Colombia - USA Water-Energy-Food Nexus Alliance: Integrating research, education and development for peace building, sustainable development and climate-resilience

2023 Invited Workshop Plenary Presentation

Thursday, May 11, 2023

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7:00 am - 8:30 am PT | 8:00 am - 9:30 am MT | 9:00 am - 10:30 am CT | 10:00 - 11:30 am ET
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Siela Maximova, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Siela Maximova has completed her Ph.D. in Plant Physiology at The Pennsylvania State University and B.S. in Agricultural Engineering at the Agricultural University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Dr. Maximova is a Research Professor of Plant Biotechnology at The Pennsylvania State University. She currently serves as Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for Penn State Global and Co-Director of the Endowed Program for Molecular Biology of Cocoa at Penn State. Dr. Maximova has previously served as Strategic Research Initiatives Coordinator and as Global Faculty Fellow for Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. She was named Inaugural Henrietta H. Fore

Women in Science Fellow by CRDF Global. In 2019, Dr. Maximova received LGU-Fulbright visiting scholar and Fulbright Specialist awards and served as Chair of LGU Consortium for Colombia. She has successful in building several strong strategic, research and education initiatives including Water-Energy-Food Nexus (WEF). For her work internationally Dr. Maximova has been awarded Penn State Global: Outstanding Program Award (2022), Penn State Global: Award for Outstanding Research (2021), and Penn State: W. LaMarr Kopp International Faculty Achievement award (2019).

Presentation Description

The Pennsylvania State University has a strong agenda and a solid foundation in transdisciplinary climate research addressing climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience and has invested in Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus as an important framework to promote international research collaborations. The Colombia - USA WEF Nexus Alliance was established in 2022 to engage a variety of partners in implementation of WEF Nexus projects and advancement of policy innovation for sustainable development and climate-resilient solutions. It addresses major challenges in Colombia by incorporating research, education, and sustainable development. It serves as a platform to build and sustain a community of researchers, provide technical infrastructure, coordinate partnerships, and integrate education at different levels. The Alliance currently coordinates transdisciplinary projects in four different locations in Colombia engaging partners from academia, NGOs and industry.


Plenary Presentation Summary (Acrobat (PDF) 250kB Jul7 23)


Duration: 1 hour
Format: Presentations will take place through a Zoom Meeting screen-sharing session. The webinar will be recorded.
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