Hidden from the plain side, yet, invaluable, groundwater is the world’s most extracted raw material. About 70% of groundwater withdrawn worldwide is used for agriculture and provides almost half of all drinking water worldwide.


Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan is organizing a day-long workshop on groundwater to assess institutional expertise and strength on groundwater research, and map future directions to achieve eminence, and have a practical impact on local, national, and international groundwater management practices. 

Workshop Program & Agenda

Time Format
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


  • 8x 5-minute talks
  • 10-minute break
  • 7x 5-minute talks
  • 5-minute summary
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Current status discussions

  • Discussion on human and organizational resources, strength, barriers, tools, partnerships, collaborations, synergies
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Strategic planning and goals discussion

  • Discussion on the "one big question"
  • Where do we want to see ourselves in the next ten years (dream big)
  • What is needed to reach eminence in groundwater research?
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

What's next

  • Next steps, roadmap discussion



Barrie Bonsal

Jay Famiglietti

Grant Ferguson

Terry Fonstad

Andrew Ireson

Matt Lindsay

Jennifer McIntosh

Derek Peak

Bing Si

Laura Smith

Garth Vanderkamp


For more information, please contact: Palash Sanyal,