Leaders-Create: Program for Leaders in Water and Watershed Sustainability

LEADERS-CREATE:

Program for Leaders in Water and Watershed Sustainability

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LEADERS-CREATE: Program for Leaders in Water and Watershed Sustainability

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The NSERC CREATE program for LEaders in wAter anD watERshed Sustainability (the LEADERS CREATE) will bring students from a variety of schools and departments to the forefront of water research through an interdisciplinary approach to develop future leaders in water-related science and policy.

Graduate students typically work on single-discipline projects, although watersheds are best understood through their interdisciplinary connections to water resources, human health and wellbeing, and ecosystem health. Experienced researchers will have established collaborations and partnerships that allow them to put their own research in this broader context, but it is more difficult for students to get this broader experience through their projects unless they are in a program that has been carefully designed to provide that experience.

The student LEADERS graduating from this program will be top candidates for employment with environmental consulting firms, government agencies, research institutes and environmental non-governmental organizations.

                                                      

 

Objectives

To establish a world-leading interdisciplinary, collaborative training program combining research and industrial activities to prepare students for LEADERShip roles in the water sector. Specifically:

1. To provide an educational environment that stresses collaboration and teamwork to address key watershed problems, while fostering the development of critical professional skills involved in translating research outcomes to the field.

2. To provide trainees with learning opportunities in industrial, governmental and nongovernmental organizations (through internships and collaborative research) in order to expand their skills and perspectives beyond the Canadian academic research environment.

3. To produce a unique cohort of problem-solving, academic and experientially trained LEADERS who are eager and prepared to work in multidisciplinary teams while addressing complex issues in the water sector.

 

Computer generated image of the external view of the new Health and Innovation Centre where the Beaty Water Research Centre and LEADERS project will be based.

 

The LEADERS project will be based in the new Beaty Water Research Centre (BWRC), with 10,000 square feet of laboratory and specialized meeting and teaching space designed for integrated training. The LEADERS project will become the flagship graduate training program of the BWRC.

The LEADERS project co-applicants, as a group, have expertise that covers three watershed sustainability focus areas, including links to non-NSE stakeholders in policy and sustainable watershed management. The co-applicants will work jointly to ensure the LEADERS objectives are met through courses, internship opportunities, conferences, workshops, and community outreach. These activities will be in classrooms, at field sites including associated field stations, and in online communities.

Computer generated image of the internal view of the new Health and Innovation Centre where the Beaty Water Research Centre and LEADERS project will be based.