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Global Water Events

The World Water Events were first organized in the spring of 2014 and have been held at UVA every year since. The World Water Events highlight for the UVA community and the broader public key water-related issues that touch upon various disciplines. Typically, the events are centered around World Water Day (22 March) and organized by various departments across the University.

  • World Water Event Details

    2019 Event Details

    HYDRO-POLITICS IN THE JORDAN RIVER BASIN: CAN IT HELP RESOLVE WATER SCARCITY

    Time: Monday, 18 February, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
    Partner: Darden Business School

    Climate change is expected to make arid areas more arid, and wet ones wetter. The Middle East is a region where water is a very scarce resource. Moreover, it is a region rife with political tensions, in which international rivers connect neighbors that have not always gotten along. Ram Aviram, former ambassador, expert in water diplomacy, and intimately familiar also with desalination, will shed light on the international treaties that relate to the Jordan River, and place them in the context of neighboring countries that address water scarcity in their own ways.

    CLIMATE CHANGE AND CHESAPEAKE BAY: SINKING TANGIER ISLAND AND THE WATER QUALITY CHALLENGE

    Time: Tuesday, 2 April, 6 p.m.
    Partner: UVA Engineering

    Climate Change will be affecting many water-rich areas. In particular the Chesapeake Bay will see its effects. As journalist and author Earl Swift writes in his recent book Chesapeake Requiem, Tangier Island in the bay is sinking and is expected to completely disappear. Earl Swift will explain the circumstances, while also focusing on how the community deals with this prospect. Professor Lawrence Band will focus in particular on efforts to improve the bay’s water quality — an aspect that has received much attention over the years. He will reflect on what has been achieved and what is to be expected from a changing climate (with more extreme water). Ellen Gilinsky, former administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency, will place the challenges for the Chesapeake in the broader policy context and what is to be expected under the current Trump Administration.

    STORM WATER TOUR OF UVA MAIN GROUNDS WITH PROFESSOR TERESA CULVER

    Time: Friday, 5 April, 1 p.m.
    Partner: UVA Sustainability

    WATER IN THE AMAZON AND CLIMATE CHANGE

    Time: Thursday, 11 April, 3:30–5 p.m.
    Partner: UVA Environmental Science
    Speaker: Rong Fu, UCLA

      • Panel Discussion

        Climate Change and Chesapeake Bay: Sinking Tangier Island and the Water Quality Challenge

        Time: Tuesday, 2 April 2019 
        Panelists: 
        Earl Swift, author
        Lawrence Band, UVA
        Ellen Gilinsky, RiverNetwork
        Together with UVA Engineering

      • Speakers

        Hydro-Politics in the Jordan River Basin: Can It Help Resolve Water Scarcity

        Speaker: Ambassador (ret.) Ram Aviram
        Time: Monday, 18 February 2019
        Together with Darden Business School

        Ram Aviram’s experience is based on over 35 years of multilateral and bilateral diplomacy, while serving in high ranking positions at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs also as Chief of Staff of H.E. Shimon Peres and Ambassador to Greece. His career at the Ministry was highly connected to hydro politics and water related issues. His responsibilities included Director of Water and Environment Department and Head of Israel’s negotiating team on water issues within the framework of the multi-lateral peace process. He participated in numerous international forums and multilateral negotiations on environment and water issues between Israel and its neighbors. He is a lecturer at Tel-Hai Academic College at the post-graduate program for Water and Galilee Studies.

        Water in the Amazon and Climate Change

        Speaker: Rong Fu, UCLA
        Time: Thursday, 11 April 2019
        Together with UVA Environmental Science

        Rong Fu is professor in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department and Associate Director of JIFRESSE at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Fu’s research aims at understanding the role of the atmospheric hydrological cycle and its interaction with earth’s surface in determining the stability of the Earth’s climate at global and regional scales, and at applying climate science to support regional decision. She is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Before joining UCLA, Rong Fu was a Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas, Austin.

