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. Oct. 12, 2017Rising sea temperatures will hit fisheries and communities in poor countries the hardestThis wood tower on Bikeman islet, in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati, used to be on the sand.

    The following story was co-authored by Water Institute member Jeremy Pittman, assistant professor in Waterloo's School of Planning, and originally appeared in The Conversation Canada.

  2. Oct. 6, 2017Graduate program brings together students from all six Waterloo faculties for a unique learning opportunityStudents electrofishing in Grand River

    For one week in September, graduate students in the Collaborative Water Program (CWP) step outside of the classroom and gain hands-on learning experience from local water experts and community members in the Grand River Watershed. Bringing together graduate students from all six University of Waterloo faculties, the CWP provides a unique interdisciplinary learning environment for future water leaders.

  3. Oct. 3, 2017What can cities do to go "blue"? Elizabeth English commentswater institute members in the media

    In a number of projects and proposals, architects and urban planners are working with water instead of against it.

    There are more ways to work with water than mitigating flood impacts.

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  1. Oct. 20, 2017Farvolden Lecture Series and Symposium

    The Farvolden Lecture Series, hosted by Waterloo's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was initiated in 1996 as an annual celebration in honour of Dr. Robert Farvolden. The Lecture Series fosters interaction and communication between the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the alumni of the hydrogeology program and the groundwater community at large.

  2. Oct. 23, 2017Panel discussion: Sustaining small islands in the context of global environmental changeSustaining small islands in the context of global, environmental change

    Water Institute member Simron Singh, associate professor in Waterloo's School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, and his colleagues, are hosting a public panel on sustaining small islands in the context of global environmental change. The panel discussion will be followed by wine and cheese for participants.   

  3. Oct. 24, 2017WaterTalk: The importance of ecosystem-based ecotoxicology for advancing environmental policy, with special reference to Canadian Oil Sands developmentWater Talk Banner

    As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Diane Orihel, National Scholar in Aquatic Ecotoxicology and assistant professor in Biology and Environmental Studies at Queen’s University, and Alana Greaves, environmental toxicologist and a postdoctoral researcher with Queen’s University present, "The importance of ecosystem-based ecotoxicology for advancing environmental policy, with special reference to Canadian Oil Sands development."

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