Water for Food

2014 Water for Food Global Conference call for side events

LINCOLN, Neb., June 25, 2014— The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) at the University of Nebraska is accepting proposals for side events at the 2014 Water for Food Global Conference: Harnessing the Data Revolution, Ensuring Water and Food Security from Field to Global Scales. The deadline to submit a proposal for review is Aug. 15.

The conference, hosted by DWFI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will bring together experts from around the world Oct. 19-22 in Seattle, Wash. to explore how the data revolution can help address the pressing need for global water and food security.

The institute welcomes side event proposals addressing this theme from organizations in academia, industry, government, non-profit sector and other areas. Event conveners determine the content; however, pertinent topics include, yield gaps and water productivity, data from field to global scales, innovations in data systems, data to better understand climate systems, and economic, policy and public health dimensions related to water for food.

Formats may include, but are not limited to, panels, workshops, open forums and more. Side events are 90 min. in length and will take place Oct. 19, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 22 from 3:30-5 p.m. Please note that event conveners must register for the conference.

Side events present an excellent opportunity to engage key stakeholders—sparking discussion, debate, and potential partnerships that will have an impact long after the conference is over. Collaboration with other organizations is encouraged in order to build partnerships and bring a range of perspectives to the conference.

For more information on hosting a side event, including how to submit a proposal, visit http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/wff2014/side-events. Contact Jesse Starita at jstarita@nebraska.edu or phone (402) 472-5317 for more information.

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