2017-2018 Industry Event

Our annual Industry Event is organised by the University of Bath.  This event explores ways in which organisations can engage with the WISE CDT to tackle the challenges they face.  The aim is to stimulate new partnerships, leverage for collaboration on research and routes to impact and implementation for current and future research.

Our 2017-18 Industry Event was hosted by Arup at their Bristol offices.  Dr Tom Arnot and Professor Zoran Kapelan introduced the event and gave an overview of the WISE CDT programme.  This was followed by a stimulating presentation on “Water: Drivers for Change” by Richard Brown, who leads the Arup Water team in Bristol.

The event then showcased more than 40 current research projects within the themes of Flood Risk and Prevention, Coastal and Marine Processes, Enhancing Infrastructure Resilience, and Supply and Quality of Water Resources.  64 students and academics from our four partner universities were on hand to discuss their research interests with industry guests and explore potential partnerships and opportunities for collaboration.

We were delighted to welcome our Advisory Board Chair, Professor John Banyard, OBE FREng, plus Advisory Board Members Dr Mark Fletcher (Global Water Leader, Arup), Dan Green (Head of Sustainability and Innovation, Wessex Water), Robert Muir-Wood (Chief Research Officer, RMS) and Nick Cooper (Engineering Portfolio Manager, EPSRC).

In addition, industry participants at the event represented 17 different organisations, including water utilities, engineering companies, research organisations, consultancies and professional bodies.

WISE CDT Co-Director David Butler observed after the event: “there was a real buzz about and some really good conversations happening.  Here’s to the next one!”