U.S. Climate Experts to speak at Water for Food Conference

May 02, 2013, 08:33 ET from Water for Food Institute

LINCOLN, Neb., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Three climate change experts will address the 5th Annual Water for Food Conference hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be held May 5 – 8 in Lincoln, Neb.

The event is the premiere gathering of world experts working to overcome the urgent challenge of growing more food with less water, attracting more than 500 attendees, including researchers and policy analysts; government leaders; non-governmental organization and business representatives; ranchers and farmers.

This year's conference theme: "Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry: Building Resilient Agroecosystems," will explore ways to increase the capacity of food, water and natural ecosystems to adapt to a changing climate. Presentations and panel discussions will cover a range of topics, including drought, resilience and livestock management.

  • Renowned climate scientist Rosina Bierbaum is a professor at the University of Michigan, a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and a World Bank adaptation fellow. She has served in the government's executive and legislative branches for two decades, in multiple capacities at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's Environment Division.
  • As chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, Douglas Beard, Jr., oversees the establishment and program direction of the U.S. Department of the Interior's eight regional Climate Science Centers, which provide scientific information, tools and techniques needed to manage land, water, wildlife and cultural resources in the face of climate change.
  • Heidi Cullen reports on climate and energy issues for Climate Central, a non-profit science journalism organization, and is a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. She authored The Weather of the Future, published in 2010 by Harper Collins.

Other speakers include World Water Council President Benedito Braga; the Resilience Alliance's Christo Fabricius of South Africa; and Mohamed Bazza of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization.

Established in April, 2010, the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute is a research, policy analysis and education institute committed to helping the world efficiently use its limited freshwater resources, with a particular focus on ensuring the food supply for current and future generations.

For additional information on the 2013 Water for Food Conference, visit: http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/wff2013/


SOURCE Water for Food Institute