International Institute for Sustainable development

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is one of the world's most influential freshwater research facilities.

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Three Ways Our 2020 Summer Research Season Will Look Different

Our research will be pared down, with our community's safety prioritized

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Three Ways Our 2020 Summer Research Season Will Look Different

Get ready to hack Lake Winnipeg

And win $20,000 in the process...!

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Get ready to hack Lake Winnipeg

Quick Tips for Using Water at Home During COVID-19

Cleaning more? Using more plastics?

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Quick Tips for Using Water at Home During COVID-19

Research at IISD Experimental Lakes Area improves our understanding of human impacts on the environment, influences policy and environmental best practices, and supports public awareness. IISD-ELA's unique value to the scientific community is the ability to conduct research at the whole ecosystem level.

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How to Make Science Education Fun and Engaging for All

Science education doesn’t have to be dusty classrooms and broken Bunsen burners.

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How to Make Science Education Fun and Engaging for All

The World’s Freshwater Playlist

Tunes for a summer research season like no other

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The World’s Freshwater Playlist

Silver Uncontrolled

How nanosilver gets into our fresh water, and what we need to do about it

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Silver Uncontrolled

  • "IISD-ELA is the supercollider of ecology."

    Dr. David W. Schindler, OC, AOE, DPhil, FRSC, FRS, Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology (emeritus), University of Alberta

  • "IISD-ELA is the place for high-impact science."

    Dr. Karen Kidd, Canada Research Chair, Canadian Rivers Institute and University of New Brunswick

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Exceptional Natural Laboratory

IISD-ELA's unique research influences and generates cost-effective environmental policies, regulations and management.

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Long-term data

IISD-ELA has amassed one of the largest and most comprehensive data sets globally on pristine and manipulated freshwater lakes

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Science & Data

Research, results & commentary

Groundbreaking results and expert commentary on current key issues affecting freshwater in our world today

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News & Media

Educating, inspiring and training

IISD-ELA engages young and old in the importance of freshwater science for sustainable development

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Education & Outreach

Arrange a visit

Necessary permits and arrangements can be made to engage in eductional science and research at the facilities

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Visitors

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION TO IISD-ELA

Every dollar you donate to our Endowment Fund will be matched up to $1,000,000

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Endowment Fund