NSF Food, Energy and Water Workshops

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is proposing a new program called Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS) to fund fundamental research about these connections. This is a unique opportunity for the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) to engage with NSF to recommend research-funding priorities that could advance our research needs and Science Frontiers.

NSF is funding a series of workshops to stimulate debate, discussion, visioning and collaboration across research communities, and enable a higher appreciation, visualization and understanding of food systems and their couplings to energy and water systems. The workshops will facilitate and enable interdisciplinary partnerships among natural science, physical science, social science, computing and engineering researchers and develop innovative, interdisciplinary research approaches to understanding the FEW system. Workshop projects would culminate in deliverable white papers that define scientific, engineering and data challenges in understanding the FEW system. 

See table below for list of funded workshops.  If you are interested in attending or participating, contact the workshop organizer. 


FEW Workshops
  Title PI PI institution Confirmed Dates Workshop Location Links
1 FEW NSF Workshop: Closing the Human Phosphorus Cycle Platz U Hawaii Hilo Jun 8 - 9, 2015 Arlington Abstract
2 FEW: Developing Intelligent Food, Energy,and Water Systems (DIFEWS) Potts, Matthew D. University of California-Berkeley Sept 28-29, 2015 UC Berkeley Abstract
3 FEW Workshop: "Scaling Up" Urban Agriculture to Mitigate Food-Energy-Water Impacts Newell, Joshua University of Michigan Ann Arbor Oct 5-7, 2015 Univeristy of Michigan, Michigan League Abstract
4 FEW: A Workshop to Identify Interdisciplinary Data Science Approaches and Challenges to Enhance Understanding of Interactions of Food Systems and Water Systems Shekhar, Shashi UMN Oct. 5-6, 2015 Washington DC or MN Abstract
5 FEW: Food-Energy-Water Nexus Workshop to Develop System Approaches and Sustainability Metrics for Evaluation Schuster, Darlene S American Institute of Chemical Engineers Oct. 7-9, 2015 Washington, DC Abstract
6 FEW: Coupling Economic Models with Agronomic, Hydrologic, and Bioenergy Models for Sustainable Food, Energy, and Water Systems Catherine Kling Iowa State University Oct 11-12, 2015 Iowa State University; Ames, Iowa Abstract
7 FEW: Food-Energy-Water infrastructure systems, engineering solutions and institutions John L Sabo Arizona State University Oct 13 - 15, 2015 ASU Campus Abstract
8 FEW: Workshop to Identify Opportunities and Challenges for Nanotechnology to Optimize and Unify Food, Energy and Water Systems Lowry, Gregory V. Carnegie-Mellon University Oct 19-20, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA Abstract
9 FEW: A sustainable rural framework workshop for the upper Great Plains. Stone, James J South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Oct 19 - 20, 2015 SDSM&T in Rapid City, SD Abstract
10 FEW Workshop - Planned Migration as a Strategy to Sustain Agricultural Production McNider, Richard  (1049050 NIFA) University of Alabama in Huntsville Oct 21-23, 2015 NCAR, Boulder Abstract
11 Few Workshop: Food, Energy, and Water Nexus in Sustainable Cities Assaf-Anid, Nada M New York Institute of Technology Oct 20-21, 2015 Beijing, China Abstract
12 FEW: Conference on Environmental Change, Migration, and the Resilience of Regional Food, Water, and Energy Systems Elena Irwin Ohio State U Nov 4-5, 2015 Ohio State Univ. Abstract
13 FEW Workshop: Water- and Energy-efficient Food Production: Solutions for America’s Bread Basket Rezac, Mary E. Kansas State University (EPSCoR) Nov 19-20, 2015  Manhattan, Kansas; Governor’s Conference Nov. 18 - 19 Abstract
14 FEW: Development and Application of Analytical Tools in Support of Food-Energy-Water Nexus Planning Miralles-Wilhelm, Fernando R University of Maryland College Park Oct. 27-28, 2015 Washington DC Abstract
15 FEW: Towards Food, Energy and Water Security in California under Changing Conditions: the Nexus Perspective Gebremichael, Mekonnen University of California-Los Angeles Dec 2-4, 2015 UCLA, Los Angeles, California Abstract
16 FEW: Technology and Information Fusion Needs to Address the Food, Energy, Water Systems (FEWS) Nexus Challenges Ebert, David Purdue   Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa Abstract
17 FEW: River FEWs: Workshop to explore the nexus between food, energy and water in a large international river system Holtgrieve, G.W. University of Washington   U. Washington, Seattle Abstract


ASA, in conjunction with Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of American (SSSA)  is calling for white papers to help inform the NSF as they develop the research priorities for INFEWS.  Tell NSF your research funding needs.