The Ganges

IUKWC workshops are held in either the UK or India and bring together scientists to: discuss the current state of knowledge in a particular area; identify the future requirements/ideas for joint research and/or provide training to exchange and further develop scientific skills in water security science.

Science Workshops are part of the bi-annual Open/Focused Calls for which the community can propose topics. The Centre Management Board, however, reserves the right to directly commission workshops where necessary to ensure a spread of activities or reflect current priorities at the time. Successful proposers of Workshops are responsible for running the event, defining its programme, helping select participants and producing outputs and reports. The Centre provides funding and logistical support and is involved in agreeing the programme, participants for the workshop and marketing of the event.

Open invitations for applications to attend the Centre’s workshops are published where appropriate. Participants are selected by Activity Leads based upon a prioritisation criteria. The criteria take account of the experience/relevance of the applicant’s research area, their motivation and expected contribution to the aims of the workshop and the likely benefit they will derive from attendance. The IUKWC also aims to ensure a spread of participants across organisations.


Water must not only be safe for drinking, but also for agricultural irrigation. The solutions have to be affordable, safe and energy efficient. Moreover, there needs to be an understanding of the complex Water-Food-Energy Nexus, which is vital for conservation and sustainable management of surface water. Sustainable outcomes can only be achieved through understanding the dynamics of this ‘Nexus’ in relation to the management of water quality.

Extreme weather events and the failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change are the biggest global risks, and pose a serious threat to global stability. The sustainable management of catchments is key to climate resilience.

The India-UK Water Centre convened a 3-day workshop on Advancing Drought Monitoring, Prediction, and Management Capabilities in Lancaster, UK , from 18th to 20th September 2018.

An India-UK Water Centre workshop on Integrating precipitation forecasts and climate predictions with basin-scale hydrological modelling in the Himalayas was held over three days at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India on the 2nd – 4th May 2018.

An India-UK Water Centre workshop on Enhancing Freshwater Monitoring through Earth Observation was held in Stirling, UK on the 19th – 21st June 2017.

An India-UK Water Centre workshop on Developing Hydro-climatic Services for Water Security was held in Pune, India on the 29th November - 1st December 2016.