Meeting Summary

GWF Final Open Science Meeting - "Results, Capacities, and Solutions"

We are delighted to announce the final in-person GWF Open Science Meeting.  At this meeting we will present the penultimate results of GWF and start to outline the final synthesis of results into a user question-centric framework.   As GWF projects and core teams near completion of their work, this meeting will focus on synthesizing the major outcomes of the program by bringing us together to share our activities, results, impacts and stories.  It will also be the launch of the newly funded Global Water Futures Observatories (GWFO) project that will allow many of our field and laboratory research sites to continue operations and data management to 2029.  The meeting will be organized around synthesis topics and themes with high-level presentations and panel discussions in plenary, with time for poster viewing and networking.  There will be a showcasing of GWF artwork throughout the meeting and a series of activities organized by and tailored for the GWF Young Professionals.  The newly renovated Wanuskewin Heritage Park will host us again for an afternoon of Indigenous cultural sharing and learning, and hearing from our Indigenous-led projects and partners on this essential part of GWF—the amplification of Indigenous voices, perspectives, and knowledge.     

Registration is now open and includes a call for abstracts for posters.  We encourage you to attend in person to be able to fully engage and participate in the meeting which will also have some parts broadcast online.       

Registration and Abstract Submission

The GWF 2023 Open Science Meeting is open to all our participants, partners and users, and to those from outside of the program with an interest in water science and making connections with GWF researchers and partners.  All attendees must abide by the GWF code of conduct, and everyone who plans to attend or participate online must register through the link below.  Registration is free of charge but is limited based on capacity and is on a first-come basis.  The deadline to register for in-person attendance is April 30.

Register to Attend

We are now accepting abstracts for poster presentations, with an option for a 2 minute "lightning talk" in a plenary session. A lightning talk is meant as a quick overview to convey the essence of the poster and to draw people to come and visit you during the poster sessions.  You must also register to attend using the link above.  Abstracts can be submitted until the end of April, but we encourage submission sooner rather than later and these will be evaluated for acceptance on an ongoing basis.  If you wish to be considered for a lightning talk, your abstract must be submitted by April 15.   

Submit Your Abstract

Meeting at a Glance and Agenda



May 14


May 15


May 16


May 17

Morning Opening Session and Thematic/Topical Panels Thematic/Topical Panels and Poster Session Thematic/Topical Panels, Poster Session, Meeting Closing
Afternoon Visit to Wanuskewin Heritage Park and Lunch, Indigenous Community Water Research Project Updates, and Indigenous Cultural Activities

Lunch, and Invited Luncheon Speaker; 

Thematic/Topical Panels and Poster Session

Lunch and Departure
Evening Sunday Evening Reception at TCU Place

Reception, Dinner;

Public Art Exhibition

Reception, Dinner

See the Draft Meeting Agenda*note this is preliminary and is subject to change

Travel Support and Accommodation

Limited travel support and local accommodation is available for GWF participants (i.e., researcher, student, staff, or community member who is part of GWF projects and programs).  There is limited support available and will be on a first-come basis.  Meals will be provided at no cost for all attendees.  Housing will be at the University of Saskatchewan residence and local transportation to all meeting events will be provided.


GWF values equity, diversity, and inclusion.  If you require any support to make the meeting accessible for you, please get in touch with as soon as possible so that we can work with you to ensure the venue, accommodation, and transportation are accessible.

GWF Code of Conduct

  1. Treat all participants with dignity and respect in accordance with the principle of Manācihitowin: a Cree/Michif phrase that translates to ‘let us respect each other’.
  2. Participate with academic integrity in accordance with the University of Saskatchewan’s Guidelines for Academic Conduct.
  3. Provide your true professional identity, affiliation, and, where appropriate, contact information, at registration, and during attendance and conference sessions, as required.
  4. Demonstrate respect for others by practicing active listening skills (e.g., keeping microphones muted while others speak, asking questions, engaging in an open dialogue of ideas).
  5. Respect the rules and policies of the meeting hosts including the digital platform providers.
  6. There will be no tolerance for any behavior that is considered by a participant to be harassment, bullying, threatening, violent, or aggressive.
  7. Should anyone engage in conduct that constitutes harassment, bullying, threatening, violence, or aggression they will be immediately removed from the event.
  8. If you need to report a violation of this code of conduct please email This account will be monitored throughout the event.
  9. Practice accountability by working together to identify problems and adjust practices to create a welcoming environment for everyone.


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