Food-Energy-Water Nexus

December 5-6, 2019
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How do we provide and maintain the food, energy and water supplies in urban environments as the population continues to increase? Obstacles and initiatives are the focus of this conference, and attendees will leave with new ideas and new collaborators to focus on this imminent issue.

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NSF’s support may be available to students/post docs who submit an abstract. Women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply here.


Call for Abstracts

Abstract Deadline: rolling deadline

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Submit your abstract to these and other related topics. Submissions are sought for oral, poster, and rapid fire presentations.

  • Impact of Climate Change on the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus
  • FEW Nexus Data and the Data Science Community
  • Policy for the Resilience of FEW Impacts
  • Innovative Solutions
  • Transforming Urban Infrastructure to Support Food Scarcity
  • Forecasting Energy Needs for Increasing Populations
  • Hydrofracking and Its Impacts on the FEW Nexus
  • Food Waste as an Energy Source in Urban Environments

RAPID Workshop

  • RAPID will hold a problem-discovery brainstorming session at the Conference to identify the role that modularization and distributed manufacturing will play in the context of Food Energy Water nexus. The session will include a presentation by the RAPID CEO, Bill Grieco, providing an overview of the RAPID manufacturing institute and the institute’s roadmap, as well as projects underway that have relevance to the food-energy-water nexus. This will be followed by small-group breakouts where participants will brainstorm how modular technologies could enable the use of stranded resources as well as waste recovery. There will be plenty of time to ask questions about RAPID and to provide your perspective on where modular and chemical process intensification could have significant impact. RAPID is the Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing. Learn more >>



  • Chair: David Nadler (New York Institute of Technology)
  • Co-Chair: Ziqian Cecilia Dong (New York Institute of Technology) 

Steering Committee

  • Benson Pair, KBR
  • Serpil Guran, Rutgers University
  • Dale Keairns, Deloitte Consulting
  • Debalina Sengupta, Texas A&M Energy Institute/ TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center
  • Jack Starr, Cargill
  • Additional members to be confirmed shortly

Important Dates

  • Call for Abstracts: rolling deadline
  • Abstract Acceptance Notifications from September 26
  • Early Bird Ends November 5
  • Conference Dates December 5-6