Indo-UK Workshop Discusses Safe and Sustainable Technologies and Strategies for Integrated Freshwater Resource Management

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The India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC) convened the latest in its series of Scientific Workshops in Mysuru between 25th and 28th June 2019. The event focused on the development of safe and sustainable technologies and strategies for integrated freshwater management and was led by hosts JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research (JSSAHER) in collaboration with the University of Plymouth.

The four-day Scientific Workshop brought together both experienced and early career researchers from a wide variety of research disciplines including chemical engineering, hydrogeology, aerospace engineering, ecotoxicology and environmental science. The workshop aimed to identify the key problems, gaps, and challenges in relation to water technology, research and management. It was designed to cultivate collaborative networks that are primed to develop new Indo-UK research projects.

Dr Shivaraju Puttaiah from JSSAHER, who co-led the event, commented that, “The workshop provided a useful stepping stone for taking forward implementation of new and expanded research projects which address the challenges related to the management of freshwater environments in both India and the UK.”

During the workshop over forty delegates presented their research around innovative approaches and technologies for assessing, treating, and managing water within the Water- Food-Energy Nexus. Dr A. K. Sahai, the Indian Coordinator of the IUKWC, from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology commented on the participation at the events saying, “a key characteristic of this event was its interdisciplinary nature with a wide range of technical expertise represented. Researchers from a variety of universities and organisations located across the UK and India attended.”

The event was organised by the JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research (JSSAHER) and the University of Plymouth, with support from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology.

Professor Harry Dixon, the UK Coordinator of the IUKWC, from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology said, “by providing a space for experts to discuss the latest scientific and technological advances, the India-UK Water Centre aims to help support the establishment of new partnerships which build upon the long-history of research collaboration between the two countries and help improve future water security.”

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Further Information and Links

The IUKWC was established in 2016 to promote cooperation and collaboration in water security research by developing a platform for long-term partnerships and dialogue between Indian and UK water researchers, water policy-makers and water businesses. The Centre is funded by the National Environment Research Council (NERC), UK and Ministry of Earth Sciences, India (MoES). The Centre is hosted jointly by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology on behalf of NERC and MoES. Further information about the event can be found on the event page.

Useful Links

Natural Environment Research Council www.nerc.ac.uk
Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences www.moes.gov.in
Centre for Ecology & Hydrologywww.ceh.ac.uk
University of Plymouth www.plymouth.ac.uk
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology www.tropmet.res.in