Institutes of Energy and the Environment to hold food-energy-water workshop

August 09, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Institutes of Energy and the Environment has announced a food-energy-water (FEW) workshop. The purpose of the event is to build a community of practice around the Food-Energy-Water Nexus, where the sectors of food, energy and water connect. These sectors are inextricably linked so that actions in one area more often than not have impacts in one or both of the others.

The workshop will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, in 321 HUB-Robeson Center. It is free and open to researchers interested in FEW. Visit to register.

Researchers who are interested but cannot attend, should still register and check the "Unable to Attend" box. These names will be added to the Penn State FEW community.

"Penn State has world-class expertise in food, energy and water issues but not enough opportunities to make connections across disciplines," said Tom Richard, director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment. "These FEW sectors provide the foundation for human society, here in the U.S. and around the globe. In the coming decades, this nexus will face many challenges that require research, education and outreach. Meeting these challenges will call for effective interdisciplinary teams."

In addition to Richard, the workshop will feature Rachel Brennan, Robert Crane and Mike Jacobson. They will discuss what FEW is, why FEW is important at Penn State and the Africa nexus initiative. In addition, participants will be able to share their research interests and network with other Penn State researchers.

Last Updated August 22, 2018