Breaking boundaries in water research

Ranked among the top water research institutions in the world, the Water Institute is a leader in water research and education.

Distinguished by its commitment to 1) facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration, 2) inspiring innovation and 3) building international partnerships, the Water Institute is tackling some of the most complex water challenges of our time.

  1. May 4, 2021Canada’s troubled waters: Rob de Loë and Blair Feltmate comment
    Members in the media

    Not only is it a myth that Canada has an abundance of readily accessible water, say researchers, but we're poorly managing what we do have.

    The fact that Canada faces real threats to its water security will surprise many Canadians, as the popular perception is that we are a country with a virtually inexhaustible supply of water.

  2. Apr. 29, 2021Water Institute members developing at-home COVID spit test

    A twenty-minute saliva-based COVID-19 test may be coming soon to a pharmacy near you, thanks to researchers at the University of Waterloo.

  3. Apr. 22, 2021Marek Stastna on leading the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
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    In May 2020, Water Institute member Marek Stastna, professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics, was elected President of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS). In this uniquely challenging year, the President’s role has presented new opportunities for Marek such as the implementation of virtual programming and leading the development of a new Strategic Plan.

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  1. May 17 to 19, 20212021 Global Water Futures Annual Open Science Meeting
    GWF ASM

    Join the Global Water Futures community May 17-19 in a virtual setting where researchers and collaborators will share their latest scientific achievements and success stories, provide updates on end-user solutions, and support the actions needed to secure Canada’s water future.  

    Keynote presentations from:

    May 17, 11:00 a.m. ET
    Elena Bennett, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Science at McGill University on

  2. May 18, 2021WaterTalk and forWater Network: Christophe Darnault and Adrian Collins

    Co-hosted with the forWater Network, and as part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Christophe Darnault, Associate Professor Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University, and Adrian Collins, Hydrologist and Head of Sustainable Agriculture Sciences at Rothamsted Research North Wyke in the United Kingdom, will present "Water & Sustainable Agricultural Systems: Two examples of innovative

  3. May 19, 2021Hallman Lecture and Panel: COVID-19 and Indigenous communities
    Perry Bellegarde

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating and unique impacts on First Nation communities, particularly with the loss of respected Elders and Knowledge Holders. These impacts have been experienced differently across jurisdictions within Canada and bring to light critical opportunities for learning and advocating for a wide diversity of First Nation families and communities.

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