As human population growth and climate variability alters ecosystems worldwide, societal demands for food, energy and water (FEW) continue to intensify, bringing the intersections of FEW resources into sharper focus. Solutions that ease cross-sectoral tensions and alleviate pressure on food, energy, and water resources will inevitably involve deep collaboration among multiple disciplines and institutions.   The Tri-State NEXUS Conference was conceived to initiate and foster these collaborative links between researchers and stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest.  Held in Hermiston, Oregon, this meeting will highlight some of the food, energy water nexus work that is in progress across the region, and will facilitate the discussion of regional and national issues that will rise in importance over the next decade.  Five Key FEW problems will be identified, and breakout sessions dedicated to each topic will be used to formulate a research agenda to address each.

  • Pre-registration is required to attend
  • Registration will be limited to 50 participants
  • There is no registration fee

Included in registration:

Day 1 – Monday, September 11, 2017

  • Breaks, dinner and one nights lodging (in Hermiston)

Day 2 – Tuesday, September 12, 2017

  • Breaks, lunch

Two weeks prior to the conference you will receive notification of your lodging reservation confirmation (if requested).

*Registration is available through our online registration portal. Please note that you will be prompted to set up a new account before the conference registration options are presented.

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Agenda Overview:

Day 1 – Monday, September 11, 2017

Time Activity
1:00pm Welcome, Introductions, Charge for the workshop – 5 min briefs from the 3 VPRs or their reps
1:45pm Plenary 1: 5 min pop-up talks from participants. What is the FEW problem of greatest regional importance?
2:15pm Breakout 1: Develop compelling vision to address FEW system
3:00pm Afternoon break
3:40pm Breakout 1: identification of missing expertise
4:30pm Plenary 2: Report back on development of vision and missing expertise
5:00pm End
6:00pm Group dinner

Day 2 – Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time Activity
8:30am Plenary 3: Overview of funding programs – NSF INFEWS, DoE Water – Energy Nexus; USDA Food – Water …
9:15am Breakout 2: random reassignment to new breakout topics, discuss missing expertise, research approaches
10:30am Morning break
10:50am Breakout 2: Reconvene original groups – Identify funding program, revisit vision, develop research questions
12:00pm Group Lunch
12:45pm Plenary 3: Report back on morning breakouts; FEW methodologies, methods and objectives
1:45pm Breakout 3: Develop study approach and methods
3:00pm Plenary 4: Report back on afternoon
3:40pm Break
3:50pm Plenary 5: Challenges and possible solutions for FEW proposals and projects; Where to next
4:30pm Close