Food and Environment 2011
First International Conference on Food and Environment - The Quest for a Sustainable Future
21 - 23 June 2011
The 1st International Conference on Food and Environment recently took place in the New Forest, UK, organised by the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT). The Co-Chairmen were Professor Viktor Popov and Professor Carlos A Brebbia, both from WIT.
Opening AddressesThe conference was opened by Professor Carlos Brebbia who explained the objectives of this Institute to act as a centre for knowledge transfer across a wide variety of disciplines. The conference programme is essential to achieve this as it brings together scientists and technologists from many different parts of the world with a wide variety of expertise.
The conference books – Professor Brebbia explained - are widely distributed in paper and digital format, and all papers are permenantly archived online in the WIT eLibrary at http://library.witpress.com where they are available to the international community.
In addition, WIT Press publishes a substantial number of edited books and monographs which are disseminated throughout the world by large number of distributors and agents. WIT has also its own office in Boston (USA) to serve the important American Market. It has also launched four interdisciplinary international scientific Journals dedicated to opening new avenues for communication between different scientific disciplines.
Professor Brebbia also mentioned that the Institute’s work and reputation is based on the development of advanced computational methods, which are applied to solve a wide variety of problems. WIT, for instance, has participated in many EU projects, working with partners in disciplines such as medicine, food science, aerospace, offshore structures and many others. The expertise of WIT is by definition of an interdisciplinary character as modelling techniques can be applied to solve many types of problems.
The interest of the Wessex Institute – Professor Brebbia explained – is not to grow in number of researchers but concentrate of high quality work. The facilities at the Ashurst Lodge campus are constantly being upgraded to achieve a better research environment. The aim of the Institute – Professor Brebbia said - is to continue collaborating with many Institutions around the world.
A series of informal links and collaborative programmes are witness to the commitment of WIT to ecological and environmental issues. This includes the award of the Prigogine Medal, instituted in collaboration with the University of Siena to honour the memory of the Nobel Prize winner, whose work has influenced all disciplines. The Medal was established in 2003 upon the death of Prigogine, who acted as an Honorary Chairman for one of the WIT conferences, and since then it has been awarded annually to a renown scientist whose research has been influenced by Prigogine’s ideas.
Professor Brebbia concluded his address by welcoming the delegates to the conference and wishing them a successful meeting. WIT – he said - is open to collaborating in many different ways, including publications, courses and conferences, as well as research and industrial applications.
Following Professor Brebbia's remarks, Professor Viktor Popov explained the work of his Division relating to the topic of the conference, much of which has been carried out through participation in different EU projects.
The Food and Environment conference created an atmosphere which encouraged fruitful interactions and exchange of knowledge and ideas amongst the participants. The delegates took part in a series of social activities, including coffee breaks, lunches, a barbeque at the WIT campus, the conference dinner and a special excursion. These events helped to cement the links amongst the delegates and led to many productive informal discussions.
The papers presented at the conference were published in a special volume of WIT Transactions in Ecology and the Environment. They were divided into the following topics;
There were a series of keynote addresses;
Social Events and Excursions
A lamb barbeque was organised at the end of the first day at Ashurst Lodge so that the delegates could visit the Wessex Institute campus and relax in a pleasant environment. The barbeque was a great success (Hampshire lamb is well-known for its excellent quality). At the end of the meal, the delegates were divided into small groups and taken on a tour of the campus by several members of the staff. The event helped to strengthen links between the participants and open areas of future collaboration with WIT.
The conference dinner took place in Rhinefield House, a most impressive Manor House, originally one of the Forest Keeper’s residences and now an excellent hotel. The current house was built at the end of the 19th century on the site of an old New Forest Lodge. It was the residence of the Munro-Walker family, whose fortune was based in coal mining, in Nottingham (They were the owners of many workers cottages, one of which was the birthplace of the author DH Lawrence).
Publication of Papers
The proceedings of Food and Environment, 256pp (Print ISBN: 978-1-84564-554-0; Online ISSN: 1746-448X) are available in paper and digital format from WIT Press priced at £110/US$220/€154. Orders can be placed on the WIT Press website at www.witpress.com or by email:
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