2023-2024 / ENVT0074-1

Nexus Water-Energy-Food seminars: case studies of interconnections


38h SEM, 10h Vis.

Number of credits

 Advanced Master in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus4 crédits 


Charles Bielders, Gilles Colinet, Antoine Denis, Bernard Tychon


Bernard Tychon

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

A series of external contributors are invited to lead seminars around the Nexus EEA theme. External speakers are experts from the North and South from NGOs, public services, administrations and institutions working in the field of development and having projects related to the Nexus EEA theme, for example:


Other institutions


Students will be asked to identify a WEF Nexus project of their choice, if possible in connection with their country of origin, before their arrival in Belgium or at the start of the year. On the basis of the learning received, they work continuously and progressively throughout the year on the description/definition/documentation/synthesis/analysis of the problem (detailed diagram of the situation, the issues, the actors, identification of the data , levers,...) via a bibliographic research but also and especially through collective work sessions with active exchanges between participants and in the form of rotating groups (change of the composition of the groups at each session for a richer co-learning) and sessions with coaching. The students will then be required to present to the other students the fruit of their work during 2 half-day seminars. In particular, they will be asked to develop a critical analysis of the application of the WEF Nexus concept in the project studied, in particular by highlighting the added value of this cross-sector vision compared to a sector-based approach. A panel discussion will follow each presentation.

Visits to industrial, agronomic, rural development, etc., projects in Belgium involving at least two components of the WEF Nexus.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

  • Knowledge relating to the implementation of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus through the discovery of case studies of WEF interconnections.
  • Discovery, contact and networking with development actors in Belgium and abroad (NGOs, South experts, development agencies, consultancies, etc.).
  • Knowing how to descriptively and critically analyze a WEF Nexus issue via bibliographic research and collective work.
  • Improvement of his oral expression during presentations.
  • Public speaking and intervention in a debate.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

No prerequesite

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

  • 38 hours of seminars and 10 hours of visits.
  • Seminars that can take different forms: presentations by experts from the North and South with interaction with students, collective work sessions in rotating groups with active exchanges between participants for better co-learning and work sessions with coaching, presented by students, serious games, role-playing games, flipped classroom based on documentary resources (scientific article, part of MOOC, project report, etc.), debates, videos, etc.
  • WEF Nexus project field visit(s) in Belgium (subject to feasibility: L'OREAL Libramont factory, Faascht Arlon farm, village de Beckerich - Energietour, international conference outside Arlon (Liège, Brussels, Namur), barrage de l'Eau d'Heure.

Recommended or required readings

  • Slideshows and educational resources in various forms and relating to the activities of the seminars and visits.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Presentations by students on a WEF Nexus theme of their choice, if possible in connection with their country of origin.
Short reflective report on the seminars and visits in which the student will highlight the lessons learned from these activities.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

  • Seminars will be facilitated primarily by external speakers, including guest speakers from the South, by invitation, and by students (see "Content" section).


Bernard Tychon (Bernard.Tychon@uliege.be)

Charles Bielders (Charles.Bielders@uclouvain.be)

Gilles Colinet (gilles.colinet@uliege.be)

Antoine Denis (antoine.denis@uliege.be)

Association of one or more MOOCs