WatIF 2014 Program
The backbone of the WatIF conference is it's focus on the future; activities will be student run and will look to the future of Canada's water. The program will provide opportunities for students to develop their communication skills and gain academic recognition through traditional activities (e.g. plenary and poster sessions). Non-conventional, innovative activities will allow students to develop leadership skills and experience collaborative, interdisciplinary work in action. WatIF will encourage students to use a broad range of learning styles and step outside of their comfort zone. Here is a taste of our program activities.
WatIF 2014 Themes:
Our Water Planet: Earth as a Physical and Natural System
Exploring water and Earth’s systems ranging from the complexities of water and ecosystems to aspects of the water cycle. This session will bring together research from the physical and natural sciences.
Making Waves, Changing Currents: Evolving Water Management and Governance
Exploring the role of stakeholders in the decision-making process, as well as evolving water policies in the face of new challenges and solutions. Topics will range from water licensing to aboriginal values on water to citizen science, etc.
Urban Waterscapes: The Interactions between Humans and Water in a Growing Nation
Exploring how our need for water has shaped human environments and how our activities have impacted this resource. Early leaders will examine our urban waterscapes from the perspective of infrastructure development, source water management, drinking and wastewater treatment and conservation.
Our Livelihood, Our Legacy: Balancing Resource-Based Needs and their Water Impacts
Assessing the relationship between agricultural and industrial activities, and their impacts on water quality and quantity. Environmental policy, hydrogeology, engineering and the natural sciences come together to assess Canada’s past and the future of our resource-based livelihood.