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Past Congresses

 

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“Energy 2030: Paths to a Sustainable Future” (2016)

Sept. 12-14, 2016

 

In 2016, we will focus on the potential for improvements in energy efficiency, alternative forms of renewable energy, and other low-carbon sources of energy to meet societal needs for electricity, transportation, and heating more sustainably in the future. The Congress provides not only a forum to discuss the near- and medium-term challenges on the path toward sustainable energy consumption, but also key takeaways for an agenda of actionable research and policy directions that could contribute to long-term solutions.

2016 Brochure PDF Presentation Videos 

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“Water Planet, Water Crisis? Meeting the World’s Water-Food-Energy Needs Sustainably” (2015)

Sept. 14-16, 2015

There is increasing recognition of the complex interconnectedness between water resources, food and energy production, and the need for new strategies for enabling interdisciplinary knowledge and systems-thinking to significantly address global water crises. Water is demanded for itself and as a critical input for energy and food production, leading to an interaction between water, food and energy resources — and efforts to address one will impact the other two.

Water is used not only for human needs but also to maintain ecosystem services, which in turn affects human livelihoods and well-being. There is also increasing evidence that climate change is leading to increased hydrologic variability with a significant impact on the hydrologic cycle, water availability — and water demand at the global, regional, and local levels.

Addressing these challenges across national and regional boundaries requires coordinated action by researchers, and government and non-government organizations — in conjunction with industry practitioners.

2015 Brochure PDF Presentation Videos 

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“Feeding 9 Billion: A Path to Sustainable Agriculture” (2014)

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2014

iSEE convened this Congress to advance understanding of the state of science on the great challenges for agriculture in the coming decades: providing a secure and safe supply of food, feed and fuel to an ever-increasing human population using agricultural practices that are ecologically sustainable and adaptable to climate change.

Day 1 of the Congress included sessions that address the implications for sustainability of the interactions among climate change, water resources, ecosystem services and agriculture. Day 2 focused on the promise and societal challenges posed by technological advancement for a sustainable agriculture and its implications for the research and policy communities.

2014 Brochure PDFPresentation Videos