      • Field Trips

        Storm Water Tour of UVA Main Grounds with Professor Teresa Culver

        Time: Friday, 5 April 2019

        Field Trip to Lake Anna or Surry Nuclear Power Plant and Rice River Center

        Time: April 2019

      Past Events and Speakers

      • 2019 Speakers

        2019 World Water Event Speakers


        (RET). AMBASSADOR RAM AVIRAM

        Ram Aviram’s experience is based on over 35 years of multilateral and bilateral diplomacy, while serving in high-ranking positions at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also as chief of staff of H.E. Shimon Peres and Ambassador to Greece. His career at the ministry was highly connected to hydropolitics and water-related issues. His responsibilities included director of Water and Environment Department and head of Israel’s negotiating team on water issues within the framework of the multilateral peace process. He participated in numerous international forums and multilateral negotiations on environment and water issues between Israel and its neighbors. He is a lecturer at Tel-Hai Academic College at the post-graduate program for Water and Galilee Studies.


        LAWRENCE BAND
        ERNEST EARN PROFESSOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & PROFESSOR OF ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

        Lawrence Band is the Ernest Earn Professor of Environmental Science & Professor of Engineering at the University of Virginia, and a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Society. Band is an eco-hydrologist with research spanning the continuum of natural through urban watersheds. Before coming to UVA, Band was at the University of North Carolina, where he was the director of the Institute for the Environment. Band holds a Ph.D. from UCLA.


        TERESA CULVER
        ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING SYSTEMS AND ENVIRONMENT AND DIRECTOR OF THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN CIVIL ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

        Teresa Culver is associate professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment and the director of the Undergraduate Program in Civil Engineering at UVA. Culver’s research focuses on the development of techniques for effective water resources management, including nutrient management for complex watershed-stream-aquifer systems and sustainable urban storm water designs.


        RONG FU
        PROFESSOR IN THE ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC SCIENCES DEPARTMENT AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF JIFRESSE, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES

        Rong Fu is professor in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department and associate director of JIFRESSE at UCLA. Dr. Fu’s research aims at understanding the role of the atmospheric hydrological cycle and its interaction with earth’s surface in determining the stability of the earth’s climate at global and regional scales, and at applying climate science to support regional decision. She is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Before joining UCLA, Fu was a professor of geological sciences at the University of Texas-Austin.


        ELLEN GILINSKY
        PRESIDENT, ELLEN GILINSKY, LLC.

        Ellen Gilinsky is president of Ellen Gilinsky LLC since 2017. Between 2011–16 Gilinsky was associate deputy assistant administrator for water at the Environmental Protection Agency, and before that director of the water division at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Gilinsky has a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has been a past president of the Association of Clean Water Administrators and member of the State Advisory Board of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.


        EARL SWIFT
        JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR

        Earl Swift is a Virginia-based freelance journalist and author of many monographs, among others, his most recent “Chesapeake Requiem, A year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island.” Currently, Swift is a residential fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia.

      • 2018 Events

        April 2018

        Screening of What Lies Upstream followed by Panel Discussion 

        Speaker: Professor Cale Jaffe, UVA School of Law (we co-sponsor)
        Time: 18 April
        Location: Jefferson Maddison Regional Library, McIntire Room
        World Water Event

        Panel Discussion: Impact Investing in Water: The Ecologist, Investor and Broker Perspective

        Panelists:
        Andrea Barrios, Rockefeller Foundation
        Disque Deane, founder, Water Asset Management
        Brian Richter, Sustainable Waters
        Kevin Schuyler, Cornerstone Partners
        Time: 16 April
        Location: Darden School, Room 50
        World Water Event

        Tupuna Awa: People and Politics of the Waikato River as part of Panel on Community Care for Country

        Speaker: Marama Muru-Lanning, University of Auckland, Anthropology, Director of James Henare Maori Research Center
        Time: 13 April
        Location: Brooks Hall Commons

        March 2018

        D.C. Water's Blue Plains Water Treatment Plant and World Bank Water Group

        Time: 29 March 
        Location: Washington, D.C.
        (by invitation only)
        World Water Event

