An annual week-long residential Summer School delivers the opportunity for staff and students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and at different stages of their PhD research to network and share their experiences of working on water- and informatics- related projects. Each partner university organises a Summer School in turn. See the video for more information.
Every Summer School presents a distinct water-themed “Challenge” for students to work on in groups, with the WISE CDT trophy being awarded to the winning team. Students also undertake site visits and participate in a range of seminars led by academic and industry partners, with the aim of developing both the research skills and soft skills required for future careers. First-year students present their research proposals, while second-year students update on their PhD projects, both to an audience of Programme Management Group and Advisory Board members. Prizes are awarded for the best presentations. Students from earlier Cohorts also attend during the week, to widen the mix of participants’ backgrounds and experience.
The CDT Programme Management Group, Examination Board and Advisory Board meetings also take place during Summer School week, giving students the chance to network with a wide range of professionals.