This page carries information on various institutions, courses and opportunities for training in research and management of different inland aquatic ecosystems throughout the world but especially in Asian countries.

Courses on River Science

The Shiv Nadar University (Dadri, U.P.) has started a programme on Water Science and Policy which offers MSc and Certificate courses. One of the courses in the programme is devoted to River Science and another on Lakes and Wetlands. The first batch of students started in August 2017.
For details of the course and access to presentations, contact:

Department of International Relations and Governance Studies,
Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory,
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Shiv Nadar University
NH-91, Tehsil Dadri. District Gautam Buddha Nagar, UP 201314, India.
Tel: +91-120 – 3819 100 Ext.418

Four lectures on River Ecology were delivered by Dr Brij Gopal. These lectures can be viewed here:

RIVER ECOLOGY -1: The River Ecosystem: Concepts and The Abiotic Environment  River Ecology-1

RIVER ECOLOGY -2: The River Ecosystem: Biodiversity and Trophic Interactions (Energy Flow) River Ecology-2

RIVER ECOLOGY -3: The River Ecosystem: Nutrient Dynamics and  Waste AssimilationRiver Ecology-3

RIVER ECOLOGY -4: The River Ecosystem: Floodplain, River Basin and Ecohydrology River Ecology-4


River Science at Aryabhatt Knowledge University, Patna

A 2-year M.Sc. course in River Science is now being developed at this Private University, and will be available in early 2018.

Training on Writing Scientific Papers

November 2017

The Pragya Education and Environment Trust will conduct two consecutive training programmes on Writing Scientific Papers during November 2017 at its Centre for Inland Waters in South Asia in Khajuraho (M.P.). The short-term training programme will benefit researchers in all areas of natural and environmental sciences, and will emphasise practical (hands-on) training. The Announcement with more details and the Application Form can be downloaded here
Circular-Training on Writing Scientific Papers.

Research Scholars and young faculty members interested in learning and/or improving their skills in preparing scientific papers may apply for joining any one of the two programmes.

Heads of Institutions/Departments and Senior Faculty Members are requested to inform their researchers and encourage them to join this course. 



Training Opportunity in Rapid Assessment of

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Wetlands

The National Institute of Ecology, New Delhi, is now implementing a project on Capacity Building for Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in Relation to Global Change, funded by the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research, Japan for the period July 2014 to June 2015. An announcement of the project can be downloaded here.
The Project will run three capacity building workshops in Kolkata, Guwahati and Kathmandu during February to March 2015.

The details of the Workshops can be found in the announcement (download a PDF copy APN-CB-BES-Workshop-Announcement).

Those interested in attending the Workshops may apply to  or using the application form which can be downloaded here. Application-APN-CB-BES-Workshop

A related activity of this project is the development of an online database of individuals and institutions engaged with or interested in wetlands (including lakes and rivers) throughout tropical Asia. The database will facilitate exchange of information. interested individuals can register and join the database from the homepage of this site (

The Asia ‐Pacific Network for Global Change Research, Japan, supports a wide range of activities in the area of global change. Their details can be found at