1st International Conference on Water Security

17 - 20 June 2018 | Hyatt Regency Toronto, Toronto, Canada

The 1st International Conference on Water Security will welcome academics, thinkers and practitioners from around the world to present, discuss and highlight key issues and directions for change from scientific and policy perspectives, including data needs and how data can be acquired, successful public and private sector business models in different settings, political opportunities and obstacles, what the expressed human needs are, and where the knowledge gaps exist.

Abstract submission deadline: 15 December 2017

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Water Security is emerging as a primary sustainability challenge across the globe in the 21st century. It is a determinant for security in various societal and environmental aspects including food, energy, economy, environment and public health, and thus has a complex,  political momentum that goes far beyond the traditional water sector. To understand, project, address and plan for water security challenges, we must collectively understand exposure to climate and environment driven hazards, as well as socio-economic determinants, and the cultural and political context within which we live, work and play. Technologies (ranging from model-based scenarios and predictions to green and grey infrastructure and treatment systems, and from remote sensing to social media) and innovative financing and governance systems are being proposed to address water security.

The 1st International Conference on Water Security will welcome academics, thinkers and practitioners from around the world to present, discuss and highlight key issues and directions for change from scientific and policy perspectives, including data needs and how data can be acquired, successful public and private sector business models in different settings, political opportunities and obstacles, what the expressed human needs are, and where the knowledge gaps exist. The central goal of the conference is to advance the science needed to make informed decisions about water allocations now and in the future. The conference provides a forum for face-to-face dialogue designed to complement the production of the journal Water Security, which focuses on review and synthesis articles covering the field.

Accepted submissions will supplement presentations from our invited speakers. In addition, we plan to have workshops to promote further scientific interaction. There will be a limit to the number of participants accepted to each workshop. (places in each workshop are available on a first-come, first-served basis and attendees must be registered for the conference prior to booking their place). Our aim is to nurture effective participation with the goal of delivering tangible ideas to synthesize and report at the end of the meeting. These ideas will be circulated broadly through the Elsevier Water Security journal.

Themes and topics:

Below, we give an outline of the types of topics for which we expect to receive submissions. However, we emphasize that a broad inquiry on water security is welcome.

  • How do water governance, institutions, aging infrastructure and finance come together to achieve water security in the developed world?
  • The science of integrated water management (smart watersheds, water services, agricultural, energy, minerals and other use systems, environmental flows, legacies, collaborative governance, BMPs).
  • Climate, renewable energy, economic development and demographic change and migration: challenges or opportunities for regional water security. Water security and conflict (either transboundary water cooperation or armed conflict and water).
  • Urban water security.
  • Technological innovation and big data for water security: emerging directions and prospects.
  • Indigenous and hybrid knowledge systems, common-pool resource systems, and perspectives in water security.
  • Sustainable development, ecosystems and human health as water security objectives.
  • Water and health.

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