General Information

The second Global Water Futures (GWF) Annual Open Science Meeting is open to all members and affiliates of the GWF program and its extended community of partners, as well as all who wish to be involved with GWF. This meeting will bring together the GWF network for the second time, and will include a number of exciting, informative, and unique events and activities meant to review and better link together GWF’s technical and scientific advancements, whilst promoting further development and training of early career researchers, Indigenization of GWF, and engaging with partners and stakeholders.

The meeting will include the following:

  • Plenary sessions featuring high level talks by leading scientists on key issues relevant to GWF, as well as highlights of some of the research accomplishments from the GWF Program.
  • Parallel thematic oral sessions and poster presentations on Climate and Hydrology, Human dimensions and Hydro-economics, and Ecosystems and Water Quality to showcase the remarkable range and quality of research being done across GWF, and to foster collaboration, synthesis and user engagement through focused discussions.
  • Local Indigenous cultural learning with a half-day event at Wanuskewin Heritage Park near Saskatoon.  The group will participate in a number of different cultural learning activities to enhance knowledge of the history and culture of the Indigenous Peoples of the region.
  • A public event to explore relevant and important water issues faced in the Canadian Prairies and what GWF is doing in response to the challenges.  This will take place the evening of May 14, 2019.  
  • Professional development opportunities and workshops to build skills, strengthen communication abilities, and enhance collaboration and network building across GWF and beyond.  These will be organized by the GWF Young Professionals and the Knowledge Mobilization and Communications Teams, and will take place on May 14, 2019. 

Please contact us at with any questions.

John's photo courtesy of Erin Collins, CBC

Dear colleagues, collaborators, and friends, 

We are pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Science Meeting of the Global Water Futures Program will take place in Saskatoon from May 15– 17, 2019. Please save the date! 

Our main venue for the meeting will be TCU Place –  a great space for plenaries, posters, break-outs, food and drink.

We are planning on hosting visitors at the University of Saskatchewan residences, with shuttle services running between the campus and the meeting venue in downtown Saskatoon. 

For those of you who were able to join us in Hamilton and Six Nations Ontario last year, you will know that this meeting is a chance for us to come together to share, learn, plan and celebrate our achievements and I look forward to seeing as many of you there as can make it. 

Travel and accommodation support will be available for GWF members.

Registration and the call for proposals is now open.

We look forward to seeing you in Saskatoon in May. 

Yours truly, 

John Pomeroy 
GWF Director

Registration and Abstract Submission

Register for this event and submit abstracts through our online system.  Everyone who plans to attend must register.  If you plan to submit an abstract, this is done during the registration process.  You will be asked if you want to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation at the conference, so click "yes" and the system will guide you through the process.  

Agenda & Presenter Information

A more detailed agenda will be posted as meeting organization continues, but registrants can plan for the following: 

May 14

  • Most visitors will be arriving in Saskatoon 
  • Workshops and PD activities are being organized by the GWF Young Professionals (see below) 
  • Evening public event at the Roxy Theatre (7 - 9pm) including an expert panel and discussion on local/regional water issues

May 15 

May 16 

  • Meeting continues all day at TCU Place 
  • Evening banquet (TCU Place) 

May 17

  • Meeting ends at lunch time with awards ceremony at TCU Place 

Those giving oral presentations have 12 minutes to present and 3 minutes to answer questions. Your presentation should be either a PowerPoint file or a PDF and have an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 4:3. Clickers and laser pointers will be provided for use during your presentation. 

Please refer to the ASM agenda to identify the room your session is held in. Technical support will be provided at TCU Place to upload your presentation files (further instructions will follow). 

Poster Creation Guidelines

  • Please ensure your posters are no larger than 5'x5'. 
  • The presentation must cover the material as cited in the corresponding submitted abstract.
  • Place the title of your paper and the author’s names prominently at the top of the poster board to allow viewers to identify your presentation.
  • Highlight the author’s names, e-mails, and address information in case the viewer is interested in contacting you for more information.
  • Prepare all diagrams or charts neatly and legibly in a size sufficient to be read at a distance of 3 feet. Paragraph and figure caption text should be AT LEAST 24-point font and headers AT LEAST 36 point font.
  • Organize the paper on the board so it is clear, orderly and self-explanatory.
  • Include the background of your research followed by results and conclusions. A successful poster presentation depends on how well you convey information to an interested audience.

Setting Up Your Poster

  • Location: please refer to map of TCU Place for poster number locations
  • Set Up: morning of Wednesday, May 15
  • Take Down: afternoon of Friday, May 17

You will be required to set up your own poster at your assigned location for the duration listed above. 

