 20th of October 2018


Moments from the Workshop……..

The Venue:

The Lopartie Conference Center, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Dissemination Actions:


The event was basically disseminated all over the campus….good work from the WIS squad!

The Participants: 

1st (left image) and 2nd day participants ….wonderful people and very interesting interactions these two days !!!

Lecture Moments:

iPEN Lectures’ Moments…..More Excitement is coming!!! 

Poster Session Moments: 

The Poster Session….was one of the most effective interaction channels during the school !

The PROs and CONs of the OPEN Science according to the iPEN participants  – the speech of our Participants 


Click here to review the participants’ overall opinion about Open Science

The Intensive Course at its end was evaluated by the participants. Please see the report as has been composed by the external evaluator and the leader of the Q/A work package. Please click here


Cultural Activities: 

Visiting the Visitors Center in the Weizmann Institute of Science – All the Knowledge in one place


Visiting Jerusalem’s Closed Market – The beauty of colors…….

Tasting Israeli Gastronomy – Simply ….the best 


For more photos: 

please follow this link: https://weizmann.box.com/s/m0aur68txp50vc1v115vuihn7t1zzapy


The event during its last day was evaluated by the participants. The evaluation questionnaire can be found here. The results can be found in the online document store of the iPEN website.

Lecture Notes & Videos 

All the lecture transparencies and videos can be accessed through the google drive of the iPEN project. Please contact the coordinator (c.petridischania@gmail.com) for further information. For the iPEN partners use, all the lectures of the school are available on the iPEN Moodle Platform. To access them follow the link:


For the visitors to take a flavor of a talk, please visit the following link:


Special Thanks 

Special Thanks for the excellent organization and hospitality to Prof. Ron Blonder and the supporting team in Weizmann. Last but not least we are very honored that an Institute like Weizmann has recognized the impact of the project and has sponsored all the event. ToDarabah !!