2014 Annual UCOWR-NIWR-CUAHSI Conference
June 18-20, 2014
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
Water Systems, Science, and Society Under Global Change
2014 Conference Committee
Richard Vogel, Chair, Tufts University
Water problems pose interdisciplinary challenges as evidenced by the tremendous diversity of interests within the three organizations sponsoring this conference, UCOWR, NIWR, and CUAHSI. This conference is unique because it is both a scientific conference and an exploration of how universities organize themselves to meet societal goals concerning water resources. A central theme to be addressed will be: How does university water research contribute to solving societal challenges? We invite you and your colleagues to join lading water managers, educators, researchers, and other professionals from across the country to the first joint conference of these national organizations to address some of the most compelling and important challenges facing our profession.
The 2014 UCOWR-NIWR-CUAHSI Conference is taking shape. Five plenary sessions have been developed and several speakers have been confirmed.
Green, Blue, and Gray Water
Professor Argen Hoekstra, University of Twente, Netherlands, has agreed to present on the topic of Virtual Water. Other speakers will be joining this plenary.
The World’s Water Challenges
As keynote speakers, Professor Upmanu Lall, Director of the Columbia Water Center at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, and Professor Annette Huber-Lee, Senior Scientist at the Stolkholm Environment-US Center, will delve into the water issues facing water professionals around the globe.
The 2014 UCOWR-NIWR-CUAHSI Conference will be held on the campus of Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. The address is 419 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA 02155.
Arrangements have been made for special accommodation rates at both the dormitories on Tufts campus and at the Hyatt Place Boston/Medford.
Tufts Dormitories – Rates & Reservations
Single, air conditioned (based on availability): $69 per night per room (no tax)
Single, non-air conditioned: $59 per night per room (no tax)
Double, air conditioned (based on availability): $84 per night per room (no tax)
Double, non-air conditioned: $74 per night per room (no tax)
· Free wireless Internet service
· Access to Tufts athletic and recreational facilities
· Bedding & small towels (guest should bring large towels for showering)
The make reservations for a dorm room at Tufts University, click here. When asked to select the conference you are attending, choose Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR). There is a 'Dining Options' page; you do not have to purchase anything from this page. You can pay cash for meals and there are some meals provided as part of the conference registration.
To become more familiar with Tufts University in general, click here.
Hyatt Place Boston/Medford – Rates & Reservations
Single and Double Rooms: $169 per night + tax (11.7%)
This rate is available Tuesday, June 17th through Saturday, June 21st, 2014. Reservations may be made now and must be made no later than May 16th, 2014.
Reservation can be made by calling 1-888-492-8847. A voice prompt system will answer; say the name of the hotel (Hyatt Place Boston/Medford) and answer the questions about dates of stay. You will be transferred to a live representative. Ask for the WATER SYSTEMS CONFERENCE special rate.
To find out more about the hotel, click here. The hotel address is 116 Riverside Avenue, Medford, MA 02155.
Funding Opportunity for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Researchers
Affiliated with UCOWR/NIWR/CUAHSI Member Universities
Deadline January 31, 2014
For the first time, the three national (and only) university community organizations with a focus on water resources, Universities Council on Water Resources – UCOWR, National Institutes for Water Resources – NIWR , and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science – CUAHSI, are holding a joint conference on Water Systems, Science, and Society Under Global Climate Change - http://ucowr.org/conferences. The conference will be held June 18 – 20, 2014 at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. The conference will provide opportunities for professional networking through formal activities (e.g., plenary sessions, panel discussions and breakout groups, and the oral/poster presentation sessions), and informal activities (ample time for interaction with other scientists during breaks, meals, and social activities). There will be a suite of awards for best presentations by graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, and we have planned a special session to facilitate sharing of ideas and networking. We have raised support from several sponsors to enable us to provide some matching financial support for graduate students and post-doc researchers to participate in this conference. Note that this is the first time such a conference is to be held on a university campus. This is important to young researchers researchers, because there will be very low cost on-campus dormitory housing available for all conference participants located only a five minute walk from the conference venue.
Application for Funding: Partial support for registration, travel and dormitory lodging ($300-$500) will be provided for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers who meet the following conditions:
1. Graduate students and post-doc researchers must submit an abstract of their proposed poster or oral presentation to the conference website http://ucowr.org/conferences/2014-conferenceno later than January 31, 2014.
3. Preference will be given to applicants who receive matching funding from their university, school, department or other source. The amount of matching funding and sources should be provided when prompted to provide “Additional Notes or Details About Authors”.
4. Preference will be given in amounts which are inversely proportional to the support requested, so that a $300 award is easier to obtain than a $500 award. Students are requested to state the amount of their travel request in the section “Additional Notes or Details About Authors”.
Full Conference Registration
By May 16, 2014 After May 16, 2014
Member/Speaker $500 $600
Non-Member $600 $700
Full-Time Student $80 $80
Students will be notified about their travel and registration waiver awards, via email, no later than February 28, 2014.
Logan Airport is the primary airport in Boston. It is about nine miles from the conference site and dormitory housing (Tufts University-Medford) and eight miles from the conference hotel (Hyatt Place Boston/Medford).
Full information about getting to and from the airport, including an interactive map from which to get directions, is easily available on the airport website. Car rental is available at the airport as well.
Getting Around Boston
In addition to rental cars and cabs, there is good public transportation in Boston. Full information is available at Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for rail, subway, bus, and boat options. By the way, the subway is commonly referred to as "the T".
Things To Do
Boston Red Sox
Boston National Historic Park
Charles River Canoe & Kayak
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Paul Revere House
Visit the Great Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau for more fun ideas and helpful information.
This year’s educational-recreational tour will be a sunset cruise on the serene waters of the Charles River. This cruise will allow you to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Boston and Cambridge city lights at night from a unique perspective – it’s sure to be a highlight of your conference experience!
We’ll board at 8:00 p.m. and return at approximately 10:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Shuttle service to and from the cruise will be provided. The shuttle will depart from and return to Tufts University-Medford.
Tickets are reasonably priced at $45 each. Only 50 tickets are available, so they are on a first-come-first-serve basis.