August 13 and 14, 2013, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India


The workshop aims at facilitating research collaborations between academia and industry in India, the UK and countries in Africa, to understand and develop cutting-edge and affordable technologies for improving water quality.


India is facing daunting challenges in water sector due to the demands of a rapidly industrialising economy and urbanising society. When potential for augmenting supply is limited and water tables are falling, water quality issues have increasingly come to the fore. Total dissolved solids, nitrates and other pollutants have been rising in water across urban and rural areas in India, particularly groundwater, making it non potable.  While groundwater in urban areas is also affected by organic and microbial contamination, rural areas lack good and low-cost water treatment options, giving rise to health issues.  The workshop looks to bring together experts in these areas from the UK and Africa to share expertise and exchange knowledge in relation to these issues.


The joint workshop will focus on the following topics
  • Water quality issues - urban and rural 
  • Emerging pollutants 
  • Innovative technologies 
  • Appropriate water treatment technology options


Professor Elise Cartmell, Cranfield Water Science Institute, UK
Dr Albert Janssen, Shell Water Technology Manager and Wageningen University, The Netherlands 
Professor Helen Jarvie, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK
Professor Eric Odada, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Professor Kevin G McGuigan, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland
Professor Romeela Mohee, University of Mauritius, Mauritius 
Professor Simon Parsons, Chief Scientific Officer, Scottish Water, UK 
Professor Sudhakar Rao, Indian Institute of Science, India
Professor B Sarkar, University of Toronto, Canada
Professor David Stuckey, Imperial College, UK
Professor Shem O. Wandiga, Centre for Science and Technology Innovations, UNESCO Associated Centre and University of Nairobi, Kenya
Professor Nishith Verma, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India
Dr Vineet K Sharma, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India
Professor Arindam Banerjee, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India
Professor Mohammad Jawed, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India
Professor A K Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
Professor M Sekhar, Indian Institute of Science, India
Professor D Chatterjee, Department of Chemistry, University of Kalyani, India

Organisers and Sponsors

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Royal Society of Chemistry
UK Science & Innovation Network

Logo 1     Logo 2     Logo 3              

Organizing Committee

  • Dr May Copsey, RSC, UK
  • Dr Mindy Dulai, RSC, UK
  • Professor Sekar Muddu, IISc, India
  • Dr Alejandra Palermo, RSC, UK
  • Rajesh Parishwad, RSC representative, India
  • Professor Sudhakar Rao, IISc, India
  • Dr Hugo Vits, Shell Technology Centre, India

Registration and Abstracts

The workshop will be free to attend. There will also be the opportunity for delegates to present a poster. Registration and submission of poster abstracts will be available until the 30th July.

Related Links

External links will open in a new browser window

Contact and Further Information

Rajesh Parishwad
Royal Society of Chemistry, British Deputy High Commission, Prestige Takt, 23, Kasturba Road Cross, Bangalore 560001, India