Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Climate

April 16-18, 2018


The “Nexus” approach is the one that focuses on overlaps across sectors while respecting sectoral expertise in order to make better plans by understanding interactions.

(Stockholm Environment Institute, 2017)

The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce our intention to reconvene our Nexus conference addressing Water-Energy-Food and Climate in spring of 2018.

This will be the second Nexus Conference that The Water Institute has organized. The first in 2014 made a significant input to the negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through the Chapel Hill Declaration.

Abstract submissions and conference registration will open June 15, 2017.

These should focus on the interface between some of the these Nexus areas:

  • Water;
  • Energy;
  • Food;
  • Climate Change;
  • Health;
  • Urban development;
  • Migration and mobility.

We are looking for examples of different mythological approaches, indicators being used, comparative studies, solutions, toolkits, successful partnerships, gaps to be addressed, and reviews of the implementation of the relevant SDGs that address Nexus issues.

Water Microbiology Conference

May 22-24, 2018


The Water Microbiology Conference creates a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on microbiology and public health issues to come together around the intersection of the two.

The Conference will blend interactive workshops with scientific symposia and poster socials. The focus will be on water microbiology from watershed to human exposure including current concerns in recreational waters, shellfish harvesting waters, emerging technologies and quantitative tools.

The Conference will offer participants a variety of opportunities to exchange ideas, debate challenging topics and explore potential collaborations.

Management of the Water Microbiology Conference is led by Drs. Mark Sobsey, Jamie Bartram, Rachel Noble, Jill Stewart and Denene Blackwood.

Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy

October 29–November 2, 2018


The 2018 Water and Health Conference explores drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis.

The 2018 Water and Health Conference Themes include:

  • Measuring Progress Toward SDG Targets,
  • Water Scarcity,
  • Rural Water Supply,
  • WaSH Equity and Inclusion, and
  • WaSH in Emergencies.

Please join us! To register, see the schedule of events, learn about hotel options and more, please click here.

Past Conference Archives






Water and Health 2013


Water and Health 2012