MIT Water Summit 2017: Food-Water Nexus

As populations continue to grow and demand for food rises, the role of water in meeting future food needs will become increasingly critical. This year’s MIT Water Summit was held on Nov. 6 and 7, 2017.  The Summit focused on issues at the heart of the food-water nexus, reflecting on the role of water in food production – both in agriculture and aquaculture – and the innovation, policy, and technologies required to support healthy and sustainable communities.

Thank you to all of our Speakers and Attendees for a great event!

Please visit our Summit 2017 page to view videos and highlights from this year.  We hope to see you again next year!


Monday, November 6th
Watering Our Crops

8:00 am - Breakfast and Networking Session
9:00 am - Introduction to the Water-Food Nexus by Prof. Chandra Madramootoo (Director, McGill Water Innovation Lab)
9:30 am - Keynote by Rajiv Singh (Managing Director, Rabobank North America)
10:15 am - Break
10:35 am - Panel: Groundwater Resources
12:00 pm - Lunch and Networking Session
1:30 pm - Panel: Surface Water Pollution
3:00 pm - Break
3:20 pm - Panel: Uncertain Water Future
5:00 pm - Networking: Poster Session and Technology Showcase

Tuesday, November 7th
Growing Our Protein

8:00 am - Breakfast and Networking Session
9:00 am - Keynote by Dr. Christopher Briggs (Executive Director, Water Footprint Network)
9:45 am - Panel: Meat
11:15 am - Break
11:35 am - Panel: Fisheries and Aquaculture
1:00 pm - Lunch and Water Career Panel
2:30 pm - Panel: The Path Forward
4 - 6:00 pm - Water Career Networking Reception

The MIT Water Summit is a gathering of students and faculty from MIT and the greater Boston area as well as leaders from industry, finance, government, and academia organized annually by the MIT Water Club to explore current problems and potential solutions surrounding water resources.