The University of Florida Water Institute and Duke Energy partnered to host the 7th biennial UF Water Institute Symposium. The Symposium brought together individuals from a broad range of disciplines and organizations to explore complex water challenges from multiple perspectives. Over 500 participants came to the University of Florida campus to understand and share research on innovative science, technology, cultural, policy, and management solutions. Keynote presentations were provided by Dr. Bryan Brooks, Director of the Environmental Health Science Program at Baylor University (click here for presentation) and Dr. Hans Pearl, Distinguished Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences (click here for video). Over 240 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:
The Symposium’s final plenary session, entitled Navigating Turbulent Waters: Politics, Policies, and Partnerships, provided a venue for leading scientists, engineers, managers, and policy makers to discuss perceptions of Florida’s waters that span a broad spectrum: from the abundant to the scarce, the pristine to the polluted, the equitably shared to the improperly exploited, the eternally inviting to the newly foreboding. Moderated by Dr. Les Thiele, Professor of Political Science and Director, UF Center for Adaptive Innovation, Resilience, Ethics and Science (UF CAIRES ), 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.
For information on previous Symposia, please visit our Previous Symposia Page.