Fulbright NEXUS Scholars Meet in Medellin, Colombia

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U.S. NEXUS Scholar, Katie Arkema on assignment in Colombia where she is doing work on the environmental services that coastal and marine ecosystems provide.

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Chairman, Tom Healy, and Fulbright Colombia Executive Director, Ann Mason, will welcome officials from the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright scholars and guests to Medellín, Colombia for the Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research Program (NEXUS) midterm meeting on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Medellín was chosen as the site for this meeting because it is widely regarded as one of the most innovative cities in the world with respect to its economy, urban development and technology.

The Fulbright NEXUS Program is a network of 20 scholars and practitioners from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations engaged in collaborative thinking, problem-solving and multidisciplinary research on climate change adaptation strategies, all with a public policy focus. Hosted by Fulbright Colombia, the four-day meeting will allow NEXUS scholars to meet with influential stakeholders from a variety of sectors to discuss the challenges associated with climate and environmental problem-solving. NEXUS Distinguished Lead Scholar, Dr. Daniel Kammen of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, will lead the group in identifying and developing solutions to the most pressing environmental issues in the region.

In addition to thematic group sessions, panel discussions and individual consultations, NEXUS scholars will share updates on their individual research projects, addressing any challenges they are facing in completing their research, and will receive group input on their projects moving forward. Special guests, Sergio Fajardo, the Governor of Antioquia, Colombia, Carlos Fonseca, the Director of the Colombian Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (COLCIENCIAS) and Pablo Ortega, Director of RutaN, a smart building that houses the innovation strategy for Medellín, will discuss issues relating to energy, the environment and innovation within the Colombian context.

The midterm meeting will lay the groundwork for scholars to develop a clear plan of action for the final NEXUS meeting in September 2013, to be held in Washington, DC.