- Quality through equality – tackling gender issues in hydrology and water sciences
19 February 2019, 9:30 – 17:00 – The Watershed, Bristol
“Science has a diversity problem.” (nature.com)
Hydrology and water sciences are no exception. While gender and diversity issues are gaining attention and progress is being made, there is still much to be done. Women are under-represented particularly in higher academic ranks, which may discourage female students and early-career researchers to pursue a career in the water sciences and water engineering.
This one-day workshop, organised by WISE CDT PhD students, will help the attendees to understand and to identify gender-related problems present in the water science community and discuss potential solution.
- Water In a Changing World – Research Challenges Forum
Thursday 28th June, 2018 – Bristol
The event brought together key academics across the GW4 universities, together with external stakeholders from the water industry, government, regulators, charities and funders. This was to hold research focused conversations and start developing a programme of future research and training to aid tackling the global challenges facing our water resources.
- WISE CDT Industry Day
Friday 27th April, 2018 – Bristol
The 2018 WISE CDT Industry Day took place in Arup’s headquarters in Bristol. This event showcased about 40 current research projects in themes such as Enhancing Infrastructure Resilience, Water Resources: Supply and Quality, Coastal and Marine Processes, and Flood Risk and Prevention.
The event also explored ways in which organisations can engage with the WISE CDT to tackle the challenges they face.
The aim was to stimulate new partnerships, leverage for collaboration on research, and routes to impact and implementation for current and future research. About 60 WISE CDT research students and academics were available for discussions and to develop new partnerships.
- Groundwater Futures in Urban Africa
Wednesday 14th March, 2018 – Cardiff
Across much of tropical Africa there is a rising proliferation of privately-commissioned boreholes for domestic water supply. This new form of mass water provision is opening up challenging questions for the resilience of communities and surrounding ecosystems, their vulnerability to natural or anthropogenic hazards and distributional equity, particularly for the urban poor. Focusing on urban centres, this half-day interdisciplinary seminar will explore the implications of this trend for groundwater resources, dependent social and environmental systems and consider emerging research agendas.
- Water Security Alliance: Next Steps Conference
Wednesday 31st January, 2018 – Cardiff
A one-day conference at Cardiff University to mark the formal launch of the GW4 Water Security Alliance; the conference will showcase the work of the GW4 research community for water security for people and ecosystems in a changing world, and will unite researchers with policy makers, advisors and stakeholders to explore collaboration, resource-sharing and training opportunities.
- SWIG Innovation Brokerage Workshop
Wednesday 22 November, 2017 – University of Bath
There is a wealth of new technology and innovation being developed in UK universities which often translates into the development of new products in industry. Successful translation and exploitation of academic research depends on recognising potential and forming necessary collaborations. This SWIG Innovation workshop is designed to bring together academic research groups and interested companies to identify potential technologies, collaboration, and exploitation opportunities in the area of sensor technologies developed for use in water.
Monday 13th November, 2017 – Cardiff University
A one-day workshop to draw on evidence available from marine systems as well as emerging evidence of microplastics in freshwaters and to gauge support for a possible submission to the NERC SPAG for community support on this subject.
Confirmed speakers include: Richard Thompson (Plymouth University), Tamara Galloway (University of Exeter), Isabelle Durance (Cardiff University), Alice Horton (CEH) and Katie Whitlock (Environment Agency).
- Smart Water Workshop
Tuesday 24th October, 2017 – University of Exeter
Join us for an invigorating, interactive and information-packed workshop addressing smart water technology and how related engineering solutions can help make our water systems and cities smarter to improve quality of life.
Confirmed speakers, from across GW4 and their university and utilities partners, include: Dr Michele Romano (Senior Engineer at Operations Technology in United Utilities), Dr Ivan Stoianov (Director of InfraSense Labs, Imperial College London), Prof. Xiangwei Wang (Visiting Prof. at University of Bristol, Deputy Director of the Centre of Natural Disaster Research, Sun Yat-Sen University, China), Dr Peter Melville-Shreeve; Josh Myrans (University of Exeter) and Prof Zoran Kapelan (Head of Water and Environment Group, University of Exeter). At the end of the day, the participants will have the opportunity to engage in a plenary discussion on future research needs in the smart water sector.