Urban Water Innovation Network

Annual Meeting

July 28 – 29, 2020

The meeting will be hosted via Zoom –  links will only be provided to registered participants

Meeting details will be sent after you complete the Registration Form below:

Purpose

Due to COVID-19 the Annual All-Hands meeting has been moved online and will be conducted via Zoom.  Despite the unfortunate lack of face-to-face interactions, the 2020 meeting will still provide an opportunity to engage in fruitful interactions with the team.  This year will be focused on the Network itself – identifying how the research links back into the UWIN Conceptual Framework and contributions to the holistic vision of the UWIN SRN. Discussions will be focused on the achievements of the Network and identifying the broader contributions of the SRN to both the scientific and “real-world” (practitioner) communities.  Interactive activities and discussions are planned to enrich the online

Tuesday July 28, 2020


8:45 – 9:00 am

Welcome & Instructions

9:00 – 10:30 am

Thrust A Project Reports

Each project will have 10-mins to provide a synthesis of their research findings and discoveries:

  • A1-1 (Arabi): Quantify vulnerability, resilience and adaptability
  • A1-2 (Mack): Impacts of changes in climate, demographics and urban form
  • A2-1 (Bou-Zeid): Land-atmosphere-hydrosphere interactions
  • A2-2 (Georgescu) Land-atmosphere-hydrosphere – projecting future change
  • A2-3 (Hondula): Assessing thermal comfort implications
  • A2-4 (Meggers): Assessment and design of innovative building systems and urban infrastructure
  • A3-1 (Jenerette): Urban Vegetation Biodiversity – Ecosystem Functioning

10:30 – 10:45 am

Participant Framework Activity – Thrust A

Facilitated interactive activity to map each project onto the UWIN Conceptual Framework that has been refined over the last year.

10:45 – 11:00 am

BREAK

11:00 – 12:30 pm

Thrust B Project Reports

Each project will have 10-mins to provide a synthesis of their research findings and discoveries:

  • B1-1a (Sharvelle): Enhance capacity for use of alternative water sources
  • B1-1b (Mostafavi): Assessment of Water Infrastructure Resilience
  • B1-2 (Horvath): Life-cycle assessment of urban water systems
  • B2-1 (Meixner): Comparative impact of Green Infrastructure across urban systems
  • B2-2a (Smith): Flood hydrology and rainfall frequency
  • B2-2b (Bledsoe): Hydrology and hydraulics of urban floodplains
  • B3-1 (Arabi): Flood risk to assets and socioeconomic sectors in a changing world
  • B4-1 (Jones): Greywater Reuse: Pathogen Removal by a Membrane Bioreactor

12:30 – 12:45 pm

Participant Framework Activity – Thrust B

Facilitated interactive activity to map each project onto the UWIN Conceptual Framework that has been refined over the last year.

12:45 – 1:30 pm

LUNCH BREAK

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Thrust C & D Project Reports

Each project will have 10-mins to provide a synthesis of their research findings and discoveries:

  • C1-1 (Pivo): Adoption of Sustainable Water Solutions
  • C2-1 (Bolson): Homeowner adoption of new technologies
  • C3-1 (Harlan): Social Equity & Environmental Justice (SEEJ) of sustainable water systems
  • C4-1 (Maas): Financial models and strategies to support the transition to One Water
  • D1-1 (Santelmann): UWIN Envision Modeling
  • D2 & D3 (Arabi): UWIN decision innovation systems

2:30 – 2:45 pm

Participant Framework Activity – Thrust C & D

Facilitated interactive activity to map each project onto the UWIN Conceptual Framework that has been refined over the last year.

