Water research school

Lund University

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Water Energy Nexus

This course will be given during May 2018 with two physical meetings in Lund, May 2-4 and May 28-29.


Goal of the course
The course aims to present a deeper understanding of the close couplings (”nexus”) between water, energy and food, globally as well as locally. For the student interested in more advanced studies there are options to extend the general course by studies of special areas. These topics will be defined and discussed during the first phase of the course.

Course schedule
The PhD course is planned for the Spring of 2018. It will be initiated with a 3-day intensive workshop at LTH in Lund on May 2-4, 2018. The plan is that the participants spend the following weeks with individual studies. The course is finalizing with a similar 2-day workshop on May 28-29, 2018, also in Lund. The course length corresponds to 3 hec with a possibility of 2 extra credits.

Entry requirements
The course is open for a wide area of specialties and is aiming for water professionals. Anybody having a basic course in water and wastewater systems should qualify to attend the course. For an extended course it is natural to require a deeper knowledge in that particular area.

Examination - assessment
The exam is suggested to be a take-home exam after the first session (2-4 May). The student is expected to write a short report on a given specific topic. This will be presented and discussed during the second session (28-29 May).

For interested students the course can be extended (corresponding to 2 extra hec) with a given topic area of special interest for the student. This will be discussed during the course and can be a small project during the summer of 2018. The result can be presented as a report or a seminar. In some cases, such a project may be extended into a conference or journal publication.

Prof. em. Gustaf Olsson, LTH (,,  tel. 0703 111024)

G. Olsson: Water and Energy – threats and opportunities, 2nd Ed., IWA Publishing 2015.
will serve as the basic course textbook. We will try to get a subsidized price for the book.
The book will be complemented with ppt slides.

On top of the textbook there will be a number of reports and papers presented and made available.

Course content

1 General background – globally and locally

2 Energy for water

3 Food, water and energy

4 Water for energy

5 “New” renewable energy and water requirements