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2019 international Forum on Innovations in THE FOOD, LAND, ENERGY, and Water Systems in Asia


May 22-25, 2019

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.


Workshop Objectives


a)      Foster regional collaborations to address emerging FLEW issues in Asia;

b)      Discuss the latest methods and technologies in FLEW research;

c)      Hear innovative approaches and discoveries from the 16 previously funded projects; and

d)      Discuss research priorities and future FLEW research agenda.




·  Asia Hub Initiative

·  Nanjing Agricultural University

·  Michigan State University


·  Future Earth NEXUS KAN

·  Future Earth GLP-North America Nodal Office

·  Asia Hub Regional Partners

Ø  Cambodia Institute of Urban Studies, Cambodia

Ø  Can Tho University, Vietnam

Ø  Capital Normal University, China

Ø  Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Ø  Kasetsart University, Thailand

Ø  Kazakhstan Agrarian University, Kazakhstan

Ø  King Mongkut University of Science and Technologies Thonburi, Thailand

Ø  Land Development Department, Thailand

Ø  Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand

Ø  Mahidol University, Thailand

Ø  Mandalay Technology, Myanmar

Ø  Nakhon Phanom University, Thailand

Ø  National University of Laos, Laos


Hotel information

Jiangsu Conference Center (Zhongshan Hotel)

