On the 4th of January 2016, Jo, Amy, Katie and Emily attended the Cardiff University Water Research Institute Start-up Workshop. This is one of five newly launched institutes which aims to unite Cardiff water researchers tackling the issues surrounding water use and management. The event, led by the Director of the Institute Dr Isabelle Durance, brought together the Schools of Biosciences, Business, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Geography and Psychology.
Researchers presented their work under three themes; People and Ecosystems, Global Change and Smart Waters. These presentations allowed everyone to introduce themselves and their research areas in the hope of initiating future collaboration between groups.
Several discussions arose; mainly centered on the major constraints on aquaculture; lack of water and disease, highlighted by our NRN-LCEE AquaWales research project. The workshop ended with a discussion of how to strengthen our extensive network of external collaborators and links with water stakeholders.
The institute’s inter-disciplinary approach will harness research excellence from across the University, which will no doubt have a real-world impact on the preservation of safe, contained water supplies that enhance the aesthetics of our country.
More information on the Cardiff University Water Research Institute can be found at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/water-research-institute/home