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Lecture // "Food-Water-Energy Nexus: The Energy Challenge"

Lecture by Dr. Tim Fox, Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), on the energy challenge of the nexus.

About this event

The defining human challenge of the 21st Century is likely to be that of feeding an estimated global population of 9 – 10 billion, an increase of around 2.5 billion on 2016, while simultaneously tackling the impacts of climate change in a world characterised by competition for depleting resources of water, energy and land. Given that the global food system accounts for about 70% of human water use, and is estimated to utilise around 30% of energy supply, the food-water-energy nexus is a critical relationship to understand in meeting this challenge sustainably. In his lecture, Dr. Tim Fox will focus on the energy challenge of the nexus.

This event is supported by the IMechE Food and Drink Engineering Committee.

Where and when

Petroc College
Old Sticklepath Hill
Barnstaple, Devon EX312BQ
United Kingdom

21 Mar 2018, 18:30-21:00

About the lecturer 

An internationally recognised expert on clean energy, sustainable food systems, urbanisation and climate change mitigation and adaptation, Dr Fox has extensive experience of thought leadership, policy advocacy, public engagement, product and company commercialisation, marketing, business development and funding acquisition. He works as an independent consultant operating at the intersection of science-technology-policy-business-communications and has been previously employed in small and large commercial enterprises, government agencies and educational institutions based in the UK, The Netherlands, Canada and Australia. Tim combines a global perspective and natural ability to communicate at all levels with clear strategic thinking, deep technical knowledge, analytical rigour, high level writing skills and focus. He is experienced in working with international bodies, such as the UN; EU; national governments in Europe, North America and Asia; industry; business; financiers; academia; NGOs; the press, media and wider general public.

Dr Fox is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), where he chairs the IMechE Food and Drink Engineering Committee and is the Vice-Chair of IMechE's Process Industries Division Board (with special responsibility for the Process Industries India Technical Centre in Mumbai). He is also a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor on Clean Energy and Public Engagement at Exeter University and sits on the University’s Clean Energy Industrial Advisory Group. Tim has been lead author of numerous peer-reviewed papers, research reports, thought leadership reports and policy papers and he has been featured in hundreds of press articles, op-ed pieces and broadcast media appearances.


No registration necessary. Free admission.


Organised by the UK-SW:Devon&Cornwall local network.

Source: The Institute of Engineering and Technology

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