E²SHI Symposium: Addressing Food, Energy and Water Challenges through Research for Development

Mon, April 3 at 3:30 - 5:30 pm
JHU Homewood campus - Mudd Hall, Room 26
3400 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218

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E²SHI’s Annual Symposium will feature Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Join us for a discussion with Dr. Ringler on research and development for addressing food, energy, and water challenges.

The presentation will be followed by a light reception and posters showcasing environment and energy research at Johns Hopkins. 

RSVP is not required. Just show up!

About the Topic

Food, Energy and Water (FEW) challenges and entry points for change play out differently at different scales (field, basin, country, regional and international). Addressing these challenges and identifying entry points for action will vary by specific objective, country and case study. This presentation will provide examples of FEW challenges and potential solutions for a variety of case studies using a variety of methods and tools. Case studies will cover FEW in groundwater irrigation in Pakistan (irrigation system scale) and India; FEW challenges at the basin level (Rogun dam, Central Asia; cooperation in the Eastern Nile), and FEW interactions at the global scale (modeling and SDG interactions). The presentation will also discuss what FEW as an entry point can and cannot deliver.

Tentative Agenda

3:30 pm: Opening Remarks

3:45 pm: Keynote Presentation by Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 

4:30 pm: Q&A

4:45 pm: Closing Remarks

4:50 pm: Reception and Poster Presentations

Claudia Ringler will speak at Johns Hopkins on April 3, 2017. Photo credit: IFPRI/Milo Mitchell

Meet the Presenter

Claudia Ringler is Deputy Division Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). From 1996 until her current appointment, she served in various other research positions in that division. She currently co-leads the Institute’s water research program and is also a basin theme leader in the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems.

Dr. Ringler’s research interests are water resources management, particularly river basin modeling for policy analysis and natural resource policy focused at sustainable agricultural productivity growth. Over the last several years she has also undertaken research on the impacts of global warming for developing country agriculture and on appropriate adaptation and mitigation options.

Dr. Ringler has field experience across Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. In Asia, she has worked on natural resource management and agricultural technology policy in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China (Yellow River Basin), India, Indonesia, Laos, Pakistan and Vietnam (Dong Nai and Mekong River Basins). In sub-Saharan Africa, she has worked mainly in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa and on the Limpopo, Nile and Volta River Basins; and in Latin America on Chile (Maipo River Basin) and Brazil (Pirapama Basin).

Dr. Ringler has been part of a series of Project and Program Advisory/Steering Committees and International Assessments, such as serving as chair of the Food, Energy, Environment, Water (FE²W) Network Management Committee, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development, and the UNEP-led GEO-V Assessment. She is currently a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Water Systems Project (GWSP). Dr. Ringler has more than 80 publications in the areas of water management, global food and water security, natural resource constraints to global food production, and on synergies of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Dr. Ringler received her PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Center for Development Research, Bonn University, Germany, and her MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University.

Posters List

  • Earth abundant aluminum nanoparticles for photocatalysis - presented by Yan Cheng, Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering (2016-17 E²SHI Fellow) and lab team
  • Developing a sensor for detecting ammonia gas - presented by Jennifer Dailey, Dept of Materials Science & Engineering (2015-16 Gordon Croft Fellow)
  • Aerothermodynamics of termite mounds (2016-17 E²SHI seed grant) - presented by Shantanu Bailoor, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Harvesting energy from ‘piezoleaves’ for self-powered sensors (2015-16 E²SHI seed grant) - presented by Santiago Orrego, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries research for energy storage - presented by Avery Baumann, Dept of Chemistry
  • Predicting how wind generation impacts electric system reliability - presented by Cynthia Bothwell and Yulia Chen, Dept of Environmental Health & Engineering
  • Issues and methods in “downscaling” results from energy system models - presented by Emily Fisher, Dept of Environmental Health & Engineering
  • Integrating health into local climate response - presented by Mary Fox, Dept of Health Policy & Management
  • Recovery of dissolved ammonium and inorganic phosphorus via ZSM-5 - presented by Michael Manto, Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Energy efficiency research - presented by the Sustainable Hopkins Infrastructure Program (SHIP)
  • Food, energy, and water research - presented by Ben Zaitchik, Dept of Earth & Planetary Sciences

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