The IUKWC supports the collaboration between India-UK users and researchers in the early stages of design and development of water science research and initiatives via Grassroots Field Exposure Sessions (GFES). These sessions promote the assimilation of local knowledge and users experiences to progress the concept of co-production and co-design and facilitate user feedback into science and policy into the co-design of activities and will form a complimentary instrument to the IUKWC’s user Engagement Initiatives.

GFES 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 initiative adopts a proactive approach to facilitate demand based research and associated policy outputs. The sessions form as a complimentary instrument to IUKWC User Engagement Initiatives (which focus on knowledge exchange and the translation of existing Indo-UK research to stakeholders). GFESs progress the concept of co-production and co-design and facilitate user feedback into science and policy.

The Topics for these initiatives are directed by the IUKWC and are planned to cover different agro–climatic zones each time. For each session the IUKWC normally enlist two sectoral leads (one each from India and UK) to help design and implement each GFES. A mix of  participants with stakeholder engagement and technical expertise are normally sought to attend the events.

The third India-UK Water Centre Grassroots Field Exposure Session (GFES), focussing on the management and supply of water resources in Central India was held in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh between the 25th and 27th February 2019.

An India-UK Water Centre grassroots event on Water Quality – Source Protection, focussing on Arsenic and Fluoride in groundwater together with the management of industrial pollution was held in Kolkata, West Bengal, India on 12th to 15th December 2018.

An India-UK Water Centre grassroots event on Managing and monitoring agricultural water demand was held in Sundarban, India on 10th to 12th December 2018