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The India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC) launched its first set of Grassroots Field Exposure Sessions in West Bengal on 10th December 2018 to understand the pressures on the water resource in some of the state’s rural and urban environments. The two events were spread over six days and involved visits to North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Kolkata Municipal areas. The joint Indian and UK scientific teams spent time in Gosaba and Sandeshkhali blocks and at various sites in and around Kolkata including the Ganga Ghat, local industrial water users and East Kolkata Wetlands.

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

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.