research objectiveThe Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research (ICWaR) at the Indian Institute of Science is established in April, 2015 with an aim to address water-related issues that have formidable scientific challenges and significant practical relevance. Over the past several decades, the Institute has made high impact contributions in the areas related to water science and technology, both at the large (country, regional and river basin) scales and at the small (watershed, experimental field and laboratory) scales. There is a significant multi-disciplinary strength available in the Institute to address a large number of critical issues related to water and make notable research contributions while simultaneously providing implementable solutions to a number of problems related to water management in the country.

The Centre aims to pursue the following objectives:

  • to carry out advanced interdisciplinary research in the broad areas of water science and technology,
  • to generate trained manpower through degree programmes of Ph.D., and M.Sc.(Engg), post doctoral research fellowships, short term internships and project mode appointments as SRFs, JRFs, Project Associates, Assistants and Trainees,
  • to take up R&D projects with specific deliverables in the areas of water science and technology,
  • to develop a vibrant visiting faculty programme to attract leading scientists and researchers in the field to visit the Institute and contribute to the growth of the Centre, and
  • to develop outreach programmes through workshops and training programmes to disseminate knowledge.



  • Urban Modelling: Development of multi-sectorial simulation lab and science-based decision support framework to address urban environmental issues” is a collaborative project under National Super-computing Mission with C-DAC as the lead organisation, funded by DST. ICWaR is contributing to the hydrological aspects of the project.

  • The Urban Climate Downscaling Portal (UCDP) is developed by ICWaR in collaboration with UNESCO. The primary objective of this website is to serve as a knowledge-hub for learning downscaling techniques, identifying data sources, and understanding the very concept of downscaling and its importance in analysing the impacts of climate change.

  • ICWaR Seminar Series: Session delivered by Dr. Bhanu Neupane, Programme Manager for ICT and Sciences and Open Access to Scientific Research, UNESCO, Paris, on the topic “Can new technologies help achieve water security?” on August 31, 2020 (Monday) at 4:00 PM. Please click the link for the video of the seminar.

  • Discussion Meeting held on “Scale Issues in Hydrology“,  during December 1-3, 2019, in Hoysala Village Resort, Hassan. Click here for a detailed report.

  • A four-week short course was held by Prof. Murugesu Sivapalan, Chester and Helen Siess Endowed Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA on the topic Catchment Hydrology: A Synthesis of Time and Space Scales October 21, 2019, in ICWaR Lecture Hall.

  • Monsoon School on Urban Floods, 2019 was held during 5-10 August, 2019

  • IISc Press- INSA book on “Water Futures of India-status of science and technology”  edited by P P Mujumdar (Chairman, ICWaR) & V M Tiwari (Director, NGRI)

  • Click here for more details on Activities held in ICWaR.