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WISE Summer School 2017 and Awards

The third WISE CDT Summer School was held in June 2017. Staff and students enjoyed a week-long stay at the Vale Resort Hotel, a 650 acre estate in South Glamorgan, near Cardiff. Students from the four universities and two year groups worked together, had fun on social activities and listened to significant speakers from the […]

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WISE Annual Report now available

Each year we produced a WISE Annual Report, containing highlights from the last year. The 2016-17 has just been published. It contains information on engagement, the student experience and student case studies. There’s also a list of all the student projects. It is available for download here: WISE CDT 2016-2017 Annual Report

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Viennese Trip for WISE Students

The European Geosciences Union General Assembly is held every spring in Vienna. Almost 15,000 researchers from over 100 countries attended to present their latest breakthroughs, learn what’s new in their field, and meet potential new research partners. Eight WISE CDT students and their supervisors attended in April 2017. Each student presented a poster outlining recent […]

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YPN Conference in Cardiff

It was a huge pleasure working with WISE students. They presented clearly and concisely, and plainly understand how to make their research relevant to industry Tracey Dunford – CIWEM In May 2017 a team of WISE CDT students from Cardiff University helped organise a conference as part of an established project – the Cardiff Young […]

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The Future of UK Coastal Research – 13th UK Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference

In April 2017 WISE CDT students Paul Bayle, Stephen Clee, Jonathan King and Laurence Hawker attended the 13th UK Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference (YCSEC), which was also hosted by WIRC@Bath. The event provided a remarkable opportunity for the students to present their work to other leading scientists and engineers. Building on the success […]

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Student Case Study: Damian Staszek

Damian Staszek has an industry-sponsored place on the WISE CDT with Bristol Water having previously worked as an engineer. As a consequence, he spends time working onsite with Bristol Water. In his second year, Damian’s project is on ‘Optimisation of Supply Demand Balance Model under Uncertainty’. Damian explained his work “My work is involved with […]

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Student Case Study: Maria Xenochristou

Maria Xenochristou, supervised by Professors Kapelan and Keedwell, is working closely with Dr Chris Hutton from Wessex Water to develop improved demand forecasting methodology. Maria has used demand based data provided by the Wessex Water from smart meters collected at half-hourly intervals for the period of several years from over 5,000 properties across the South […]

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The Young Water Professionals Conference Bath

The water sector recognised some years ago that it was ageing and that it needed fresh talent if it was going to solve future important challenges. With this in mind, the International Water Association (IWA), the largest international network of water professionals with members in 130 countries, began to actively push for higher visibility and […]

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Wetskills Water Challenge

In March 2017 WISE CDT students took part in the first UK Wetskills Water Challenge organised by the University of Bath’s Water Innovation & Research Centre (WIRC@Bath), in collaboration with the Wetskills Foundation. The event was like a boiler room for students and early-career professionals with a passion for water. It aims to promote collaboration […]

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National Science and Engineering Week – Bath Taps in to Science

On 17 March 2017 as part of National Science and Engineering week, Ioanna Stamataki and Olivia Cooke played a key role in the Bath Taps into Science event on the University of Bath campus, where they are based. It is a local science festival for Bath and the surrounding area. Groups of children from local […]

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National Science and Engineering Week – What lives in a drop of water?

Students Olivia Cooke and Ioanna Stamataki represented the WISE CDT as part of National Science and Engineering Week in March 2017, which cultivates the awareness of science in the UK. Academics within universities are continually encouraged to think about the potential impact of their research. Sometimes this includes public engagement. Their event was all about […]

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European Water Innovation Lab (WIL)

In April 2017 Olivia Bailey attended the European Water Innovation Lab (WIL) on the coast of the Netherlands. This inspirational workshop brought together 40 young professionals from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. They were trained to think holistically, design innovatively, and communicate effectively across cultures – with the ambition to develop future water leaders. […]

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British Water: Off-mains Sewerage Workshop

In March 2017, Olivia Bailey and Ioannis Markidis attended a workshop run by British Water to find out more about challenges for off-mains sewerage in the UK. There were thoughtful discussions with many in the water industry. The Environment Agency gave a useful overview of legislation regarding wastewater discharge in rural communities, and the approaches […]

