The India-UK Water Centre is inviting applications from members of its Open Network of Water Scientists to participate in its first set of Grassroots Field Exposure Sessions (GFES).
The GFES initiative aims to support the collaboration between users and researchers in the earlier stages of water science and promote the assimilation of local knowledge and users experiences into research design to develop ideas for future India-UK water research. GFES will take the form of multi-day events designed to expose scientists to issues faced by water stakeholders at the ground level (for example, local municipal authorities, small and medium-sized enterprises, farmer associations) so as to understand the actual utility of scientific and policy outputs.
The IUKWC will be holding two GFES between 10th – 15th December 2018.
GFES Session 1: Managing and monitoring agricultural water demand
Technical Lead : Dr. Lalu Das, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal
Stakeholder Lead : Mr. Dhaval Joshi, Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management, Maharashtra
Dates: 10th – 12th December 2018
Regional focus: Sunderbans, West Bengal
GFES Session 2: Water Quality – Source Protection; Focus on Arsenic and Fluoride in groundwater together with the management of industrial pollution in West Bengal, India
Technical Lead : Dr. Richard Allan, James Hutton Institute, Scotland
Stakeholder Lead : Dr. Manoj Tiwari, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur
Dates: 13th – 15th December 2018
Regional focus: Kolkata, West Bengal
IUKWC is looking to shortlist a maximum of 17 (10 Indian & 7 UK) participants from varying fields ranging from Agriculture Sciences, Irrigation, Hydrology, Meteorology, Geology, Water Quality, Social Science amongst others. IUKWC will take care of all travel, accommodation and meal related expenses for the scientific team. The team members will get an opportunity to interact with stakeholders working at the very ground level in the above sectors, develop new research ideas to undertake action oriented research and establish stakeholder links in West Bengal. The members will also get an opportunity to develop linkages with other Indian and UK scientists with similar interests.
For further details including scope of the event and tentative agenda, kindly refer the attached event brochures.
Applicants must be members of the Open Network of India-UK Water Scientists, which is open to any Indian-based or UK-based water scientist to join. The Centre will look to ensure a balance of expertise and numbers of attendees from any one institution represented at the event. In the event of greater numbers of applications than places available, the Centre will consider:
- Applicant expertise relevant to the session theme,
- Motivation for attending the session,
- Expected contribution to the session,
- posters / demonstrations
- Potential benefit to the applicant in attending,
- Organisational balance.
Applicants are encouraged to bring easily transportable communications material and demonstrations pertinent to ground level stakeholders; the same can be preferably in a diagram form for ease of demonstration to stakeholders by local language experts.
25th July 2018: Call opens
25th August 2018: Deadline for submission of application webform
29th August 2018: Applicants notified of outcome
Please Note: If you wish to participate in both sessions, please fill out a separate form for each.
While GFES 2 on water pollution may include travel within and around Kolkata by bus to visit different stakeholders, the GFES Session 1 on agriculture includes intensive travel by bus and boat to reach different areas of Sundarbans region; this includes travel and stays in remote areas of the region. IUKWC will ensure provision of basic accommodation in the remote areas, and we kindly request you consider your physical and medical constraints and needs whilst deciding to participate.