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The Hydronation International Centre is a virtual centre to coordinate and amplify the impact of a range of waters-related initiatives and groupings. It is based in Scotland but has an international focus, links and spheres of activity that will extend the benefits from these groups and initiatives.

The Centre operates under the direction of Prof Bob Ferrier of the James Hutton Institute and is nominally based at that Institute’s site in Aberdeen, Scotland, though it is effectively a virtual Centre.

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Centre Of Expertise for Waters

CREW is a Scottish Government funded partnership between the James Hutton Institute and Scottish Universities. It is a demand-driven service, supporting the link between research, knowledge transfer, policy and practice. It aims to provide the right information to the right people at the right time to support a dynamic and innovative approach to water resources management.

Hydro Nation Scholars Programme

The Hydro Nation Scholars Programme supports PhD scholars undertake cutting-edge water projects, hosted within Scottish Universities and Research Institutes. This bespoke programme is aimed at developing the water leaders of the future by creating new expertise within Scotland and internationally.


Supporting research addressing the key challenges facing water resources and their management across sectors such as climate change, land use and management, human impacts on the aquatic environment and society’s response to meeting global challenges.

Water Test Network

The Water Test Network is a transnational network of testing facilities which can be used by Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) in Europe to test, demonstrate and develop new products for the water sector. This network supports SMEs in developing new innovations and to accelerates the time to market.