User Engagement Initiatives

The IUKWC supported the translation and communication of outcomes from India-UK water research to users via three Practitioner Engagement activities, called 'User Engagement Initiatives (UEIs)'. These events aimed to promote the translation and communication of outcomes from India-UK water research into policy/operational practice appropriate to users, as well as to collect input on stakeholder needs for future research and innovation. They were designed to bring together scientists with policy makers, regulators or commercial companies. 

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 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

Bhopal UEI2 Report

Water Brief 17

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

Kochi UEI1 Report