Wessex Institute of Technology, more commonly known as the Wessex Institute or WIT, is an independent scientific research institute located in the New Forest National Park of Southampton, England. The Institute hosts conferences, holds short courses, offers post-graduate research degrees, and conducts independent research. Wessex Institute divides its activities into three core areas: Research, Conferences, and Publishing.
Founded in 1986 by Professor Carlos Brebbia, Wessex Institute is an outgrowth of the Computational Mechanics Institute, established in 1981. The main aim of the Institute is to foster “knowledge transfer mechanisms,” through a range of activities meant to stimulate the sharing of information and research between academia and jobs.
Research is the heart of the Institute. Through its collaboration with universities around the world, post-graduate students are hosted on WIT’s campus. In addition, the institute also affiliates with post-doctoral researchers and professors in its research program.
Conferences and publishing are the key means of achieving knowledge transfer. Each year, Wessex Institute holds approximately 25 conferences in fields ranging from Big Data to Safety Engineering. The Institute is also home to WIT Publishing, which puts out eight international journals, as well as an e-library providing access to conference transactions and peer-reviewed papers.
According to Wikipedia, Wessex Institute of Technology’s campus is called Ashurst Lodge and part of the New Forest National Park. Ashurst Lodge is around 10 km from Southampton’s city center and located in between the villages of Ashurst and Lyndhurst. Housing is available for researchers at Ashurst Lodge, including family accommodations. WIT is easily accessible by rail or air.