Summer Course - Sustainable Development in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

This Summer Course will introduce the state-of-the-art in nexus research, presenting currently ongoing cutting edge work from the SIM4NEXUS project. As the field of nexus research is fairly young, participants will be exposed to this rapidly developing and critical important way of thinking.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 29 July 2019
End: 02 August 2019
ECTS credit points: 1
Deadline IHE application: 14 July 2019 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 950

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Be able to identify how nexus science and systems thinking is useful in everyday professional activities.
  2. Be able to select appropriate nexus assessment tools depending on specific requirements.
  3. Have a better appreciation of the nexus in practice through fieldtrips and case studies.
  4. Be able to understand and consider the integrated link amongst water, food and energy through updated knowledge on the nexus, including theory, tools and applications.

Course content

Participants will carry out a nexus group model building exercise using the case study of ongoing PhD research. Such an activity is novel and innovative, forcing participants to break silo thinking and consider consequences beyond their immediate field of expertise.

The summer course consists of the following elements:

  1. Introduction to the nexus: what is it? Background and relevance. Modelling and assessment approaches.
  2. Fieldtrip to innovative company in Westland to see how water, food and energy are intimately interconnected: observing the nexus in practice.
  3. Practical nexus group model building exercise using the Karawang Regency, Indonesia, as a case study.
  4. Agri- and aqua-culture, and sustainable water allocation systems.
  5. Urban water-energy relationships.
  6. Nexus case studies (SIM4NEXUS).


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