        Beta Bridge Stream Cleanup

        Time: 31 March 
        Location: Meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church
        World Water Event

        Screening of Ocean Cities, a documentary by Professor Tim Beatley

        Time: 22 March 2018, 5 p.m. 
        Location: Clark Hall 107 
        World Water Event

        February 2018

        Reducing Arsenic Exposure From Well Water in South Asia: Lessons Learned

        Speaker: Professor Lex Van Geen, Columbia University
        Time: 16 February 
        Location: Olsson Hall 120 
        World Water Event

        Designing Multireservoir Operations to Manage Food-Energy-Water Tradeoffs in Multipurpose River Basins

        Speaker: Julie Quinn 
        Time: 13 February
        Location: Mechanical Engineering Building 205

        Speaker: Paul Bukavecas, Virginia Commonwealth University
        Time: 1 February
        Location: Clark Hall 108 
         

        2018 World Water Events Flyer

      • 2017 Events

        November 2017

        Water Research Workshop

        Speaker: Band Lawrence, Environmental Science and Molly Lipscomb, Batten Policy School
        Time: 16 November 
        Location: Monroe Hall 134  

        Water Research Workshop

        Speaker: Safa Montesharei, Maryland and Salvi Asefi Najafabadi, GWI postdoc
        Time: 3 November 
        Location: Monroe Hall 134  

        October 2017

        Damming Eden, Water Security in Turkey, Syria and Iraq 

        Speaker: Julia Harte, Reuters
        Time: 25 October 

        Water Research Workshop

        Speakers: Geoff Geise and Chris Gratien
        Time: 20 October  

        Speaker: Frank Wolak, Stanford, organized by the Batten Public Policy Center
        Time: 6 October  

        September 2017

        Water Research Workshop, Climate Change and Water

        Speaker: Deborah Lawrence
        Time: 22 September 

        May 2017

        Water Workshop and Water Symposium 

        Speakers: 
        Professor Teresa Culver, UVA Environmental and Civil Engineering 
        Professor Sheetal Sekhri, UVA Economics
        Professor Tess Farmer, UVA Middle Eastern Studies
        Panelists: 
        Professor Christian McMillen, UVA History
        Professor Debjani Ganguly, UVA English
        Professor Jim Igoe, UVA anthropology
        Time: 8 May
        Description At the workshop, UVA environmental and civil engineering Professor Teresa Culver presented her research on improving water management; UVA economics Professor Sheetal Sekhri presented her research on water in India and its links to globalization, political economy and health; and UVA Middle Eastern studies Professor Tess Farmer presented her research on the anthropology of water. The broader symposium included a discussion about the scope of a future UVA humanities lab focused on water, led by UVA history Professor Christian McMillen. UVA English Professor Debjani Ganguly of the Humanities Center and UVA anthropology Professor Jim Igoe also participated in the panel discussion on the potential humanities lab.

        April 2017 

        Water Workshop 

        Speakers: Professor Christian McMillen and Professor Bill Shobe, UVA Public Policy and the Cooper Institute
        Time: 28 April
        Description: Professor Christian McMillen presented his research on access to safe water and sanitation through a historical perspective. UVA public policy Professor Bill Shobe of the Cooper Institute presented his research on consignment auctions and applying them to improve water allocations.

        Two Years After Flint: Water Quality, Infrastructure and Social Justice

        Speakers: 
        Professor Amy Pruden, Virginia Tech
        Professor Cale Jaffe, UVA School of Law
        Ruffner Page (MBA '86), President and CEO, McWane
        Time: 13 April 
        Description: Virginia Tech Professor Amy Pruden, UVA School of Law Professor Cale Jaffe and McWane President and CEO Ruffner Page (MBA ’86) participated in a wide-ranging panel discussion about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as well as water’s impact on public health.

        Water Quality Testing Clinic

        Leader: Robbi Savage, The Rivanna Conservation Alliance
        Time: 8 April 
        Description: Robbi Savage of the Rivanna Conservation Alliance led a field trip introducing the basics of the Rivanna River watershed and challenges around the Charlottesville, Virginia, area. The group also tested Rivanna River water quality.

