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. Apr. 25, 2019Water Institute member Keith Hipel wins coveted Killam PrizeKeith Hipel

    Keith Hipel, Water Institute member and professor in Waterloo's Department of Systems Design Engineering, has been awarded the 2019 Killam Prize through the Canada Council for the Arts.

    This coveted $100,000 national award for scholars is given annually to eminent, active scholars in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering.

  2. Apr. 24, 2019Poor flood-risk maps, or none at all, are keeping Canadian communities in areas prone to floodingWater Institute Members in the Media

    Cartographic depictions of areas most likely to flood under certain conditions are invaluable resources for Canadians. But unfortunately, the vast majority do not have access to such maps

  3. Apr. 24, 2019Is $200,000 a fair buyout price for a house in a Quebec flood zone?Water Institute Members in the Media

    Is Quebec Premier François Legault’s offer to pay homeowners $200,000 to abandon their flood-prone houses an example of government largesse, or an unjust drop in the bucket for residents whose homes were once worth far more?

    The answer is complex, because when it comes to building homes on flood plains, there are several players who may share the blame, including the federal, provincial and municipal governments, the homeowners, and a capricious global weather system.

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  1. May 2, 2019Ecosystem Recovery from Acid Rain: Biogeochemical Consequences in the Soil-Stream Continuum

    As part of the Water Institute's seminar series Richard Marinos, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo, will present "Ecosystem Recovery from Acid Rain: Biogeochemical Consequences in the Soil-Stream Continuum."

    Register today.

  2. May 28 to 31, 2019 NovCare 2019 International ConferenceNovCare logo

    The NovCare 2019 International Conference (Novel Methods for Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring: From Theory to Practice) will take place May 28-31, 2019 at the Federation Hall and Conference Centre of the University of Waterloo.

  3. June 2 to 13, 2019Climate Change and Water Security in Urbanized Watersheds: An Interdisciplinary PerspectiveWater Institute logo

    The Water Institute will be hosting an international summer school for international and domestic graduate students on climate change and water security in urbanized watersheds. With over 20 Water Institute members – from all six University of Waterloo faculties – participating as instructors, this program will offer a truly interdisciplinary perspective to students.

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