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​- TAMU-Q delegates discuss future collaborations with WEFRAH team 

The WEFRAH community me​t with Professor Stratos Pistikopoulos, Director of the Texas A&M University Energy Institute and a delegation from Texas A&M University in Qatar (TAMU-Q) during their respective visits to AUB in October to discuss future projects, as well as future joint projects to bring the initiative even further. Read More​​​

- FAFS at the Water Future Conference: Towards a Sustainable Water Future- Bengaluru, India Q&A on the WEF nexus

FAFS presence was exceptional at the Water Future conference 'Towards a Sustainable Water Future' held in Bengaluru, India (September 25). De​​an Mohtar organized a special session on bridging social and physical sciences to address interconnected water, energy, and food (WRF) security challenges: Innovatively addressing WEF challenges​. The session was followed by a Q&A session. Read More

- Research Day at AREC

​FAFS faculty, staff and students from Department of Agriculture, the WEFRAH research group,  the UNIFERT global community (sister countries from Jordan, Syria and Iran), dealers and big farmers, and other guests showcased their final projects in an exceptional FAFS research and UNIFERT open field day (July 31). WEFRAH principle investigators (PIs) toured AREC facilities to check their research space needs, with an eye toward launching the set-up of their newly funded WEFRAH projects at AREC. Read More

​- WEFRAH ‘Re-design Thinking’ workshop

The inaugural cohort of WEFRAH Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs (those invited to submit full proposals for W​EFRAH internal seed funding) participated in a Re-Design Thinking workshop at College Hall on June 15. ​Read More​​

- WEFRAH Updates | April

The inaugural cohort of WEFRAH researchers and their clusters/projects were approved for funding, provided by the Office of the Provost, Executive Vice President (EVP) for Medicine and Global Strategy​, and the deans. The cohort included professors from all different AUB faculties, staff from IT and Physical Plant Department (PPD), as well as researchers from the private and public sectors. Read More​​​​

- FAFS and TAMU Webinar: STOTEN Special Issue on the WEF Nexus

AUB-FAFS and Texas A&M University (TAMU) hosted a webinar on November 27, 2018, to present the findings of the "San Antonio Case Studies of the Texas A&M WEF Nexus Initiative," published in a Special Issue of Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN):  Opportunities in the Wa​ter-EnergyFood Nexus Approach: Innovatively driving economic development, social well-being, and environmental sustainability. To read the full article, click here​.


- ​Nexus Interview | Bassel Daher of Texas A&M University’s Water-Energy-Food Research Group

​In this interview, the Nexus Resource Platform speaks with Bassel Daher of Texas A&M University’s Water-Energy-Food Research Group about the article ‘Developing Socio-Techno-Economic-Political (STEP) Solutions for Addressing Resource Nexus Hotspots’ published in 'Sustainability' in February 2018.​ To read the full interview, click here.

​- 8th World Water Forum, Brasilia 2018

FAFS participated in the 8th World Water Forum, the world's largest water-related event that took place on March 18 -23 in Brasilia. The event was organized by the World Water Council (WWC) and included global leaders in water policy, science, and planning. Dean Rabi Mohtar offered a keynote presentation on the topic of ‘Bridging Science and Policy’, and co-organized and participated in several sessions including “Multi-stakeholder Dialogue: Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus and SDGs Implementation”, which focused on policy coherence in implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by providing stakeholders beyond the water sector the opportunity to engage in dialogue and address topics that cut across the multiple themes of the Brasilia forum and addressing: water for energy, water for food, governance, financing, and communication. He also was a keynote speaker in two sessions “Sustainability Challenges need integrated solution: is water, energy, and food the answer?”, “Water Energy Food Nexus and Sustainable Development Goals” as well as a high Level Panel that addressed “Water related SDGs in crises prone regions: turning reconstruction into sustainable development”. For more information and pictures, click here​.​

- FAFS at the American association for the Advancement of Science

Dean Rabi Mohtar participated in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)’s Annual Meeting on February 2018, Austin, Texas, under the theme “Science Transcending Boundaries”, where he presented an overview of the system-of-systems Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus. He emphasized that communities can change behaviors to address complex challenges within the WEF Nexus using dialogue that grows out of the data and analytics of the WEF systems. Dr. Mohtar also presented tools for sustainable energy production, and concluded with insights on nexus applications that can be generalized across thematic and regional applications in the near future. For more information, click​ here.​