NU FEWS Scoping Workshop


February 10, 2016 | Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center (2021 Transformation Drive, Lincoln, NE 68508)

About the NU FEWS Scoping Workshop

The Scoping Workshop represents the second phase of the NU FEWS initiative, a campus-wide process for generating innovative project concepts and organizing research teams focused on the opportunities emerging through the federal priority focus on Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS). This one-day, all-of-campus event will be facilitated by Knowinnovation and is designed to bring together faculty from diverse disciplines to generate interesting research questions at the FEWS nexus.

During the workshop, three nationally-recognized experts will help set the stage and challenge our thinking about INFEWS. Participants will then spend the day generating and discussing research questions. The workshop will conclude with a vote on the most interesting of these research questions, which will subsequently serve as the basis for one or more “Jumpstart” events — the third and final phase of NU FEWS.


Participants should plan to engage in the entire Scoping Workshop.

Wednesday, February 10

9:30 a.m.
Check-in, Coffee, and Snacks

10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Overview

Andy Burnett, CEO, Knowinnovation

10:15 a.m.
Scoping Workshop Charge

Prem Paul, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, UNL

10:35 a.m.
Update on Federal Funding Opportunities for INFEWS

Deb Hamernik, Associate Dean for Research, Agricultural Research Division, UNL

10:45 a.m.
Identifying the Big Questions

11:15 a.m.
Plus 10 Talk

Ken Cassman, Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Agronomy, UNL

11:30 a.m.
Table Discussions

11:40 a.m.
Plus 10 Talk

Tom Armstrong, President, Madison River Group, LLC

11:55 a.m.
Table Discussions

12:05 p.m.
Plus 10 Talk

Kathie Olsen, Founding and Managing Director, ScienceWorks

12:20 p.m.
Table Discussions

12:30 p.m.
Stick up Post-Its

12:40 p.m.
Working Lunch

2:10 p.m.
Vote with Your Feet

2:25 p.m.
Create Posters

3:10 p.m.
Report Back

3:55 p.m.
Vote on the Most Interesting Questions

4:00 p.m.
Scoping Workshop Concludes