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Dear Alumni and Members of the ISU Family,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the 2016 ISU Alumni Conference / Weekend, hosted this year from August 3rd – 6th 2016 in Haifa, Israel at the Technion University! Each year this Alumni event brings together ISU alumni from across the world for a mixture of informative and informal activities. One of the key focuses of these activities is networking. After 28 years the ISU family now includes over 4,000 alumni from ISU’s core programs: The Space Studies Program, Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program, Master’s Program, and Executive MBA. This year in Haifa you will have the opportunity to meet alumni from all of these different ISU programs. In another ISU intercultural experience, the event schedule has been shifted forward to accommodate the Shabbat. In light of this the program organizers have scheduled a series of optional tours for ISU alumni seeking to explore the cultural and historical history of the area together.

We will once again be hosting a joint career fair and poster session with both the SSP participants and the ISU Alumni. This promises to be a great event for alumni looking for work, hiring, or interested in showing off their latest projects and activities to fellow alumni. On the event website you will find a detailed overview of this very diverse program. Everyone at ISU is looking forward to welcoming you to Haifa!

Walter Peeters, ISU President

Click on the picture below to see the Alumni Conference program:

Alumni Conference Schedule v1.4

posterSSP16 webOptional “ISU Alumni Israel Tours”

In the past many alumni have asked that we have more trips and “fun” activities before the conference for alumni wishing to see the local area.

This year we are organizing several day trips from Haifa to visit the most popular cultural and historical sites in Israel.

An example day itinerary (NOT finalized yet) includes:  

07:00: Departure from Technion.
Leave Technion towards northern Israel with a sandwich to get you going.

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The ISU Alumni Conferences are the largest annual networking event for ISU alumni and represent a unique opportunity to advertise your company or organization to a broad spectrum of space industry professionals.

Three levels of participation are available:
-    “Exhibitor” For those seeking a table at the Speed Networking and Poster Session
-    “Networking Session” High visibility during one Networking Session and a table at the Speed Networking Session
-    “Event Sponsor” For those desiring increased exposure over the entire Conference

The Exhibitor and Sponsor Information Packet can be downloaded HERE.

On Campus Housing:

This year we are unable to offer on-campus housing at Technicon. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Off Campus Housing:

The recommended housing option is the Haifa Bay View. Alumni can contact Ms. Smadar Zur-Argaman, Corporate Sales Manager, in order to benefit form the ISU rates with the hotels of the Crowne Plaza group, which are as follow:

• for a single room bed&breakfast: US$150 at the Crowne Plaza Haifa or US$105 at the Haifa Bay View,
• for a double room bed&breakfast: US$170 at the Crowne Plaza Haifa or US$135 at the Haifa Bay View.
Ms. Smadar Zur-Argaman's email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Flying to Israel

The closest major airport to Haifa is the Ben-Gurion airport in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Getting to Haifa / the Technion by Public Transport


There is a train service from lower floor at the Terminal 3 at the Ben-Gurion airport through Tel-Aviv to Haifa. The fare is NIS 41.50, payable with an international credit card at the blue automated machines located at the entrance of the train station. The train stops at the Tel Aviv stations, but usually there are no changing stations.

Once you are on the train, please keep the ticket until arrival as you will need it to exit the platform.

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For our non-Israeli alumni, it is important you research the visa situation between your home country and Israel before booking your travel. While many countries have Visa Waiver Programs with Israel, the details vary significantly from country to country.

If you need a tourist visa to attend the Alumni Conference / Weekend, it is important you start the process as soon as possible. Visas can take over one month to process in some cases. If required, ISU can write a letter of invitation to accompany your tourist visa application. For all such letters please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please be advised that for visa purposes the Alumni Conference / Weekend is considered a conference activity. You will be considered a conference participant, and therefore the purpose of your visit should be listed as either business or tourism / pleasure, not education.

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Online registration: Click HERE!

Please note that all registrations must use the above form.

On-site registrations will not be accepted, however the online form will remain active throughout the Alumni Conference. If you decide to attend at the last minute, you can register via the online form that day.