With the ever-increasing pressures on the limited resources of our planet, there is today a recognised need to evolve from the “take-make-dispose” model to a more circular model. In the former, mankind's economic activities and lifestyles tend to deplete finite resources and create products that end up in polluting landfills and incinerators. Instead, a circular economy aims at reducing the use of finite resources and reintroducing waste in the production cycle as a raw material.

Transitioning toward a circular model requires us to act now upon the three fundamental components, water-energy-food. The inherent interconnections between these components are complex and must be identified and accounted for to avoid promoting one at the expense of another.

Organised by Cranfield’s School of Water, Energy and Environment, this conference is platform to promote collaboration between scientists and industries to explore, interrogate, and challenge ideas related to making our production and use of water, energy, and food more sustainable.

Abstract Submission:

To submit an abstract for a presentation, a poster, or the 3min thesis competition, download the following form and return it to cranWEF17@cranfield.ac.uk, before the 31 April2017.

Awards will be given to best presentation, best poster, and best 3min thesis!

About the 3 min thesis competition:

3MT logo

The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition requires doctoral researchers to compete to deliver the best research presentation in just 3 minutes (and one slide). It is based on a concept developed by the University of Queensland which quickly spread across Australia and New Zealand, and has now gone global.

For detailed information about the 3MT competition, including tips on how to prepare, please visit


​Some examples of 3MT presentations




Event Programme

Vincent building (52a) auditorium
Keynote speaker: Dr Doug Wilson, Director of Scientific and Evidence Services at Environment Agency (England and Wales)

09:00-09:30 Registration
09:30-10:00 Keynote speaker: Dr Doug Wilson, Director of Scientific and Evidence Services at Environment Agency (England and Wales) (25 min +5 min Q&A)
Session 1: Water, Agrifood & Energy (each speaker 15 min +5 min Q&A)
10:00-10:20 Speaker 1
10:20-10:40 Speaker 2
10:40-11:00 Speaker 3
11:00-11:20 Speaker 4
11:20-11:40 Speaker 5
11:40-12:00 Speaker 6
12:00-13:30 lunch break / poster session (regular and illustration abstract) + Props
Session 2: Circular Economy (each speaker 15 min +5 min Q&A)
13:30-13:50 Speaker 7
13:50-14:10 Speaker 8
14:10-14:30 Speaker 9
14:30-14:50 Speaker 10
14:50-15:10 Speaker 11
15:30-16:15 Keynote speaker and discussion/closure
16:15-17:00 poster session & three minutes thesis competition

Who should attend

MSc/PhD students, academics, industries


Free to attend

How to register

To register please visit Eventbrite.