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The 6th UF Water Institute Symposium

In keeping with the UF Water Institute’s years-long commitment, the 6th UF Water Institute Symposium brought together scientists, researchers, industry experts, and public policy officials to discuss Florida’s critical water issues and advances. Over 325 participants flocked to the University of Florida campus to understand and share research on current water use, conservation, restoration, and adaptation efforts and challenges while envisioning new ways of sustaining our water systems. The keynote was provided by Sandra Postel, Director of the Global Water Policy Project (click here for video). Over 160 contributed oral and poster presentations provided insight to new research, technologies, and possible solutions to Florida’s water issues. Oral presentations, panel discussions, and poster presentations addressed the following themes:
  • Drivers of social, hydrologic, ecologic and economic change
  • Impacts to coastal, surface water, spring and aquifer systems
  • Tradeoffs among water use, conservation, restoration and adaptation
  • Solutions through science, technology, cultural, policy and management approaches
The Symposium’s plenary session, Telling Water’s Story, showcased water issues through the eyes of the storytellers. With panelists who advocate for water conservation and reform through photography, art, film, and the written word, the panel explored the importance of having audiences connect with and relate to water’s story. The Water Institute welcomed Cynthia Barnett, award-winning environmental journalist and author, as the moderator for this panel discussion, along with panelists Jennifer Adler Owen, Sandra Postel, and Margaret Ross Tolbert. The video of the entire Session is available at this link.

The Symposium’s final plenary session, entitled Shaping Our Water Future: Recent Progress, New Challenges, provided a venue for leading scientists, engineers, managers, and policy makers to discuss major challenges to Florida’s water security, as well as new opportunities to shape Florida’s water future. Moderated by Water Institute Director Wendy Graham, the panel discussed barriers to cooperation among stakeholders, as well as ways to overcome those barriers. Video of the Final Plenary Session is available at this link.

Use the links below to view specific portions of the plenary sessions:
For details on the 6th UF Water Institute Symposium program, presentations and participants, check out the links below:

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