Water Institute Research Conference 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018 8:30 am - 8:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Water Institute Water Research Conference

Join the Water Institute on Monday, September 24 for a full day of interdisciplinary dialogue around water research at the University of Waterloo. Water Institute members and international Water Institute board members, including 2016 Stockholm Water Prize winner Joan Rose and 2018 Stockholm Water Prize winner Mark van Loosdrecht, will share their latest research and open up new opportunities for discussion and collaboration. Students from the Collaborative Water Program will also share insights from Waterloo’s most interdisciplinary graduate program.

Register today.

Breaking Boundaries in Water Research
Conference Program

Time Speaker
8:30-8:45 a.m.


Charmaine Dean, Vice President, Research
Roy Brouwer, Executive Director, The Water Institute

8:45-9:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote Lecture

Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment for Sanitation
Joan Rose, Professor and Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, Michigan State University; 2016 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Human Health and Well-Being

The Dichotomies of Water and Well-Being
Susan Elliott, Professor, Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo

We Want to Drink the Water and Eat The Fish: Community-Partnered Contaminant Research in Canada's North
Heidi Swanson, Professor, Biology, University of Waterloo

To Water Through Governance: Consent-Based Collaboration to Protect Waters
Merrell-Ann Phare, Executive Director, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, Winnipeg

10:30-10:50 a.m. BREAK
10:50-11:35 a.m.

Collaborative Water Program

Students will present outcomes of the Collaborative Water Program's WATER 602 course

11:35 a.m.-12:35 p.m.

Urban Water Systems

Robust Drinking Water Systems
Peter Huck, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo;  NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Water Treatment

Sustainable Nanomaterials for Wastewater Treatment Applications
Michael Tam, Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo

Emerging Solutions to the Water Challenges of an Urbanizing World
Tove Larsen, Professor/Group Leader, Urban Water Management at Eawag, Switzerland

12:35-1:20 p.m. LUNCH
1:20-2:20 p.m.

Watershed Management

Neocastorization of the World – Or How Damming of Rivers is Changing Global Biogeochemical Cycles 
Philippe Van Cappellen, Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo; Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate in Ecohydrology

Global Drinking Water Security: Climate Change Threats and Adaptation Strategies
Monica Emelko, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo

The Complex Politics of Governing Watersheds
William Blomquist, Professor, Political Science, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

2:20-3:20 p.m.

Blue Economy

Flood Risk Governance in a Changing Climate
Jason Thistlewaite, Professor, Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo

The Economics of Water Pollution Control and Abatement
Alain-Désiré Nimubona, Professor, Economics, University of Waterloo

Working at the Intersection of Academic and Private Sector Research to Support the Blue Economy
Brenda Lucas, Executive Director, Southern Ontario Water Consortium

3:20-3:40 p.m. BREAK
3:40-4:40 p.m.

Global Water Cycle

Nutrient Legacies in Anthropogenic Catchments: Implications for Water Quality
Nandita Basu, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo

Coupled Hydrodynamic-Biogeochemical-Ice Modelling in Large Lakes
Kevin Lamb, Professor, Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo

Integrated Terrestrial Observatories - The New Initiatives TERENO, MOSES and eLTER
Georg Teutsch, Scientific Director, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany

4:40-5:00 p.m. BREAK
5:00-6:15 p.m.

Water Institute RBC Distinguished Lecture 2018*

The Future of Water: Innovation, Resource Recovery, and the Blue Economy
Mark van Loosdrecht, 2018 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate; Professor, Department of Biotechnology, TU Delft, The Netherlands

*Free, public lecture. Please register here.

6:15-7:30 p.m. RECEPTION