Summits & Working Groups


CIGLR convenes top experts from Great Lakes universities, NGOs, government agencies, and businesses to participate in summits and working groups (SWGs) focused on identifying the most pressing research and management needs to achieve sustainability in the Great Lakes.

  • Summits comprise groups of 20-30 invited experts meeting for 2-3 days to summarize the state of knowledge and recommend future directions on Great Lakes problems that span decadal time-scales.
  • Working groups bring together smaller groups (8-12) for up to one week to make detailed progress on more narrow Great Lakes issues with solutions on the time scale of months to years.

Summits and working groups are centered on CIGLR’s research themes and are designed to advance Great Lakes science and contribute to CIGLR’s mission to increase NOAA’s research capacity across the Great Lakes.

CIGLR funds and hosts three to five SWGs per year. Competitive funding up to $20,000 is available for SWGs led by Regional Consortium members, with Steering Committee participation by NOAA GLERL representatives.

2022 Program Announcement – deadline January 14, 2022

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Upcoming Summits and Working Groups

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Oil Spills Under Ice – Challenges and Solutions

Dates: 2022

Steering Committee: Lead: Volodymyr (Vlad) Tarabara (Michigan State University); Co-leads: Ayumi Fujisaki-Manome (UM CIGLR), Melissa Baird (Michigan Technological University)Edoardo Sarda (Lake Superior State University)

CIGLR Research Theme: Healthy Communities



Benchmarks for Great Lakes Fish Habitat Restoration

Dates: 2022

Steering Committee: Lead: Karen Alofs (University of Michigan); Co-leads: Ed Rutherford (NOAA-GLERL) & Andrew Miller (Postdoc, University of Michigan)

CIGLR Research Theme: Healthy Communities




Smart Lake Erie Citizen Science

Dates: 2022

Steering Committee: Co-leads: Chris Winslow (Ohio State University)Max Herzog (Cleveland Water Alliance); Committee: Andrea Paine (Huron River Watershed Council), Casey Godwin (UM CIGLR), Laura Johnson (Heidelberg University), Steve Ruberg (NOAA-GLERL)Tim Davis (Bowling Green State University)

                                                                   CIGLR Research Theme: Advanced Warning Systems