2:45 – 3:00 pm

BREAK

3:00 – 3:30 pm

URP Case Study Presentation

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Happy Hour (optional)

Grab your favorite beverage and enjoy unscripted social time with your colleagues

 

Wednesday July 29, 2020


8:00 – 9:00 am

Integration & Synthesis Activities

10-15-minute presentations, followed by 15-min Q&A/discussion

  • Web-Tool (Sharvelle): 8:00-8:30am
  • Indicators (Henry/Pivo): 8:30-9:00am

9:00 – 9:15 am

BREAK

9:15 – 10:45 am

URP Presentations

5-minute student lightning presentations with 2-mins Q&A

  • Comprehensive programmatic review of UWIN-URP (Berkowitz)

10:45 – 11:30 am

LUNCH BREAK

11:30 – 12:45 pm

Network Growth & Expansion (Sukop)

  • Network Expansion analysis (survey results)
  • UWIN products, proposals and new initiatives
  • Nurturing the Network (“UWIN 2.0”)

12:45 – 1:00 pm

BREAK

1:00 -2:15 pm

UWIN Perspectives on the Contribution of Research Networks to Science and Practice

Overview of the SRN Accomplishments (Arabi)

Facilitated Discussion (Pivo)

Practice: What did your UWIN project do or might it do in the future, to further assist cities in making progress towards more sustainable urban water systems?  

  1. What has your research done to assist cities (how is this useful/relevant for utilities and communities)?
  2. AND/OR How might your work eventually impact practice; if practitioners knew what you’ve learned about your understanding of urban water systems, how might it eventually change how we conduct future business and best practices?

Science: What has the UWIN SRN accomplished that would not have been possible by a regular sized NSF grant and/or individual research endeavors?

  1. How have your activities within UWIN advanced interdisciplinary urban water science?
  2. Basic/fundamental interdisciplinary science?
  3. Methods and tools that enable enhanced understanding and characterization of sustainable urban water systems?

2:15 – 2:30 pm

BREAK

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Advisory Board Reflection

Opportunity for NSF program managers and UWIN External Advisory Board to reflect on what they have heard over the previous sessions

 

 

Interdisciplinary Student Training Workshop

July 27, 2020: 9:00am – 4:00pm (Mountain Time)

Purpose: The goal of the workshop is to provide a low barrier, interactive and engaging opportunity for students to learn how to market themselves as an interdisciplinary researcher and learn to communicate research activities to non-disciplinary audiences.  Students will be asked to complete an assignment and review workshop materials prior to the online meeting in order to make efficient use of our time together.  You will be asked to create a slide summarizing your research for your peers to review as well as draft a statement about being an interdisciplinary researcher which you will refine during your training.  Space and time are being for open discussions with your peers and to foster relationships that prolong your UWIN connections after the funding has ended.

AGENDA

TIME

TOPIC

9:00 – 9:30 am

Welcome & Introductions

Ice breaker: introduce your favorite COVID distraction

9:30 – 10:00 am

Introduction to interdisciplinary research

Deana Pennington – Facilitator, University of Texas at El Paso

10:00 – 11:00 am

Share your Research

Preassigned breakout groups of 3-students

11:00 – 11:15 am

BREAK

Scavenger hunt – come back in your favorite hat

11:15 – 12:00 pm

Mock Solicitation

Return to preassigned breakout groups of 3-students

12:00 – 12:30 pm

LUNCH BREAK

Scavenger hunt – come back with your most used kitchen item

12:30 – 1:00 pm

Challenges and Opportunities of Interdisciplinary Research

Deana Pennington – Facilitator, University of Texas at El Paso

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Gallery Walk

Students will provide short lightning presentations to the full group

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Ad-Hoc Breakout Groups

Opportunity to connect with your peers in open breakout sessions and discuss in a low-barrier open-format

3:15 – 4:00 pm

Wrap-up and Open Discussion

Return to the full-group and discuss connections and opportunities you identified followed by concluding remarks from the facilitators.

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Virtual After Party

Grab your favorite drink and enjoy some casual conversation with your peers!

 

Workshop Registration

If you are interested in participating please take a moment to fill out the Registration Form no later than July 17 so we can prepare workshop materials accordingly.

 

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