On April 16 and 17 2015, a select group of representatives from academia,
government and industry convened at the University of Arizona for a workshop to identify the top scientific questions that address the pressing global need to secure the availability of energy, water and food for future generations. The workshop was the first of several discussions to foster collaborations and establish an interdisciplinary broad-based approach to address the scientific and engineering challenges in energy, water, and food systems that impact society.
Transformative changes in our production of secure and sustainable energy, food, and water sources, and in the efficient use of energy, are among the most significant challenges of the 21st Century. As energy demands, food scarcity, and climate variability increase, creating reliable and resilient energy delivery systems, food production systems, and water supplies, sufficient to sustain and enhance our society, are of paramount importance, especially in regions like Arizona and the Southwestern US.
We seek to examine scientific and engineering challenges related to these issues to enhance our impact in Sustainable Energy Systems, new approaches to Energy-Efficient Water Re-use and Purification, Regional Food Production Systems, and an understanding of the societal and economic impact of these developments.