The Beaty Water Research Centre is dedicated to furthering interdisciplinary research on water governance, sustainability, and protection of water resources.

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What can authors submit?


Oral presentation (15 min) or poster;
Authors abstracts to be published in Convergence Proceedings.


Delegate run, interactive friendly sharing of research
Showcase your passion & research in non-conventional knowledge transfer


45 min workshop proposal, professional facilitator focused;
Designed to foster interactive discussions, generate ideas, and collaborative solutions amongst delegates.

Our Themes


Infrastructure and assets 

Infrastructure rehabilitation (source to tap to source) 
Sustainable lifecycle management 
Adaptation to climate change 
Different climatic conditions 
Operations and maintenance 
Stormwater management 
Leaching (different pipe materials) 
Biofilm, viruses, and microbiology (pipes) 
Leak detection and management 
Public and private drinking water systems  

Wastewater and water system design 

Design and modelling approaches 
Design decision support aids 
Water savings and reuse 
Designing for uncertainty (robustness and resilience) 
Decentralized and centralized solutions 
Humanitarian engineering approaches 
Collaborative decision making and co-design 

Wastewater and drinking water treatment plant performance and optimization 

Water/Wastewater treatment processes 
Wastewater resource recovery and reuse 
Biosolids management 
Disinfection processes and by-products 
Contaminants of emerging concern, including antibiotic resistant (AMR) bacteria/genes 



Surface and Groundwater 

Groundwater mapping, monitoring, and modelling 
Surface water monitoring and modelling 
Surface and groundwater protection (quality and quantity) and remediation 
Source water protection planning 
Impacts of climate change 
Watershed/catchment management including ecosystem services 

Atmospheric Water 

Rainwater harvesting 
Fog and condensation harvesting 
Cloud seeding 

Solid Water 

Glacier research 
Impact of atmospheric contaminants on ice and snow 
Arctic and permafrost environments 



Vulnerability of water resources 
Critical Infrastructure interdependencies 
Risk, hazard, and resilience assessment 
Adaptation to climate change 
Instrumentation, monitoring, control (security) and data management 
Risk assessment and risk management with respect to water quality 
Improve forecasting the hydrological water cycle over a range of time scales and on a regional basis 
Understand and predict the frequency and cause of severe weather (floods and droughts) 
Understand damages from floods and droughts 
Harnessing water from extreme events 


Cross-sectoral governance 
Water pricing and incentives  
Water quality (guidelines, regulations, standards) 
Entrepreneurship, collaboration, innovation partnerships beyond the water sector 
Environmental impact assessment-based planning 
Transboundary/shared governance 
Water rights and trading 



Capacity building and communication 

Stakeholder engagement 
Local, Indigenous, and traditional knowledge systems 
Equity and inclusion 
Economic, social, cultural, and environmental drivers for positive community outcomes 
Participatory and community-based decision making 
Water sharing projects 


Science Communication 
Life with water, traditional practices, art and architecture  
Citizen Science 
Connective capacity in water governance 

Sustainability and resilience 

Challenges and progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
Resilience planning across the water cycle 
Supporting health, well-being, livability, and diversity 

Submit at waterresearchcentre.ca/watif/watif-attend/call-for-abstracts/
Abstract submissions are encouraged from graduate researchers in all domains of water-related issues: policy, law, education, research, human health, or cross-discipline research.

How is content selected?

All the abstracts submitted to WatIF2020 will be peer reviewed by a panel of graduate students based on the following criteria: 

The fit between the thematic tracks and the proposal;
The utilization ofinter/multi/transdisciplinary approaches to research; 
The impact of the work in addressing pressing water challenges.

Will papers be published?

The conference delegates will have access to digital proceedings that include program abstracts. Aspects of selected submissions may be considered for publication in the program. 

Author registration fee

All authors (oral presenters, poster presenters, workshops) are required to register to attend WatIF. There is no fee for submitting an abstract. Presenting authors are eligible for early-bird discounted registration rates; please see registration details available at www.waterresearchcentre.ca/watif/watif-attend/registration/ 
Authors may submit an unlimited number of proposals. However, each presenting author can only be assigned up to two presentation activities during the Conference. 

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