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SLU to Co-host the 2024 Summit for Water Focused on Water Security in the Mississippi River Basin


Saint Louis University’s WATER Institute and the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center are hosting the 2024 SLU Summit for Water: Water Security in the Mississippi River Basin.

Join leaders and experts from academia, industry, nonprofits and government at the SLU Summit for Water to share ideas, learn about the latest research, and tackle some of the most critical and persistent challenges facing our most fundamental resource: water. The fifth annual SLU Summit for Water will focus on water security in the Mississippi River Basin, engaging stakeholders across sectors and disciplines to join the WATER Institute’s mission of advancing water innovation to serve humanity. 

The Mississippi River Basin is one of the most consequential river systems in the United States and the world due to its environmental, social and economic impacts. The basin is threatened, however, by climate change, pollution and the continued increasing demands on water resources across the region. This year’s summit will include panels and presentations on the following topics: securing healthy ecosystems, drinking water and human well-being, water-related hazards and climate change, economic activities and development and historical and cultural perspectives across the river.   

The WATER Institute will host the 2024 Summit for Water on Thursday, April 18 (in person), and Friday, April 19 (virtually), focusing on water security in the Mississippi River Basin and engaging stakeholders across multiple sectors and disciplines. 

The first day of the summit, April 18, will be hosted in person at Saint Louis University's Midtown campus and will feature panels, networking opportunities, a keynote address and more. The second day of the summit, April 19, will be hosted virtually and feature faculty and student research presentations. 

The summit is free to attend, but registration is required.  

Register Here 

St. Louis Arch and downtown at night.

SLU File Photo.

Event Details 

  • When: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on April 18 - 19, 2024
  • Where: Thursday, April 18: Busch Student Center, Saint Louis University, 20 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103. Friday, April 19 is virtual only.


Thursday, April 18 

  • 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Registration/Coffee 
  • 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.: Welcome and Opening Remarks 
  • 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Panel 1: Drinking Water & Human Well-being 
  • 9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.: Coffee Break, sponsored by Shimadzu 
  • 9:50 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.: Panel 2: Securing Healthy Ecosystems 
  • 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Panel 3: Water-related Hazards & Climate Change 
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Lunch, sponsored by Culligan 
  • 1 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.: Keynote Introductions 
  • 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Keynote 
  • 2:05 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.: Panel 4: Economic Activities and Development 
  • 3  p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Panel 5: Historical and Cultural Perspectives Across the River 
  • 3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Closing Remarks 
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.:  Networking Reception, sponsored by Waters 

Friday, April 19 

  • 8:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Welcome 
  • 8:30 a.m. to noon: Research Presentations 
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Lunch Break 
  • 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Research Presentations 
  • 4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Closing Remarks 

The WATER Institute would like to thank Culligan for its contribution and partnership for the 2024 SLU Summit for WATER. A full list of the event's sponsors and partners can be found here.  

About the Saint Louis University WATER Institute 

The Water Access, Technology, Environment and Resources (WATER) Institute at Saint Louis University is an interdisciplinary research institute with the mission of advancing water innovation to serve humanity. To learn more, please visit