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Through collaboration among individuals engaged in water science, water engineering, water economics and water governance, the Water Institute is an interdisciplinary hub that facilitates innovative research, education and training. The Institute's activities focus on the sustainable use and management of water resources to support healthy and prosperous communities and ecosystems at the national and international scale.

  1. July 21, 2016Waterloo sponsors Nature Unleashed exhibit at THEMUSEUM

    By Amy Geddes, the Water Institute and Sarah J. Brown, Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change. This is the latest in a series of #UWCommunity stories that feature Waterloo in the community. 

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    Usually, you count yourself lucky to have avoided natural disasters first-hand. But Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters, the newest exhibit at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener, intentionally immerses visitors in the natural disaster experience via interactive displays.

    Sponsored in part by the University of Waterloo in a three-way partnership between Community Relations, the Water Institute and the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3), visitors of all ages are invited to stand in the eye of a tornado, build a volcano, and move tectonic plates. A dialogue series of public lectures later in the fall, some featuring Waterloo faculty members, will augment the experience.

  2. July 13, 2016Water Institute delegation represents Waterloo at Singapore International Water Week

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    The Water Institute booth at the Canada pavilion has received a steady stream of visitors at Singapore International Water Week. From left, Water Institute representatives Kevin Boehmer and Roy Brouwer with Ian Rowlands, Interim Associate Vice-President, International, University of Waterloo.

    The Water Institute has been actively developing partnerships this week with water colleagues from around the world at Singapore International Water Week

  3. July 4, 2016WaterTalks series videos now online

    The full-length, captioned video footage of our past WaterTalks series is now available.

    Educators are welcome to incorporate these into their curriculum, students can use these to enhance their learning, and researchers may find information relevant to their current research areas.

    The Water Institute regularly invites speakers from outside the University of Waterloo to share their insights and perspectives on water research with Institute members and students. These events are also open to the public.

    ​Prabhakar Clement
    Worthiness of Complex Groundwater Models for Decision Making — when should we say enough is enough?
    March 31, 2016 WaterTalks

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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, University Research, University of Waterloo