Keynote Speakers Announced


We are pleased to introduce the symposium keynote speakers,

Dr. Bryan Brooks and Dr. Hans Paerl!




Dr. Bryan Brooks  

Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Biomedical Studies and Director, Environmental Health Science Program at Baylor University, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Management


Dr. Bryan Brooks is a Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Biomedical Studies and Director of Environmental Health Science Program at Baylor University. Dr. Brooks' transdisciplinary research interests focus on understanding and managing anthropogenic activities and stressors on both human and ecosystem health. Dr. Brooks and his team work nationally and internationally on water quality, environmental contaminants and sustainability issues, particularly related to rapidly urbanizing regions. Among many other recognitions, Dr. Brooks is Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Management and was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) in 2018.




Dr. Hans Paerl

Distinguished Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences


Dr. Hans Paerl is Distinguished Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences. Dr.Paerl's expertise is in nutrient cycling, eutrophication and harmful algae blooms, with emphasis on human and climate driven change. As one of the world's leading authorities on coastal HABs, Dr. Paerl has worked with numerous private and public lake and coastal managers and waterfront owners in search of solutions to their HAB problems, with extensive global experience that includes work in the US,China and Europe. Dr. Paerl received the 2003 G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and the 2011 Odum Award from the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation for addressing the causes, consequences and controls of eutrophication in aquatic ecosystems. In December, 2015, he was recognized as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.   



Submit an Abstract


The 2020 Planning Committee invites you to participate in the 7th biennial UF Water Institute Symposium by submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. The symposium will bring together individuals from a broad range of disciplines and organizations to explore complex water challenges from multiple perspectives with focus on innovative science, technology, cultural, policy, and management solutions.


Abstract submission closes Friday, October 4





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Early registration opens Wednesday, September 4





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The 7th UF Water Institute Symposium provides a unique venue for cross-disciplinary dialogue bringing together scientists, industry representatives, resource managers and public policy makers to focus on some of the most critical and challenging issues facing Florida's water.


As a participating sponsor, your organization will have the opportunity to:

  • Promote your organization to the 400 expected attendees
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  • Establish connections with companies and scientific institutions that provide the infrastructure for water research
  • Enhance your prominence as a community leader

Take advantage of this occasion to generate visibility for your organization.

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