IC-IMPACTS WESTalks Webinar Series

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IC-IMPACTS WESTalks Seminar Series

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WESTalks is a collaborative initiative by IC-IMPACTS Student Engagement Committee and the University of British Columbia’s Future Waters, and is being hosted jointly by students at UBC and University of Guelph. The combined network includes over 1000 research students and faculty members, working in water research across the globe.


  • 09:00 am Thursdays (Pacific time, in Vancouver)
  • Held over Zoom video
  • 20-30 minute presentation
  • 10-15 minutes of audience questions, curated by moderator

Previous WESTalks are available on YouTube:


Summer 2020

  • 09-Jul-20: Dr. Cristoph Luthi, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Sciences: Eawag - Emerging Solutions to Urban Sanitation in the Global South.
  • 16-Jul-20: Prof. Mike Templeton, Imperial CollegeLondon - Pitfalls and Progress: Research to Move Towards Safe and Sustainable Sanitation for All.
  • 23-Jul-20: Dr. Partick Mirindi, WHO - Challenges to reducing waterborne illness in developing communities and how you anticipate these challenges evolving in the coming decade.
  • 30-Jul-20: Dr. Bob Andrews and Mike McKie, University of Toronto - Biofiltration: Where we have been, where we are and where we are going?
  • 07-Aug-20*: SEC Keynote (10:15 AM): Dr. Paul Westerhoff, Arizona Sate University - Modeling influence of upstream wastewater discharges on drinking water facilities.
  • 13-Aug-20: Dr. Menachem Elimelech, Yale University - Next Generation Desalination Membranes: Where are we Now?
  • 20-Aug-20: Dr. Rachel Scholes, UC Berkeley / US Department of Agriculture - Trace Contaminants in Potable Reuse: An RO Concentrate Treatment Perspective.
  • 27-Aug-20: Dr. Emile Cornelissen, KWR Water Research Institute: Netherlands - Membranes Under Pressure: Membranes in Drinking Water Treatment.

Fall 2020

  • 10-Sep-20: Dr. Elizabeth Tilley, Eawag / University of Malawi - Trash: It’s role in sanitation and resource recovery.
  • 17-Sep-20: Dr. Boya Xiong, MIT / U-Minnesota - Peptide enabled material for sustainable waterborne pathogen control.
  • 24-Sep-20: Dr. Bernhard Truffer, Eawag - Sustainability transitions in the urban water sector: the promise of modular technologies from socio-technical perspective.
  • 01-Oct-20: Dr. Onita Basu, Carleton University - Point of Use: A case study in Longido, Tanzania.
  • 08-Oct-20: Dr. Daniel McCurry, University of Southern California - Disinfection Byproduct Formation in Drinking Water and Recycled Wastewater.
  • 15-Oct-20: Dr. Barbara Evans, University of Leeds - Rapid growth and low tax base? Why “engineering” is only part of the solution to urban WASH in the global south
  • 22-Oct-20: Susan Murcott, MIT - Reimaging Engineering in Service to Populations Vulnerable to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Climate and Planetary Health Impacts.
  • 29-Oct-20: Dr. William Mitch, Stanford University - Which disinfection byproducts matter for potable reuse?
  • 05-Nov-20: Dr. Treavor Boyer , Arizona State University - Ion exchange applications for drinking water and wastewater treatment.
  • 12-Nov-20: Dr. Daniele Lantagne, Tufts University - Water, sanitation, and hygiene in an outbreak response.
  • 19-Nov-20: Dr. Sunil Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad - Controlling trihalomethane formation in drinking water supply - A case study of India.
  • 03-Dec-20: Dr. Andrew Whelton, Purdue University - Disaster challenges and opportunities – Safely and rapidly recovering drinking water systems.

Winter 2021

  • 14-Jan-21: Dr. Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor -Researcher-Utility Partnerships for Advancing Microbial Drinking Water Quality.
  • 21-Jan-21: Dr. Minkyu Park, University of Arizona -Treatment technologies and monitoring strategies for contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs) in potable water reuse.
  • 28-Jan-21: Dr. Mohamed Ateia, Northwestern University - Efficient PFAS Removal by Amine- functionalized Sorbents: Promises & Challenges.
  • 04-Feb-21: Dr. Evan Thomas, University of Colorado, Boulder (TBC).
  • 11-Feb-21: Dr. Mark van Loosdrecht, TU Delft - Extracellular Polymeric Substances.
  • 18-Feb-21: Dr. Anthony Straub, University of Colorado, Boulder - Putting bubbles to work: Emerging applications of hydrophobic membranes in water treatment and power generation.
  • 25-Feb-21: Dr. Dyllon Randal, University of Cape Town - Urine: The liquid gold of wastewater.

Spring/ Summer 2021

  • 04-Mar-21: Dr. Megan Mauter, Stanford University - Water sector electrification: System-level benefits and process-level challenges.
  • 11-Mar-21: Dr. Peter Back, Eawag: Transitioning to Blue Green Cities: Harmonising nature-based approaches with smart urban water management and multi-functional planning.
  • 18-Mar-21: Dr. David Latulippe, McMaster University: New insights into the effects of micron-scale microplastics on membrane-based treatment processes. **Postponed**
  • 25-Mar-21: Dr. Linda Strande, Eawag: Innovations in Faecal Sludge Management.
  • 01-Apr-21: Dr. Jane Fowler, Simon Fraser University, Drinking water biofilters: A source of clean water and novel microbial physiologies.
  • 08-Apr-21: Dr. William Tarpeh, Stanford University: Designing Distributed Nitrogen Recovery from Wastewater.
  • 15-Apr-21: Dr. Samantha Black, HDR Inc., Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in drinking water.
  • 22: Apr-21: Dr. Priti Parekh, University College London, Role of infrastructure including sanitation for human well-being and links with SDGs.
  • 29-Apr-21: Dr. David Latulippe, McMaster University: New insights into the effects of micron-scale microplastics on membrane-based treatment processes.
  • 06-May-21: Dr. Kerry Black, University of Calgary, Tip of the Iceberg - Water, Health, and the Growing Divide in Canadian Indigenous Communities.
  • 13-May-21: Dr. Frederik Hammes, Eawag, Managing unwanted microbial growth in building plumbing systems.
  • 20-May-21: Dr. Bas Vriens, Queen's University, Assessing human imprints on trace metal loads in the Great Lakes.
  • 27-May-21: Dr. Leland Jackson, University of Calgary, (TBA).
  • 03-Jun-21: Dr. Ameet Pinto, Georgia Tech (TBA).

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