August 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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Peatland capacity and gap needs assessment 

This survey aims to assess the needs and gaps in peatland knowledge and tools. It also helps to map out different actors in the field and better understand challenges institutions and practitioners face, to target joint efforts where gaps exist. Your inputs through the survey will help to promote collaborative efforts and action to advance  sustainable peatland management.  

We welcome your contribution by filling out this survey by Friday 21 August 2020.

Complete Stochastic Modelling Solution (CoSMoS-R)
Version 2 of CoSMoS R-package is now available on CRAN! Simulate rainfall, streamflow, wind or relative humidity in seconds. Just choose the probability distribution and correlations of the time series you want to generate and it'll and it'll do the rest!



Congratulations to Caroline Aubry-Wake

Congratulations to graduate student Caroline Aubry-Wake for being awarded the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) program.

The Government of Canada launched this program in 2008 to support high-calibre graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions outside of Canada. 



GWF Core Modelling Webinar Series

The Global Water Futures Core Modelling team is pleased to announce the launch of the Core Modelling Webinar Series starting on September 3, 2020.

Each webinar will focus on the spectacular modelling research happening within the Global Water Futures program.


USask water and health researcher part of new national network studying sepsis

GIWS faulty member, Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace, is a co-investigator of the new national network studying sepsis. Schuster-Wallace will highlight the role of inadequate water access in infection and infection management. 



Podcast Season 2

The Global Institute for Water Security and The Walrus Lab are bringing you season 2 of the Let's Talk About Water Podcast with your host Jay Famiglietti. 

Look for new episodes on Sept. 14. 



Lets Talk About Water Film Festival

The Let's Talk About Water - Water Film Prize - 2020 winners showcase features both winning films from our Youth and International Film Prize.

Watch the 2020 winners showcase!

In the News

Researchers determining microplastic levels in South Saskatchewan River
August 14, 2020 - Global News
Markus Brinkmann discusses his recent research on microplastic levels in the South Saskatchewan River.

A $4B irrigation plan could boost Sask.’s crop diversity. But an expert wonders if farmers will buy in.
July 30, 2020 - CTV
Jay Famiglietti comments on the provinces desire to tackle food security through new irrigation. 

Suspending water quality monitoring during pandemic a 'serious oversight,' says expert
July 29, 2020 - CBC
John Pomeroy discusses the current Federal government suspension of water quality monitoring since the start of COVID-19 pandemic.


Recent Publications

Goncin, U., Ton, N., Reddy, A., Kaffas, A. E., Brinkmann, M., & Machtaler, S. (2020). Contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging for assessing organ perfusion in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Science of The Total Environment, 141231. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141231

Westhaus, S., Weber, F.-A., Schiwy, S., Linnemann, V., Brinkmann, M., Widera, M., … Ciesek, S. (2020). Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in raw and treated wastewater in Germany – Suitability for COVID-19 surveillance and potential transmission risks. Science of The Total Environment, 141750.

Zaghloul, M., Papalexiou, S. M., Elshorbagy, A., & Coulibaly, P. (2020). Revisiting flood peak distributions: A pan-Canadian investigation. Advances in Water Resources, 145, 103720.

Upcoming Courses, Workshops and Webinars

Distinguished Lecture Series
Lecture 1 - Ilja van Meerveld:

Connectivity of the dashed lines: hydrological variation along intermittent streams
September 23, 2020
Virtually at 11:00 am CST
Groundwater – Base Rock of Resilience Webinar Series
This webinar series is a part of this year's virtual World Water Week organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

Session 1:
AMCOW’s Pan-African Groundwater Program – A Roadmap to Resilience (9434)
August 25, 2020 16:00 – 16:45 CEST

Session 2:

Global Groundwater Sustainability Statement – Call to Action for Resilience (9435)
August 25, 2020 17:00 – 17:45 CEST
Featuring GIWS Executive Director, Jay Famiglietti.

Session 3:

Groundwater to the Rescue! Climate Adaptation from the Underground (9059)
August 26, 2020 11:00 – 11:45 CEST
GW4 WSA PhD CON2020: Knowledge Flow - Building Bridges between Science & Community
September 28 - 30, 2020

A team of PhD students from across the GW4 are leading an exciting new conference. Working with the WSA and The Flow Partnership, their event will bring together practitioners working with communities across the world, and researchers, working in fields spanning climate change, water scarcity and resource management, flood risk and policy, to explore this vital ‘knowledge flow’.


Process-Based Hydrological Modelling
Fall 2020

Due to concerns related to Covid-19, this course will be offered online during the Fall term (9:00-11:50am on Tuesdays, September-December 2020). In subsequent years the course will be offered as a field school at the Barrier Lake Field Station and will include logistics fees.


Funding and Award Opportunities

🆕 GAIA | Masters Student Paper Award 2020

On behalf of the international journal GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, Masters students are invited to apply for the GAIA Masters Student Paper Award which recognises research for important societal transformations and transdisciplinary environmental and sustainability science.

The winner will be awarded 1'500EUR, a one-year subscription to GAIA, and the possibility of submitting the winning paper for publication in the journal.

