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2022 OU International WaTER Conference

Theme: Critical Water Issues in Today's World

View the WaTER Conference Agenda (PDF) | View video playlist of presentations

Monday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27
Virtual Conference 
Randall Kolar: Welcome Remarks and Keynote #1

10:45 – 11:30 am CDT Keynote #2

1:10 – 1:55 pm CDT Keynote #3

3:10 – 3:55 pm CDT Keynote #4

8:30 – 9:15 am CDT Keynote #5

1:15 – 2:00 pm CDT Keynote #6

Final Networking for WaTER Conference

Monday, Sept. 26

AME Line

Banquet and Water Prize Award Ceremony

Monday, Sept. 26: 6:30-9 pm

The 7th OU International WaTER Conference Banquet and University of Oklahoma International Water Prize Award Ceremony will take place Monday evening, September 26 from 6:30-9 pm at the First Americans Museum.

During this event, Dr. Martin-Hill will be awarded the 2022 OU International Water Prize and give the plenary address.

Nearly 180 people are expected to join this informative and grand gathering of stellar international WaSH professionals and caring individuals who celebrate clean water and our healthy world.


2022 University of Oklahoma International Water Prize Winner


Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill

Dr. Martin-Hill’s research examines the impact of contamination and water scarcity on humans, fish and wildlife at Six Nations of the Grand River. She says the community’s water treatment plant pipeline reaches only 10% of the community, yet the reservation is surrounded by major cities Toronto, Hamilton and Brantford, she says.

“Those cities have access to clean water and we do not. I would like to see that changed,” Martin-Hill said. The WaTER Center is proud to award her with this prestigious prize.   

Martin-Hill will be awarded the prestigious University of Oklahoma International Water Prize at the OU International WaTER Conference banquet.

2022 Conference Expanded Research Topics

  • Wash Intervention
  • Water Challenges for Underserved Populations
  • Aging Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Systems
  • Wastewater-based Epidemiology
  • Ecological Engineering and Engineering with Nature
  • Advances in Drought Monitoring, Modeling, and Prediction
  • Climate Change and Hydrology Extremes
  • Natural Hazards
  • Other

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Ana Barros
Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois

Dr. Upmanu Lall
Director of the Columbia Water Center
Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Department of Earth & Environmental Engineering
Columbia University

Merrell-Ann Phare
Phare Law Corporation
International Joint Commission

Aondover Tarhule
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Illinois State University

Dr. Callist Tindimugaya
Department Head 
Water Resources Planning and Regulation

We are excited to welcome these speakers and the experience and enthusiasm they bring to these topics of great relevance.