Chairman's Message

Prof. Praveen C Ramamurthy, Chairman

Welcome to the webpage of ICWaR. Over the past several decades, the Institute has made significant contributions in the areas related to water science and technology, both at the large river basin scales and at the small urban watershed 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 problems related to water resources in the country.   The Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research (ICWaR) at the Institute is set up with an aim to address water-related issues that have formidable scientific challenges and more importantly, considerable practical relevance.  A major objective of this centre is to develop tools and templates using state-of–the-art sensor-communication, satellite information- and nano- technologies to provide implementable solutions to the water problems faced by the society with respect to climate change, water demand, water quality, extremes of floods and droughts, and salinity intrusion in coastal aquifers. Within a short period of time, the centre has made high-impact research contributions in the area of water resources at regional and global levels. At present, the centre is offering PhD and M.Tech (Res) degrees in addition to mentoring postdocs and research staff. Additionally, the centre has been hosting monsoon schools since 2014 to inspire the next-generation water scientists to take up challenging problems in the water sector. The ICWaR Seminar Series is a flagship event of the centre in which seminars by eminent scintists, researchers and policy makers are arranged every month. The centre will continue facilitating knowledge transfer through annual workshops, monsoon schools, monthly seminar series, and national/international conferences.   The centre is well-positioned to take up challenging problems the humanity is facing today in the water sector and provide technology-based solutions while advancing the scientific knowledge.

Vision and Mission

The mission of ICWaR, is to be a global leader in providing integrated solutions for Water Hazard and Risk Management/ Risk Reduction to improve the quality of life of the Communities.

Our vision is to provide advanced science and technology solutions to the critical issues related to urban floods, riverine floods, water pollution, climate change impacts, and integrated water resources management at different levels with a multi-disciplinary approach, through;

  • Assisting government organizations, the public sector and communities in battling the climate change impact on water resources.
  • Developing efficient and affordable water remediation techniques to ensure adequate clean drinking water.
  • Becoming a global leader in water research, by creating an interdisciplinary research environment and training next-generation water scientists.
  • Providing state of the art solutions to complex problems in water research such as urban floods, contamination due to heavy metals and watershed management by developing science-based technological solutions.

IICAQM & IICWQM-2023 and Winter School

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Duration: 4th – 8th December 2023

The 8th Indian International Conference on Air Quality Management (IICAQM) & 1st Indian International Conference on Water Quality Management (IICWQM) is an important forum that offers opportunities for scientists, engineers, educators, researchers and practitioners to exchange the latest advancement in theories, technologies, and applications in air and water quality management and health impacts. The 1st (IICAQM 2016) and 3rd (IICAQM 2018) conferences were held at IIT Madras, the 2nd (IICAQM 2017) was held at IIT Delhi, the 4th (IICAQM 2019) at IIT Bombay, the 5th (IICAQM 2020) was hosted online by IIT Madras, the 6th (IICAQM 2021) was hosted in hybrid mode by IIT Guwahati and IIT Madras and 7th (IICAQM 2022) was held at IIT Madras. The IICAQM & IICWQM 2023 aims to bring together leading academicians, scientists, engineers, and research scholars to exchange and share experiences and research results related to all aspects of air and water pollution health and exposure assessment and its management.

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Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research (ICWaR) - IISc Bangalore