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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.

Important Links

orange bullet Read an article, "Lebanon welcomes Chinese visitors: Food-energy-water systems research network stops by," in the The Lebanon Democrat & Wilson County News (dated 12/14/2017) about the FEWSTERN Research Challenge Meeting's Saturday field trip to the Lebanon Gasification Plant.

orange bullet Join the FEWS Research Network by completing this fillable PDF form with your information.

orange bullet Read the article on the new FEWS project on UTIA's News and Announcements page.


orange bullet The Annual China-US Joint Symposium, "Advances in Critical Needs for the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems," was held October 24-28, 2018 in Yixing, Jiangsu Province, China, at the Yixing Bamboo International Convention Center.

orange bullet A successful 2017 FEWSTERN Research Challenge Meeting was held December 7-9, 2017 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, Franklin, TN USA. Take a look at the agenda with linked presentations