        March 2017 

        Keynote Address 

        Speaker: Professor David Sedlak, University of California-Berkeley, Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and Director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering,
        Time: 28 March
        Description:  University of California-Berkeley Professor David Sedlak, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center and director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering, delivered a World Water Event keynote address on urban water infrastructure, based on his book Water 4.0. Sedlak summarized 2,500 years of water history and looked ahead, emphasizing two different paths for water infrastructure in the future.

        Water Workshop 

        Speaker: Professor David Sedlak, University of California-Berkeley, Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and Director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering,
        Time: 28 March
        Description: University of California-Berkeley Professor David Sedlak presented the Environmental Science & Technology journal to about 20 students and faculty, clarifying which articles are fit for submission to the journal, of which he is the editor.

        Ragged Mountain Reservoir Tour and Trek 

        Leader:  Brian Richter, chief water scientist with The Nature Conservancy
        Time: 24 March
        Description: Brian Richter, chief water scientist with The Nature Conservancy, and staff from UVA Sustainability and the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority led a trek to the Charlottesville, Virginia, area’s newest reservoir. The tour was attended by more than 40 students. Darden School of Business Professor Peter Debaere and Richter previously developed a case on the reservoir titled, “Securing a City’s Future Water Supply: Building a Reservoir in Charlottesville, Virginia.”

        Amphibious Landscapes and Urban Wetlands

        Speaker: Ila Berman, UVA School of Architecture Dean
        Time: 15 March 
        Description: UVA School of Architecture Dean Ila Berman’s presentation provided a visual feast illustrating the dynamic interaction between city landscapes and their liquid environments. Berman examined unique water environment challenges in New Orleans, The Netherlands, Vienna and Venice. 

        Water Workshop 

        Speaker: Professor Jim Smith, UVA environmental and civil engineering
        Time: 2 March
        Description: UVA environmental and civil engineering Professor Jim Smith presented on his drinking water purification solution, the Madi drop, and his nonprofit venture,  Pure Madi. UVA Darden School of Business Professor Peter Debaere also introduced key insights at the heart of his research on water markets and the global economics of water.

        January 2017

        Water Workshop 

        Time: 27 January
        Description: UVA environmental science Professor Mike Pace presented his research on ecosystems, resilience and regime shifts. Brian Richter of The Nature Conservancy presented on global water scarcity and the changing crop composition in the United States and around the world.

        2017 World Water Events Flyer

      • 2016 Events

        Storm Water Workshop: From Concept to Implementation

        Panelists: 
        Robbi Savage, Rivanna Conservation Alliance Executive 
        Professor Jon Cannon, UVA Environmental Law and Director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Program at UVA 
        Kristel Riddervold, environmental administrator of the city of Charlottesville 
        Ann Mallek, Albemarle County Board Supervisor
        Time: 25 March 
        Description: A panel of experts discussed the impact of the U.S. Clean Water Act on point-source water pollution. Rivanna Conservation Alliance Executive Director Robbi Savage provided expertise on congressional legislation; UVA environmental law Professor Jon Cannon, director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Program at UVA, provided expertise on federal regulation; Kristel Riddervold, environmental administrator of the city of Charlottesville, provided expertise on local storm water utilities; and Albemarle County Board Supervisor Ann Mallek provided expertise on local elected officials.

        Rivanna River Cleanup at Free Bridge and Meadow Creek

        Leader: The event was led by the Rivanna Conservation Alliance.
        Time: 19 March 

        Seminar

        Speaker: Jampel Dell’Angelo, The University of Maryland’s National Center for Socio-Environmental Synthesis
        Time: 18 March 
        Description: Jampel Dell’Angelo of the University of Maryland’s National Center for Socio-Environmental Synthesis presented her research on diagnosing the global water grab syndrome.

