Research, Education and Conservation at Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) has achieved significant milestones across its three core areas: research, education, and conservation, over the past week. Research: Researchers from PIBS undertook two overnight field trips to document regional biodiversity. The first trip focused on Wadi Qana-Salfit and Marj Sanour-Jenin, while the second explored the Northern Jordan […]

PIBS’s Animal Rehabilitation Unit

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) established an Animal Rehabilitation Unit in 2019, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating numerous threatened animals. The unit has provided care for a diverse array of species, including mammals (foxes, hyenas, European badgers, mongooses, and bats), birds (golden eagles, eagle owls, black kites, crows), and reptiles (snakes). The […]

Progress on the Renovation of the New Palestine Museum of Natural History

The Palestine Museum of Natural History is undergoing a significant expansion project. The existing building is being renovated to add 1,300 square meters of museum space, significantly enhancing its capacity to showcase Palestine’s rich natural heritage. On Thursday, 27 June 2024, the museum held coordination meetings to move the project forward. The museum team collaborated […]

Summer Camp Visits to Palestine Museum of Natural History

The Palestine Museum of Natural History hosted over 250 children from four different summer camp groups last week. During their visit, the children participated in a variety of activities, including guided tours of PMNH’s natural history and ethnography exhibits, as well as explorations of the botanical garden. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience, discovering new […]

Field Work at Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability organizes field trips that are instrumental in documenting and studying Palestine’s floral and faunal biodiversity, conducting research, publishing scientific papers, and implementing conservation measures. These excursions not only deepen participants’ and local communities’ appreciation for Palestine’s natural heritage but also contribute valuable data to global and local biodiversity […]

PIBS’s Weekly Children Educational Activities

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability organized its weekly educational activity for children. During the event, the children played environmental games developed in-house at PIBS, including a Snakes and Ladders game designed to teach about sustainable living and reducing climate change. They also participated in fun competitions, learning interesting facts about fruits, vegetables, and […]

PIBS Hosts Children’s Flower Planting Activity

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability organized a flower planting activity with flowers donated by their partners at Cremisan Salesian Convent, in celebration of the Institute’s tenth anniversary. During the planting, PIBS conducted their weekly educational activity for children, teaching them about the importance of farming and its positive impact on the environment.

Prof. Mazin & Jessie Qumsiyeh visit to Australia and New Zealand

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, Director of Cytogenetic Services and Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS), and his wife Jessie recently returned from a 53-day advocacy tour across 17 cities in Australia and New Zealand (Aotearoa). Among their goals, the trip aimed to secure long-term support for Palestine, Bethlehem University, and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity […]

500 Students Explore Palestinian Biodiversity at PIBS

The Palestine Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with Caritas Jerusalem, successfully concluded a series of educational programs for children. Over eight visits, they welcomed 500 students and members of scout groups. This initiative focused on introducing participants to the rich biodiversity of Palestine, with a particular emphasis on the Al-Makhrour region. The program also […]

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PIBS at Bethlehem University Recognizes World Environment Day

This year’s theme of the World Environment Day “land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience,” aligns with our mission and vision in Palestine. Through all our activities at the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS), we emphasize that sustainable human and natural communities begin with each of us individually.  Palestine faces significant environmental challenges caused […]

PIBS Celebrates World Environment Day

In observance of World Environment Day, the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University organized a engaging activity – planting flowers in their botanical garden. This initiative aimed to cultivate a deeper connection with nature among participants. PIBS team members, including staff, local volunteers, and international volunteers, all joined hands for the […]

Chemistry Students Visit Cosmetics Factory

The Department of Chemistry at Bethlehem University’s Faculty of Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering organized an educational field visit for students enrolled in the “Factory Quality” (Chem499) course. The trip, held on Tuesday, 4 June 2024, took students to the Raed Cosmetics Factory in Beit Sahour. This visit aimed to provide students with valuable experience […]

PIBS’s Weekly Children Educational Activities

This week, the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) hosted a fun and educational program for children focused on insects, particularly their crucial role as pollinators. The young participants began by exploring the importance of biodiversity in the success of agriculture. Through a guided tour of the botanical garden, they observed different insects and […]

Accreditation of Bachelor’s Program in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry

Bethlehem University has announced the accreditation of its new bachelor’s program in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry by the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission of the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Dr. Michel Hanania, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Engineering, said that this program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program integrating […]

