For more than 25 years, the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT) has offered a series of knowledge transfer mechanisms to support the international scientific community. According to the University of Cambridge, knowledge transfer (KT) is “a term used to encompass a very broad range of activities to support mutually beneficial collaborations between universities, businesses and the public sector”. The WIT uses three core activities to accomplish its objectives:
As a link between professional and academic groups, WIT encourages transdisciplinary research. Scientists work outside their own discipline seeking to understand an entire project rather than only a part.
Over 25 Wessex Institute of Technology conferences are organized yearly by a dedicated staff within the institute and its associated companies in different locations worldwide. For 2017, conference titles include Coastal Cities, Air Pollution, Urban Transport, and Materials Characterization, taking place in Spain, Estonia, Italy, Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom. An annual event is the awarding of the Prigogine Medal. In memory of Ilya Prigogine, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the medal has been awarded since 2004 for outstanding work.
Currently published are five international journal titles, “Sustainable Development and Planning”, “Design & Nature and Ecodynamics”, “Safety and Security Engineering” and “Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements”, and “Energy Production and Management”. To be published in the next two years are “Transport Development and Integration”, “Heritage Architecture” and “Environmental Impacts”.
Professor Carlos Brebbia created WIT in 1986 and continues to serve on the Board of Directors along with many prestigious professors from all over the world. Located in a beautiful area of southern England on the New Forest campus at Ashurst Lodge, WIT offers graduate programs at Doctoral and Master level in collaboration with major universities. WIT’s proven success is in the significant number of PhDs awarded and the high-ranking positions in academia and industry secured by the graduates of Wessex Institute.