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May 17-19


GWF 2021

The 2021 Global Water Futures (GWF) Annual Open Science Meeting (GWF2021) will bring together the GWF community (researchers, affiliates, partners, collaborators, and stakeholders) in a virtual setting to share our latest scientific achievements and success stories, provide updates on end user solutions, and support the actions needed to secure Canada’s water future.  

We are excited to announce the keynote speakers at GWF2021! Our program will feature three keynote
talks by three leading scientists across the country:

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

  • Dr. Alexis Kanu, Executive 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

View the full conference schedule and don’t forget to register!



Call for Poster Abstracts is CLOSED


We thank everyone for their poster abstract submissions! Abstracts will be reviewed and authors will be notified during the week of April 26th of their acceptance.

Poster format:


Poster authors will be able to create their own poster using software of their choice (PowerPoint, etc.). The final poster must be uploaded in a standard PDF format. Poster authors will have the option of also submitting an audio MP3 file with their poster.


Online Poster Session during GWF2021:


There will be a dedicated and interactive poster session time during each day of the 3-day virtual meeting – please see the Conference Schedule for further details. During this time, poster authors are requested to be available for a live session where conference attendees can join them to learn and discuss about their poster. Further details will be confirmed upon review and acceptance of submitted poster abstracts.


Timeline for submissions, review and acceptance:

19 March: Call for Abstracts opens

21 April: Final date for abstract submission

21-13 April: Review and selection of abstracts

26-27 April: Notification of acceptance

12 May: Final deadline for submission of final poster


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