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. Aug. 21, 2017Water Institute researcher talks to CBC news about Syncrude's reclamation experimentwater institute members in the media

    Half a decade ago, Syncrude had no idea whether a frozen slice of wetland, revealing centuries-old layers of peat and soil, would thrive after being transplanted to a former oilsands mine in order to regrow.

    Water Institute researcher, Jonathan Price, professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, comments:

  2. Aug. 16, 2017Waterloo graduates take on Lake Erie's algal bloomsImPonderable

     Jill Crumb, Sylvie Spraakman and Nicole McLellan,

  3. Aug. 16, 2017Hyung-Sool Lee examines anaerobic oxidation of methane in new publication

    The impact of methane gas on climate change is growing as warmer temperatures accelerate microbial methane emissions in nature. Water Institute member Hyung-Sool Lee, an associate professor in department of civil and environmental engineering, is discovering innovative ways to deal with this problem. His recent publication, “Kinetic study on anaerobic oxidation of methane coupled to denitrification,” offers new ideas about how to mitigate atmospheric methane efflux through anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM).

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  1. Sep. 5, 2017Data instead of concrete? Exploring the potential of digitalization in urban drainageWater Talk Banner

    As part of our WaterTalk lecture series professor Max Maurer, head of the Urban Water Management Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology  (Eawag), presents, "Data instead of concrete? Exploring the potential of digitalization in urban drainage." 

  2. Sep. 10 to 13, 2017The Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy — Elsevier's fourth water research conferenceelsevier's international water conference

    We are pleased to announce that the Water Institute will host Elsevier's renowned annual Water Research Conference. Welcoming water colleagues from around the world, the conference will focus on the role of water technology innovation in the blue economy.

    Register, submit abstracts, and find out more on the official event page.

  3. Sep. 11, 2017The Water Institute RBC Distinguished Lecture 2017 Quentin Grafton title banner

    The 2017 Water Institute RBC distinguished lecturer, Quentin Grafton, will present Innovation, Incentives and Infrastructure in the Blue Economy as part of  Elsevier's fourth International Water Research Conference, hosted by the Water Institute. 

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