Join us for the 8th Annual World Wetlands Day Research Symposium at the University of Waterloo!


Event registration and call for posters/lightning talks is now open!

Our annual World Wetlands Day event will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Federation Hall. This year's event will feature an afternoon research symposium including research seminars, lightning talks and poster presentations. In the evening, there will be a public lecture delivered by Dr. Stephen Faulkner, Supervisory Research Ecologist at USGS. Make sure you register for this free event and please consider presenting a poster or lightning talk - there are prizes to be awarded for the best undergraduate and graduate student posters!

To register for the event or submit a poster/lightning talk, click here. We look forward to seeing you there!

Public Lecture

Please join us in the evening on February 3 for a public lecture titled "Wetland Diversity: The Foundation of Biodiversity" delivered by Dr. Stephen Faulkner. While wetlands comprise less than 10% of the Earth’s land surface, they play a foundational and disproportionate role in supporting global biodiversity. This, in turn, has increasingly important ramifications to providing ecosystem services critical to human well-being. Wetlands are incredibly diverse spanning the continuum from freshwater to saltwater, blanketed by moss, short grasses, or tall trees, and supported by soils ranging from thin mineral deposits to deep organic peats. This wide range of wetland types yields a broad array of biological organisms across various life stages. This presentation will provide an overview of wetland diversity, the spectrum of organisms they support, and their connection to humans both here in North America and across the planet. 

Schedule of Events

12:30 pm - Registration Opens
1:00 -1:15 pm - Opening Remarks
1:15 -3:00 pm - Scientific Talks Session 1
3:00 -3:20 pm - Coffee Break
3:20 - 4:50 pm - Scientific Talks Session 2
5:00 - 6:45 pm - Reception and Poster Session
7:00 - 8:00 pm - Public Lecture with Dr. Stephen Faulkner

The full program will be available soon.

About World Wetlands Day

February 2nd is World Wetlands Day, which marks the day when the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran. The Convention is an international government agreement acknowledging the importance of wetlands and plays a central role in the wise use and conservation of these critical ecosystems. To learn more about the Convention, visit: