Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Founded in 1939, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) is a government-funded research organization under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research. CNRS is involved in all scientific fields and its research units are spread throughout France,  employing  a  large  body  of  permanent  researchers, engineers, technicians, and administrative staff. CNRS has an active partnership and cooperation policy with other European and International research organizations. The organization develops scientific collaboration projects with 93 countries, participates in 304 international programs and 56 scientific cooperation agreements. In addition, it has partnerships with 102 European and International Associated Laboratories (LEA/LEI) and 20 International Joint Unit.


UMI 3157 iGlobes : interdisciplinary and global environmental studies

This joint center (CNRS/UA), founded January 2008, and located at the College of Sciences (UA), is under the direction of Franck Poupeau. The UMI 3157  develops  international, comparative  and  interdisciplinary  research programs and promotes partnerships between U.S. and French scientists. Under joint programs with the UA (i.e., Partners University Fund), it implements exchange programs, hosts visiting French scholars and PhD students, and organizes seminars, summer workshops, symposia and international conferences.



National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS)

The Bulgarian Learned Society (BLS), which is the precursor of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), is established in 1869 in Braila, Romania. Now the Academy is located in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It is autonomous and has a Society of Academicians, Correspondent Members and Foreign Members. It publishes and circulates different scientific works, encyclopedias, dictionaries and journals, and runs its own publishing house. The BAS has 9 main sections, more broadly united under 3 main branches: Natural, mathematical and engineering sciences, Biological, medical and agrarian sciences and Social sciences, humanities and art. Each consists of independent scientific institutes, laboratories and other sections.


National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography (NIGGG)

The National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography is established in 2010 after the unification of 4 structures of the Academy: Geophysical Institute, Central Laboratory for Seismic Mechanics and Earthquake Engineering, Central Laboratory of Geodesy and Institute of Geography. The Institute currently has 185 employees, of which 2/3rds are researchers and the rest are technical and support staff. The main research activities are provided in the following departments: Geophysics, Seismology and Seismic Hazards, Earthquake Engineering, Classical and Satellite Geodesy and Geography.

Department of Geography deals with the spatial differentiation, dynamics and interactions between the processes and phenomena of nature and society in Bulgaria and beyond. This type of spatial interpretation is realized by implementing a comprehensive approach of research. The work of the department is framed in three research groups: Physical Geography, Human Geography and GIS. The main areas of research are global change and environmental protection, European integration, cross-border cooperation and regional sustainable development, education and qualification.


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - IHE

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

The Institute for Water Education is the largest international postgraduate water education facility in the world. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees and PhDs. Since 1957 the Institute has provided postgraduate education to more than 14,500 water professionals from over 160 countries, the vast majority from the developing world. Over 100 PhD fellows are currently enrolled in water-related research and numerous research and capacity development projects are carried out throughout the world. 

UNESCO-IHE is at the centre of a vast international network of water related institutions, and functions as an interface between knowledge networks and centres, public and private sector organisations, scientific and professional associations and other members of the international water community.

Core activities:

  • Education, Training and Research for water sector professionals, engineers, scientists, consultants and decision makers, water-related academies, universities, and other education and training agencies.
  • Water Sector Capacity Development for water sector ministries and departments, municipalities, water boards and water utilities, universities, training and research institutes, industries, non-governmental and private sector organisations, particularly in developing/transition.
  • Partnership Building and Networking for knowledge centres, public and private sector organisations worldwide.
  • Global Policy Forum on Water and Environment.
Universidad de Sevilla

University of Sevilla - Department of Geography

With over 500 years of history, the University of Seville (USE) is the largest public university in Andalucía and the second largest in Spain. The Department of Geography (Human Geography and Physical Geography and Regional Analysis) is part of the School of Geography and History. The Department has been working for the past thirty years on climate and hydrological risk management closely connected with regional and spatial planning. Department academic staff have participated in a variety of EU and nationally funded research projects on social and institutional responses to climate change and climatic hazards, evaluation of river basin governance, climatic and drought risk modelling, or water policy evaluation, to name only a few.
In addition to its academic research focus, the Department actively participates as independent advisor in project development and evaluation for different regional, national and European administrations. Some examples of this advisory role include:
- Advisory committees for the preparation of the Regional Spatial Development Plan of Andalusia and the Andalusia Regional Irrigation Plan;
- Multicriteria evaluation of different water allocation options and environmental implications of water management, including the metropolitan area of Seville water supply system as one of the case-studies;
- Evaluation of the hydrological aspects (floods, drought and water quality) of the European Spatial Development Perspective.


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University of Arizona

The Department of Hydrology and Water Resources was established as a separate program by The University of Arizona (UA) in 1961.  The UA is the only university in the USA with a department dedicated solely to hydrology and water resources. The department has been ranked for more than 7 years in a row the best department to study hydrology in the USA. Because of the importance of the Hydrology Department, its research is very well connected with projects in other departments, offering both cutting edge hydrologic science an integrative and holistic research projects, where hydrology is  interwoven with  many  other  aspects  of  water  resources such  as  policy, agriculture, ecology, development, etc. The collaborating departments of Atmospheric Science and the Office of Arid Lands Studies also include internationally recognized faculty.

University of the West of England, Bristol

The Bristol Group for Water Research at UWE, Bristol (BGWR) focuses on making linkages between water sector practitioners and theorists, between the growing water NGO community and academics, between local communities at risk of flood and/or drought and interdisciplinary academic specialists.

The BGWR is currently working the following research initiatives:

  • water demand management: towards sustainable policy
  • water-related ecosystems services and PES
  • implementation of the Water Framework Directive
  • the 2014 Water Act in the UK

UWE offers: foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in water management, countryside conservation and management and civil engineering,  and  short  courses  in  water  sector  regulation,  water quality management, and local government responsibilities, etc.  More than a dozen colleagues from across the university have combined to create the BGWR as a truly interdisciplinary research, teaching and advocacy team.  The BGWR is affiliated with UWE Bristol’s Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment which aims to influence and increase integration in relation to policy creation and delivery at national and international levels. Staff in ISHE has received funding from the EPSRC, ESRC, NERC, the Soil Association,government  departments  in  the  UK  and  abroad,  the  EU, the Environment Agency and BIG Lottery funding.