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February 7-8, 2024

Hosted at the National Academies of Science in Washington, D.C.


We are delighted to announce the first annual Network for Engineering With Nature (N-EWN) National Policy Summit will be hosted on February 7-8, 2024, at the National Academies of Science Main Auditorium in Washington D.C. The summit will bring together experts and leaders from various disciplines and geographies to delve into the transformative potential of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for infrastructure development. 

The summit will also provide a unique opportunity for policymakers, regulatory bodies, and practitioners to discuss the necessary policy reforms and institutional changes required to mainstream the use of NbS. Over the course of the two-day summit, participants will be led through sessions with four main focus areas related to advancing NbS including 1) US policy; 2) the standardization of comprehensive benefit-cost analysis; 3) the importance of equity and justice; and 4) international case studies and partnerships. 


  • Identify key policies and regulations to be modified, revised, or created to increase the use of NbS;
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of NbS along with the challenges that must be overcome in the widespread adoption; 
  • Foster equitable and inclusive stakeholder engagement through collaboration and facilitation of new connections between participants and organizations; and 
  • Knowledge sharing of best practices from successful international NbS projects and partnerships. 

The summit will also coincide with the highly anticipated launch of the Engineering With Nature An Atlas (Volume 3). The launch of the newest installment in this distinguished series will showcase extraordinary projects exemplifying the principles of Engineering With Nature and will provide an accessible resource for readers to explore built projects from around the world and gain insights into successful nature-based infrastructure.


We would be honored to have you join us in exploring the role of NbS in shaping a sustainable future. Your expertise and insights will be crucial in shaping the discussions and outcomes of this gathering. 

Kindly let us know if you are interested and available to speak at the N-EWN National Summit. We’ll be happy to discuss details of your potential involvement. If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.


US Army Core of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation DOT, U.S. Department of Defense, State and Local Government, National and International non-profits and Non-governmental organizations.


National Academies of Science, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington D.C.