The futures we imagine for humanity and our planet
Introducing the 2024 Global Futures: Innovation Update
Since our founding in 1957, the University of Waterloo has sought to uncover solutions to the most pressing, complex challenges facing humanity and our planet. As these challenges evolve, we are evolving too.
The world continues to face compounding major crises, meaning universities are essential for ensuring society has the knowledge, technology and talent necessary to tackle these challenges head-on. Waterloo faculty, staff, students and alumni are developing solutions that cut across society, health, the environment, technology and the economy. It’s through interdisciplinary collaboration that research, innovation and imagination thrive.
The future we imagine for humanity and our planet is at the core of our Global Futures. I invite you to read these inspiring stories about Waterloo community members, who are working to change the world for the better. From leading decarbonization policies for cities to improving immunotherapy through application of deep learning, Waterloo provides a foundation for researchers, entrepreneurs and changemakers to create meaningful and lasting progress.
Progress and research applications like these don’t happen overnight — they are often based on decades of basic science research and fundamental scholarship. What sets Waterloo apart is our engaged approach to research and deep connections to industry that bolster learning opportunities for our students. We continue to have bold ambitions for the impact we want to make on the world. We will lead with our strengths in boundary-breaking research, experiential education and entrepreneurship to inspire innovation and optimism for a better world.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.