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Smart Water Conference

Professor Zoran Kapelan will give an invited talk at the SMi’s 6th Annual Smart Water Systems conference held in the Copthorne Tara Hotel in London on 24-25 April 2017. The conference is packed with high quality speakers from the water industry. They will be addressing a wide range of topics related to smart water systems. […]

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Transferable Skills Event

In April 2017 WISE students are joining up with another Centre for Doctoral Training, STREAM, for a special three day event at the University of Exeter. A number of key speakers from the University aims to give students of both programmes a lively balance of transferable and leadership skills. The workshops and talks will help […]

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Industry Day Huge Success

On 17 March, WISE held a successful event that brought together its PhD students with major organisations from the water industry and hydraulic engineering.  WISE students met key figures from over a dozen national and international organisations, such as Arup, Natural England and Thames Water. The event was hosted by HR Wallingford, an independent engineering organisation […]

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WISE student works with Wessex Water

  WISE PhD student Joshua Myrans has been working with Wessex Water on a project to identify faults in wastewater networks. In a recent visit to its headquarters Joshua demonstrated his work, presenting his refined fault detection methodology, which was developed with footage provided by their sewer rehabilitation team. This opportunity was a chance to […]

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Upcoming WISE Industry Day – Friday 17 March 2017

This networking event aims to explore the ways in which organisations can engage with WISE CDT research students to tackle the challenges they face. The aim is to stimulate new partnerships and identify research project areas with industrial collaborators. WISE CDT students and academics will be available for discussions on potential new partnerships.   Entry […]

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Exeter visit from Jan Vreeburg

Next month on 10 February Jan Vreeburg is visiting WISE students in Exeter for a special seminar. Jan is Associate Professor at Wageningen University. Jan Vreeburg is an expert in the field of distribution of potable water, water quality in the networks, asset management and new concepts for design and operation of networks. Dr Vreeburg […]

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David Fortune visits WISE Researchers

On 3 February David Fortune will present a talk to CDT students on Informatics in the Water Industry at the University of Exeter. He will look at the scope of the water industry and consider some of the key problems that the industry needs to solve. David will also consider where IT is used for […]

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YPN-WISE Micro-Presentation Event

  The first collaborative event between the IAHR-YPN Cardiff and the WISE programme took place in November 2016. Held at Cardiff University there were presentations from students of both groups. As with previous YPN events, presentations were given in the 5-minute ‘elevator pitch’ format.  Three main research areas were covered: numerical modelling using the TELEMAC suite, experimental […]

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Olivia Bailey Student Blog: My Simple Summer

This summer I was able to take the time to organise and run a 6-week camp for 24 young people from across Europe and North America. The camp took place on the outskirts of Exeter and centres around philosophies of simple living and building sustainable communities. Whilst I was based in Exeter for the first […]

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Students attend annual CIWEM Dinner

WISE CDT students recently attended the CIWEM South Western Branch Annual Dinner held at the Marriot Hotel in Bristol City Centre, providing a brilliant opportunity for networking with stakeholders in the water industry. The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is ‘the only Royal Chartered professional body dedicated to the water and environment sector. We […]

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Cardiff Students on IAHR Young Professionals committee

See the IAHR Young Professionals Webpages for further information. See the latest IAHR Cardiff Young Professionals Network Newsletter August 2016

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WISE CDT Student Josie Ashe’s Blog: It’s not all office work!

  University of Exeter Student Josie Ashe writes: Real-time monitoring of hydrology and water quality across a river catchment can be challenging: there’s no power, no mobile signal; everything’s frozen; there’s water in the wiring; and the wind is blowing everything away… or maybe the cows have walked away with it. But the solutions are […]

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Japan Conference for WISE CDT Student

WISE CDT Student Laurence Hawker of the University of Bristol presented his work at the Japan Geoscience Union Conference (JpGU)   in Makuhari Messe, Japan. This five-day event was packed full of intriguing topics ranging from astrobiology to the devastating recent earthquake in Kumamoto. This year saw a number of sessions jointly organised with the American Geophysical Union (AGU). […]

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Presentation of WISE CDT Student Research at HIC2016 in South Korea

WISE CDT student Joshua Myrans recently attended the 12th International Conference on Hydroinformatics (HIC) 2016 in Songdo, South Korea where he presented a year’s worth of his research to leading international experts. HIC focusses on the application of modern computing techniques to problems faced in the water industry. Over the course of the 4 day conference many academics and representatives from industry […]

