2019-20 Industry Day

The 2019-20 WISE CDT Industry Day took place on 12th February at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel.  For the first time this was designed as a shared event with Arup and WRc, who are joint conveners of Wet Networks Bristol.  This combined event aimed to ensure wide-ranging industry attendance that covered the breadth of the CDT’s research interests.

The event’s theme was ‘informatics and circular economy approaches to water systems’.  WISE CDT Director Professor David Butler and Co-Director Dr Tom Arnot gave introductory presentations and outlined the various ways in which industry colleagues might collaborate with WISE.  Dr Dan Green, Head of Sustainability and Innovation at Wessex Water and a CDT Advisory Board member, then delivered the keynote speech.  Dan’s final message to ‘connect, integrate, join the dots’ provided the perfect lead-in to the research poster session.

Around 40 WISE research posters – spanning the themes of ‘enhancing infrastructure resilience’, ‘supply and quality of water resources’, ‘coastal and marine processes’ and ‘flood risk and prevention’ – were on display, generating considerable dialogue and exchange of ideas.  The evening session’s presentations and reception delivered further networking opportunities and several students reported making significant new contacts and connections.

We would like to thank Arup, WRc, Dr Tom Arnot and Anni Laihanen for their immense efforts which made this event such a success.