Preliminary programming for August 8-12
Michigan is surrounded by the largest bodies of freshwater in the world. The Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) will take you on a research boat tour of Lake Michigan. Their goal is integrating research, education, and outreach to enhance and preserve freshwater resources.
For more information about the AWRI, please click here.
Sessions on the final day of the conference will occur at the Western Michigan University Grand Rapids Campus, a WMU campus extension located in downtown Grand Rapids.
John Austin coined the term “Blue Economy” to describe the way our waters, and water innovation contribute to economic growth, and is leading a “Growing Michigan’s Blue Economy” Initiative, to support stakeholders and the Michigan Governor’s Office to develop a State Water Strategy, that builds on Michigan’s natural water, and water research, education and innovation assets for economic development and new business and job growth.
Monday’s sessions will take place in Kendall College of Art and Design’s Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, a historic work of architecture in the midst of downtown Grand Rapids. The WNF Building opened to the KCAD community in 2012, bringing a beautiful, historic new venue to art and design education in West Michigan.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is the world’s first LEED Gold certified art museum. Housing both local and global artwork and hosting numerous city events, the GRAM serves as a center of learning and creativity in downtown Grand Rapids. Enjoy a catered lunch at this spectacular city spot.
Let us show you around our favorite parts of the city. This guided walking tour will help you get familiar with conferences, venues and local shops, and take you all the way down to one of our favorite spots — The Downtown Market, a mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local produce. Meet us at 4:30 by the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel concierge.