Farvolden Lecture Series

Dr. Robert N. Farvolden

The Farvolden Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, was initiated in 1996 as an annual celebration in honour of Dr. Robert N. Farvolden (photo).  The Lecture Series fosters interaction and communication between the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the alumni of the hydrogeology program and the groundwater community at large.

Past Farvolden Lecturers

  • Dr. Masaki Hayashi, Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary (2023) View the 2023 Farvolden Lecture on YouTube
  • Dr. Rick Devlin, Geology Department, University of Kansas (2022) View the 2022 Farvolden Lecture on YouTube
  • Dr. Beth Parker, Director, Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute, University of Guelph (2021) View the 2021 Farvolden Lecture on YouTube
  • Dr. Thomas Harter, University of California Davis (2020) VIEW the 2020 Farvolden Lecture on YouTube
  • Ian Clark, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Ottawa (2019)
  • Ed Sudicky, Earth and Environmental Sciences (2018)
  • Cathryn Ryan, Geoscience, University of Calgary (2017)
  • Roger Woeller, Chief Executive Officer, BluMetric Environmental (2016)
  • David Rudolph, Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo (2015)
  • Peter Fritz, Scientific and Founding Director of Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, Germany (2014)
  • Jim F. Barker, Professor Emeritus Earth and Environmental Sciences University of Waterloo (2013)
  • Andre Beland, Vice-President of Engineering and Construction (Retired) SNC-Lavalin Inc., Libya  (2012)
  • Robert W. Gillham, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo Executive Director, Water Institute University of Waterloo (2011)
  • Anthony D. Daus, AMEC Geomatrix, Newport Beach, CA (2010)
  • John A. Cherry, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo Adjunct Professor, University of Guelph  (2009)
  • Richard (Dick) Jackson, Intera Engineering, Heidelberg, ON (2008)
  • John (Jack) Sharp, Department of Geological Sciences University of Texas at Austin (2007)
  • Garth van der Kamp, Environment Canada (2006)
  • Geog Teutsch Helmholtz, Helmholtz Centre For Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany (2005) 
  • John Bredehoeft, The Hydrodynamics Group, Sausalito, CA (2004)
  • Mary Anderson, Emeritus Professor Department of Geoscience University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003)
  • Leonard Konikow, US Geological Survey, Reston, VA (2002)
  • Frank Schwartz, Department of Geological Sciences, Ohio State University (2001)
  • William Woessner, Department of Geology, University of Montana (2000)
  • Ghislain de Marsily, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (1999)
  • R. Allan Freeze, R. Allan Freeze Engineering, Inc. (1998)
  • Jozsef Toth, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, University of Alberta (1997)
  • Stephen Foster, British Geological Survey (1996)


Lorraine Albrecht
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON  N2L 3G1
519-888-4567, ext. 42069

Highlights of the Event

  • Welcome and brief Department Update
  • Farvolden Scholarship Presentation
  • Guest Speaker
  • Reception in ML Lobby

Farvolden Scholarship


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Science Advancement




Mentoring and Network Session

Farvolden Day starts off in the late morning with a “speed dating” style Mentorship and Networking period for sponsors/potential employers and students to get to know one another, discuss research activities and explore potential employment opportunities. It is a great opportunity to learn about current research topics and to meet our present graduate student cohort. A light lunch will be provided to all participants. If you are interested in participating please email Lorraine Albrecht for further details.