Deadline to submit your work is 19 October, 2020.


🆕 NSERC Live Q&A Webinars - How to complete a DG application

Due to COVID-19, NSERC is replacing live webinars with pre-recorded videos followed by live Q&A sessions. This series is meant to assist the research community on how to complete an application using the Research Portal and the NSERC Canadian Common CV (CCV). You will find below the pre-recorded videos as well as the dates for these upcoming live Q&A sessions. New Q&A session dates will be added as they become available on our website.
We ask that you please view the pre-recorded videos prior to attending a live Q&A session, as the material presented in the videos will not be repeated.
In order to prepare, we invite you to familiarize yourself with the following documents:
·         Discovery Grant application program description which includes the Peer Review Manual and the Frequently Asked Questions
·         Instructions for Completing an Application
·         Submitting an NSERC individual Discovery Grant application through the Research Portal tutorial.

Pre-registration is not required to attend the live Q&A sessions.
Considering the high attendance to our webinars, NSERC staff may not have time to respond to all individual questions during the session. Any additional questions should be directed to our support team at NSERC Discovery.

  How to complete an application
(English session)
Comment remplir une demande
(French session)
Dates Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Time 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET) 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Open to Members of the research community across Canada Members of the research community across Canada
Links Live Q&A for August 25, 2020
Live Q&A for September 24, 2020
Live Q&A for August 27, 2020
Live Q&A for September 22, 2020


2020 GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security

2020 GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security - Now accepting applications

The winners (first, second and third place) will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of renowned practitioners from international organisations, governments and the private sector, based on the following criteria:

  • Dedication to sustainable global security
  • Preservation of human dignity, security and justice
  • Creativity and Originality

The prize for the application coming in first position is CHF 10’000 and a certificate of excellence. The two other finalist applications will receive a certificate of recognition.

The deadline for applications is 24 September 2020 at 18:00 UTC+2. The winner will be announced on 25 November 2020 as part of the GCSP 25th Anniversary Celebration.


New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) 2020 Exploration

In the near future NFRF-Exploration applications will be added to the USask grants repository under the SSHRC heading, though all three agencies are encompassed within the program, administered by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) housed within SSHRC.

Internal deadlines: the RASI internal deadline remains set at 5 business days prior to the external agency deadline. As both the Notice of Intent (NOI) and Full Application stages are submitted institutionally, applications must be received through UnivRS by the follow dates:

1. NOI: August 11, 2020 (Submitted in Convergence Portal August 18, 2020)
2. Full Application: October 13, 2020 (Submitted in Convergence Portal October 20, 2020)


Commonwealth Scholarship

These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Education in conjunction with UK universities to support world class research and to contribute to UK higher education and research to help sustain international recognition of the UK higher education system and for the benefit of wider society. The CSC does not offer scholarships to candidates from high income Commonwealth countries who have already started their PhD study in the UK.

Application deadline: August 10, 2020 17:00 (BST)


2020-21 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) competition

Launched by the Vanier-Banting Secretariat, this program offers funding for individuals with PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree completion between September 15, 2017 and September 30, 2021 (inclusively) and is open to both Canadian and international researchers.

Value & duration

  • $70,000 per year (taxable)
  • 2 years (non-renewable)

Process to apply
Nominations must be endorsed by the University of Saskatchewan and will be reviewed internally throughout the application development process to determine suitability for final submission to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat. The University of Saskatchewan timeline.

Key dates

  • July 3, 2020 – 8:00 am (CST): Deadline for submission of U of S Notification of Intent (NOI).  Please see the attached NOI form for details as well as the full competition timeline. Nominees will be notified by July 17th if they have been selected to proceed to the full application stage.
  • August 12, 2020 – 8:00 am (CST): Deadline for submission of full application for internal review and recommendation. Nominees will be notified by August 24th if their application is suitable for submission to the national competition.
  • October 1, 2020 – 8:00am (EDT): Deadline for submission to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat.  Competition results are expected in mid-February 2020.



Eligibility changes to NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships program


NSERC is removing the one-per-lifetime restriction on applications to the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program. For the 2021 competition year (application deadline October 19, 2020), unsuccessful applicants from previous competitions will be able to apply again, provided they still meet all other eligibility criteria. 


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


Job Opportunities

Assistant or Associate Professor in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship
University of Guelph, Ontario
Application deadline: October 26, 2020

Communications Coordinator
Global Institute for Water Security
University of Saskatchewan

Application deadline: Sept. 3, 2020
Associate or Full Professor in Environmental Science and the School of Data Science
Charlottesville, VA
Review of applications begins November 1, 2020

Exascale Software Engineer III
Boulder, Colorado
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

Research Scientist Positions - Water Modelling Team
Global Water Futures
University of Saskatchewan
Application deadline: open until filled


Student Opportunities

Climate Services Research Affiliate - Research Affiliate Program
Canadian Centre for Climate Services - Gatineau (Québec)
Application deadline: August 27, 2020

Integrated surface water and groundwater modelling under changing climate and land management factors
University of Alberta
Application deadline: open until filled

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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