Archaeology Students Explore Biodiversity at PIBS

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University recently welcomed students from the Bachelor of Arts program in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. Accompanied by their professor, Dr. Omar Dar Issa, the students were visiting as part of their Fauna and Flora course. This visit exemplifies PIBS’s commitment to fostering interdepartmental collaboration within […]

PIBS Hold Engaging Activities at Cremisan Monastery

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University is continuing its successful partnership with the Salesians of Don Bosco at the Cremisan Monastery. This ongoing series of activities aims to cultivate a spirit of environmental respect and care in young people. Through immersive experiences in nature and engaging craft projects, the program […]

PIBS Weekly Educational Activity for Children

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity with an educational activity for children on Friday, 24 May 2024. The children first explored the institute’s botanical garden with exploration kits which consist of compasses, measuring tapes, magnifying glasses, tubes and forceps, notebooks, and pens. They gathered […]

Lifegate Rehabilitation Center Visits PIBS

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University, in collaboration with Caritas Jerusalem, is conducting a series of educational activities titled “Empowering Future Generations.” Through a series of educational activities, school students visit the institute and explore its various sections, including the natural history and ethnography museums, and the botanical garden. The goal […]

Bethlehem University Strengthens International Ties Through Faculty and Staff Exchanges

Bethlehem University faculty and staff members recently participated in a series of international exchange programs as part of the Erasmus+ staff mobility program for teaching and training, fostering collaboration and innovation across various academic disciplines. Five faculty members from the Tarek Ahmad Juffali Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences visited Kalisz University’s Faculty of Medicine […]

Interactive Workshop on Endangered Species for Children

In commemoration of International Day for Endangered Species, the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University organized a special learning activity for children on Friday, 17 May 2024. The children learned about endangered species in Palestine, the threats leading to their endangerment, and ways to protect them. They played an interactive game to […]

Bethlehem University Empowers Future Generations Through Sustainability Education

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University, in collaboration with Caritas Jerusalem, is conducting a series of educational activities titled “Empowering Future Generations.” Through a series of educational activities, school students visit the institute and explore its various sections, including the natural history and ethnography museums, and the botanical garden. The goal […]

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability Hosts Students from Thabra School

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University, in collaboration with A.M. Qattan Foundation, hosted students from Thabra Mixed Basic School (grades 6-9) for a day focused on environmental solutions. This event was part of the “STEAM PalHouse” project, which empowers students to develop solutions for environmental issues in their local communities. The […]

Training Session for 4th-Grade Teachers

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University, in partnership with the Palestine Heritage Trail, organized a training session for 4th-grade teachers. The session addressed various topics, including Palestinian geography, ecotourism, agriculture, as well as the rich and diverse floral and faunal biodiversity of Palestine. The teachers also learned about environmental threats […]

Bethlehem University Integrates Histopathology into Medical Lab Sciences

What we used to see in reputed references is now produced by the Biology Department at Bethlehem University The Biology Department at Bethlehem University has integrated a unique feature into its Medical Laboratory Sciences major: the integration of Histopathology into the undergraduate curriculum, something not found at other Palestinian universities. This course emphasizes the importance […]

PIBS Inspires National Pride in Children through Independence Day Event

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability organized a special educational event on 15 November 2023, commemorating Independence Day. The event aimed to instill a sense of national pride in children by providing them with a unique experience in the institute’s botanical garden. Children enjoyed a guided tour, observing animals, cultivated plants, and learning about […]

BU’s PIBS Team Concludes Successful Erasmus Program Training in Greece

A team from Bethlehem University’s Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability recently wrapped up an enriching training program in Greece, made possible through the Erasmus program. The program saw active participation from 20 individuals representing Palestine, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, and France. During this comprehensive training, participants learned about the fundamental principles of ecological agriculture and […]

Bethlehem University’s Notable Participation in the PCPC-2023

Bethlehem University participated in the 12th Palestinian Collegiate Programming Contest (PCPC-2023), sponsored by telecommunications company Ooredoo, took place at Al-Istiqlal University in Jericho on Sunday, September 10, 2023. The event featured 41 teams from the West Bank and 32 teams from the Gaza Strip, attracting a diverse array of supervisors, professors, experts, and representatives from […]

