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Transdisciplinary Workshops on How Urbanization Impacts the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Posted: 1/4/2017 (Conference)

The Belmont Forum, START, Future Earth, and regional partners seek applications to participate in a skill-building opportunity on conducting transdisciplinary (TD) research. The workshops will focus on advancing principles of co-design and co-production in the natural, social, and engineering sciences that address complex sustainability challenges associated with the Belmont Challenge ( These workshops seek to advance skill development in TD research, as well as increasing aptitude for developing proposals with strong TD elements, which is a cornerstone of all the Belmont Forum’s multi-year Collaborative Research Action (CRA), including the recently launched call on urbanization and the food-energy-water nexus ( Learning activities within each workshop will be organized around a regionally relevant case study on the food-energy-water nexus.

The workshops will be three-day events with approximately 30 participants per workshop. We welcome applicants from researcher, policy, private sector, and practitioner communities. The participants will be apportioned as approximately 2/3 from the research community and 1/3 from practitioner, private sector, and policy communities.


  • Tempe, Arizona
    • Dates: February 22-24, 2017
    • Theme: Extreme heat and its impact on the Food-Energy-Water nexus
    • Venue: Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University
    • Partners: NSF, START, Belmont Forum, Future Earth, Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, and Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC)
  • Boulder, Colorado
    • Dates: March 1-3, 2017
    • Theme: Food-Energy-Water on the South Platte River
    • Venue: University of Colorado
    • Partners: NSF, START, Future Earth, Belmont Forum, and Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado at the University of Colorado
  • Baltimore, Maryland
    • Dates: Late Spring 2017 (A separate call will be released for this workshop)
    • Theme: TBA
    • Venue: TBA
    • Partners: NSF, START, Belmont Forum, Future Earth, and others


  • Applicants must be based in the U.S.


Applications must be submitted by January 18, 2017 to Sarah Schweizer. The application requires the following components:

  • A Statement of Interest describing:
    • Relevant background knowledge and experience that the applicant can share with other participants
    • The anticipated impact of participation on the institution where you work
    • How the workshop will advance your own ability to conduct TD research or to engage with a TD process design
    • If a co-collaborator/partner you work with is also applying
    • Any unique ideas, skills, and/or foreseeable opportunities for advancing follow-on activities subsequent to workshop participation, including the identification of potential partner organizations
    • How the workshop will improve your potential proposal submission for the Belmont Collaborative Research Action on food-energy-water nexus-in-urban (
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Supporting letter from applicant’s home institution
  • Specify which workshop location you would like to attend

Travel support is available for those individuals selected to participate and will include round-trip economy class airfare, accommodations, and modest daily subsistence while at the workshop.

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Deadline: 01/18/2017