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Welcome to GWF2021!


GWF2021 is the 4th Annual Open Science Meeting of the Global Water Futures program. This year, we’re excited to bring you our first-ever, 3-day virtual meeting for water researchers across Canada.


GWF2021 brings together the GWF community (researchers, affiliates, partners, collaborators, and stakeholders), and wider water research community across Canada and beyond. We will share our latest scientific achievements and success stories from across our wide range of projects and program areas, and connect with stakeholders and communities alike to provide updates on end user solutions and support the actions needed to secure Canada’s water future. 


This meeting is open and free for all to attend – make sure to register to access all our programming!

We have a great lineup of keynote talks and panel discussions!


Join us for these keynote talks by leading experts from across the country on May 17 and May 18:

  • Dr. Elena Bennett, Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Sustainability Science, McGill University – Monday, May 17

  • Chelsea Lobson, Programs Director, Lake Winnipeg Foundation – Tuesday, May 18

  • Prof. Danika Littlechild, member of Ermineskin Cree Nation in Treaty No. 6 territory in Alberta, and Assistant Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs – Tuesday, May 18

Join us for two panel discussions on Securing Canada’s Water Future on May 19:


  • Part One - Role of Science & Policy in Securing Canada's Water Future

  • Part Two - Collective Solutions for Securing Canada's Water Future

View the full conference schedule

Plenary Sessions – Keynotes and Panel Discussions


Daily Sessions


Poster Session


Join us each day between 12:30pm-1:30pm EDT for a live, interactive poster session! Meet the authors and discuss in a chat room, or leave comments for their posters. Posters will be available for viewing throughout the conference.


Go to the Schedule to view the posters and join the live sessions.


Parallel Sessions

Join us each day between 1:30pm-3:00pm EDT for a wide variety of parallel sessions that will feature talks and discussions on both GWF science advances and broader water issues and challenges. There will be something for everyone, including:


  • Economic valuation of water resources

  • Agricultural and urban water management

  • Artificial intelligence and big data

  • Connecting modelling to management, policy and practice

  • Indigenous water governance

  • Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater


And so much more! Go to the Schedule to browse the full list of sessions and access them daily.


GWF2021 Meeting Execution

GWF2021 will offer a variety of virtual programming to enable shared learning and insightful discussions through key events, including keynote talks, panels, and an interactive poster session. These will be complemented by parallel sessions, networking, social activities, and workshops for GWF’s Young Professionals. The meeting’s creative programming will engage both researchers and stakeholders in two-way learning and exchanges.

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GWF2021 Themes and Cross-Cutting Challenges and Opportunities

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Theme 1

Climate-driven changes of water environments in cold regions