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    5 April 2019

    How fitting that it was a rainy day on which that Prof. Teresa Culver guided students across UVA grounds to study how storm water is (should be) dealt with.

    UVA Grounds Studying Storm Water 1
    (picture Teresa Culver)

    UVA Grounds Studying Storm Water 2
    (picture Dana Schroeder)

    28 March 2019

    A group of UVA graduate and undergraduate students visited Virginia’s Surry Nuclear Power Plant in the morning as well as Rice Rivers Center on the James River where they met with VCU faculty.

    Students at Surry Nuclear Power Plant    Students at Rice Rivers Center on the James River

    15 November 2018 

    Q&A with Courtney Hill about her water research

    Courtney Hill

    On 26 October, the Global Water Initiative held its first Graduate Water Colloquium, and the GWI awarded its first Global Water Initiative Graduate Prize to engineering Ph.D. student Courtney Hill, who presented “Technological Field Performance of a New Point-of-Use Water Treatment Technology in a Randomized Control Trial in Limpopo, South Africa” at the colloquium.

    Read more on the GWI Blog

    30 July 2018

    Call for Abstracts by Sept. 28:Global Water Initiative Graduate Student Water Symposium

    The UVA Global Water Initiative presents the first annual Graduate Student Water Symposium. The symposium will encourage an interdisciplinary explorationof the breadth of research related to water in the environment and for society. The goal is to bring researchers across Grounds together for an afternoon of presentations, collaboration and networking. The event will be held in the Special Collections Library on the afternoon of Friday, October 26th and will include lunch and a reception to follow. Selected graduate students will give 15-minute podium presentations followed by questions and discussion.

    Graduate students interested in presenting are encouraged to submit an abstract of their research topic to Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and will be selected by a team of faculty and graduate students. Abstract submissions are due 28 September. We encourage a diverse array of water-related presentation topics, including but not limited to research related to water scarcity, agriculture, climate change, water productivity, water markets, water quality, infrastructure and innovation. The best reviewed presentation given at the symposium will receive a $500 prize.  

    1 May 2018

    Call for Submissions by 15 June on “Water inEurope and the World”

    EuropeNow, the online journal of the Council for European Studies at Columbia University, invites contributions for its December/January interdisciplinary issue on water. We are especially interested in short articles that relate to water in Europe and the world. The link between water and Europe can take many forms — involve one or a few European countries, take an Europe-wide perspective, compare water issues across countries, etc. Submissions are invited for the following potential topics, which can be approached from an economic, business, architectural, engineering, cultural/historic, legal or environmental perspective.

    • water scarcity
    • water quality or pollution
    • water infrastructure challenges
    • international water (sharing) agreements
    • water use in agriculture
    • water and climate change, sea level rise
    • water and urban planning
    • water utilities
    • corporate social responsibility and water

    Proposals for submissions should be no more than 300 words in length and draw on your ongoing or past research. Please send proposals to the editors no later than 20 June. If your proposal is selected, final submission of the short articles (2,500–3,000 words) will be due by 30 September 2018. 

    Expression of interest Deadline: 15 June 2018
    Submission Deadline: 30 September 2018 

    Issue Editors

    Professor Peter Debaere, University of Virginia (
    Dr. Nicole Shea, Columbia University (

    EuropeNow is an online monthly journal that features research, criticism and journalism on Europe. EuropeNow has a monthly readership of 100,000 worldwide. Submission can take the form of short original research articles, essays or commentaries.   

    April 2018   

    GWI Field Trip to DC, 29 March

    Twenty graduate and undergraduate students went on a field trip to tour DC Water’s waste water treatment plant, one of the largest and most advanced in the world. In the afternoon, they went to the World Bank where they met with the Water Resources Group.

    GWI Team Field Trip to DC

    View more images from the field trip to visit the water team of The World Bank and DC Water's Blue Plains Water Treatment Plant.