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AWI Waterworks

The Alabama Water Institute holds a monthly seminar series called WaterWorks: Conversations at the Intersection of Water, Science and Society. Its purpose is to educate and entertain the public about many water-related issues by bringing in experts and researchers from all over the world to The University of Alabama, as well as by showcasing UA’s world class faculty. 

If you cannot make it to UA to experience a talk in person, videos of each session are archived on AWI’s YouTube channel.

AWI Hosted Conferences


The CIROH Developers Conference is open to the broad scientific and practitioner communities and focuses on a wide range of topics relating to hydrological forecasting, particularly of extreme events.

AWI Symposium

The AWI Symposium highlights student work and research in water related fields and operationalizing findings. The next conference is scheduled for 2025.

AWRA Conference

Water risk is an ongoing concern due to population growth, urbanization, frequency of extreme climate events, sea-level rise and melting glaciers, degraded landscapes, aging infrastructure, and inequitable access to clean drinking water. It is imperative that water professionals from various sectors
collaborate and share cutting-edge solutions to future risks.

Upcoming Events

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Workforce Development Events

National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute

This Summer Institute is a seven-week experiential learning program that brings graduate students together with academic researchers, other professionals, and National Water Center staff. Since the first Summer Institute in 2015, more than 180 students have participated in the program, making it an important role in advancing the National Water Model and water prediction in the United States.

The Summer Institute is a partnership between the National Water Center (NOAA), CUAHSI, and CIROH. The SI aims to engage the academic community in research to advance the mission of the National Water Center. Participants work on projects related to water prediction and flood forecasting. Students work in small teams and are mentored by university faculty and other professionals.

Summer Research Programs for Undergraduate Students

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

This program spans 10 weeks and offers opportunities for students from UA and other academic institutions across the country to engage in research with UA faculty.

Worlds of Work (WOW)

Worlds of Work is a project of West Alabama Works, Region 3 Workforce Development Council and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. WOW is a fun, educational, hands-on opportunity for students to become familiar with a broad overview of high demand, high wage career opportunities available in the area.

This event is attended by ninth graders from nine counties within the West Alabama Works region. Counties include Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties, can attend the expo.  WOW includes “worlds,” or industry sectors, that students can explore through exciting activities.