Summer school 2015


Students working on Hackathon

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 to solve a challenge currently being faced by the water industry. The winning group developed the ‘Taps for Taps’ app and were presented with the WISE CDT trophy.

The winning team of the Hackathon challenge receive the WISE CDT Trophy

The winning team of the Hackathon challenge receive the WISE CDT Trophy

Students each presented their research project idea to potential supervisors and representatives from the water industry, University of Exeter student Josie Ashe won the award for ‘Best Research Project Idea’ , Using Continuous Multivariate Time-Series Data To Build A Real-Time Modelling Framework For Catchment Scale Water Resource Management, as voted upon by industrial and academic experts.

Guest speakers at the week included Professor Patrick Reed of Cornell University, USA, Lewis Jones of South West Water and Dr Jon Wicks, CH2M Hill.

Students and staff also went on a boat tour of Poole Harbour, following a briefing session from WISE CDT Co-Director Professor Roger Falconer on Hydro-Envrionmental Modelling: Holes Bay and Poole Harbour. This was followed by a visit to Wessex Water Poole Treatment Plant.


Boat trip around Poole Harbour


At Poole Waste water treatment plant

At Poole Waste water treatment plant

The week culminated in an dinner in which prizes were given for the student with the best overall Postgraduate School mark and most supportive student. Students also took the opportunity to enjoy the swimming pool, sports facilities and extensive grounds boasted by the Springfield Hotel!