The IUKWC supported the translation and communication of outcomes from India-UK water research to users via three User Engagement Initiatives. These initiatives 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 progress reports here for more details). 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.
|UEI Title||Event Dates||Activity Leads||Location||Publications|
|Water Resource Management & Science – Supporting One Another||9th to 17th September 2020||IUKWC||Virtual||Publications are in the form of video interviews|
|Water Resource Management & Supply in Central India||28th February to 10th March 2019||Dr. Pankaj Kumar and Dr. Sumit Sinha||IISER, Bhopal, India|
|Improving freshwater monitoring frameworks and data for research and management||23rd to 25th January 2018||Dr. A. K. Sahai and Dr. Harry Dixon||Kochi, India|