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Climate change poses significant and increasing risks to water security in urban settings. Addressing this complex challenge requires collaboration and the incorporation of expertise across various disciplines.

The University of Waterloo’s Water Institute (WI) and Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) are advancing these efforts by co-delivering a uniquely designed, three-week virtual summer school, “Climate Change and Water Security in Urbanized Watersheds: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.” The summer school will comprise of daily one hour sessions, Monday to Friday, from May 30 to June 17, 2022.

The summer school leverages the wide-ranging expertise of the University’s water and climate change researchers, tackling the increasingly complex topics of global climate change and water security through an interdisciplinary lens.

We are very excited to partner with IC3 to deliver our third annual summer school. This condensed, virtual program offers unique access for students and professionals to learn from, and interact with, a wide array of leading researchers.

Roy Brouwer, Executive Director, Water Institute

This year’s program, aimed at graduate students and practitioners, offers a variety of leading-edge lectures on interdisciplinary approaches to water security challenges at the intersection of climate change and water security.

Lectures will include a wide range of topics, including modelling the impacts of climate change on water resources, sustainable cities, climate change risk management, the role of green and grey infrastructure, water and food security in Indigenous communities, and many more.

Water security is deeply interwoven with our changing climate in a multitude of ways, making it even more important to apply fundamentally interdisciplinary thinking to these challenges. The summer school offers students access to an incredible range of skilled and thoughtful experts, all of whom connect science to practice as they address pressing sustainability problems.

Sarah Burch, Executive Director, IC3

Registration is now open for the University of Waterloo's 2022 summer school! Visit the 2022 summer school website to learn more about this year's format and expert speakers. 


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