Research Symposium 2018
Balancing Act: Food, Water, Energy, Climate

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Michigan State University

Over the past four years, the symposium has been a major success drawing 300 attendees from at least six different colleges within MSU along with a significant number of participants from other universities, government, private sector, and general public. Our theme for the 6th annual symposium is Climate-Food-Energy-Water.

Our vision for the event is to bring together multiple communities on campus that are working on different aspects of the urban environment to share their experiences and identify collaborative opportunities.

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Program Information

Program Information

We will hold multiple student research presentation sessions focusing on research in the areas of Climate-Food-Energy-Water together with four plenary speakers and a poster session. A light breakfast, two coffee breaks and a buffet lunch will be served.

All of the sessions and plenary lectures will cover multidisciplinary topics including, but not limited to engineering, policy, public health, and risk communication and management. This event is free and open to the public.


Student Presentations

Student poster presentation

Presenters have submitted abstracts on topics addressing Balancing Act: Food, Water, Energy, Climate, including but not limited to climate change and variability; climate adaptation and resilience in food, water and/or energy systems; water, agriculture, or energy management and policy; food, water, energy security and production; land use and land cover change.

Oral Presentation information

Poster Presentation information


Speaker Information

Speaker Information

Dr. Kathleen E. Halvorsen, Professor of Natural Resource Policy, Michigan Technological University

Dr. Jerry L. Hatfield, Laboratory Director and Supervisory Plant Physiologist, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, USDA

Dr. Wei Liao, Associate Professor of Biosystems & Agriculture Engineering and Director of the MSU Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center.

Alexis Rockman, American contemporary artist, New York, NY

Speaker BiosĀ»

Important Dates

Important Dates


Friday, September 7, 2018
Deadline to Submit an Abstract

Wednesday, October 25, 2018
Registration Deadline

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Research Symposium 2018