Breaking boundaries in water research

Ranked among the top 10 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. Jan. 22, 2019New startup focuses on removing hydrocarbons in stormwater runoff OleoTech UWaterloo startup

    Every year a significant amount of runoff water, contaminated with hydrocarbons, gets washed into stormwater drains and released into the water bodies, often untreated. This problem is often overlooked while contaminants accumulate and negatively impact the environment – including the water quality and animal and plant habitats.

  2. Jan. 16, 2019Global Water Futures project mobilizes interdisciplinary teams to investigate winter soil processesStudents in the field in the winter

    Warmer winters are leading to a greater frequency of freeze-thaw events and colder soils due to the loss of the insulating snowpack. These factors are subsequently changing the movement of water, carbon and nutrients in soils during the winter. Many assume that frozen soils are dormant. However, a new research project at the University of Waterloo is discovering that soils remain biogeochemically active during winter months, just differently from other seasons.

  3. Jan. 15, 2019Four new interdisciplinary research initiatives receive funding from the Water Institute

    The University of Waterloo’s Water Institute has awarded a combined total of $67,275 to four new interdisciplinary water research initiatives during its most recent fall 2018 Seed Grants Program call for proposals.

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  1. Jan. 24, 2019UWaterloo Panel: Unearthing Ancient Environments with Microbes Office of Research Talks

    A panel presentation and discussion, hosted by the Office of Research and the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research, featuring Water Institute member Kirsten Müller will explore the evolution of microbes.

    Learn more about the other panellists and register to attend.

  2. Jan. 24, 2019Building adaptive capacity for water management--the role of knowledge and powerWater Institute Water Talks

    As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series Maria Carmen Lemos, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Engagement at the School for Environment and Sustainability and Co-Director of the Great Lakes Sciences and Assessments Center at the University of Michigan, will present, "Building adaptive capacity for water management--the role of knowledge and power."

    Register today

  3. Feb. 4, 2019World Wetlands Day 2019

    The Ecohydrology Research Group at the University of Waterloo is excited to present the seventh annual research symposium in celebration of World Wetlands Day, happening on Monday, February 4.

    This year's program includes:

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