About the Nexus
The EnergyWaterFoodNexus is a new science enterprise launched at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University through a global public-private partnership that seeks to provide sustainable and innovative solutions for energy, water and food security. The nexus approach is based on the premise that an action in one sector impacts the other. Therefore, the search for solutions must simultaneously investigate all three elements in a new science enterprise.
The inaugural International Summit in 2015 connected participants with a growing global network of public and private sector industry thought leaders, innovators, policymakers, corporations, next-generation scholars, researchers and other stakeholders working in the energy, water and food sectors. Unconventional “Idea Hacks” held during the Summit allowed participants from diverse perspectives and disciplines to work together to tackle complex issues surrounding energy, water and food production.
Our Vision. To create a new science enterprise (i.e. the EnergyWaterFoodNexus) that provides sustainable, innovative and practical solutions across the energy, water and food sectors.
Our Mission. To build an international hub at Florida A&M University housing active research and innovation for Universities, research institutions, government agencies, corporations, and organizations taking the lead in resolving energy, water and food crises globally. We seek to grow renewable energy production, increase access to safe drinking water, promote sustainable farming practices, and conserve natural resources through research, partnerships, and the commercialization of new technologies.
- Forge strategic partnerships with key stakeholders to realize our mission.
- Create an Idea-to-Commercialization pipeline for new innovations and technologies in energy, water and food with the help of government agencies and private industry.
- Establish an International Scholar-in-Residence program that promotes global engagement in resolving energy, water and food issues through the training of the next generation of scientists, innovators and policy-makers.
- Create an international peer-reviewed journal in EnergyWaterFoodNexus.
The 2017 International Summit
The 2017 International Summit will be held in Orlando, Florida from October 19th -20th at the DoubleTree Orlando Airport Hotel. The summit will continue to connect participants, growing the global network of public and private sector industry stakeholders working in the energy, water and food sectors. The focus of this summit will be Global Access to Safe Water. Access to safe drinking water remains one of the biggest challenges facing the global community. The United Nations’ sustainable development efforts estimate that more than 1.5 billion people lack safe drinking water and over 2.5 billion lack access to adequate sanitation. This problem is not restricted to developing countries of the world; it is also a rural America problem as in Flint, Michigan, and as in many other rural communities in America that still depend on unregulated private wells and contaminated surface water for their water needs.
- Learn about emerging innovations in energy, water and food fields and interact with the people leading them on local, regional, state, national and global levels
- Connect with a growing global network of public and private sector industry thought leaders, innovators, policymakers, corporations, next-generation scholars, researchers, and other stakeholders working in the energy, water and food sectors
- Engage in problem-solving sessions to identify solutions for global energy, water and food security
- Influence, mentor and recruit students and scholars studying and researching long-term solutions at the regional and international levels
- Accelerate technology transfer, commercializing and deployment of energy, water, and food innovations
New Science Enterprise
This track will highlight research within and across disciplines focusing on existing and emerging knowledge about energy, water and food production. The nexus approach is based on the premise that an action in one sector impacts the other. Therefore, presentations and panel discussions in this track will promote consideration of interrelationships and synergies, with an emphasis upon solutions-focused research, and inclusion of international approaches. Sessions featured under this track include:
- Regional Trends in EWFN Science and Research Enterprise
- Integrating EWFN Systems Workshop
- Advancing EWFN Data Networks
- Systems Solutions: Reducing Food Waste
This track will highlight innovative solutions to advancing efficiencies and sustainability in meeting energy, water and agricultural needs. Sessions will feature presentations from business, industry, or social entrepreneurs who are applying technology-based applications and innovative processes to address nexus challenges. Sessions featured under this track include:
- Computational Modelling and Cyberinfrastructure in EWFN
- EWFN Integrated Market and Business Solutions
- Infrastructure Solutions for a Changing Environment Workshop
- EWFN Climate Change Impacts
Science Based Policy & Decision Making
This track will address the role governments and organizations can play in advancing nexus-informed solutions through policy and programmatic support, as well as challenges faced in introducing new standard policies and practices. Sessions featured under this track include:
- Enabling EWFN Workforce Development and Student Training
- Developing EWFN Policy
- Mobilizing Communities in EWFN Policies
- Connecting Global Communities Workshop
Global Access to Safe Water
This track will seek to maximize collective efforts in ensuring that rural communities around the world have access to secured safe drinking water. Some of the major outcomes of this initiative will be the creation of a database of rural communities that lack access to safe water, which when completed, will serve as a resource template for assessing safe water needs in rural communities; educational and research programs that train new generation of scholars that are capable of providing solutions in their local communities and beyond; and community engagement programs that empower local communities to take action. Sessions featured under this track include:
- Safe Water and Health Workshop
- Impacts of Climate Change on Water Quality and Availability
- Innovations in Water Re-Use
- Advancing Water Innovation Solutions