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WISE CDT Student attends Novatech Conference, Lyon

WISE CDT student, James Webber recently attended the 9th International Novatech 2016 Conference in Lyon, France. Novatech is an international conference focused on sharing knowledge on the sustainable management of water in cities. The conference consisted of three days with four parallel sessions exploring state of the art research into strategic planning, stormwater flood management, […]

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Prize Winners at British Hydrological Society Peter Wolf Symposium

WISE CDT Students Wouter Knoben and Ludovica Beltrame were awarded prizes for best poster presentation and best oral presentation respectively at the British Hydrological Society Peter Wolf Symposium 2016, held at the University of Bristol on the 26th – 27th May 2016. Participants discussed their recent work on hydrology, hydrogeology and water resources at the […]

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Fieldwork in South Africa for WISE CDT Student

WISE CDT Bath student Olivia Cooke is currently in Stellenbosch, South Africa at the start of her fieldwork and three month research trip. Here is an update on what she has been doing since she arrived: I landed in Stellenbosch, three weeks ago and since arriving everything has been a bit non-stop. Stellenbosch University and […]

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Student visits Bangalore Research Institutes

WISE CDT student James Webber has recently returned from a visit to the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore on a two week research exchange. This visit is the latest in a series of exchanges between the IISc and University of Exeter and demonstrates the growing collaboration between the two institutions.     Whilst in […]

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Students participate in EGU Conference 2016

WISE Students Ludovica Beltrame, Barney Dobson and Wouter Knoben attended the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016, in Vienna, Austria.

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WISE Students on IAHR Committee

WISE CDT Students Jonathan King, Nejc Coz and Elli Mitrou became members of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) Cardiff Young Professionals Network committee.

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Industry Awareness Event

WISE CDT held an event for industrial partners aiming to promote the research it carries out and how this could assist in solving water challenges. Around fifty people attending the event held in Atkins offices, Bristol, including representatives from Wessex Water, Arup, Welsh Water, RSKW and Atkins.

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WISE CDT Student participates in Taiwanese collaboration

Student James Webber undertook a 10 day exchange visit to a number of institutions in Taiwan, along with other University of Exeter Centre for Water Systems researchers. The visit was the latest in a number of exchanges between institutions in Taiwan and the University of Exeter and demonstrates the growing connections between the Centre and […]

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WISE CDT Welcomes new Students

In September 2015 WISE CDT welcomed 18 new students, forming the second cohort of WISE CDT students. Freshers Week events at the University of Exeter allowed new students to meet the first cohort of students, together with WISE CDT Management and academics from the four partner Universities whom teach Postgraduate School modules.   Students also […]

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WISE CDT Students at STREAM TSEL Sessions

WISE CDT students recently joined students undertaking the STREAM Industrial EngD programme to participate in three days of Transferable Skills and Engineering Leadership (TSEL) sessions at the University of Exeter. The group of twenty-five in total learnt about Intellectual Property and Patenting, Commercialisation, Multimedia Science Communication, Setting up International Partnerships and Supervision Skills.

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Summer school 2015

The first annual WISE CDT Summer School took place in June 2015; students and staff spent the week at the Springfield Hotel, Dorset in order to enjoy a practical approach to learning about water informatics. Students participated in a Hackathon over the course of the week, in which they were tasked with developing a platform […]

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News: Research proposals

After finishing their exams in May, the students have been hard at work on their research proposals. The proposals will be presented during the upcoming Summer School to a panel of supervisors, Programme Management Group members and Advisory Board members. They will give feedback on the proposed research projects, allowing the students to use the […]

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News: STREAM TSEL module

Monday to Wednesday, 20th to 22nd of April, the WISE and STREAM programmes were combined for a series of modules on personal skills. The three-day event was opened by professor Dragan Savic on the University of Exeter campus. The modules dealt with a wide range of skills, going from a discussion about supervision skills, to […]

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News: SEAMS Ltd guest lecture

Dr. Mark Engelhardt of SEAMS Ltd kindly agreed to spend an afternoon lecturing the WISE students on the topic of asset management. “SEAMS Ltd started as a university enterprise spin-out company from the universities of Sheffield & Exeter, UK. Retaining our roots in Sheffield and with close links to the University and other academic institutions […]

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News: Centre for Water Systems lunch February

Every month the Centre for Water Systems (link) organizes a lunch event for all staff members. These lunches are intended as a moment of informal contact between all centre members. Today, WISE students Josh and Josie introduced themselves to the CWS members. People presenting are strongly advised to not talk about their research to much, […]

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News: collaboration with artists – II

Since the first workshop in December, artists and students have formed groups to work on a variety of concepts. Works are progressing steadily towards the exhibition on Wednesday the 25th of March. These images give an impression of the activities involved in this collaboration.

