A recent award from the US National Science Foundation to faculty and scientists at the University of Tennessee (UT) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will support the development of a Research Coordination Network (RCN), designed to identify transdisciplinary research opportunities for scientists in the US and China focusing on the nexus of food, energy and water systems (FEWS). This grant, termed “Food-Energy-Water Systems Transdisciplinary Environmental Research Network (FEWSTERN),” will partner with three NSF-China awards to three teams of Chinese institutions, led by Nanjing University, South China University of Science and Technology, and Remin University of China, respectively, to develop research priorities transcending US and Chinese grand challenges.
The effort will be directed by Frank Löffler, a UT-ORNL Governor's Chair Professor for UT's Departments of Microbiology and Civil and Environmental Engineering and ORNL's Biosciences Division with an adjunct appointment in the UTIA Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science.
NSF has just posted a US–China FEW research funding opportunity in partnership with NSFC. Please let your collaborators know. Deadline for submission is October 20, 2017.
Read the article on the new FEWS project on UTIA's News and Announcements page.
The 2017 FEWSTERN Research Challenge Meeting will be held December 7-9, 2017 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, Franklin, TN USA. You can use the links below for quick access to meeting information:
- Draft Agenda - this draft agenda is a "work in progress" and is subject to change. For a detailed discussion of the goals of this meeting and the breakout topics, see Meeting Information.
- Registration Information - The deadline for reservations is October 31, 2017
- Hotel Reservations - The room block closes on November 15, 2017
- Information Flyer