Farvolden Lecture Series and Symposium

Dr. Robert N. FarvoldenThe 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.

2017 Farvolden Lecture

Cathy Ryan

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm in the Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo

Dr. Cathryn Ryan, Professor

Geoscience and BSc Environmental Science Program                            University of Calgary

Groundwater, Bubbles, and Energy

Abstract and bio

A reception in the first floor foyer of EIT will follow. Come meet with alumni and friends!

2017 Farvolden Morning Activities

This year Farvolden Day starts off with a group of graduate students discussing their thesis research in lively and entertaining “Three Minute Thesis” (3MT) presentations. Following will be a “speed dating” style Mentorship and Networking period for sponsors/potential employers and students to get to know one another and discuss the research further. 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.

3MT Speakers and Titles

To help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our Earth Sciences Museum and the Peter Russell Rock Garden, Peter Russell and Corina McDonald will conduct a tour of both, after lunch.

Here is a where and when of the day's events:

  • 9:30-10:00: Registration and Coffee (DC 1301)
  • 10:00-11:00: Three Minute Thesis presentations (DC 1304)
  • 11:00-12:00: Networking with Sponsors (DC 1301)
  • 11:30-1:00: Light lunch (DC 1301)
  • 1:00-2:00: Tour of Rock Garden and Museum (participants meet at the Rock Garden)
  • 2:30-4:00: Farvolden Lecture presented by Dr. Cathryn Ryan
  • 4:00-6:00: Farvolden Reception (EIT first floor foyer)

Past Farvolden Lecturers

  • Roger Woeller MSc, P.Geo, Chief Executive Officer, BluMetric Environmental
  • 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)


Lorraine Albrecht
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON  N2L 3G1
519-888-4567, ext. 32069



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Farvolden Scholarship


For information on how you can help support the Farvolden Lecture Series, please contact:

David Timms 
Science Director of Advancement
519-888-4567, ext. 33173



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