An annual week-long residential Summer School (incorporating a mini conference) delivers an opportunity for staff and PhD students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and from different stages of their research to network and share their experiences of working on water and informatics related projects and to network with other staff and students working on challenging topics. There’s a video above of last year’s Summer School.
The Summer School provides support for postgraduate research students from Years 1 to 4, with the emphasis on encouraging discussion and exchange of ideas across disciplinary boundaries (i.e., natural sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences). Each Summer School is organised around a central water/informatics topic. For example, a
‘Water Hackathon’ will be organised to identify common water sector challenges and develop mobile phone “app” ideas to address these.
Workshops, group mini-projects and networking sessions during the Summer School are organised not only to address the overarching Summer School topic, but also to help in developing both specific and transferable research and generic skills to prepare participants for future careers both inside and outside of academia.
The participants meet every morning with academic and industrial experts (including those from nontechnical disciplines, e.g., business, ethics, law, psychology, marketing) to discuss their ideas and receive feedback. The afternoon is reserved for development activities. The Hackathon will finish with participants pitching their ideas to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel of academic and industry representatives that will judge the proposed solutions and award prizes to the best ideas.
During the Summer School a one day mini conference/symposium is organised to allow participants to present their research ideas and progress on their PhD project.