Yoav Yair is the dean of the School of Sustainability at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. His main research fields include atmospheric electricity, lightning (on Earth and on other planets), space weather, solar-terrestrial relations, transient luminous events (TLEs), and dust storms. During 1998–2003 he was the project coordinator for the Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment (MEIDEX), conducted on board the space shuttle Columbia during its last mission. Afterward, he led the Imaging of Lightning and Nocturnal emissions (ILAN) campaigns for studying TLEs in the Eastern Mediterranean, involving multiple observation points and coordinated optical and electromagnetic measurements. In 2011, he conducted observations of lightning and TLEs from the International Space Station (ISS) in collaboration with Japan’s space agency and in 2015, with the European Space Agency. He has taken part in European COST actions expert networks “Physics of Lightning,” “TOSCA: Towards a more complete assessment of the impact of solar variability on the Earth’s climate,” and “Electronet.” Yoav is the author of several textbooks in the atmospheric sciences and has authored or coauthored over 90 refereed papers. He is an experienced session chair, convener, and organizer of numerous professional sessions in atmospheric electricity. Recently, he was appointed to the Israeli task force on the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with emphasis on the role of universities. Next year Yoav will participate in the AMEDEE 2020 Analog Mars mission in the Negev desert in southern Israel, with the Austrian Space Forum. He is an enthusiastic science communicator; gives public lectures and popular radio talks on various topics in planetary and earth science, climate change, and space physics; and is frequently interviewed by the Israeli media on related topics.
School of Sustainability, the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya