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Primary school students will benefit from waste water treatment and clean water at their school in India through a joint project funded by the Scottish Government. While visiting India, Deputy First Minister John Swinney welcomed the pioneering sanitation system to improve conditions for 206 pupils and 10 staff at Berambadi Primary School in Karnataka. The project is the result of collaboration between Scottish and Indian water and social scientists to deliver a low-cost wastewater treatment system for rural schools in India.

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They are costly natural hazards, feature on global risk registers, and are expected to become more severe due to the influence of climate change and pressure on water resources from economic and demographic changes.
Venue : 20 and 21 March 2019, Oxford University, UK
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Deadline for Abstracts: 31 Dec 2018
Review & Feedback: 15 Jan 2019
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India is suffering from 'the worst water crisis' in its history with about 60 crore people facing high to extreme water stress and about two lakh people dying every year due to inadequate access to safe water, Niti Aayog said in a report today.

The report, titled 'Composite Water Management Index' released by Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari, further said the crisis is only going to get worse."By 2030, the country's water demand is projected to be twice the available supply, implying severe water scarcity for hundreds of millions of people and an eventual 6 per cent loss in the country's GDP," the report noted. For more details, click here

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Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council, in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry, will be holding a four day workshop on the above theme at the Royal Orchid Convention Centre, Bangalore, India on 12-15 November 2018. The workshop is being coordinated by Dr Richard Allan (JHI, UK), Dr Priyanka Jamwal (ATREE, India and Prof Gary Fones (University of Portsmouth, UK) and will have contributions from leading researchers from the UK and India (Prof M.S. Mohan Kumar [IISc, Bangalore], Prof Ligy Philip [IIT, Madras], Dr Anthony Gravell [Natural Resources Wales], Prof Graham Mills [University of Portsmouth] and Dr Ian Barnabas [Northumbrian Water].

We are inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK and India to apply to attend this workshop. All economy flights and reasonable accommodation expenses will be covered.
Application deadline for applications is Friday, 20th July 2018
Disciplines Environmental Science; Environmental Chemistry; Analytical Chemistry; Water Quality Regulation and Monitoring
Workshop Dates: 12 to 15 November 2018
Venue:Royal Orchid Convention Centre, Bangalore, India
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You are cordially invited to submit Extended Abstracts of innovative, original, exhaustive research work carried out by you in about 2500 words through email on the given themes. We would like to encourage youngsters/learners to contribute papers for Poster presentations too.

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Submission of Extended Abstract: 31st July 2018
Acceptance of Abstract: Poster/Oral 31stAugust 2018
Submission of full length Paper: 30th September 2018
Final Decision on Paper 31st October. 2018
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Aquifer mapping of about nine lakh sq kms area across the country has been completed and mapping of another nine lakh sq kms will be completed in another three years, said K.C Naik, Chairman of Central Ground Water Board (CGWB).
Talking to The Hitavada, Naik stated, Government has started an ambitious National Project on Aquifer Management (NAQUIM) under national water policy 2012. In the first phase out of 33 lakh sq kms of the country 23 lakh sq kms area has been identified for mapping. Aquifer mapping is a process wherein a combination of geologic, geophysical, hydrologic and chemical field and laboratory analyses are applied to characterize the quantity, quality and sustainability of ground water in aquifers. After the successful completion of aquifer mapping of nine lakh sq kms, now mapping of another nine lakh sq kms in progress, he added. More details can be found here

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

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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

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Amey Pathak, a newly-minted Ph.D. in civil engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) under the guidance of Subimal Ghosh, has explored moisture sources of the summer monsoon. It is generally assumed that most of the water comes from the Indian Ocean. But surprisingly, a significant amount of rain over the Ganga basin and northeast India is derived from evaporation of water that’s already on land. More details can be found here

A research project into the impact of rainwater harvesting in India on groundwater quality is among a number of projects set to be delivered within the UK-India Water Quality programme. The work will be led by Dr Alison Parker from Cranfield University and Dr Anupma Sharma from the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, India.It was one several joint UK-India research projects recently announced by UK Science Minister Jo Johnson and Indian Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary.The India-UK Water Quality programme aims to support policymakers, water managers, business and local communities to improve India’s water quality. More Details Can be found here