India-UK Water Centre

Scientific challenge: 

The India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC) is a virtual joint centre established in 2016 and funded by the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The aim of the Centre is to promote cooperation and collaboration between NERC and MoES water security research in order to establish a platform for, and legacy of, long-term partnerships and dialogue between Indian and UK water researchers, water policy-makers and water businesses.

The India-UK Water Centre facilitates linkages across the community and seeks to support a range of activities that bring together users, stakeholders and researchers across sectors in order to facilitate development of cross-disciplinary partnerships, exchange knowledge and build capacity. 

Project overview: 

The India-UK Water Centre is hosted jointly by UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) on behalf of NERC and MoES. The Centre is led by a Management Board and supported by a Secretariat based at UKCEH and IITM.

The IUKWC's activities include a range of workshops, exchange schemes, user engagement initiatives and pump-priming projects. More recently, an IUKWC Webinar Series was launched, and will run between May and September 2020. These activities are initiated from the wider Indian-UK water research community and delivered with support from the Centre.  


  • Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), India
  • Natural Environment Research Council


  • Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)