Water for Food

Water for Food Institute and Rural Futures Institute to host ‘Transdisciplinary Conversations’





Feb. 9, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. – Innovation often starts with a conversation. Too often we find ourselves working toward the same goals, but without the benefit of learning from others and pooling our resources for success. The University of Nebraska’s Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and Rural Futures Institute are partnering to offer a series of events designed to spur new directions in transdisciplinary research and collaboration.

Transdisciplinary Conversations brings together faculty, staff and students with a variety of backgrounds and expertise, along with their colleagues in the private and nonprofit sectors, who share an interest in finding ways to help feed our growing world with less stress on water resources. The events aim to provide a forum for scientists, students, extension educators, business leaders, policymakers, farmers and others to gather informally and make cross-disciplinary connections they might not otherwise.

“In order to tackle some of our world’s biggest problems, interdisciplinary collaboration is needed,” said Christopher Neale, director of research at the Water for Food Institute. “The more we take time to come out of our silos and work with others, the more proficient we will become in developing creative and lasting solutions.”

The first Transdisciplinary Conversations event is Feb. 18 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center, 2021 Transformation Dr. Light food and drinks will be served. It is open to the public; however, space is limited. Advance registration is required. To attend, RSVP at http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/event.php?eventID=1429.

A brief talk will be given by Nick Brozovic, director of policy for the Water for Food Institute. Brozovic will share his experience building transdisciplinary collaborations on water management projects that include faculty and students from the social and biophysical sciences together with stakeholders from the private and governmental sectors. His informal presentation will focus on challenges to building research teams to improve understanding of interactions between groundwater pumping and related streamflow impacts.

Other upcoming events in the series will be:

  • March 16, 5-6:30 p.m., at the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, 6001 Dodge St.
  • April 22, 4:30-6 p.m., at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Morrill Hall, 645 N. 14th St.


The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska was founded in 2010 to address the global challenge of achieving food security with less pressure on water resources through improved management of water in agricultural and food systems. We are committed to ensuring a water and food secure world without compromising the use of water for other human and environmental needs. Learn more at http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/.

Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, the Rural Futures Institute mobilizes the diverse resources of the University of Nebraska and its partners to support rural communities and regions in building upon their unique strengths and assets to achieve their desired futures. Learn more at http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/.

The University of Nebraska has invested in four interdisciplinary, University-wide institutes—including the Water for Food Institute and Rural Futures Institute—that leverage talent and research-based expertise from across the University of Nebraska system to focus on complex state, national and global challenges.

Writer: Dana Ludvik, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska

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