Florida’s burgeoning human population and vulnerability to both climatological and anthropogenic changes in the water cycle make the State a unique living laboratory to develop new knowledge and test solutions to global water problems. In recognition of the importance of water issues and the need to address them in a new interdisciplinary manner, the University of Florida (UF) established a campus-wide interdisciplinary Water Institute in May 2006.

Engineering, policy, and legal solutions developed in Florida provide a model for others, both nationally and internationally. We envision a Water Institute at UF committed to addressing Florida issues while being recognized for providing solutions, science, and education for national and global water resource problems.


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6th UF Water Institute Symposium
February 6-7, 2018
J. Wayne Reitz Union, UF Campus
UF Water Institute Seminar Series
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Bianchi, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida
Title:  "18th Annual Soil and Water Sciences Research Forum"
Date: 9/14/2017      Time: TBA
Location: Rion Ballroom, J. Wayne Reitz Union
Co-Hosted By:  18th Annual Soil and Water Sciences Research Forum
Seminar Series Title:  Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Wendy Graham, UF Water Institute Director, Swisher Eminent Scholar in Water Resources
Title:  "Sustainable Water Resources: Transdisciplinary Challenges and Opportunities"
Date: 9/21/2017      Time: 1:30 PM  - 2:30 PM
Location: Oak Room, Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd.
Co-Hosted By:  Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)
Seminar Series Title:  Global Water Management Challenges and Opportunities Seminar
Speaker: Prof. James Anderson, Professor of Food and Resource Economics and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida
Title:  "Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Future of Seafood"
Date: 9/28/2017      Time: 1:30 PM  - 2:30 PM
Location: Oak Room, Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd.
Co-Hosted By:  Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)
Seminar Series Title:  Global Water Management Challenges and Opportunities Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Sandra Russo, Director, Office for Global Research Engagement, International Center, University of Florida
Title:  "Is water a resource or a constraint to women's empowerment?"
Date: 10/5/2017      Time: 1:30 PM  - 2:30 PM
Location: Oak Room, Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd.
Co-Hosted By:  Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)
Seminar Series Title:  Global Water Management Challenges and Opportunities Seminar
Speaker: Prof. James Jawitz, Professor and Associate Chair, Soil and Water Sciences, University of Florida
Title:  "Sustainable trajectories for global water quantity and quality"
Date: 10/12/2017      Time: 1:30 PM  - 2:30 PM
Location: Oak Room, Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd.
Co-Hosted By:  Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)
Seminar Series Title:  Global Water Management Challenges and Opportunities Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Simone Athayde, Associate Researcher and Coordinator, Amazon Dams Program Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida
Title:  "Energy, water and sustainability: Lessons learned and challenges for the future of the Amazon"
Date: 10/19/2017      Time: 1:30 PM  - 2:30 PM
Location: Oak Room, Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd.
Co-Hosted By:  Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)
Seminar Series Title:  Global Water Management Challenges and Opportunities Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Douglas Merrey, Independent Consultant, Gainesville, Florida
Title:  "Feeding the Multitudes in 2050: Do we have enough water?"
Date: 10/26/2017      Time: 1:30 PM  - 2:30 PM
Location: Oak Room, Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd.
Co-Hosted By:  Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)
Seminar Series Title:  Global Water Management Challenges and Opportunities Seminar
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