Holding virtual meetings at home can start to drag after a while, and the piled-up laundry and three children trampolining in the background probably won’t impress that all-important business client.


Never fear! With these custom backgrounds, you can feel like you are right in the heart of the action at IISD Experimental Lakes Area, and slyly convince your colleagues that you are taking the meeting while spying on our lakes or adding phosphorus to one.


It’s easy. Just right click and save one of the five custom images below, and then add it as a custom background in your virtual meeting platform. As an example, here are instructions to upload a custom background to Zoom. Oh, and they also make really great screensavers and desktop backgrounds.


And then, of course, be sure to tweet us a screengrab of you in action…

Dog stands on a dock in a misty freshwater lake



You know that ground-breaking freshwater research you just read about? Well, that’s actually down to you.


It’s only thanks to our generous donors that the world’s freshwater laboratory—an independent not-for-profit—can continue to do what we do. And that means everything from explore what happens when cannabis flushes and oil spills into a lake, to how we can reduce mercury in fish and algal blooms in fresh water—all to keep our water clean around the world for generations to come.


We know that these are difficult times, but the knowledge to act on scientific evidence has never been more important. Neither has your support.


If you believe in whole ecosystem science and using it to bring about real change to fresh water around the globe, please support us in any way you are able to.