Events - 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) offers a variety of prestigious medals and awards recognizing outstanding achievements of Canadian researchers. It is a responsibility of Fellows of the RSC to nominate candidates for these honours, and they are explicitly invited to do so every year.

Earlier this year, Water Institute member Keith Hipel, University Professor in Waterloo's Department of Systems Design Engineering, was awarded the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal for significant contributions to the resolution of scientific aspects of environmental problems or for important improvements to the quality of an ecosystem in all aspects — terrestrial, atmospheric and aqueous — brought about by scientific means.

On November 29, professor Hipel will deliver the Miroslaw Romanowski Lecture at the University of Waterloo: "Negotiations over Groundwater Contamination."

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST

The Water Institute, University of Waterloo seeks 8 to 10 volunteers across different age groups (20+) living at least 10 years in the K-W area to participate in a study that focuses on public awareness and understanding of water quality in the Grand River. Participants must be staff members (no students or professors).

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 — 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST
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Freshwater fish provide diverse ecosystem services. Yet, freshwater fish and fisheries are not often a national or regional governance priority and as a result, freshwater fisheries are undervalued and largely overlooked. Due to lack of reliable data, freshwater fisheries have never been part of any high profile global fisheries assessment and are notably absent from the Sustainable Development Goals.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 — 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST
Where do you go to the toilet?

When nature calls…

…we need a toilet. But billions of people don’t have one.

To raise awareness about World Toilet Day on November 19, and the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6): to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all, the University of Waterloo's Geographies of Health in Place (GoHelP) lab, led by Susan Elliott, and the Water Institute will host a film screening of Toilet: A Love Story.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 — 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM EST

The Nith Valley Ecoboosters are pleased to present an informative and timely talk featuring Blair Feltmate. 

Feltmate is Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation and is a member of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo. He has written textbooks on environmental science and sustainable development and is involved in the creation of several national climate adaptation Standards involving the National Research Council, Standards Council of Canada and the Canadian Standards Association. Feltmate is also Chair of the Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT
Water Institute Water Talks

As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Gregory Baird, President of The Water Finance Research Foundation, will present, "Perspectives on the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Challenge: Engineering, Technology or Financial Crisis."

Register today

Friday, October 26, 2018 1:30 PM EDT
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Dr. Ed SudickyProfessor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo

A reception in STC 1001 Main Commons follows the Lecture. Come meet with alumni and friends!

Thursday, October 25, 2018 (all day)
AquaHacking 2018 Lake Ontario and Beyond

AquaHacking challenges programmers, scientists, marketers, and water experts to develop clean-tech engineering, web and mobile solutions to water issues affecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Watershed Basin.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT
Water Institute Water Talks

As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, William Blomquist, professor of Political Science at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, will be presenting, "Notes from Underground: A Groundwater Perspective on Water Resource Governance and Management."

Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
Water Institute Water Talks

As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Ng How Yong, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore, will be presenting, "Research Activities at the National University of Singapore Environmental Research Institute."

Monday, September 24, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

The Future of Water: Innovation, Resource Recovery, and the Blue Economy

Mark van Loosdrecht

2018 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate

Professor, Biotechnology, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Monday, September 24, 2018 — 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM EDT
Water Institute Water Research Conference
Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:30 PM EDT
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Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Gold Seal Accredited Course

Good geotechnical information is critical for selecting proper trenchless technology, design and determining construction risks and costs. This workshop will discuss the geotechnical investigations and requirements for different trenchless construction methods. It will cover industry’s good practice guidelines and standards for preparing geotechnical reports for preparing geotechnical reports for successful trenchless projects. Case studies will highlight good practices to avoid construction difficulties, project delays and costly construction claims.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 — 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Did you know...
...that every piece of plastic ever made still exists today, and only 10% of what we throw away is recycled each year? That means the other 90% collects on land, in our waterways, in our bodies, and in our wildlife, often resulting in human illness and wildlife deaths. However, the story doesn't have to end this way!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 — 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT

A Plastic-Free Campus: 2025

Join the Waterloo Association of Geography Students (WAGS) in banning the sale of plastic on campus by the year 2025. Our first initiative is promoting the use of reusable straws and/or encouraging students, staff and faculty to refuse the plastic straw. We want to make University of Waterloo a leader in sustainability by eliminating the sale of wasteful plastics (water bottles, plastic bags, straws, unnecessary packaging, etc.) on our campus. The lemonade stand will run from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Dana Porter Library. Each reusable straw purchase comes with a FREE lemonade!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:00 PM EDT
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Join the Water Institute's graduate student group, SWIGS, for an evening of discussion and networking while enjoying a talk delivered by Katherine Balpataky, editor of Water Canada magazine. 

