overview

The SUNEX Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation Strategy ensured the dissemination of the SUNEX project to a wide audience. The strategy identified two main types of communication and dissemination. Firstly, that of ‘external central’ – this being communication and dissemination by any of the city partners on behalf of the entire SUNEX project. Secondly, that of ‘external local’ this being communication and dissemination by each case study city within their city region.

Two associated deliverables helped to ensure communication and dissemination of ther SUNEX project. These being, three Stakeholder Dialogue Events (Deliverable D7.2) and the Final SUNEX Project Conference (Deliverable D7.3) – see below for further information.

SUNEX Dissemination and Communication events

The three Stakeholder Dialogue Events took place between 2019 and 2021 as part of the ‘external central’ dissemination. The first, held in Doha in April 2019, was a stand-alone SUNEX event made to an invited audience of policymakers, academics and practitioners. The second, also held in Doha, in December 2019 was a FWE-Nexus session showcasing the perspectives of Berlin, Bristol, Doha and Vienna held as part of the wider ICSEWN International Conference in Sustainable EWN in Desert Climate at QEERI. The third Stakeholder Dialogue event was part of the online SRI2021 conference with contributions to the Urban Nexus Innovation Showcase, SUGI Session 1,

The SUNEX final project conference, also part of the external central dissemination, was also an online event due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. The conference took place in October 2021, was hosted by AIT and showcased the project’s final outcomes, as well as having invited speakers from each case study city. See agenda here for further details.

Workshops

In addition, ‘central local’ dissemination of the SUNEX project took place in each case study city as follows:

Berlin

 

 

bristol

Three food, water and energy stakeholder engagement workshops were held in Bristol during the SUNEX project. The first in February 1019 and the second in November 2019 were in-person events in central Bristol, and the third in November 2020 was held online due to the covid-19 pandemic. The main purpose of these events was to gain participants’ insights into food, energy and water in Bristol to provide additional insights to the project’s FWE modelling. Additionally, a backcasting approach was used to help identify pathways to carbon neutrality in Bristol. These workshops also served as spaces for dissemination of the SUNEX project to food water and energy policymakers and practitioners in Bristol.

From the 1-5 July 2019 UWE Bristol hosted scholars from the Global Sustainability Scholars Programme (https://www.gsscholar.org/fewn-scholars) for a week-long programme of learning activities relating to the SUNEX project for American scholars from diverse backgrounds. Please see link to the programme here for details of the week’s activities.

doha

For the Doha case of study, the Food, Energy, Water, and Waste (FEWW) conference was held in Qatar in April 2021 to demonstrate the development of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus Concept in Desert Climates. Another participation was in 2019 through the international conference ICSEWEN19 on Sustainable Energy-Water- Environment Nexus in Desert Climate 2019 to discuss the assessment of the self-sufficiency and greenhouse gas emissions in the food system in Qatar. 
As an effort to engage the public, a research paper titled ” Food security strategy to enhance food self-sufficiency and overcome international food supply chain crisis: the blockade of Qatar as a case study Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment’‘  has been submitted to Environmental Science & Policy journal. 

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vienna

In Vienna, two stakeholder workshops were held during the SUNEX project. The first in November 2019 in person at AIT, and the second in September 2021 was held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As AIT is involved in two SUGI – Nexus projects which both aim to develop FWE scenarios for Vienna, also addressing the same stakeholder group, we have decided to organize the workshop together.

The 2nd project “IN-SOURCE” is conducted together with the Institute for Social Ecology (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences) and international partners, is working in the Vienna case study on ” INtegrated analysis and modelling for the management of sustainable urban FWE ReSOURCEs “.

In the first workshop the aim was to develop and adapt potential scenarios and to present/discuss first results from previous analyses. The purpose of the second workshop was presenting the results and getting feedback from the stakeholder group.

Additional external central Dissemination and Communication Activities

Conferences – additional conference presentations were a key part of the ‘external central’ SUNEX dissemination strategy – Please see here for these details.

Publications – please see here for these details.