On 23-24 October 2017, Oregon State University, Washington State University, and University of Idaho will convene a second workshop to catalyze tri-state research on food-energy-water (FEW) systems. As population grows and climate change alters ecosystems worldwide, societal demands for agricultural, energy and water resources continue to intensify and the couplings among FEW resources come into sharper focus. Solutions that ease cross-sectoral tensions and alleviate pressure on FEW resources will inevitably involve deep collaboration among multiple disciplines and institutions.

The Vice Presidents for Research at WSU, UI, and OSU together are seeking interdisciplinary teams poised to address FEW research challenges, representing UI, WSU, OSU, Idaho National Lab, and Pacific Northwest National Lab.

The Tri-State FEW Workshop is envisioned to be an interactive and intensive gathering of 4-6 distinct, multi-institutional research teams who use the face-to-face time with colleagues for actively developing funding strategies (e.g. grant proposals) and program building. The 4-6 individual teams will work together on their focused research plans, with multiple opportunities to interact across teams as well, in order to maximize complementarity among research groups.

Participants were accepted based on a proposal:
Researchers submitted a 1-page proposal for convening a multi-institutional team to gather at the Tri-State FEW Workshop. Successful proposals will present:
1) a compelling vision for interdisciplinary FEW research;
2) specific funding targets (e.g. National Science Foundation INFEWS program, DOE Energy-Water, USDA NIFA Water for Agriculture);
3) a multi-institutional team with confirmed participation by key individuals, and;
4) a tractable timeline for achieving research goals, including the manner in which the workshop will further the goals.
For teams / attendees who attended the Couer d’Alene FEW Workshop in April 2017 please provide a statement describing progress on the proposal since the April workshop. The Lead Principal Investigator(s) should append a 2-page CV that includes his/her most relevant publications or other products in the past 5 years, and his/her most relevant funding in the past 5 years. Research teams must involve confirmed participants from more than one Tri-State institution, and are encouraged to be as inclusive as possible. Participants from other institutions also may be named.

Next Steps:

If your proposal was accepted you will be notified via email of next steps which include:

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

Included in registration:

Day 1 – Monday, October 23rd, 2017

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

Day 2 – Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

  • Breaks, lunch

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

*Registration is available if your proposal is accepted. A registration link will be sent vial email.

Agenda Overview:

Day 1 – Monday, October 23rd, 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, October 24th, 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