The Call for Abstract is now


Student Travel Grant Winners

Through funds provided by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture, university students earned competitive travel grants to present their original research at the conference. Applications were evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, originality, and contribution to global water security. We congratulate our winners and look forward to welcoming them in Hyderabad.

Jaskaran Dhiman

Jaskaran Dhiman

McGill University

Use of Hydrogels and Biochar to Reduce Heavy Metal Uptake in Wastewater Irrigated Potato Plants

Kritika Kothari

Kritika Kothari

Texas A&M University

Simulation of Water Use Efficient Irrigation Strategies and Climate Change Adaptation Scenarios for Grain Sorghum Production in the Texas High Plains

Kelsey McDonough

Kelsey McDonough

Kansas State University

Spatiotemporal Soil Moisture Trends within the U.S. Great Plains 1987-2016 and Implications for the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Gaurav Mittal

Gaurav Mittal

University of California-Berkeley

Drought’s Effect on the Syrian Migration Crisis

Christopher Nzediegwu

Christopher Nzediegwu

McGill University

Wastewater as an Alternative Source of Irrigation Water for Developing Countries

Garett  Pignotti

Garett Pignotti

Purdue University

Evaluating Soil Water Dynamics in Watershed-Scale, Ecohydrologic Modeling in Mixed Land-Use Basins

Caleb Pradhan

Caleb Pradhan

Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg

Identifying Implementation Fault Lines in Water Governance in India and Drawing Contrast of Water Policy Making in the European Union’s Context

Kyle  Proctor

Kyle Proctor

Oregon State University

F.E.W. Nexus Tool for Assessing Optimal Crops in Uncertain Climatic and Economic Conditions

Rachel Scarlett

Rachel Scarlett

Purdue University

Understanding the Effects of National Agricultural Policies on Water User Communities: Cases of India and South Africa

Sierra  Young

Sierra Young

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Unmanned Systems for Agricultural Water Measurement and Management

Daily themes for the conference include:

  • Agricultural Water Scarcity and Security: Weathering Water Resource Extremes
  • Irrigation & Drainage, Conservation, and Water Management for Sustainable Agricultural Growth
  • Identifying, Managing, and Treating Conventional and Alternative Agricultural Water Supplies

Under each of the daily themes, abstracts of interest are sought in the following categories:

  • Water Governance and Policy
  • On-Farm Water Management
  • Technology and Infrastructure for Agricultural Water Management
  • Suitability for Agricultural Uses
  • Other Topics Related to the Conference Theme

Various presentation formats will be utilized for this conference, to ensure an impactful and informative experience for the diverse, international audience expected to attend.  Format assignment will be made by the abstract-review panel. Formats will include:

  • E-posters with lightning-round introductions
  • “Ted talks”
  • Panel discussions
  • Traditional lectures

Each of these formats has distinct benefits to the audience, and each is viewed as equally prestigious. Format assignment will be based impact potential and interest.


Submission of abstracts has closed

1 May – Notification sent to authors

31 August – Registration deadline for presenters

3-6 October 2018 – Global Water Security Conference

To Submit an Abstract Proposal

Create a user account on the Author portal, selecting Login then New User? to create your profile, and then follow the instructions given.

For questions and additional information, contact Jessica Bell,

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