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. Nov. 17, 2017Rebecca Rooney organizes workshop to tackle invasive species Phragmites

    Rebecca Rooney, Water Institute member and professor in the Department of Biology, studies wetlands ecology. Her work supports the implementation of invasive species management and the protection of species at risk. Currently, Rooney is exploring the interactions between invasive species and species at risk, especially Phragmites australis, which is considered one of the greatest dangers to coastal marshes.

  2. Nov. 15, 2017Water Institute members receive funding for social sciences and humanities research

    Three Water Institute members will receive funding to advance research and encourage partnerships that will lead to innovative approaches that improve the well-being of Canadians.

    The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is awarding the funding through Insight Grants, Insight Development Grants, and Partnership Development Grants.

  3. Nov. 15, 2017Blaire Feltmate comments on the growing threat of basement floodingwater institute members in the media

    Water Institute member Blair Feltmate, the Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, was the guest speaker at a municipality information session in Lakeshore to inform residents on how to prevent future flooding by taking advantage of the backwater valve subsidy program. Feltmate spoke on the growing threat of basement flooding.

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  1. Nov. 17, 2017Seminar presented by Dr. Frank Schwartz: Megacities – Running on Empty

    Megacities – Running on Empty 

    Dr. Frank SchwartzSchool of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University

  2. Nov. 23, 2017Big Data Analysis of Residential Water Demand Records

    PhD candidate Robert Enouy and Associate Professor Andre Unger from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will present, "Big Data Analysis of Residential Water Demand Records," on Thursday, November 23 at 2:30 p.m.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Please register.

  3. Nov. 30, 2017Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons From Building the Detroit River International Wildlife RefugeWaterTalks Banner

    As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Professor John Hartig, Fulbright Scholar serving as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Global Governance at Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, presents, "Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons From Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge."

    Light refreshments will be provided.

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