The next phase of UPGro research has been set in motion with the announcement of which research teams and projects will be funded over the next five years. The competition was fierce and many fantastic ideas didn’t make it – but we sincerely hope that other research funders will take note and provide support.
Five projects will be funded, four of which have evolved from Catalyst Projects, plus a new entrant – a team led by UNESCO-IHE.
Here is the list, in order of alphabetical surname of the Principal Investigator (PI). More details will appear here on the UPGro website soon:
- Building understanding of climate variability into planning of groundwater supplies from low storage aquifers in Africa – Second Phase (BRAVE2)
PI: Dr Rosalind Cornforth, University of Reading
- Experimenting with practical transition groundwater management strategies for the urban poor in Sub Saharan Africa
PI: Dr Jan Willem Foppen, UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education
- Groundwater Risk Management for Growth and Development,
PI: Dr Rob Hope, University of Oxford
- A hidden crisis: unravelling current failures for future success in rural groundwater supply,
PI: Professor Alan MacDonald, British Geological Survey
- Groundwater Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa,
PI: Professor Richard Taylor, University College London
As the Knowledge Broker team, we are excited to be working with these projects over the coming years.
Not the end of the road for the Catalyst Projects
The 14 Catalyst Projects completed so far have produced valuable results and insights and we will continue to share what emerges from all of them. Furthermore, one of the projects “IN-GROUND: Inexpensive monitoring of Groundwater pollution in Urban African Districts” has only just started so there is a lot of exciting groundwater science to come from the Catalysts.
A huge thank you to all the researchers and partners involved in UPGro so far. If you visit the “Publications & Papers” page you will see that it is gradually filling up as new material comes out. Researchers have also been presenting their findings in a series of UPGro-RWSN webinars and you can watch the recordings and download the presentation files on the “Webinars and Films” page.
Please check back regularly to see what is new, or subscribe to the RWSN newsletter, which as a special UPGro new section.