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Frontiers in Food-Energy-Water Systems

Frontiers in Food-Energy-Water Systems

Frontiers in Food-Energy-Water Systems

October 13-15, 2015

Arizona State University, Tempe

Organizers: John Sabo, Martin Doyle, Upmanu Lall, Pam Matson

Discussion moderators: John Sabo, Martin Doyle, Newsha Ajami

Discussion leads: Upmanu Lall, Tony Michaels, Michael Hanemann

Workshop Agenda

Monday, October 12

5:00-7:00 p.m. Mixer

La Bocca, Urban Pizzeria, 699 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

Tuesday, October 13

Great Hall, Armstrong Hall, Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, Arizona State University

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8:30 a.m. Plenary address

  • Guest speaker: Chris Holmes, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Global Water Coordinator, US Agency for International Development

The importance of water for health and food

chris-holmesWater is essential to health and food production. Currently, nearly 663 million people lack dependable access to clean water and about 2.4 billion lack access to modern sanitation, putting them at risk of water-related diseases, which can lead to malnutrition and even death. Food production is the largest consumer of water, and also represents the largest unknown factor of future water use as the world population continues to increase. Global population growth projections of two to three billion people over the next 40 years, combined with changing diets, are expected to increase food demand 70 percent by 2050. Our Water and Development Strategy steers USAID’s water programs toward key themes consistent with two of the most important ways we rely on water: water for health and water for food. It is our hope that improvements in WASH programs, and sound management and use of water for food security that is balanced with the need for water for drinking and other uses, will save lives and advance development.

9:30-11:30 a.m. Panel discussion I

FEW systems: Intersection between physically based models, graph theory and data science

  • Session moderators: John Sabo & Martin Doyle
  • Session lead: Upmanu Lall, Director Columbia Water Center
  • Panelist: Auroop Ganguly, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
  • Panelist: Yusoon Kim, College of Business, Oregon State University

11:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00-3:00 p.m. Panel discussion II

FEW technology: Nature inspired technology to enhance FEW system resilience & reliability

  • Session moderators: Martin Doyle & Newsha Ajami
  • Session lead: Tony Michaels, CEO, Midwestern BioAg, Managing Director, Proteus Environmental Technologies
  • Panelist: Giovanna Ghirlanda, School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University
  • Panelist: Manish Kumar, Department of Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

3:30-5:30 p.m. Panel discussion III

FEW institutions: Instruments for system transformation

  • Session moderators: Newsha Ajami & John Sabo
  • Session lead: Michael Hanemann, Director, Center for Environmental Economics and Sustainability Policy, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
  • Panelist: Caitlin Dyckman, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, Clemson University
  • Panelist: Sylvie Brouder, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
  • Panelist: Dalia Patino-Echeverri, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Wednesday, October 14

Cochise Room, Memorial Union Second Floor, Arizona State University

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8:30 a.m. Opening activity: Lightning round (led by moderators)

9:30-12:00 p.m. Working groups

Composition: Groups of 6-7, focused on a topic (systems, technology, institutions), from within the topic area field

  • Goal 1: To outline a discipline specific RFP for a program on the group topic area

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-3:00 p.m. Working group exchange

Exchange: Will resort working group composition to facilitate reporting, cross pollination of ideas and discovery of multi-disciplinary programs

  • Goal 1: To outline an interdisciplinary RFP for a program that builds on, but blends disciplinary discussions from the morning
  • Goal 2: To restructure the RFP as a position paper and identify a lead author

3:00-3:30 p.m. Break

3:30-4:00 p.m. Working group exchange

Regroup: Prepare oral summary statement of multidisciplinary program

4:00-5:30 p.m. Report back

Groups will summarize their RFP and idea for position paper

Thursday, October 15

Turquoise Room, Memorial Union, Arizona State University

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8:30-11:30 a.m. Synthesis & next steps

  • Goal 1: Synthesis. List, refine, merge and prioritize RFP concepts. Ultimately, these will go into white paper to be co-authored by all, and submitted to NSF (Sabo will lead this)
  • Goal 2: Identify a set of 1-4 topical papers that summarize research needs in FEW systems, appoint lead authors, define 100-word vision of paper, finalize outline and tasks for finishing paper.