2019 international Forum on Innovations in The Food, Land, Energy, and Water Systems in Asia


Date: May 22-25,  2019

Venue: Jiangsu Conference  Center, Nanjing, China

Emerging Issues and  Priorities in Asia

The unique dynamic variability of  the monsoon climate and a broad range of geophysical settings, interwoven with a  diverse social culture, densely populated communities and disparate economies,  makes Asia an ideal test bed to solve broad challenges for resource management  in the 21st century.  Its ecological and social systems are diverse and complex,  and they have become deeply intertwined over the millennia.   They impact  billions of people, and they are vulnerable. Asia’s population, too, is growing  rapidly, and millions of people are aggregating in large urban centers.  These  demographic trends impose new burdens at the nexus of food, land, energy and  water (FLEW), and the underlying natural resource base—a base that is already  under strain.

A surge in extreme climate events  exacerbates this situation.  Recent changes in the frequency, duration,  magnitude, and spatial extent of these events carry profound implications for  what is arguably the world’s most complex mosaic of social and ecological  systems.  The grand challenge is unmistakable: we must secure water, energy,  food and land for Asia, even as the forces of change play out over the coming  decades.  This will require a broad, systems approach that is regional rather  than constrained by national borders, that is integrative across the nexus  rather than narrow and issue-specific, and that deals realistically with the  impact of climate.

A significant step in achieving  these goals was taken in November of 2017 when the NAU-MSU Asia Hub was  established as a joint initiative of Nanjing Agricultural University, Michigan  State University and a select group of partner institutions in Southeast Asia.   The mission of the Asia Hub is to generate knowledge that leads to solutions to  real world problems, especially those that threaten to disrupt the  sustainability and resilience of Asia’s ecosystems.

The NAU-MSU Asia Hub Network  creates opportunities for the best researchers from Nanjing Agricultural  University, Michigan State University, and regional partner institutions to work  together on cool science that matters.  Our priority is FLEW—not as separate  issues but as key components of a complex and dynamic system that is fundamental  to everyone on the planet and that must be sustained.   FLEW integrates  biophysical factors such as soils and land with economic and social structures  that drive decision making in the real world.   The Asia Hub Network creates a  “space” for a variety of disciplinary and global perspectives to intermingle and  coalesce into novel concepts and ideas.  That’s the cool science.  But the  Network also tethers these ideas to real world problems in interesting places.   That’s the part that matters.

Meeting  Objectives

1. Learn about the latest challenges  and funding priorities for FLEW in Asia.

2. Review innovative approaches and  discoveries from the 16 projects that were funded previously.

3. Discuss top research priorities  for the future of the Asia Hub

4. Develop a priority FLEW research  agenda for Asia

5. To develop a framework to link  FLEW Science to Policy

Preliminary Meeting  Agenda

May 22, arrival and  registration

May 23,  morning

Opening Ceremony(Introduction of partners, signing  of Memoranda of Understanding;Announcement of a new Nexus  journal, and photos) and Keynote Speeches

May 23,  afternoon:Research  Priorities

Keynote Speeches from MAIRS-FE and NEXUS KAN;

Research capacity and priorities  of regional partners: Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia;

May 24, morning: Asia Hub  Initiatives and Progress

Status of the NAU-MSU Asia Hub  Network and vision for the future;

Status reports of ongoing projects  I.

Status reports of ongoing projects  II.

May 24,  afternoon

Panel I. FLEW research needs and  priorities in Asia.

Panel II. What we have learned and  where we are going

May 25, Post Meeting  Workshop (with regional partners) by invitation only

Morning: Introduction, projects  updates, future activities

Afternoon: Proposal development  and joint publications

Hotel  Reservation

Name: Jiangsu Conference Center  (江苏省会议中心钟山宾馆)

Address: NO.307 East Zhongshan Road,  Nanjing 21006, China

Tel: 400-8800307,86(25)84818888

Single/Double room: 440 RMB per  night.

If you need to make a reservation,  please write your request on the registration form.


Register Online:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HV3JB8N

Or Email your registration  information which includes “Name,  Title, Institution, Email Address, and Hotel Reservation  Request”to xiumincai@njau.edu.cn


Asia Hub Initiative,Nanjing Agricultural  UniversityMichigan State  UniversityMAIRS-FEFuture Earth NEXUS  KANFuture Earth GLP-North America Nodal  Office

Meeting Website and  Contacts


NAU: Ms. Xiumin Cai  (xiumincai@njau.edu.cn)

MSU: Prof. Steve Pueppke (pueppke@msu.edu)

Asia Hub and NEXUS KAN:  Prof. Jiaguo Qi (qi@msu.edu)

MAIRS-FE: Dr. Wei Wan  (wei.wan@pku.edu.cn)