Workshop «Energy-Food-Water Nexus: Integrated Approach to Green Economy Transition in Kazakhstan and UK»

In August 21-23, 2016, Nazarbayev University is hosting the workshop “Energy-Food-Water Nexus: Integrated Approach to Green Economy Transition in Kazakhstan and UK”.

The workshop is organized jointly by Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan and the University of Sheffield, UK. This workshop is one of the first to be funded by the Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme, and aims to strengthen the research links among researchers working on energy, food and water issues. The workshop will be attended by more than 50 participants from Kazakhstan and UK.

  “Participation of researchers from both Kazakhstan and UK will strengthen the research links between the countries and contribute to the important discussions on challenges related to the energy, food and water nexus”, said Professor Giulio Seccia, Head of the Economics Department at Nazarbayev University.

 Within the workshop, researchers from UK and Kazakhstan will explore issues related to energy, water and food sectors.

“By working together and sharing our expertise, engineers and scientists across the world can tackle energy challenges. These workshops will provide a unique opportunity for collaboration between the UK and Kazakhstan, developing long-term links”, said Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, Head of Energy Engineering Research at the University of Sheffield.

 In particular, the academics will explore alternative potential energy sources suitable for the specific climate and economic conditions of each country, the challenges in rural development as well as broader issues for the energy sector, including efficiencies, new technologies, and renewable sources. Moreover, participants will also consider problems related to water scarcity and discuss potential ways of diminishing this problem from different perspectives. Food issues will be tackled during the workshop with a special focus on food security and sustainability. The results of the workshop will be shared with relevant decision making bodies within the Kazakhstani government, as well as publication in peer-reviewed journals.

 It should be noted that the Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme is financed jointly by the governments of the UK and Kazakhstan and aims to develop existing contacts and build strong, sustainable, systemic relationships in research and innovation. It works with government bodies, research organizations, universities and businesses to support Kazakhstan to achieve its development goals. The Programme is coordinated by JSC Science Fund, for Kazakhstan, and the British Council, for the UK.


About Energy 2050

One of the UK’s largest energy research institutes based at the University of Sheffield, which initiative focuses on energy innovation and knowledge exchange and brings together more than 120 academics, and 250 PhD students. It’s a research institute that goes beyond traditional research boundaries by delivering innovations to power producers and major consumers with technology providers, focused on competitiveness and the de-risking of large scale investment in new technologies both in the UK and internationally. 

About the University of Sheffield

With almost 27,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organizations to Work For 2016 and was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education in 2014. In the last decade it has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

About Nazarbayev University

Nazarbayev University, created on the initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, aims to become the first research and world-class university in Kazakhstan. The activities of the University are associated with the implementation of the main priorities of the country, including the development of advanced research capacity, innovation in technology and industry, and the transition to a system of education that meets the demands of a changing and globally integrated economy.

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