TriNex @ BioVision Alexandria 2016

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On the 14th of April, 2016 the TriNex Consortium sat down to a panel discussion in the prestigious BioVision Alexandria Conference.  The event, hosted by Bibliotheca Alexandrina, covered various topics regarding the cutting edge in science, health, agriculture, and environmental policies to a diverse and distinguished international audience.  As such, the TriNex Project, represented in Egypt by Cairo University, the American University in Cairo, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandrian University, and Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, took part in this event in the form of a panel discussion regarding the importance of addressing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in a holistic manner.

The panel discussion consisted of such notable Egyptian scholars as Prof. Hani Sewilam, Prof. Rasha Elkholy, Dr. Ashraf Suloma, and Prof. Yehia Elshazly.  Through the panel, various research projects that are focused on addressing the collective of the WEF-Nexus through innovative means including.  An example of such project is a greenhouse which derives its power from solar energy, to power a desalination system to provide fresh water to hydroponic and aquaponics systems which maximize agro-food cultivation using minimal resources.

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Other initiatives were also discussed including new techniques for greenhouse aquaponics as well as replacements for wheat and grains that can be used in Egypt.

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The panel discussion then allowed for questions from the audience where various discussions took place.  Among them, the topic of ancient irrigation systems, as well as discussions on the financial feasibility and sustainability of these projects.  The event ended with final suggestions by the panel for mover closer towards sustainability in Egypt.