May Newsletter

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As close monitoring of COVID-19 continues, GIWS is working closely with USask and our home departments to keep you informed on best practices and recommendations. 

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USask appoints new dean in College of Agriculture and Bioresources

GIWS member, Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn (PhD), has been appointed the new dean of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).


Let's Talk About Water

Share your story about water science for a chance to wine $10,000 and have it featured at our film festival in June 2020.

Submission deadline: 
May 29, 2020. 

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New Canada Water Agency to provide solutions for emerging water crisis—expert panel

The new Canada Water Agency - a mandated commitment of the federal government- will provide much-needed solutions to the emerging water crisis, according to Tom Axworthy, chair of national water policy panel organized by Global Water Futures (GWF) at the University of Saskatchewan.
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GWF-YP Executive Recruitment

The Global Water Futures - Young Professionals (GWF-YP) are now accepting applications for executive Chapter Chair positions for the 2020-2021 term. 

Application deadline:
June 1, 2020



Congratulations to Caroline Aubry-Wake

USask hydrology PhD student Caroline Aubry-Wake, who studies the impact of climate change on glaciers in the Canadian Rockies, has received the Stan Paterson Scholarship for Student Excellence in Canadian Glaciology.


GWF PhD Excellence Scholarships

The entrance scholarship is offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise, have exceptional communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities, and at the time of application have not yet accepted or registered for a PhD program at University of Saskatchewan.

Application deadline: October 16th, 2020


New Partnership Aims to Drive Corporate Action to Protect Global Water Supply

GIWS is joining forces with Ceres to develop a new global assessment, looking at the major threats that unsustainable corporate practices pose to the global water supply.

Congratulations to Chris Marsh

USask Postdoctoral Fellow, Chris Marsh, has been chosen as a recipient of a USask Graduate Thesis Award for his Ph.D. thesis, entitled Multi-scale modelling of cold regions hydrology.
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Lets Talk About Water Film Festival

Each week from May 21 - June 26 we will release our curated selection of a featured film and a handful of submissions from our Water Film Prize competition in our virtual theatre. 

Week 1 Featured Films - May 21:

 H2O: The Molecule That Made Us - Episode 3: Crisis. 
A landmark, three-part series that tells the human story through our relationship to water. We find out how our success is intimately connected to our control of the molecule, but that the growth of our civilizations has also created a dangerous dependence on a precious resource.
Featured competition films:
Life Without Guarantee
The story of a former sailor who missed the sea.
Aman Iman
Just as the air, water is an essential element in life, but today, do we know the state and the value of this blessing?
Watch now!

In the News


How an Athabasca River ice jam forced thousands of people out of Fort McMurray
April 29, 2020 - National Post
Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt describes the processes that caused the ice jam in the Athabasca River that led to flooding in downtown Fort McMurray, Alta., which forced 13,000 people out of their homes this week. 

Above average snowpack levels in front ranges of Rocky Mountains
May 3, 2020 - Cochrane Today
John Pomeroy comments on snowpack levels and weather forecasts throughout the Rocky Mountains as well as their potential effects on the Bow Valley's waterways. 

Is flooding a possibility for Calgary?
May 1, 2020 - CBC
John Pomeroy describes the conditions needed for Calgary to face large-scale flooding in weeks ahead.

Too early to predict southern Alberta flood risk despite above average snowpack
May 1, 2020 - Global News
John Pomeroy and other officials say it’s too early to tell whether a higher-than-average snowpack in the Rocky Mountains could mean parts of southern Alberta will have any flooding.

How Much Modification Can Earth's Water Cycle Handle? 
May 15, 2020 - Eos - Science News by AGU
In a new study, featuring co-author Jay FamigliettiGleeson et al. argue the current definition of planetary boundaries framework—and the methodology for determining it—is insufficient, neither capturing water’s role in Earth system resilience adequately nor offering a way to measure perturbations on a global scale.

Recent Publications

Eamen, L., Brouwer, R., & Razavi, S. (2020). The economic impacts of water supply restrictions due to climate and policy change: A transboundary river basin supply-side input-output analysisEcological Economics172, 106532.

Gleeson, T., Wang‐Erlandsson, L., Porkka, M., Zipper, S. C., Jaramillo, F., Gerten, D., et al ( 2020). Illuminating water cycle modifications and Earth system resilience in the Anthropocene. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR024957.

Upcoming Courses, Workshops and Webinars

Process-Based Hydrological Modelling
October 17-28, 2020
Barrier Lake Field Station
Registration deadline: coming soon
Water and Nutrient Fluxes in Ecosystems Under a Changing Climate: a Tracer-based Perspective
November 4-6, 2020
Heidelberg, Germany
Abstract submissions deadline: August 3, 2020
Registration deadline: September 7, 2020
Climate and Artist Webinar Series
Canada's Climate and Water Futures - Which Future Will We Choose?
With John Pomeroy
May 27, 2020 11 am PT

Of Interest

EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) in Canadian Universities during the COVID19 Crisis

The University of Saskatchewan is inviting members (faculty, staff, and students) to take part in an anonymous survey entitled EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) in Canadian Universities during the COVID19 Crisis. If you have experienced or observed what you believe to be bias or discrimination based on your or another’s identity (ie. sex, gender, race, disability, power position, etc), please consider documenting it in this survey. We are also looking for positive, inclusive practices that have occurred. Gathering this information is important so we can communicate where inequities lie, promote inclusive practices, and be better prepared for future situations. By sharing our aggregated findings in a report, institutions can be better prepared to offer support to populations experiencing discrimination and intervening if possible.
Please note: at this time only USask members are invited to participate. We plan to invite members from other Canadian institutions once ethical approval has been obtained.
Please contact or for questions.

link to survey >>
TEDEd Earth School 

TEDEd is embarking on a month of daily adventures – or Quests – that will help you understand and celebrate our natural world, while learning about how dependent we are on our planet.

