Anyone interested in human health, water security, or water and resource policy is welcome to attend this free event.
By Brittney Borowiec
Published April 05, 2016
The birds are chirping in Cootes Paradise, the sun is shining over Bayfront Park, and Westdale coffee shops are packed with students cramming for exams. It's time for the Third Annual McMaster Spring Water Forum!
The Forum is this year's first big event for the McMaster Water Network, an interdisciplinary initiative to connect water science, technology, and policy to make positive global and local impacts.
The Spring Water Forum is an "agenda-setting" event intended to identify pressing water-related policy challenges, and discuss how McMaster research, education and partnerships are responding to these challenges. Participants include McMaster faculty, students, alumni, and community partners.
The Spring Water Forum is the opening event of Climate Change: Navigating from Risk to Resilience (April 18-22), a week showcasing how McMaster research can help build clean, smart, and sustainable 21st century communities. You can find out more about all the exciting events in the city.
On Monday, April 18th from 12 to 8 PM, McMaster University's David Braley Health Sciences Centre (located at 100 Main Street West) will be buzzing with keynote talks, panels, and student poster presentations.
Dr. Gail Krantzberg (Professor, McMaster University) and Karen Kun (Executive Director, Waterlution) will discuss the first community engagement workshop on Celebrating the Great Lakes in this casual event. Café organizers hope to solicit public input, ideas, and creativity into their plans for Celebrate our Great Lakes Day, happening in Toronto this October.
Dr. Ray will discuss innovations in the analysis of sustainable water resource development, and how these advances can help communities manage the water security risks presented by climate change.
Dr. Patrick Ray is a Research Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has also served as a private consultant for the World Bank, the World Food Program, the UN Development Program, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
He is interested in water system development alternatives and improvements, especially in the context of climate change. His research includes systems in the Brahmaputra River basin and California's Central Valley, as well as proposed water system investments in South Asia, East Africa, and Latin America.
Increasingly, our urban world must contend with extreme climate events, demanding both technical solutions and policy action. This panel uses systemic risk and risk management to bridge the gap between technological solutions and institutional paths to urban water security. Panelists will includes representatives of McMaster University, Hamilton Water, UNU-INWEH, and the Canadian Water Network.
The water crisis in Flint, MI, underscores the consequences of drinking water insecurity on public health. What impact can McMaster research, education, and partnerships have on water insecurity in both urban and rural communities? This panel examines Canada's readiness to address the risks of drinking water insecurity through the lessons and implications of the Flint water crisis.
Includes a stimulus presentation from Dr. Bu Lam (Canadian Water Network) on the challenge of water security in cities.
Dr. Lambrinidou will discuss the Flint water crisis, and its disturbing parallels to the lead-in-water crisis in Washington, DC from 2001 to 2004. She will argue that neither Flint nor Washington are outliers in terms of lead levels at the tap and health harm, and that contamination events are related to science, politics, policy and culture. You can see the full talk abstract.
Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou is an affiliate faculty in Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech, and founder of Parents for Non-toxic Alternatives, a not-for-profit children's environmental health organization.
Recently, Dr. Lambrinidou testified at the US House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on "The Flint Water Crisis: Lessons for Protecting America's Children," and currently serves on the state's Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee to develop long-term, health- and consumer-centered solutions to Flint's drinking water crisis.
For more information on this event, please contact Dr. Savitri Jetoo via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come see some current water-related research projects at McMaster, presented by students from a range of levels.
The entire event is free! Anyone interested in human health, water security, or water and resource policy is welcome to attend! For further information and event registration, please visit the event website.
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