The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all. We send best wishes to our water community during this time and hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy.

We recognize that many of our work circumstances have changed recently and thought that some resources for engagement and connection during this time of social distancing and self isolation would be useful to share. Please take a look through and find support where you may need it.

We will be adding to this page over the coming days. Please send us anything we should add, and let us know how we can be helpful to you and your community. Send us a direct message on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Linkedin.


PWRC's COVID-19 Response

This document aims to provide an overview of ways in which PWRC is responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is a living document that will be updated as new situations and opportunities present themselves and covers issues concerning on-going research, re-thinking research priorities, as well as community engagement and outreach.


Scheduled World Water Day celebrations and events set for March 22nd, 2020 have been postponed or cancelled in coordination with the World Health Organization’s recommendations. While these face-to-face events did not take place, World Water Day and the campaign is ongoing. We have compiled some online events to review in celebration of this day.

International Water Resources Association Webinar  

Theme: Water and Climate Change 

The webinar was on the global theme for this year’s World Water Day, Water and Climate Change, looking into the multiple and complex interlinks between water science and policy with climate change.


UN-Water coordinates the efforts of UN entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues. Their website is a hub of water data, publications, and news.  

World Water Development Report 2020 – Water and Climate Change

The 2020 United Nations World Water Development Report focuses on the challenges, opportunities and potential responses to climate change, in terms of adaptation, mitigation and improved resilience that can be addressed through improving water management.


Canadian Water Resources Associaton Webinars

Webinars on contemporary Canadian water issues from experts and leading researchers across the country.

American Water Works Association Webinars

Webinars include a panel of experts who deliver up-to-date information on timely water-related topics. Live webinars include a Q&A session to engage and connect with attendees. Upcoming free sessions on March 20th, April 29th and April 30th.

International Water Association Webinars

Upcoming and past webinars and online discussions on a range of water topics offering the opportunity to connect digitally.

2020 Dean's Lecture Series: From Environmental Research to Public Solutions

Listen to recordings of SFU's Faculty of Environment lecture series hearing from scholars, practitioners and traditional knowledge holders.

US EPA Water Research Webinar Series 

EPA's Office of Research and Development hosts this webinar series to share current research activities and research results. Enjoy recordings of their past webinars and register for their upcoming session on April 29th, 2020 about “Water Treatment Modeling Tools for Removing PFAS and other Contaminants."

International Water Resource Association Webinars 

Webinars are based on themes of timely interest, including topics of special issues of Water International but also aligned with the international water agenda and in close collaboration with keypartners.

SWA Special Webinar on COVID-19 and WASH

Webinar on water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for preventing COVID-19, featuring UNICEF, WHO and government representatives from Cambodia, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire and Colombia.


Water Alternatives Forum 

The Water Alternatives Forum is intended to provide space for critical debates and discussions about water issues. There is a great opportunity here to think critically and engage with other water focused thinkers around the world.


Water Professionals and Academics

This group's objective is to share information and knowledge about water-related events and issues such as watershed management, water production and distribution, private sector participation in water services, water exports, etc.

Young Water Professionals 

The IWA Young Water Professionals provides a range of activities, services and initiatives to young professionals and students in the water and wastewater sector untill the age of 35. This group is open for everybody who is interested in water and water issues and would like to contribute, share or get connected with other Young Water Professionals.


Words on Water

A podcast featuring conversations with influential and interesting people from the water sector and news from the Water Environment Federation.

Talk Water

The BlueTech Research Podcasts feature conversations with influential & interesting people from the water technology sector and latest news.

Talking Under Water 

The podcast covers topics under the One Water movement including the municipal and industrial water and wastewater, point of use, point of entry, residential, stormwater and erosion control markets. Talking Under Water highlights news, trends, new technologies, industry discussions and on-site interviews with experts for WWD, WQP and SWS. Latest episode discussing COVID-19.

What’s Up With Water 

“What’s Up With Water” condenses the need-to-know news on the world’s water into a weekly snapshot.

The Water Values 

This podcast series explores water issues from a variety of perspectives with the goal of uncovering the true value of water. Each episode will delve into one aspect of water, such as water utilities, water treatment, water resources, water reuse, and more.

Future Tense

A critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking, from politics to media to environmental sustainability. Multiple episodes featuring water-related topics.

Let’s Talk About Water

Join host Jay Famiglietti as he and his colleagues meet people tackling our world’s water woes. Presented by the GIWS at the University of Saskatchewan and produced by The Walrus Lab.


SFU scholarly response to COVID-19

Springer Nature has made a list of blogs, research articles, reviews, comments, books and chapters of books related to coronavirus “free to access”.

MDPI Free Open Platforms

MDPI has opened access to Encyclopedia, Scilit, SciProfiles, Sciforum and Preprints to support academics in research, connection and knowledge sharing.


International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 

Watch a variety of water themed documentaries online, ranging from shorts to feature length films.

Water and the future of life on earth | DW Documentary

A documentary on the intersection of overuse of water and the pressures of a changing climate.

Indigenous Cinema 

Discover the NFB’s rich online collection of Indigenous-made films with more than 200 options to choose from.


You Can’t Stop Culture. Get Some Here. 

Roundup of cultural events and content that can be accessed online from youtube concerts to audiobooks.

SFU Woodward's #StayHome

Suggestions of video and audio content that you can dive into from SFU programming or that of our partners.