The conference will take place at the BGU campus in Midreshet Sde-Boker, at the edge of the Ein Avdat national park, with its unique desert views and magnificent panorama of the Zin valley, one of the largest canyons in Israel's southern Negev desert.

Nearby is the ancient Nabatean Avdat fortress, which in early Roman times controlled the Incense and Spice Route, stretching from southern Arabia and the Indian Ocean, through the Nabatean capital Petra, to the meditarean. In 2005 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Sde-Boker is the burial site of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who lived after his retirement in the nearby Kibbutz of Sde-Boker. It is also the home of Ben-Gurion University's Blaustein Institutes of Desert Research.