Now more than ever, we need to protect, nurture and care for Earth – so join TEDEd to learn something amazing every weekday between Earth Day (April 22nd) and World Environment Day (June 5th). Within each lesson, you’ll find fascinating resources compiled by Earth experts and ideas for getting involved in ways that count.


Funding and Award Opportunities

🆕 Indigenous Innovation Initiative/Grand Challenges Canada - Advancing Indigenous Gender Equality Through Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Request for Proposals (RFP)

Grants of $100,000 to $250,000 to Advance Indigenous Gender Equality

Indigenous Innovation Initiative seeks bold ideas that will advance equality for Indigenous peoples across Canada, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in urban, rural, remote, and Northern region

Approaches must be grounded in Indigenous community, culture and ways of knowing and being and apply a gender lens in its considerations on equality. Indigenous women and gender diverse innovators and Indigenous women and gender diverse-led projects will be given priority.

Expression of Interest deadline date: June 9, 2020.


🆕 Notification of intent to apply for a Discovery Grant – 2021 competition

The Discovery Grants Program assists in:

  • promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities;
  • fostering research excellence;
  • providing a stimulating environment for research training.

Wednesday, July 15th: Submit Intention to Apply/Request for Internal Review Form (attached) for NSERC DG and RTI to indicating ‘Lastname NSERC DG/RTI’ in the subject heading. We recommend that DG applicants ask their internal reviewers to also provide feedback on their RTI application (if applying for RTI). We would like to ask all DG and RTI applicants to submit this form.

Notification of intent to apply (NOI) deadline date: August 4, 2020, 8:00 p.m. (ET). NSERC will not accept an NOI after the deadline date.


🆕 CGI-U COVID-19 Student Action Fund


This fund will identify and support select students at universities around the world who are committed to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Working within the CGI U Commitment to Action model, this fund will provide at least $100,000 in total funding to students, with each grant awarded ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. This action fund is geared towards projects addressing the public health, economic, and societal impacts of the novel coronavirus — with commitments ranging from awareness and prevention campaigns, to social enterprises, to infectious disease monitoring and response systems, to other emergency response initiatives that are providing immediate support for public health practitioners and other essential workers on the frontlines.

Application deadline: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 11:59PM ET


University of Saskatchewan Publication Fund

The Publications Fund offers modest support towards scholarly and creative works published by University of Saskatchewan faculty. A faculty member can submit one request in either of the following categories:

•        up to $1,500 to assist in Publishing costs;

•        up to $1,500 for a formal Book Publication Subvention; or

•        up to $1,500 for Other Scholarly and Artistic Works as defined in the guidelines.

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Mitacs Globalink Research Internship

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI) is now accepting faculty submissions for summer 2021. GRI pairs faculty in Canada with international undergrads for 12-week research projects from May to October.

Submit projects by June 10, 2020, at 1 p.m. PT.

For information and support, please contact Dr. Zsuzsa Papp at and the USask international research facilitation team at
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NSERC announces funding for science communications skills

NSERC is launching a pilot funding opportunity to enhance the communications skills of students and researchers in the natural sciences and engineering. Such skills will contribute to science literacy, help counter science-related misinformation, and foster a role for science in evidence-based decision making.

The new pilot program, Science Communication Skills grant (pilot), is targeted at organizations that provide science communication skills training to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students, fellows, and faculty from Canadian post-secondary institutions. The training should have as its goal the effective communication of science to the general public. Organizations may request up to $20,000 in funding for a one year period.

Application deadline: May 15, 2020

Program contact:

Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship Funding 

  • Master’s students can complete an 18-month project (minimum $30,000 stipend)
  • PhD students can complete a three-year project (minimum $72,000 stipend)

Along with their research experience with an industry or not-for-profit partner, participating students receive training that helps them ensure the success of their projects and further their careers.

Apply now

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute grants and funding opportunities  

Job Opportunities

Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Remote Sensing of Snow Hydrology
University of Saskatchewan
Application deadline: May 26

Researcher - Satellite Data Analysis and Assimilation 
Cooperative Institute for Climate & Satellites – Maryland
Application deadline: May 29
Professor of Empire Innovation in High Resolution Atmospheric Modeling 
University of Albany, State University of New York,
Atmospheric Sciences Research Centre (ASRC)

Application deadline: open until filled
Jarislowsky Chair in Sustainable Water Futures
Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Chemistry and Biogeochemistry

Application deadline: open until filled
Ducks Unlimited Canada Chair: Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation
University of Saskatchewan

Application review: March 2, 2020
Research Scientist Positions - Water Modelling Team
Global Water Futures
University of Saskatchewan

Application deadline: open until filled
Assistant Professor, Hydrology and Surface Processes
Baylor University, Department of Geosciences

Application review: November 1, 2019

Student Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Scientist Position in Tropical Convective Processes and Variability over West Africa
University of Oklahoma
Application deadline: open until filled

GWF Water Modelling opportunities
  • Postdoctoral scholars in Planetary Water Prediction (8 positions)
  • Postdoctoral scholar in convection-permitting climate modelling (1 position)
  • PhD students in computational hydrology (4 positions)

MES in Interdisciplinary Nutrient Monitoring and Management (2 positions)
University of Saskatchewan
Application deadline: open until filled
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