A week in Bordeaux, France - A short course on "weak signals"

central fountain in Bordeaux

At the start of the month, I had the opportunity to travel to Bordeaux to participate in the weeklong short course hosted by LabEx COTE. LabEx COTE is a major research consortium that studies Continental To coastal Ecosystems: evolution, adaptability and governance and is a partnership between many French research universities and research centres. Extremely multidisciplinary in nature, we had about 30 PhD students from about 18 different countries at the summer school coming to learn about “Weak signals and emerging issues in ecological transition”.

Elections - Candidate Profiles

SWIGS Elections are here and we have some great candidates for the executive team in 2017-2018. You can read  their blurbs below.

Note that we still have some open executive positions. If you are still interested in applying for one of the open positions listed below, please let us know (email us at uw.swigs@gmail.com).

You can cast your vote on our Google document, which will be live until 5PM on April 3rd, 2017.

Amy Dietrich

MIT Water Summit

On November 17 and 18, I had the distinct pleasure of representing the Water Institute and Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section (SWIGS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Water Summit in Cambridge, MA. The annual summit is organized by MIT’s Water Club (which is very similar to SWIGS!), and this year their event focused on “Water Utilities of the Future.”

Reflections on the Indigenous Water Panel

Water is a big topic.  On a daily basis it holds a high value for all life on the planet.  But, water is frequently taken for granted by settlers, because of our ease of access, and our ignorance for how our use of water affects all forms of life. Think about yourself; are there actions that you could have taken today, to protect water by using less or keeping it clean?

AskProfs Series - Field Work Stories Part One

Welcome to the third installment of our AskProfs Series! Back in the summer and fall terms we asked for all of your best field stories, and I've been holding on until after the holidays to publish them.

If these inspire you to tell everyone your own field work stories, good or bad, please submit them on our Google Form! Stories can be submitted anonymously for the extra embarrassing ones.

AskProfs Series - Interdisciplinarity in SERS

As promised, we’ve branched out from the topic of modelling as we continue with our AskProfs series.  This edition focuses on interdisciplinarity and its associated nuances within the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS). The School hosts diverse researchers working on a broad array of topics – a perfect opportunity for us at Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section (SWIGS) to seek some light hearted insight into what interdisciplinarity is like in practice.

Water in the News Analytics by Igor Markelov

Ever wondered how water makes its way into the news and social media? Well Igor Markelov was interested, and so he decided to perform some analysis of Twitter data to see how water was tweeted about. This was done for the 'Water in the News' portion of the WATER 601 and 602 courses, where students are asked to read a news article related to water and bring it to class to discuss. Why read one article when you can summarize thousands, right?

AskProfs Number One - Modelling in Water

This blog post is article number one in the new AskProfs series being launched by the Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section (SWIGS), where we choose a theme, put together some questions, and see what University of Waterloo (UW) professors, researchers, and postdocs think. For the first one we have chosen modelling in water and posed eight questions to UW faculty. The topic was unilaterally selected by me, but that is the benefit of starting the series off. I promise that future topics will not just be about modelling :) .

Research in the Real North

Have you ever thought of visiting the North? Let’s go on a field trip together. First we get on a plane, or two or three; destination: Yellowknife. We’re headed to the true North. It’s spring when we leave Waterloo: no snow on the ground, grass is turning green, and things are starting to come up in the gardens.

Uncertainty in the Bay of Fundy

Our Vice Chair of Internal Outreach, Irene Brueckner-Irwin, recently wrote a short article related to her research in the Bay of Fundy. The article discusses a science workshop she attended with the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BoFEP) and how uncertainties in the future may affect socio-political decisions. Be sure to check it out!