Annual Science Meeting 2018

June 3 - 6  | McMaster University & Six Nations of the Grand River | Hamilton & Ohsweken, Ontario

The primary purpose of the Global Water Futures 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. In addition, the following activities and outcomes are envisioned:

  • The inaugural meeting will provide a broad perspective of the GWF program in its entirety, to stimulate discussions and interactions amongst the individual researchers and various teams, leading to new cross-cut activities, and to showcase and celebrate the scientific advancements coming forth from the GWF program.
  • Workshops for GWF community to enhance understanding of Indigenous Communities engagement and history, and best practices for knowledge mobilization to users/stakeholders.
  • An opportunity to learn about GWF international engagement, and how individual projects could engage in support of GWF’s international agenda.
  • An opportunity for the Young Professionals group to come together and organize professional development activities to aid in their career advancement and social events to enhance comradery among peers. This will include activities such as workshops, presentations and scientific poster sessions.

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Dear colleagues, collaborators, and friends,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the Global Water Futures Inaugural Science Meeting 2018, hosted by McMaster University and the Six Nations of the Grand River and taking place in Hamilton and Ohsweken, Ontario, June 3- 6. 

McMaster University recognizes and acknowledges that it is located on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the "Dish With One Spoon" wampum agreement. The Haudenosaunne have agreed to host GWF offering their facilities both on and off campus.

For the first time, researchers, students, technicians and administrative staff from the 33 projects and six core teams of GWF will gather together to discuss our latest research findings, plans, and outcomes with our partners and collaborators in the GWF community.

The inaugural meeting will provide a broad review of progress in the entire GWF program to stimulate discussions and interactions amongst individual researchers, students, research teams and user groups. This review will focus on regional initiatives, international initiatives, knowledge mobilization, indigenous community water issues and on advances in water modelling and prediction. At the meeting, we will also examine critical themes that are important across GWF, such as observations and sensors, human-water interactions, watershed management and disturbance, aquatic environments, climate change and extremes. There will be lively poster sessions with refreshments. This will be an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the remarkable scientific advancements already coming forth from GWF.

A special event during the meeting will be a poster session and inaugural banquet located on the territory of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Ohsweken where we will explore ways that GWF can engage with Indigenous researchers and leaders on water issues.  There will be social and knowledge exchange events.

The GWF Young Professionals group will be organizing professional and social events. And there will be a knowledge mobilization workshop to hone our skills at making information relevant and usable for our partners.

More information will become available on the GWF event website as planning progresses with a draft of the agenda to be available shortly.  

Registration and abstract submission is now open for everyone affiliated with one of the 33 GWF projects, core teams, and/or affiliated universities, as well as GWF partners and stakeholders. 

I look forward to seeing you in Hamilton and Ohsweken.  

Yours truly, 

John Pomeroy 
GWF Director

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