KU Water Research Workshop
September 13, 2013
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall
KU has many resources for water research. We are home to a number of centers, departments and museums that do an amazing amount of research involving biodiversity and the quality, availability and use of water. Some of the best water-related researchers in the world are faculty and staff at KU. The grand challenge with water research goes well beyond science and engineering, however. To understand how everything relates you also need to engage the humanities, the arts, the social sciences and education. KU has research strengths in all these areas and the workshop is an opportunity to bring them together to think about water in new and challenging ways.
The goal of the workshop is to develop a grassroots community of water researchers at KU. It is envisioned as the start of a long-term effort that engages a network of KU researchers with one another and the populations impacted by these issues. More than 100 KU faculty and staff from more than 30 different departments and research centers will participate in the workshop. It will feature small-group discussions designed to surface high-priority water-related topics and then identify cores of interested KU researchers willing to work together on them. Participants will also learn about university resources available to sustain this effort.