Katherine is the editor of Water Canada magazine and associate editor of ReNew Canada magazine. She has over ten years experience working on water issues as a policy advisor, communications expert and journalist.

Monday, June 18, 2018 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
Water Institute Water Talks

As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Lovell Endowed Professor Ximing Cai from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will be presenting, "Modelling River Basins as Coupled Human and Natural Systems."

Sunday, June 17, 2018 — 8:00 AM to Wednesday, June 20, 2018 — 5:00 PM EDT
Elsevier international water conference on water security

The First International Conference on Water Security will welcome academics, thinkers and practitioners from around the world to present, discuss and highlight key issues and directions for change from scientific and policy perspectives, including data needs and how data can be acquired, successful public and private sector business models in different settings, political opportunities and obstacles, what the expressed human needs are, and where the knowledge gaps exist.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 — 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
Water Institute Water Talks

As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Curtis Richardson, professor of Resource Ecology and Director of the Duke University Wetland Center, presents, "Decoding the Secrets of Carbon Preservation in Peatlands along a Boreal to Tropical Gradient from Minnesota to Peru."

Monday, June 11, 2018 — 8:00 AM to Friday, June 15, 2018 — 5:00 PM EDT
COTE summer school

"Interactions between ecosystems and rural–urban fringes"

Bordeaux, France, June 11 - 15, 2018

The Summer School is part of the COTE Cluster of Excellence training program and gathers PhD students in environmental sciences, each specialized in different disciplines such as ecology, chemistry, biology and even sociology. Through talks, field trips and roundtables with international experts on integrative ecology, the program will provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach on the interactions between ecosystems and rural-urban fringes.

Sunday, June 10, 2018 (all day) to Thursday, June 14, 2018 (all day)
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The Water Institute, together with the Canadian Journal of Soil Science, is pleased to sponsor the 2018 Joint Meeting of the Canadian Geophysical Union, Canadian Soil Science Society, Computational Infrastructure in Geodynamics, Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America & the Canadian Society for Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

Specifically, the Water Institute has sponsored the Sunday night public lecture "Niagara Falls - Behind the Scenes of the Natural Wonder" by Aaron Thomson, Canadian Co-Chair of the International Niagara Board of Control.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 — 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM EDT
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Clean drinking water is a valuable resource for human societies and the protection of drinking water is of considerable importance to researchers and governments. How can we ensure the continued protection of drinking water in Canada and beyond our borders?

Please register to join us for GRADtalks: Drinking Water on Thursday, June 7. 

Monday, June 4, 2018 — 9:00 AM to Wednesday, June 6, 2018 — 9:00 AM EDT
Global Water Futures

This will be the first annual general meeting of the Global Water Futures (GWF) program. Plenaries, project reporting, posters, student events, breakout sessions, and other important GWF initiatives will take place during this time. 

The primary purpose of the GWF inaugural Annual Science Meeting is to provide an opportunity for all GWF researchers and affiliated highly-qualified personnel to gather and share their scientific findings and other relevant activities and outcomes with GWF community and users/stakeholders.

Monday, June 4, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
PIT tag in the field

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is hosting a workshop led by Warren Leach, Oregon RFID, on Radio Frequency Identification Transponders for tracking studies in rivers.

Topics covered

RFID for fish and wildlife tracking

Monday, June 4, 2018 — 8:01 AM to Saturday, June 9, 2018 — 4:00 PM EDT

This course addresses the development of computational models of watershed hydrology in support of water resources management and scientific investigation. The full model development and application cycle is considered: pre-processing, understanding, and generating input forcing data; system discretization and algorithms for simulating hydrologic processes; parameter estimation; and interpreting model output in the context of often significant system uncertainty.


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