Students’ Team Participates in Semi-Finals of Hult Prize Summits

The CornCloset team, comprised of Christina Anastas, Lourd Lolas, Daniella Anastas, and Ayah Altamimi, has been selected to represent Bethlehem University in the semi-finals of the Hult Prize Summits 2023, held in Nairobi, Kenya. Under the principle that “Change is the key that unlocks the doors to a brighter future,” the team has embarked on […]

Bethlehem University Participates in the EPS Young Minds Leadership Meeting

Bethlehem University alumna, Serina Massu, represented the Science4People team at the European Physical Society (EPS) – 11th Young Minds Leadership Meeting, which was organized by the Physics & Optics Naples Young Student (PONYS), in Naples, Italy in May 2023. Reflecting on her experience at the 11th EPS meeting, Serina shared, “I was honored to represent […]

Department of Software Engineering Hosts Workshop on Docker

In a collaborative effort between the Department of Software Engineering at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Engineering and Gaza Sky Geeks, a workshop on Docker was successfully conducted on Thursday, 25 May 2023. Aimed specifically at third-year students, the event shed light on Docker’s significance as an open platform for application development, shipping, […]

Software Engineering Students Participate in Programming Contest

Bethlehem University’s Software Engineering students recently took part in the competitive programming contest, Hebron Code Jam, held at Hebron University on Thursday, 27 April 2023. Students representing several Palestinian universities took part in the competition. Bethlehem University team “Submit Spammers,” consisting of Ihab Maali, Hasan Zawahreh, and Nadine Abu Odeh, made it to the top […]

Website Development Skills Workshop Held on Campus

The Department of Software Engineering at the Faculty of Applied Science, Technology and Engineering, in cooperation with Gaza Sky Geeks, held a workshop on Thursday, 16 March 2023, to train third and fourth year students of the department on website development skills using ReactJS, an open-source front-end JavaScript library. ReactJS is used to build user […]

PIBS library adopts Library of Congress System

This week, the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability – Bethlehem University (PIBS-BU) concluded the integration of the Library of Congress classification system into the PIBS library. The PIBS library is one of the facilities available at the institute for people to come, enjoy, and benefit from. This opportunity is especially good for university students […]

An Interview with Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh and Mohammad Najajreh

Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem University and Birzeit University. A Palestinian born in Beit Sahour, he is the founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University.  He previously served on the faculties of the University of […]

Software Engineering Department Hold Graduation Projects Exhibition

The Software Engineering Department at Bethlehem University organized an exhibition of graduation projects for the second cohort of software engineering students, the Shireen Abu Akleh cohort, on Wednesday, 1 June 2022. A total of thirty students who will graduate in Spring 2022 participated in 12 different projects that were presented in the Auditorium on campus. […]

Bethlehem University Inaugurates the First Mobile Museum

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University organized an event at Bethlehem Secondary School for Girls to launch the first mobile educational exhibition of its kind in Palestine on Tuesday, 10 May 2022. As part of the “Unity and Diversity in Nature and Society” project funded by the European Union, the mobile […]

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan Workshops

Within the national efforts carried out by the Environmental Quality Authority (EQA) in partnership with the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability / Bethlehem University (PIBS / BU) to prepare and update The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), ten workshops were held with governmental and private institutions and relevant national experts on various […]

BU present at the International Arab Conference on Information Technology

Bethlehem University graduate Afrah Mousa (BU’20) of the Software Engineering Department participated in the International Arab Conference on Information Technology (ACIT) in Oman from 21 to 23 December 2021, to present her graduation project. Her project was titled “DiscimusRW: An E-Learning Web Application for Classifying Random Walks with Machine Learning”. Afrah developed a web-based online system based […]

Webinar: Environmental research leading to conservation and sustainability in Palestine

The Dean of Research and the Research Council held a webinar titled, “Environmental research leading to conservation and sustainability in Palestine,” Thursday, December 16, 2021. Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh and Mr. Elias Handal, from the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability, provided an overview of the research activities, educational programs, and other outreach plans they have […]

First Conference on Biodiversity and Human Diversity in Palestine

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University (PIBS-BU) held the “First Palestinian Conference on Biodiversity and Human Diversity in Palestine” on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.  This conference is one of the activities of the “Unity Diversity in Nature and Society” project, funded by the European Union Peacebuilding Initiative (EUPI), and implemented in […]

Bethlehem University and Environmental Quality Authority Conclude National Report on Biodiversity

