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An India-UK Water Centre workshop 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.

The India-UK Water Centre is convening two workshops on different, but interesting and timely themes in 2019, and is inviting applications from the diverse water sciences, engineering, management, innovation and development sectors based in India and the UK to attend.

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

Sectoral focus: Water resource management and supply
Theme: Building cross-sectoral collaborations to understand the dynamic interactions across the water-energy-food nexus
Regional Focus: Central India
Venue: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

An IUKWC Science Workshop, held between 18th and 20th September at Lancaster University in the UK, brought together leading Indian and UK scientists to consider the issues around drought monitoring, prediction and management.

The India-UK Water Centre is inviting proposals from members of its Open Network of Water Scientists who are based in India and the UK, to apply for funding underone of two researcher exchange schemes. Funding is available to support at least two researcher exchanges to be undertaken during the period 01 January 2019- 30 June 2019: at least one exchange by an Indian water scientist to the UK and at least one exchange by a UK water scientist to India.


The India-UK Water Centre is inviting proposals from members of its Open Network of Water Scientists to organize and run a workshop. Funding is available to support water scientists, based in India and the UK, in convening one of two Workshops, either:
  • in India during the period 1st February, 2019 – 30th April, 2019; OR
  • in the UK during the period 1st May, 2019 – 31st July, 2019.


The India-UK Water Centre is calling for UK volunteers from its Open Network of Water Scientists to help support the design and implementation of its second User Engagement Initiative (UEI) and third Grassroots Field Exposure Session (GFES).

Are you currently using satellite soil moisture data? Or… do you think satellite soil moisture data may be useful to you in the future?

We are collecting information as part of an India UK Water Centre Pump Priming project  via an online survey. The aim is to identify current and potential future applications of satellite-based soil moisture products, barriers to uptake, user requirements and potential opportunities.

A three day workshop of Indian and UK scientists is being held at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun hosted by the India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC). Experts from both countries will present the latest research findings and discuss ways of improving future of water security within the Indian Himalayas through integrating precipitation forecasts and climate predictions with basin-scale hydrological modelling.

The India-UK Water Centre is calling for volunteers from its Open Network of Water Scientists to help support the design and implementation of its first Grassroots Field Exposure Sessions (GFES).

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.

In May 2017, IUKWC launched an online poll to identify the priorities of members of its Open Network on stakeholder engagement in the Indian water sector. A thorough analysis of the votes and comments highlighted the urgent need of engaging with the regional level water policy and management bodies. Stakeholders at regional scale connect policy makers with implementers and regulators; they are responsible for identification and interpretation of available scientific knowledge (hydro-climatic services), recognizing its utility and facilitate its dissemination at local level while ensuring adherence to legal and policy devices.

This new competition is run as part of the Newton-Bhabha Fund programme, Innovate UK and the Research Councils (the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) in partnership with the Department of Biotechnology are inviting proposals for innovative solutions for reducing industrial waste in India.

The Activity Report from the IUKWC's inaugural workshop workshop held in Pune 29 Nov-1 Dec 2016 is now available here. The workshop aimed to bring together scientists to explore the scientific challenges involved in the production, translation, distribution and use of climate information and tools to inform decision making in the Indian and UK water sectors. Further details of the meeting and presentations can be found here.

A water security initiative between major India and UK research funding bodies is announced today.

The virtual India-UK Water Centre will stimulate collaboration between the two countries and address significant water availability and sustainable water management issues in both the UK and India.

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The IUKWC Open Network is an online, searchable database of individuals and organisations based in the UK or India with research interests in water security.  It will be used by the India-UK Water Centre to disseminate communications, circulate calls for new activities and identify participants for commissioned activities.  The network is open for anyone to register.