The IUKWC supports the translation and communication of outcomes from India-UK water research to users via directed User Engagement Initiatives. These initiatives focus on translating the results of India-UK science into policy/operational practice and are designed to bring together scientists with policy makers, regulators or 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.
User Engagement Initiatives may take the form of one-day knowledge exchange conferences or more targeted stakeholder missions by a small number of scientists to present scientific outputs to a specific organisation. Topics for these initiatives are directed by the IUKWC and usually build upon the outputs of a Workshop/Researcher Exchange or a specific request from the User Community. All User Engagement Initiatives should comprise at least one UK and one Indian collaborator as Activity Leads.
Expectations of Experts Attending User Engagement Events
To effectively engage with Stakeholders and identify limitations in translation of science into practice:
- To demonstrate the utility of their previous joint India–UK research in freshwater monitoring.
- To represent the current capabilities of their research area more widely, conveying information about potential benefits and utility for stakeholders.
- To ensure delivery of presentations in a simple and applied manner and, where possible, provide practical demonstrations of tools/equipment/findings.
- To interact with stakeholders and explore ideas for coproduction of scientific outputs.
Expectations of Stakeholders Attending User Engagement Events
To contribute in coproduction of scientific outputs to increase their utility at ground level.
- To present current use of scientific outputs in freshwater monitoring and convey their limitations.
- To communicate current and future science and technological needs in facilitating improved freshwater monitoring.
- To interact with scientists on best methods to address the above needs and explore ideas for collaboration.