A global leader in interdisciplinary water research and education

The Water Institute facilitates collaboration, supports excellence and promotes innovation in interdisciplinary water research and education. Today, more than 150 faculty members from all six University of Waterloo faculties and 19 departments are members of the Water Institute.

"Transformational research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries has deep roots at Waterloo. The Water Institute serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing grand challenges confronting the sustainable use and management of water." 

 — George Dixon, Vice-President Academic & Provost, University of Waterloo

  1. Dec. 5, 2017Front page of The Record features Water Institute members commenting on the importance of keeping the Grand River healthywater institute members in the media

    Professor Mark Servos, Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Protection and professor of Biology, Nandita Basu, professor in the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and post-doctoral fellow, Kim Van Meter, were prominently featured in Kitchener-Waterloo’s local newspaper.

  2. Nov. 30, 2017Susan Elliott weighs in on the global sanitation crisisAfrican children carrying water in Africa

    Today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste. World Toilet Day, which took place on Sunday, November 19, is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

  3. Nov. 22, 2017Waterloo partners for potable pipe preservationwater institute members in the media

    The University of Waterloo has entered into a partnership with the University of Alberta and Insituform Technologies to improve the maintenance of water distribution pipelines.

    The partnership is part of the Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program(AOP)-NSERC program.

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  1. Jan. 11, 2018Exploration of the Earth’s Deep Hydrogeosphere and Subsurface Microbial Life Water Talk Banner

    As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Barbara Sherwood Lollar, University Professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto, presents "Exploration of the Earth’s Deep Hydrogeosphere and Subsurface Microbial Life."

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Register today

  2. Feb. 8, 2018Our Tempestuous Love Affair with WaterWater Talk Banner

    As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Anthony Turton, professor in the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of Free State and RBC Visiting Fellow, presents, "Our Tempestuous Love Affair with Water."

    Light refreshments will be provided

    Register today.

  3. June 17 to 20, 2018International Conference on Water SecurityElsevier international water conference on water security

    The 1st International Conference on Water Security will welcome academics, thinkers and practitioners from around the world to present, discuss and highlight key issues and directions for change from scientific and policy perspectives, including data needs and how data can be acquired, successful public and private sector business models in different settings, political opportunities and obstacles, what the expressed human needs are, and where the knowledge gaps exist.

    Abstract submission deadline: December 15, 2017. 

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