19 January 2016 - 21 January 2016
Washington DC, USA

The Food-Energy-Water Nexus

IIASA researchers will take part in the 16th conference and global forum on science, policy, and the environment, organized by the US National Council for Science and the Environment. 

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The Food-Energy-Water Nexus conference will bring together innovative thinkers in science, technology, policy, governance, business, education and civil society will gather to work across traditional boundaries and address big questions such as:

  1. How will we feed the 9.6 billion people expected to be alive in 2050 while also meeting their needs for water and energy and improving the environment?
  2. What are the opportunities to improve water and energy efficiency and reduce food waste such that every improvement in one area yields gains in all areas?
  3. What are the strategies for resilience in the face of increased climate variability and other environmental changes?
  4. How do we unleash scientific talent, technological advances, human ingenuity and entrepreneurialism, with wise public policy to meet essential human needs and restore the earth’s environment, both regionally and globally?

IIASA Deputy Director General Nebojsa Nakicenovic will give a plenary talk at the conference, and researchers from several IIASA research programs will participate in sessions highlighting cross-cutting research. 

More information: The Food-Energy-Water Nexus Conference

IIASA Participation

19 January: 09:40
Plenary 1: “Megatrends” and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

IIASA Deputy Director General will speak in the opening plenary session. 

19 January: 13:30
Symposium-A5 Metrics for Food-Energy-Water Projects

IIASA researchers Brian Fath and David Wiberg will take part in this session, focused on metrics for measuring the effectiveness of innovations, technologies, business models, and policies. 

19 January: 15:15
S-B4 Innovations in Modeling and Big Data

IIASA researcher Nils Johnson will speak in this session focused on the data and models that describe and project the criticality of the FEW nexus.

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Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Emeritus Research Scholar

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

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Brian Fath

Senior Research Scholar

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