The IUKWC supported the translation and communication of outcomes from India-UK water research to users via three User Engagement Initiatives. These initiatives focussed on translating the results of India-UK science into policy/operational practice and were designed to bring together scientists with policy makers, regulators and commercial companies to support either: a) the translation and communication of India-UK water security science to users or b) collect input on stakeholder needs for future research and innovation.
The first two UEI took the form of a two-day knowledge exchange conference and workshop, and the third was a virtual event (due to the COVID pandemic). The topic for the first UEI was directed by IUKWC, whereas that of the second was proposed by a member of the Open Network, building on discussions from an IUKWC Workshop. The final UEI was based on stakeholder-focused interviews of researchers involved in recently completed Indo-UK projects.
For the first two UEIs, academic and research participants were selected from the Open Network through open calls, using the established criteria used by the board (see here) and activity leads, in the case of UEI 2. Wide range of stakeholders, from central and state government to NGOs and businesses involved in water development, protection, and management, were invited to attend all UEIs.