GIWS membership categories have been established to expand the reach of the Global Institute for Water Security and to encourage the involvement of a wide range of those active in water‐related research and activities. Membership provides a means of building a strong interdisciplinary research community, further developing our research programs and expanding our range of professional and social activities for the benefit of our members.
Prospective members should be involved in research or activities that show a commitment to advancing the goals and objectives of the GIWS research program in the Saskatchewan River Basin. In addition, membership requires nomination by two existing GIWS members. Current members are listed in the ‘Our People’ section of this website.
Membership brings with it the benefit of enhanced national and international visibility, potential for collaboration (locally, nationally and internationally), and invitations to participate in a range of specialist and general interest activities hosted by GIWS. Membership also grants access to communications initiatives related to ongoing events, activities, and opportunities associated with GIWS.
Members of all categories will be expected to take an active part in GIWS activities to further the goals of the Institute, and to further the goal of water security as a signature area within the University of Saskatchewan.
To become a member:
- Contact two existing GIWS members with whom you have a professional relationship to request that they act as nominee.
- Read through the five membership categories to see which one best fits your expertise and research involvement.
- Download and fill out the nomination form.
- Submit your nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Application forms are reviewed on a quarterly basis at the GIWS Executive Committee meeting.
- Note: Student membership has different nomination criteria and forms. Graduate student nomination form. Undergraduate student nomination form.
Members: Individuals working at a level of responsibility which includes initiating and leading water research activities. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Faculty members at the U of S
- Research Scientists, Staff Scientists, or Science Associates in recognized co-located (e.g. Saskatoon-based) research institutions (i.e. Environment Canada, SRC, CLS, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
- U of S Research Scientists
Associate Members: Individuals who are making a significant contribution to water research or who are providing support for water research activities in areas relevant to GIWS. This may include, but is not limited to:
- U of S research staff (e.g. Research Associates, Research Assistants, Research Officers or Postdoctoral Fellows).
- Research staff from recognized national or international research institutions who are affiliated with a member of the Institute.
- Professional affiliates – professional individuals who may not hold a PhD, but who can serve on graduate student advisory committees and/or teach graduate courses
Student Members: Students registered at a postsecondary institution who are engaged in water-related research activities, and who are under the supervision or co-supervision of a GIWS member, or any graduate or undergraduate student registered at the University of Saskatchewan.
Affiliates: Distinguished individuals who have a demonstrable commitment to the goals and objectives of GIWS. Affiliates are generally positioned outside traditional research environments.
Visiting Fellows: Nationally and internationally-distinguished visitors (from any sector) to the U of S. To be considered a visiting fellow, an individual must be actively engaged in a defined program of study and research with another GIWS member, and must have completed the institutional process whereby they have been appointed a visitor of the U of S.
Goals and objectives of the Global Institute for Water Security Saskatchewan River Basin Research Program
To improve the monitoring, understanding and modelling of:
The region’s variable climate, including its hydro-meteorological extremes
Key land surface systems, including Rocky Mountains, Boreal Forest, and Prairies, and their response to climate variability and climate change
Effects, on water quantity and quality and aquatic ecosystems, of anthropogenic land use change
Societal controls on water management, including policy options and economic instruments