The aim of the India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC) is to promote cooperation and collaboration between NERC-MoES water security research in order to establish a platform for, and legacy of, long-term partnerships and dialogue between Indian and UK water researchers, water policy-makers and water businesses.
A three day India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC) event held in Kochi between 23rd and 25th January 2018 brought together leading water scientists from the UK and India with state level water policy and management bodies from six southern States. The event was the first in the Centre's planned series of User Engagement Initiatives which are designed to bring together scientists with policy makers, regulators and commercial companies to support the communication of joint India-UK water security science to users.
The IUKWC's Researcher Exchange Schemes provide opportunities for Indian experts to visit the UK or UK experts to visit India in order to spend time exploring research ideas, building capacity or training in research methods, or exchanging latest findings. The first round of Exchanges were undertaken in the Spring of 2017 and the first Activity Report is now available.
IUKWC, under its Pump priming project initiative, recently funded a project on "Stakeholder engagement in hydro-climatic services in India". The project is led by IUKWC member Dr. Zareen Bharucha of the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK, and aims to review current practices, challenges and future opportunities relating to the development of hydro-climatic services (HCS). A participatory workshop with HCS developers was held at IITM, Pune on 14th & 15th September 2017.
Inexpensive optical sensor platforms for water quality monitoring in India: Professor of Photonics, Professor Azizur Rahman, and Professor S Asokan of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, are Principal Investigators on the quest to create innovative low-cost optical sensor platforms for water quality monitoring.
Their project is titled, ‘Innovative low-cost optical sensor platforms for water quality monitoring’, and is the successful outcome of the India-UK Water Quality Programme call for proposals funded by India's Department of Science & Technology (DST), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). More details can be found here
Experts from more than 80 countries will assemble to focus on topics such as: technical innovation; hydro potential and development opportunities; financial challenges; cross-border collaboration; the role and benefits of pumped storage; operation, maintenance and safety; climate and environment; and, a wealth of other topics of current interest to the profession. Aqua~Media International is pleased to announce that HYDRO 2018 will take will take place in the elegant city of GDANSK, POLAND at Amber Expo 15-17 October 2018 Organized by: THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON Hydropowar & Dams. More details can be found here
Collaborative research between Scotland and India has begun on a major water management project in India, with researchers from the University of Dundee exploring the impact of increasing population and rapid economic development on water resources. More details can be found here