The 8th Annual WSSS Symposium

Join us on Friday, April 21st from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM for a series of talks featuring experts in both water quality and quantity markets. These speakers have been involved in markets in many locales in the U.S. as well as international water markets. We will start the day with an interactive demonstration of how markets work, and from there delve into opportunities and challenges facing water markets today.

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Water markets have potential: potential for uniting urban and rural stakeholders in environmental stewardship, potential for inspiring public-private partnerships, and potential for flexible solutions to a variety of regional water-based issues. As of 2013, there were 98 water markets in the U.S. In certain watersheds and regions, water markets have been a smashing success, mitigating nutrient pollution, preserving habitat, and maintaining sufficient flow. By some accounts, however, water markets have yet to reach their full potential, suffering from thin supply or demand, facing regulatory uncertainty, and lacking a driving force.

Schedule and full speaker list to come. Stay tuned!


Poster Session – Request for Abstracts!

Tufts students of all degree programs and levels are encouraged to submit abstracts for the poster session. The lunchtime poster session will feature excellent water-related research including, but not limited to, water-market research. Judges will assess the research and professional poster designs, and cash prizes will be awarded!

Submit your research abstract here!

Deadline: Friday, March 17 at 5:00 pm

WSSS Symposium Background

Graduate students in the graduate interdisciplinary certificate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society, organize and execute an annual professional symposium about a timely interdisciplinary water topic. The symposium is traditionally organized and executed under the leadership of students in their second year of the program.

The annual symposium has been an integral part of the WSSS program since 2010. Each symposium since has featured a specific aspect of water issues in the world as a theme, around which speakers and presenters organize their materials.

Students that do research projects as part of the Research Track of the program present their research at the symposium. In addition, the symposium features speakers and presenters from public, private, and non-governmental sectors, as well as panel discussions and networking opportunities.