Spring School March – Israel, April 2016

Spring School March – Israel, April 2016

In 2016 Meeting for Minds held it’s first Israeli Spring School in Acre, Israel, with participants comprising of postgraduate research students, postgraduate psychiatric trainees and people with lived experience of mental illness.The purpose was:

  1. to see how these 3 groups could collaborate in research into the brain, and disorders of the brain, to result in better treatments; and
  2. to create a community in Israel with appropriate research, medical and lived experience backgrounds, interested in Meeting for Minds’s research ethos.

Participants were split into 3 workshops:

Workshop 1Art: Hosted by Shmulik Calderon

Workshop 2Technology and Research: Hosted by Itamar Kahn and Erez Krozoil

Workshop 3Medical Scientific Research: Hosted by Libby Herzberg and Avital Hahamy

The workshops explored the “disconnect” between researchers, doctors and people living with mental illness. Participants were made to think about ways to create more cooperation between all parties through personal experience and knowledge of all participants in the workshop.

Organising Team:

  • Pr Haim Knobler – Former Chief Psychiatrist Israeli Army (PSYCH)
  • Dr Libi Herztberg – Professor of Neuroscience Weizmann Institute (SCIENTIST)
  • Michal Shariv – Meeting for Minds Israel Co-ordinator (M4M)
  • Hadar Lotan – Experience in dealing with and managing mental health (LIVED EXPERIENCE)
  • Dr Itamar Kahn – Assistant Professor Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion (SCIENTIST)
  • Dr Isaac Shariv – Vice President for Administration and Finance at Weizmann Institute (M4M)
  • Avital Hahamy – PhD Student, Department of Neurobiology at Weizmann Institute (SCIENTIST)


  • Shmulik Calderon and Shanie Blaew – Actor/Directors with lived experience
  • Ariel Horowitz – Singer will talk about his project with lived experience “The Different Me”
  • Rachel Rada – Singer
  • Nir Mehlman – Singer
  • Michal Heiman – Artist

Spring School participants formed a community, which continues meeting and is organising collaborative research projects with the Mazra Mental Health Centre in Acre, Israel.

See the AGENDA

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