Wayne State community featured at international conference on Great Lakes research

Wayne State University is one of 23 sponsors of the 2024 International Association for Great Lakes Research annual conference.
Wayne State is one of 23 sponsors of the 2024 International Association for Great Lakes Research annual conference.

DETROIT — Wayne State University faculty, students and staff will join more than 700 freshwater researchers and practitioners on May 20 to 24 in Windsor, Ontario for the International Association for Great Lakes Research’s (IAGLR) 67th annual conference. Wayne State University is one of 23 conference sponsors.

The conference will take place in Windsor, Ontario over five days and explores the theme Shared Lakes: One Water, One Health.

“It is wonderful to see the involvement of many Wayne State University faculty, students, and staff at this international conference dedicated to the health of the Great Lakes, with a focus on both environmental and public health,” said Carol Miller, Ph.D., professor of civil and environmental engineering at Wayne State and a program co-chair of the IAGLR. “Wayne State University’s Healthy Urban Waters program, the Center for Leadership in Environmental Awareness and Research, and numerous departments, schools and colleges from Wayne State are well-represented and will be hosting sessions on water contamination, remediation methods, and collaboration.”

Three keynote speakers will be featured at the conference along with more than 600 presentations in nearly 50 sessions.

Conference organizers are telling the public that large lakes are seeing rapid changes that must be understood and monitored to support appropriate management decisions and that these changes affect not only the lakes themselves, but all species, including humans, that rely on them.

"The conference provides a platform to share about the latest science discoveries on the world's great lakes," said IAGLR Executive Director Jérôme Marty. "It also is an opportunity to celebrate and bring together a diverse community around a shared passion for the lakes."

“Wayne State’s participation in events such as the IAGLR conference showcases our commitment to improving our environment and the Great Lakes,” said Ezemenari M. Obasi, Ph.D., vice president for research at Wayne State University. “Our university’s research fuels innovation and empowers the health of our urban neighborhoods and beyond, and the work of our faculty, staff and students presenting at this conference are excellent examples of our dedication to this important agenda.”


About Wayne State University

Wayne State University is one of the nation’s pre-eminent public research universities in an urban setting. Through its multidisciplinary approach to research and education, and its ongoing collaboration with government, industry and other institutions, the university seeks to enhance economic growth and improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit, state of Michigan and throughout the world. For more information about research at Wayne State University, visit research.wayne.edu.

Wayne State University’s research efforts are dedicated to a prosperity agenda that betters the lives of our students, supports our faculty in pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation further, and strengthens the bonds that interconnect Wayne State and our community. To learn more about Wayne State University’s prosperity agenda, visit president.wayne.edu/prosperity-agenda.

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Julie O'Connor

Director, Research Communications
Phone: 313-577-8845
Email: julie.oconnor@wayne.edu