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) – Bethlehem University, in partnership with the Environmental Quality Authority (EQA), held a workshop to conclude the activities of the Sixth National Report on Biodiversity on Monday, 9 November 2021. The workshop also aimed to launch activities to update and prepare the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action […]

Honoring Best Software Engineering Graduation Project

The Department of Software Engineering at Bethlehem University held an honoring event on Friday, 9 July 2021, to honor the best graduation project for the class of 2021. Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr. Michel Hanania, Department of Software Engineering Chairperson, Dr. Suhail Odeh, Department’s faculty members, and students attended the event. Dr. Hanania […]

Grand Opening of the Biodiversity Center

The Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University organized an opening ceremony for the recently established Biodiversity Center on Monday, 21 June 2021, within the Unity and Diversity in Nature and Society project funded by the European Union. Project Manager, Linda Majaj, welcomed the guests and gave introductory remarks. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray […]

Software Engineering Students Present Graduation Projects

The First Cohort of the Software Engineering students, a total of 25 students who will graduate in Spring 2021, from the Faculty of Science at Bethlehem University presented their graduation projects on Tuesday, 25 May 2021, in the Auditorium. The event was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Ishaq Sider, Palestinian Minister of […]

Students Qualify to the Arab Collegiate Programming Contest

Bethlehem University team Runtime Error qualified to participate in the 2021 ACM Arab Collegiate Programming Contest (ACPC) which will be held in Luxor City, Egypt from 19-23 March 2021. Over 120 teams will participate from over 12 Arab countries. The team consisted of three Software Engineering program students who were Danial Sleibi, Khader Ballout, and […]

Professor Qumsiyeh Donates Award Money to PIBS, Bethlehem University

Prof. Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, Director of the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) and the Palestine Museum of Natural History at Bethlehem University received the prestigious “2020 Paul K. Feyerabend Award – A World of Solidarity is Possible.” Prof. Qumsiyeh said he accepted the award on behalf of the team at the Palestine Institute […]

Training of Science Teachers Held on Campus

Three faculty members at the Faculty of Science gave 30 primary school teachers a training entitled “Improving Science Education in Primary Schools of Palestine – Second Phase” for four consecutive days last month in the Faculty of Science labs. Chairperson of the Biology Department Dr. Ghassan Handal, Lab Assistant at the Chemistry Department Mr. Tanas […]

BU Hosts the IX Palestinian International Chemistry Conference

Bethlehem University hosted the Ninth Palestinian International Chemistry Conference on 1-2 November 2019. The conference was organized by the Palestinian Chemical Society in coordination with Palestine Academy for Science and Technology and Bethlehem University, During the opening session, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Chair of the Conference Dr. Michael Hanania welcomed the attendees […]

Second Annual Workshop on Software Engineering

The Department of Software Engineering at Bethlehem University held its second annual workshop on Software Engineering on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at Furno Hall. Information technology professionals and software engineers from the private sector attended the workshop in addition to members of faculty, staff and students. The workshop was sponsored by PALAst, ProGineer Technologies, iconnect […]

Cultural Heritage Protection Project Launched at the Palestine Museum of Natural History

The Palestine Museum of Natural History – Bethlehem University held a launching event for the “Building the Capacity to Protect the Palestinian Land and Heritage through Museology and Ecotourism” Project on Tuesday, 27 November 2018. The project is funded by the British Council through the Cultural Protection Fund and is implemented by the Museum in […]

Bethlehem University Students Featured on the Front Cover of Scientific Magazine

Four Bethlehem University students were featured on the front cover of the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Spring-Summer 2018 magazine. ICTP is one of the prominent scientific centers in Italy. The students, who run a science outreach program in the West Bank called Science4People, illustrated physics through simple experiments that can be done with […]

Korean Delegation on Campus for a Visit

The Korean Representative to Palestine, H.E. Young-sam Choi, and a delegation from the Representative’s Office visited Bethlehem University on Monday, 21 May 2018. Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor, Brother Denis Loft, Vice President for Advancement, Dr. Irene Hazou, Academic Vice President, and Dr. Mazin Qumsieh, Director of Palestine Museum of Natural History, welcomed the delegation […]

Faculty of Science Holds Science Fair

The Faculty of Science held its two days science fair on Friday and Saturday 20-21 April 2018. Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, representatives of the Bethlehem office of the Ministry of Education, faculty, staff, and students attended the opening ceremony. Dr. Michel Hanania, Dean of the Faculty of Science, welcomed the audience […]