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Graduate students share water-related research

Queen's researcher Scott Lamoureux (Geography) is the keynote speaker at the Queen's Water Research Centre Student Symposium on January 23.

Water usually separates Queen’s and RMC students, but next week it will bring together a number of graduate researchers from both institutions.

“The Queen’s Water Research Centre Student Symposium aims to showcase the wide array of water-related research that is going on at the two universities,” says Sarah Thompson, a symposium organizer and Queen’s civil engineering master’s student. “The symposium is also a safe space for young researchers to gain more experience presenting their work.”

Thirty-seven PhD and master’s students will give brief presentations of their proposed, ongoing or completed water research. The participants come from various departments, including pathology and molecular medicine, civil engineering, environmental studies, biology, geography, chemistry, chemical engineering, geological science and geological engineering.

“The idea is to get people talking and discovering new ways to grow their ideas. In the past, we have seen faculty members start working with people in other departments they might not have considered prior to the symposium,” says Geof Hall, Associate Director, Queen’s Water Research Centre.

The symposium is open to graduate students and faculty members. Organizers have also invited government officials and industry members to give graduate students networking opportunities.

The full-day symposium on January 23 concludes with a keynote speech by Queen’s researcher Scott Lamoureux (Geography), the second event in the inaugural RBC Queen’s Water Initiative Speaker Series. He will discuss the impacts of permafrost and climate change on hydrological and sediment transport in the Canadian High Arctic. The talk is open to the public.

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