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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. Feb. 13, 2018The changing geography of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in a warmer worldParalympic skiing

    Climate change is threatening the viability of both the Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games, according to a study by a multinational team of researchers led by the University of Waterloo. The Paralympics, co-located with the Olympic Winter Games since 1992, but traditionally held closer to spring, is particularly vulnerable to a warming climate.  

  2. Feb. 8, 2018Sixth annual World Wetlands Day celebration at University of WaterlooWorld Wetlands Day logo

    Friday, February 2, marked the Ecohydrology Research Group’s sixth annual World Wetlands Day (WWD) celebration at the University of Waterloo. This year’s program featured research presentations, three-minute student presentations, a student poster competition, and an evening public lecture. The symposium had over 90 registrants and was attended by researchers from various universities across southwestern Ontario as well as members of the general public. The MP of Waterloo, Bardish Chagger, even Tweeted about the event:

  3. Feb. 1, 2018Research suggests bottled water sales fueled by desire for immortality water bottles

    A fear of dying plays a role in people buying bottled water, even though they know it may not be good for them or the planet, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

    The study suggests that most bottled-water advertising campaigns target a deep psychological vulnerability in humans, compelling them to buy and consume particular products. Bottled water ads specifically trigger our most subconscious fear — driving Canadians to buy billions of litres of water annually. 

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  1. Feb. 22, 2018Aquatic Methane at Small and Large ScalesWater Institute Water Talks

    As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Emily Stanley, professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, presents, "Aquatic Methane at Small and Large Scales ."

    Light refreshments will be provided.

  2. Mar. 2, 2018Ecohydrology Seminar: Linking agricultural management to microbial ecosystem processes

    As part of the Waterloo's Ecohydrology Research Groups' Seminar Series, Dr. Lori Phillips, Research Scientist-Microbial Ecology in the Science & Technology Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada presents, "Linking agricultural management to microbial ecosystem processes."

  3. Mar. 22, 2018World Water DayWorld Water Day Logo

    The annual UN World Water Day in Waterloo is on March 22, 2017. This year's theme is Nature for Water,  exploring how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

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