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Trent Announces Creation of New Institute for Watershed Science (IWS)
August 8, 2007

Trent’s Newest Research Institute Replaces Former Watershed Science Centre

Trent University is pleased to announce that the Institute for Watershed Science (ISW), the University’s newest research institute, was formally established on July 1, 2007.

The Institute for Watershed Science is the new form of the research centre previously known as the Watershed Science Centre (WSC), which was established in July 1998 as an institutional par tnership between Trent University, Fleming College, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR). The WSC was initially created to capitalize on the expertise in watershed science at Trent University, the capacity for training in resource management and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) at Fleming, and the focus on resource management and policy development at OMNR. In 2006, there were several changes to the mandate, scope and funding arrangements for the WSC, including the addition of the Ontario Ministry of Environment as a full partner within the Centre. As a result of these changes, in the winter of 2007, Trent University’s Senate and Board of Governors approved recognition of this organization as a Research Institute.

As an institute, the IWS will provide support for the development and management of collaborative projects that will be responsive to the needs of regional, provincial, national and international collaborators.

“A key objective of the Institute for Watershed Science will be to provide training opportunities for highly qualified personnel such as graduate students and post-doctoral fellows,” explained Dr. Chris Metcalfe, director of the IWS and professor at Trent University. “The Institute will also look for opportunities to participate in outreach activities with communities and to aid in the dissemination of research information to the public.”

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