Aquatic Ecology Centre

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Message from the Founding Director Dr. Subodh Sharma, Professor of Hydrobiology

With the beginning of the year 2023, I am happy that the Aquatic Ecology Centre (AEC) has also entered into two decades of its establishment (Established on 19th Nov 2003). It has been a joyful journey that has taught me a lot of lessons experienced at this Centre. I have never given up my dreams, no matter how difficult the journey was. I acknowledge the support and express my thankfulness to all who were part of this difficult yet wonderful journey. 

Nepal is blessed with abundant freshwater resources, both surface as well as groundwater. The country is often cited as one of the world’s most water rich countries. However, when it comes to use of such rich freshwater resources in improving the quality of the life of Nepalese people, there is a myopic vision of relating this source to energy production only. As a result of this thinking, there is scarcity of water for other uses. Water is life and its use must first be for subsistence of life on Earth. I am pleased that with this realization Aquatic Ecology Centre (AEC) was established in the year 2003. Financial support was received from my German classmate Mr Hasko F. Nesemann. In this way AEC became the first research centre at Kathmandu University with the motto “Soil and Water for Life”. The Centre has provided excellent platform for young researchers from applied water science background from its inception phase. Many water professionals working in Nepal and abroad have accepted that AEC has been an eye opener in their carrier path. I wish and pray for the long term sustainability of the Centre and its expansion in other locations in the country so that more young researchers benefit from service provided by us.

I will enjoy the journey together until I am tired with my world’s best staff members working at Aquatic Ecology Centre. In our togetherness as a team AEC is being built!


 

Prof. Subodh Sharma, Dr. nat. techn.

Latest NEWS

MOU between NLCDC and KU

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on April 6, 2023, between the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Forests and Environment, National Lake Conservation Development Committee (NLCDC), Kathmandu, and Kathmandu University (KU), Dhulikhel, Kavre at the office of NLCDC, Kathmandu. The MoU aims to strengthen and facilitate wetlands and lakes related research, seminar, workshop, training, and extension through close linkage and effective collaboration in the lake and wetland basin area, lake and wetland water quality, plant resources, and wildlife and other biodiversity conservation in and around the lake and wetland basin area.
The Dean of the School of Science, Kathmandu University, Prof. Dr. Janardan Lamichhane, and the Executive Director of NLCDC, Ms. Sita Shahi, were the signatories to the MoU, which was signed in the presence of Prof. Dr. Subodh Sharma, Director of Aquatic Ecology Centre, KU, Mr. Druba Upreti, Chairman of NLCDC, and Ms. Prava Pandey, Program Officer of NLCDC.

Achievement

Congratulations to Prayon Joshi and Suman Prakash Pradhan, Research Assistants at the Aquatic Ecology Centre, School of Science, for receiving First and Second Positions on November 30, 2022, at the South Asian Nitrogen Nitrogen Hub, Full Meeting held in Male, Maldives, and hosted by the Maldives National University. There were 31 posters presented.

Vacany Annoucement

Vacancy Announcement for Research Assistant (RA):
We are looking for research assistance (RA) on a contract basis for the UKRI-GCRF South Asian Nitrogen Hub project at the Aquatic Ecology Centre-AEC.

Notice for Interview: UKRI-GCRF-South Asian Nitrogen Hub Project

Following the vacancy announcement on August 13, 2023, three candidates are shortlisted for an interview based on their expertise on September 1, 2023.

Please attend the interview as scheduled.

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Glimpse of our Works

Since 2003 we have been working in the field of water, soil, and aquatic flora and fauna. We provide the best services related to water quality, soil quality, and aquatic flora and fauna. (Refer to the Services page for our services)

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Benthic Macro Invertebrate Sampling

Benthic Macro Invertebrate Sampling

Benthic Macro Invertebrate Sampling

Soil Sampling: SANH Project

Lichen Collection: SANH Project

ALPHA Sampler Installation: SANH Project

Emission Measurement: SCARE Project

Emission Measurement: SCARE Project

Emission Measurement: SCARE Project

Narayani II Project

Narayani II Project

Narayani II Project

Periphyton Sampling

Periphyton Sampling

Periphyton Sampling

Fecal Sludge Collection: SCARE Project

Fecal Sludge Collection: SCARE Project

Fecal Sludge Collection: SCARE Project

SANH WP 1.3 Questionnaire

SANH WP 1.3 Questionnaire

SANH WP 1.3 Questionnaire

Emission Measurement: SCARE Project

Monthly Meeting/Project Discussion

Water Physical Parameter Measurement

Resilience Assessment

Interaction with WWF Nepal Team

Fv/Fm Measurement: SANH Project

Water Quality Assessment

COD Measurement

Phytochemical Analysis