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

Tel: 400-880030786 (25)84818888



Asia Hub and NEXUS KAN: Prof. Jiaguo Qi (

NAU: Ms. Mia (Xiumin) Cai (

MSU: Prof. Steve Pueppke (

MAIRS-FE: Dr. Wei Wan (


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Preliminary Meeting Agenda


Arrival and registration. 
8:30 – 10:30  Opening Session: Asia Hub and Its Missions
Moderator: Jiaguo Qi, Asia Hub and Michigan State University
8:30 – 8:45 Asia Hub vision and its future plans 
Vice President Feng Hu, NAU
8:45 – 9:00 International @ MSU
Asc. Provost, Steven Hanson
9:00 – 9:15 Land, food, water and climate in Vietnam
President Ha Thanh Toan, Can Tho University, Vietnam
9:15 – 9:30 Land, food, water and climate in Kazakhstan
President Espolov, T., Kazakhstan Agrarian University, Kazakhstan
9:30 – 9:45 Asia Hub regional node and initiatives at CNU
Vice president, Xiaojuan Li, Captial Normal University, China
9:45 – 10:00 Motion to Establish a Consortium of Agricultural Universities in Asia: A proposal to join hands to address food security issues in Asia through agricultural research and education. 
Dr. Jie Chen, Director of International Relations, Nanjing Agricultural University.
10:00 – 10:05 Announcement of NEXUS Journal
10:05 – 10:30 Signing of Memoranda of Understanding
10:30 – 11:00 Group Photo and Coffee Break 
11:00 – 12:30 Plenary Session: Addressing FLEW Challenges in Asia
Moderator: TBD, Nanjing Agricultural University
11:00 – 11:30 Keynote: The food-land-energy-water system: What it is and what the Asia Hub is doing
Steve Pueppke, Asia Hub, Nanjing Agricultural University and Michigan State University
11:30 – 12:00 Keynote: Development of Integrated Observation/Experiment Platforms in Critical Regions of Climate System with Potential Application in FLEW Research.
Academician Congbin Fu, Nanjing University, China
12:00 – 12:30 Keynote: TBD
Heping Xie, another academician on Energy and Energy Consumptions
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Session 1: FLEW Research Programs and Advances
Moderator: Joseph Messina, Michigan State University
13:30 – 13:50 MAIRS-FE and its strategies and priorities in the Monsoon Asia.
Dr. Tong Zhu/Wei Wan, Peking University, China
13:50 – 14:10 NEXUS: Water-energy-food nexus in China.
Dr. Junguo Liu (TBC), China Southern University of Sciences and Technologies
14:10 – 14:30 Central Asia Water Hub Initiative and its food securities.
Dr. Marat Beksultanov, AgriTech Hub, Kazakhstan.
14:30 – 14:50 South Asia: Water-energy-food nexus in India.
Dr. Smriti Basnett, South Asia Regional Office of Future Earth
14:50 – 15:10 Keynote speech (3): Future Earth and its SDGs priorities
Dr. Paillard Sandrine (Director), Future Earth Global Hub, France (via Skype)
15:10 – 15:30 Discussion and Questions
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:15  Session 2: FLEW Research Programs and Advances
Moderator: TBD
16:00 – 16:25 FLEW case studies in Laos: 
Chittana Phompila, National University of Laos
16:25 – 16:50 FLEW case studies in Thailand
Sura Pattanakiat, Mahidol University, Thailand
16:50 – 17:15 FLEW case studies in Cambodia
Tep Makathy, CIUS, Cambodia
17:15 – 17:30 Day 1 Summary 
18:00 – 20:00 Reception and dinner
8:30 – 9:30 Plenary Session 3: Advances in Energy and Food Security
Moderator: TBD
8:30 – 9:00  Advances in green energy 
Dr. Gengxin PAN, NAU (TBC)
9:00 – 9:30 Advanced technologies and smart agriculture
Dr. Yan Zhu, NAU (TBC)
9:30 – 10:50 Session 4:  FLEW project progress reports: 
Moderator: Jiaguo Qi, Asia Hub
Asia Hub Seed funding project reports 1-8: Results and future priorities (10 minutes each with presentation and discussion. Awardees to present their findings, identify gaps, and discuss next steps and future priorities)
10:50 – 11:10 Coffee break
11:10 – 12:30 Session 4: FLEW project progress reports:
Moderator: Jiaguo Qi, Asia Hub
 Asia Hub Seed funding project reports 9-16: Results and future priorities (10 minutes each with presentation and discussion. Awardees to present their findings, identify gaps, and discuss next steps and future priorities)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Session 5: FLEW Research Needs and Priorities in Asia 
Moderator: Steve Pueppke, Asia Hub
Norman Graham, Michigan State University, USA 
Junguo Liu (TBD), Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Charlie Navanugraha, Royal Irrigation Project, Thailand
Weixin Ou, Nanjing Agricultural University, China 
TBD, Can Tho University
Tep Makathy, Cambodia
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Session 6: Panel discussion on “What We Have Learned and Where We Are Going?”
Moderator: TBD
Jingwei Dong, GLP China
Wei Zhang, Michigan State University, USA
Espolov, KazNAU Stef deHaan, CIAT, Vietnam
Sanchai Jaturasitha, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Zaw Naing, Madalay Technology, Myanmar
17:30 – 18:00 Day 2 Summary
18:00 – 20:00 Dinner
9:00 – 10:30 Session 7: Research Priorities and Joint Proposal Development in Delta Systems
Moderator: Steve Pueppke, Asia Hub/NAU
Focus Area One: Asia FLEW Nexus at River Deltas: Yangtze River Delta, Mekong River Delta, Chao Phraya River Delta, Yang Gong River Delta, etc. 
Targeted Funding Opportunities: Sino-US INFEWS
Leads: Steve Pueppke, Weixin Ou, Hengpeng Li, and Junguo Liu (TBC)….
Outcomes: Draft outlines of 1-2 proposals with team members identified
10:30 -11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00 Session 7 (cont.): 
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 15:00 Session 8:  Research Priorities and Joint Proposal Development in Drylands
Focus Area Two: Asia FLEW Nexus in Dryland Ecosystems: Ili-Balkhash River Basin; Turkestan River, Comparison of Grassland Ecosystems in North America and Central Asia
Targeted Funding Opportunity: Sino-INFEWS; USDA FAS, USNSF, NIFA
Leads: Norm Graham, Alim Pulatov, Jianlong Li, and TBD….
Outcomes: Draft outlines of 1-2 proposals with team members identified.
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break 
15:30 – 16:30 Session 10 (cont.)
16:30 – 17:00 Concluding Remarks and Meeting Adjourn

江苏省会议中心(钟山宾馆) /  Jiangsu Conference Center

地址:中国南京中山东路307号 / Address: NO. 307 East Zhongshan Road, Nanjing 210016, China 

Access to the hotel

l  From Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG) to Jiangsu Conference Center

Ø  Airport Bus Line 1About 1h 38min, CNY 20to Xi’anmen (XiHuaMen) Stop, and walk 1.1km (about 16min) to get the hotel.

Ø  Subway (about 1h 26min, 1.6 km walk, CNY 8)

Walk to Lukou International Airport station, board the Subway Line S1 (airport Line) train toward Nanjing South Railway Station, exit train at Nanjing South Railway Station and transfer Line 3 train toward Forest Farm and exit at Daxinggong station, transfer Line 2 train toward Jingtianlu and exit at Xi’anmen. Exit station through Exit 1, walk to the destination (about 600m, 9min).

Ø  Downtown Direction Taxi (about 36 min, CNY 130)

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l  From Nanjing South Railway Station to Jiangsu Conference Center

Ø  Subway (about 43 min, 800 m walk, CNY 4)

Walk to Nanjing South Railway Station - Line 1 train (toward Maigaoqiao, 8 stops, CNY 4) - Xinjiekou (transfer to Line 2 train) - Line 2 train (toward Jingtianlu, 2 stops, free transfer) - Xi'anmen (Follow signs for Exit 1) - Walk 800 m (about 11 min)

Ø  Downtown Direction Taxi (about 25 min, CNY 35)

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