        Watershed Conservation: Why and Where It Makes Sense

        Speaker: Daniel Shemie, The Nature Conservancy Director of Water Funds
        Time: 16 March 
        Description: The Nature Conservancy Director of Water Funds Daniel Shemie led a discussion at the UVA School of Architecture.

        Keynote Address

        Speaker: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Nestle Chairman and former CEO
        Time: 29 February
        Description: Nestle Chairman and former CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe delivered a Leadership Speaker Series keynote at the Darden School of Business about the global water challenges ahead and sat down with Darden Dean Scott Beardsley for a Darden Ideas to Action C-Suite Insights interview further discussing global water challenges as well as topics like leadership and global business. 

        2016 World Water Events Flyer

      • 2015 Events

        Water Crisis in California: Opportunities for Innovation

        Speakers:
        Professor Leon Szeptyki, Stanford University
        Jon Radtke, Coca-Cola North America Director of Water Sustainability
        Walter Norley, CEO and founder of OnGol and UGMO Technologies,
        Time: 1 April 
        Description: Stanford University Professor Leon Szeptyki, Coca-Cola North America Director of Water Sustainability Jon Radtke and Walter Norley, CEO and founder of OnGol and UGMO Technologies, led a panel discussion on the severe drought in California and how it raised awareness on the key role water scarcity can play in society.

        Keynote Address

        Speaker: Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and a Freshwater Fellow with the National Geographic Society
        Time: 30 March
        Description: Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and a Freshwater Fellow with the National Geographic Society presented a talk called Our Global Water Future: Solutions for a Thirsty World.

        Rivanna River Cleanup at Meadow Creek, Rivanna Reservoir and Freebridge

        Time: 21 March 
        Description: The event was held in collaboration with the Rivanna Conservation Alliance.

        Seminar

        Speaker: Professor Gerald Galloway, University of Maryland
        Time: 20 March
        Description: University of Maryland Professor Gerald Galloway presented his research through a seminar titled, How Wet Are You Willing to Get? Managing National Flood Risk in the Face of Climate Change and Population Growth.

        Moore Lecture

        Speaker:  George Hornberger, University Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt University
        Time: 19 March 
        Description: George Hornberger, University Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt University, presented a lecture on agricultural decision-making and adaptation to precipitation trends in Sri Lanka.
         

        2015 World Water Events Flyer

      • 2014 Events

        Water and Health: A South African Case Study

        Speakers: 
        Rebecca Dillingham, UVA’s Center for Global Health 
        Thomas Harrison Hunter, Professor of International Medicine Richard Guerrant
        Time: 21 March
        Description: Rebecca Dillingham of UVA’s Center for Global Health, Thomas Harrison Hunter Professor of International Medicine Richard Guerrant and a panel of experts discussed concerns over water in post-apartheid South Africa, and water’s specific inclusion in South Africa’s constitution as a human riht.

        Water Markets: Challenges and Opportunities

        Speakers:
        Ellen Hanak, director of water policy at the Public Policy Institute of California 
        Todd Votteler, executive manager of resource policy and stewardship at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority 
        George Wallace of Colorado State University
        Time: 21 March
        Description: Ellen Hanak, director of water policy at the Public Policy Institute of California; Todd Votteler, executive manager of resource policy and stewardship at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority; and George Wallace of Colorado State University discussed water challenges in California, Texas and Colorado as increased competition for water among cities, industry and agriculture rises in those states.

        Keynote Address

        Speaker: Jamie Pittock, director of international programs at the Fenner School of Environment and Society and UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Governance at Australian National University
        Time: 21 March
        Description: Jamie Pittock, director of international programs at the Fenner School of Environment and Society and UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Governance at Australian National University, delivered a keynote address on sustaining water in an era of climate change.

        Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability

        Speaker: Brian Richter, director of global freshwater strategies at The Nature Conservancy,
        Time: 24 January
        Description: Brian Richter, director of global freshwater strategies at The Nature Conservancy, presented a talk titled, Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability. The presentation covered the overuse and depletion of water resources from Texas to Australia as well as the real causes behind those shortages.

        2014 World Water Events Flyer