Weekly Wave: WRRC Virtual Conference is a Success!
June 26, 2020
Weekly Wave, Water Resources Research Center, Tucson, AZ, June 26, 2020
The WRRC 2020 "virtual" Conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years, is a wrap! With over 450 people attending, we had registrants from 51 Arizona communities 10 states, and 5 other countries. While we missed seeing everyone in person, the virtual platform expanded our reach and made the conference more accessible to students and those at a distance. Conversations among panelists had a personal familiarity that is hard to achieve in a full conference hall. On-line polling allowed us to aggregate audience responses to questions such as: What are our primary sustainable water challenges? and How do you intend to help improve water resource management? At the close of the first day, we held three different Zoom happy hours, each with 20 to 40 attendees, which were filled with lively conversation and comradery. Although occasional technical issues did crop up, such as a few upside-down video feeds, we were very pleased that all the speakers and moderators were all able to join and very few of our attendees had issues. One disappointment was the poor video feed for our sponsor presentation, so we hope you will visit the link below to see their beautiful and informative contributions. We could not have done this without our sponsors. Over the next couple of weeks, we will post keynote and panel presentations and discussions as well as polling results. We are very grateful to all our moderators, panelists, sponsors, and attendees for traveling with us as we navigated from on-site to on-line. We hope that all considered their virtual conference experience both enjoyable and thought-provoking.
See the Sponsor Video Here
Sponsor PPT Slides
Photos: Conference Speakers, Moderators, and Panelists