2014 Annual UCOWR-NIWR-CUAHSI Conference
June 18-20, 2014
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
Water Systems, Science, and Society Under Global Change
2014 Conference Committee
Richard Vogel, Chair, Tufts University
Water problems pose interdisciplinary challenges as evidenced by the tremendous diversity of interests within the three organizations sponsoring this conference, UCOWR, NIWR, and CUAHSI. This conference is unique because it is both a scientific conference and an exploration of how universities organize themselves to meet societal goals concerning water resources. A central theme to be addressed will be: How does university water research contribute to solving societal challenges? We invite you and your colleagues to join lading water managers, educators, researchers, and other professionals from across the country to the first joint conference of these national organizations to address some of the most compelling and important challenges facing our profession.
The 2014 UCOWR-NIWR-CUAHSI Conference is taking shape. Five plenary sessions have been developed and several speakers have been confirmed.
Green, Blue, and Gray Water
Professor Argen Hoekstra, University of Twente, Netherlands, has agreed to present on the topic of Virtual Water. Other speakers will be joining this plenary.
The World’s Water Challenges
As keynote speakers, Professor Upmanu Lall, Director of the Columbia Water Center at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, and Professor Annette Huber-Lee, Senior Scientist at the Stolkholm Environment-US Center, will delve into the water issues facing water professionals around the globe.
The 2014 UCOWR-NIWR-CUAHSI Conference will be held on the campus of Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. The address is 419 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA 02155.
Arrangements have been made for special accommodation rates at both the dormitories on Tufts campus and at the Hyatt Place Boston/Medford.
Tufts Dormitories – Rates & Reservations
Single, air conditioned (based on availability): $69 per night per room (no tax)
Single, non-air conditioned: $59 per night per room (no tax)
Double, air conditioned (based on availability): $84 per night per room (no tax)
Double, non-air conditioned: $74 per night per room (no tax)
· Free wireless Internet service
· Access to Tufts athletic and recreational facilities
· Bedding & small towels (guest should bring large towels for showering)
The make reservations for a dorm room at Tufts University, click here. When asked to select the conference you are attending, choose Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR). There is a 'Dining Options' page; you do not have to purchase anything from this page. You can pay cash for meals and there are some meals provided as part of the conference registration.
To become more familiar with Tufts University in general, click here.
Hyatt Place Boston/Medford – Rates & Reservations
Single and Double Rooms: $169 per night + tax (11.7%)
This rate is available Tuesday, June 17th through Saturday, June 21st, 2014. Reservations may be made now and must be made no later than May 16th, 2014.
Reservation can be made by calling 1-888-492-8847. A voice prompt system will answer; say the name of the hotel (Hyatt Place Boston/Medford) and answer the questions about dates of stay. You will be transferred to a live representative. Ask for the WATER SYSTEMS CONFERENCE special rate.
To find out more about the hotel, click here. The hotel address is 116 Riverside Avenue, Medford, MA 02155.
Logan Airport is the primary airport in Boston. It is about nine miles from the conference site and dormitory housing (Tufts University-Medford) and eight miles from the conference hotel (Hyatt Place Boston/Medford).
Full information about getting to and from the airport, including an interactive map from which to get directions, is easily available on the airport website. Car rental is available at the airport as well.
Getting Around Boston
In addition to rental cars and cabs, there is good public transportation in Boston. Full information is available at Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for rail, subway, bus, and boat options. By the way, the subway is commonly referred to as "the T".
Things To Do
Boston Red Sox
Boston National Historic Park
Charles River Canoe & Kayak
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Paul Revere House
Visit the Great Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau for more fun ideas and helpful information.
This year’s educational-recreational tour will be a sunset cruise on the serene waters of the Charles River on Wednesday, June 18th. This cruise will allow you to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Boston and Cambridge city lights at night from a unique perspective – it’s sure to be a highlight of your conference experience!
We’ll board at 8:00 p.m. and return at approximately 10:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Shuttle service to and from the cruise will be provided. The shuttle will depart from and return to Tufts University-Medford.
Tickets are reasonably priced at $45 each*. Only 50 tickets are available, so they are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
*Children are permitted on the vessel, but will require a ticket. Due to the cost of the cruise to UCOWR, we cannot offer discounted tickets for children. Child-sized life jackets are provided for children under 90 pounds. Infants require special flotation devices which must be arranged in advance; contact Laura for details.