Some key figures in McMaster University’s McMaster Water Network, which receives funding from the Philomathia Foundation, will be involved in a major research initiative that focuses on the future of Canadian and global water resources.

mcmasterThe Global Water Futures Project is a $143 million undertaking that involves researchers from four universities, including McMaster.

In addition to the McMaster involvement, the project will also include researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (who will helm the project), as well as Wilfred Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, both located in Ontario.

Rob Baker, VP of Research at McMaster, said that his institution’s involvement underscores its position at the forefront of crucial environmental issues facing our society.

“We are proud that McMaster is being recognized as a leader in this field,” Baker told the McMaster Daily News. “As one of this country’s top research-intensive universities, McMaster is well-positioned to tackle pressing issues such as climate change, natural disasters and water security, which represent some of the greatest challenges of our time.”

Several of the personnel involved have a direct connection with the McMaster Water Network, including Sarah Dickson, the program director.

Funding from the Philomathia Foundation helped establish the water project at McMaster University in May, 2012.

Funding available through this project has helped support the creation of a new research chair position in addition to several research fellowships and travel scholarships for students studying water-related issues.

Upcoming Water Week an Annual Highlight

Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the program’s annual showcase series of events. Water Week 2016 will take place from Monday, Oct. 24 to Fri., October 28.

The week-long happenings include distinguished lectures, a career night, laboratory tours, showcases for the great work that the program’s students and researchers are working on, and much more.

Registration for events can be found here.