There will be a competition for all students presenting posters or oral presentations with prizes for the winners. To enter this competition, simply submit an abstract for an oral/poster presentation during registration and select the box that indicates the submission is a student presentation.

More information to come

Location, Lodging & Other Important Information

The Conference

The GWF 2nd Annual Science Meeting will take place at TCU Place

Location of TCU Place.


Accommodations are available at USASK residences - College Quarter and can be reserved when registering (refer to map below). 

College Quarter Residence (CQ) is located in the Varsity View community and was completed in 2012. CQ consists of fully furnished four-bedroom apartments. Four-bedroom suites have four separate bedrooms, two (or private) washrooms, one lounge area and one kitchenette per unit. Bedroom sizes within each apartment vary. Furnishings include: dining table/ island and chairs, fridge, stove, living room furniture, desks, chairs, beds, and built-in closets. (Cooking utensils, dishes, and cutlery not provided.) 

Amenities: Pillows, Sheets, Blankets, Facecloths, Bath Towels, and Soap

Housekeeping Service: Garbage from dorm rooms will be removed daily with bedding being replaced weekly and towels being replaced every second day. All common areas will be cleaned daily. Groups can arrange for additional cleaning services with the Event Conference Manager. The group will be charged accordingly based on the level of service the groups requires.

Special Features: Your guests will have time to network or relax in one of the many lounges located in each building. Lounge areas feature large screen TV’s.
Complimentary wireless access is available in each room as well as the common areas.

Laundry facilities are available for the guests use. Guests are welcome to use the complimentary coin-operated machines. The machines will return the coins after the load selections have been made. Please note that laundry detergent/fabric softener/dryer sheets are to be provided by the individual.

College Quarter does feature Air Conditioning in all areas.


Wifi information will be available at TCU Place and a public wifi will be available at the USask residences. 

Travel Support

Travel support of up to $500 per person is available to faculty, students and researchers of GWF projects and core teams traveling from a distance greater than 500 km. Please ensure you apply for this support during the online registration process. Please email for further information.

If you applied for travel support:

Up to $500 per person is available to assist with travel costs for faculty, students and researchers of GWF projects and core teams who requested travel support during the registration process. The support is to cover transportation tickets, parking and mileage ($0.4283/km personal car) only. The process for reimbursement of travel costs is to email your receipts to, after the meeting. Note that accommodations and most food during the event are provided free of charge. 

GWF Young Professional Events

The GWF Young Professionals in coordination with the Canadian Young Hydrologic Society (CYHS) are planning many great professional development and social events throughout the GWF Annual Science Meeting!

Please take the time to register for each individual event through the Eventbrite link to ensure there is enough space, food and refreshments:

When: May 14, 1:30 pm - 5 pm

Where: Classrooms TBA on University of Saskatchewan Campus

Details: Global Water Futures - Young Professionals are invited to arrive in Sasktoon early on May 14th to partake in professional development workshops before the Global Water Furutes 2nd Annual Open Science Meeting begins on May 15th. Students attending the workshops will meet at 1:30 pm at a location TBA on the U of S campus. From there, students will break out into groups of 20-30 students for the workshops. Sessions will run on the hour at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm.  Each session will run 3 times so students will have the opportunity to attend each session. We ask that students plan to attend at least 2/3 sessions when registering for the event. A maximum of 90 students will be accepted into the workshop (ie.30 per session). 

Workshops sessions are:

1) Writing for The Conversation - Daniel Hallen, Research Profile and Impact Specialist, U of S

2) Digital Storytelling - Andrew Spring and Stephanie Morningstar, GWF Knowledge Mobilization Specialists

3) KM Toolkit for YPs - Stephanie Merrill and Nancy Goucher, GWF Knowledge Mobilization Specialists

 A full description of each workshop is provided on the eventbrite registration page.

Registration Required? Yes

When: May 15, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Louis', Lower Level, 93 Campus Drive, University of Saskatchewan

Details: Young Professionals attending the GWF 2nd Annual Open Science Meeting are invited to Louis' for an evening social on May 15th. Food will be provided and refeshements will be available for purchase. Activities will include a review of the 2018-2019 GWF-YP activities, introduction of new GWF-YP Executive, hydrology trivia, and other games tbd. Louis' is located on campus at the University of Saskatchewan and is therefore walking distance to all campus residences. Please join us to celebrate the achievements of our Young Professionals over the previous academic year and get to know your fellow YPs from arcross Canada

Registration Required? Yes