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Student blog: Olivia’s Birthday!

Happy birthday Olivia! Yay! We had a couple more birthday parties, but there are fortunately no pictures of those. Anyhow, Olivia suggested dinner to celebrate her birthday and food-lovers and socially active people that we are, we gladly accepted. Unfortunately not everyone was able to attend but we had a fun night nonetheless!

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Student blog: lectures

For aspiring applicants; yeah, we have lectures too. This particular one is on Computational Hydraulics given by lecturers from Cardiff University. A normal week has lectures from Tuesday to Thursday, slightly different depending on your personal choice of optional modules. Wednesdays however are reserved for lectures that focus on a specific strong point from each […]

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Student blog: Expedition Dartmoor

Undaunted by the Exmouth experience, we planned another trip to some of Exeter’s scenic surroundings. Destination this time: Dartmoor! Located some miles west of Exeter, Dartmoor is one of the big National Parks. It covers nearly a thousand square kilometers and contains such things as prehistoric menhirs (also know as standing stones), hut circles, ancient […]

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Student blog: Expedition Exmouth

Just after the January exams some of us (those with bikes basically) went on a trip to Exmouth and the seaside. Somewhat typical for a coastal area in winter, the day was pretty windy and overcast. Not great conditions maybe, but still a nice change from sitting at home and being warm. We took our […]

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News: Centre for Water Systems lunch January

Every month the Centre for Water Systems (http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/engineering/research/cws/) organizes a lunch event for all staff members. These lunches are intended as a moment of informal contact between all centre members. Today, WISE student James and CWS student Miguel Headly introduced themselves to the CWS members. People presenting are strongly advised to not talk about their research […]

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Student Blog: Christmas Lunch

Christmas time is approaching and with many people leaving for the Christmas holidays, we decided it was a good idea to have some thing to conclude our first term together. We settled for a Christmas lunch, where everyone should bring a dish of some sorts. We invited some of the CWS staff as well who […]

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News: WISE Centre for Doctoral Training Launched

The EPSRC-funded Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) was officially inaugurated on 16th September 2014 at the University of Exeter Innovation Centre. The CDT is directed by Professor Dragan Savic, University of Exeter, Centre for Water Systems and  co-directed by leading academics in water-related subjects from the Universities of Exeter, Bath, […]

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Student Blog: Christmas Market

Because you can’t be working all the time, and Exeter has a nice Christmas market.

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News: Collaboration with Artists – I

Monday the 24th of November marked the beginning of a collaborative process, during which WISE CDT students interact with various local artists. The collaboration allows both groups to learn from each other and benefit from each other’s strengths, and hopefully result in several strong art pieces that deal with the flooding issue in the Somerset […]

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Student Blog: GW4 Alliance Launch Cardiff

Tuesday the 25th of November, a second GW4 Alliance launch event was held in Cardiff. As WISE students we were invited to send another delegation of people and attend. Due to lectures and assignment deadlines no random drawing of people was required this time and we set off with just 5 people. As could be […]

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Student blog: tar barrels of Ottery St Mary

England, land of health and safety regulations. Where in the name of health and safety knives get banned from kitchens. Where courses exist that teach people the proper way of lifting a box of printing paper. Where street parties can be banned because a fire truck might get stuck in low hanging bunting. Keeping the […]

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Student blog: Halloween!

“Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, –oʊˈiːn, ˌhɑːl–/; a contraction of “All Hallows‘ Evening“), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows),martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves […]

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Student blog: GW4 Alliance launch London

This 29th of October, the GW4 Alliance was formally launched, with a reception in the House of Commons, London. As WISE students we were allowed (invited even) to attend with a number of people. A random draw picked the 8 lucky ones who could take a trip to London, spend the early evening networking in […]

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