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Join us at the University of Waterloo in celebration of World Wetlands Day. On this annual international day of significance, wetlands groups across the globe commemorate the February 2, 1971 adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (all day)

World Water Day 2017

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The eighth annual UN World Water Day in Waterloo is on March 22, 2017. This year's theme is wastewater, and the campaign ‘Why waste water?’ is about reducing and reusing wastewater. 

Co-hosted by the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, this event is a celebration of water which showcases water research at both universities. This year it will be hosted at Wilfrid Laurier. 

Renison University College will be hosting the annual, international Trinity Institute Conference on March 22-24, 2017. This year's livestream from New York City will focus on Water Justice.

Trinity Institute is a global conference held in New York City and webcast all over the world. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance surrounding these issues.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

AquaHacking information night and kick-off mixer

Join us on March 29, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT) Atrium at the University of Waterloo for food, drinks and information about AquaHacking 2017. Learn about the competition, have your questions answered, learn about past winners and find out how you can be a part of this innovative movement!

Register for the mixer

Saturday, April 8, 2017 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

AquaHacking 2017 challenge days at the University of Waterloo

About AquaHacking

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AquaHacking is a multi-stage hackathon with a focus on developing functional, marketable innovations to address Lake Erie’s water issues. Students with a passion for water, hackers, engineers, and other creative minds are invited to work together in teams over a 10 week period to develop technology that will positively impact Lake Erie.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

AquaHacking 2017 semi-final pitch competition

Attend the AquaHacking semi-finals 

Join us on June 21, from 5-9 p.m. at the Centre for International Governance Innovation as aspiring water entrepreneurs pitch their solutions to problems facing Lake Erie. The five winning teams of the semi-finals will move on to compete in the final competition on September 13, 2017, where there's $75,000 in prize money available, in addition to access to local accelerators and mentors for winning teams. 

Friday, October 20, 2017 9:30 am - 6:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Farvolden Lecture Series and Symposium

The Farvolden Lecture Series, hosted by Waterloo's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was initiated in 1996 as an annual celebration in honour of Dr. Robert Farvolden. The Lecture Series fosters interaction and communication between the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the alumni of the hydrogeology program and the groundwater community at large.

Monday, October 23, 2017 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Panel discussion: Sustaining small islands in the context of global environmental change

Water Institute member Simron Singh, associate professor in Waterloo's School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, and his colleagues, are hosting a public panel on sustaining small islands in the context of global environmental change. The panel discussion will be followed by wine and cheese for participants.   

Friday, February 2, 2018 12:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

World Wetlands Day 2018

World Wetlands Day 2018 LogoJoin the Ecohydrology Research Group on Friday, February 2, 2018 for the research symposium and public lecture held in celebration of World Wetlands Day!

Research Symposium 
  • Presentations from local researchers 

  • 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) presentations