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Water@Michigan 2020



Tuesday, April 7 | Sheraton Ann Arbor

Join water enthusiasts from across U-M and beyond for Water@Michigan 2020! Now in its fifth year, this annual event is a springboard for interdisciplinary collaboration among U-M water researchers and engagement with key community partners

This year, the day-long event will bring together groups across campus in a workshop format to advance U-M project-based learning and researchThe focus will be just, equitable, and sustainable approaches to water-related community issues across the Great Lakes Region. 

Water@Michigan began as a campus-focused event in 2014 designed to facilitate connections among U-M researchers (post-docs, faculty, research staff) in different departments, with an interest in water-related issues. Since then, we have refined the focus of Water@Michigan specifically to promote collaborative and engaged research, and we began inviting key community partners as participants.

Since 2018 the event has been planned by a steering committee, co-chaired and facilitated by Jen Read (Director, U-M Water Center) and Paul Seebach (Professor of Aquatic Practice), representing the Graham Sustainability Institute and the School for Environment and Sustainability, with representation from many units across campus and external partners.

While there is a specific topical theme each year, the purpose of the event is to:

  1. Foster cross-campus/disciplinary connections
  2. Connect partners with specific needs/questions to campus researchers with relevant expertise
  3. Promote/facilitate engaged or user-focused research activities across the range of campus disciplines that address water from the Arts to the Sciences and Engineering

Water@Michigan 2020 is sponsored by the U-M Water Center at the Graham Sustainability Institute and the School for Environment and Sustainability, in collaboration with the 2020 Great Lakes Theme Semester. If you are a community member interested in travel support, please contact Ashley Stoltenberg (