Wessex Institute of Technology
Ashurst Lodge
SO40 7AA

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Ashurst Lodge (home of the Wessex Institute of Technology) is situated only 10km west of the centre of Southampton, between the villages of Ashurst and Lyndhurst.

The following links provide comprehensive details about travel from airports as well as transport in the New Forest and Southampton area.

 Travel from outside the UK

The following four airports are within easy reach of the Wessex Institute;

Southampton International Airport

Southampton International Airport is located closest to the Wessex Institute and offers flights from a range of European cities across France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands with Flybe. 

From the Airport

  • Rail: Southampton Airport Parkway station is less than 50 metres from the airport terminal.  Frequent services connect to Southampton Central station - please see Rail travel in the UK for onward travel details from these stations.
  • Road: The airport is located 1km from Junction 4 of the M27 motorway. Several car hire companies operate at the airport and the 25km journey to the Wessex Institute will take approximately 35 minutes.  Taxis are readily available from the airport and will cost approximately £35 to Ashurst Lodge.

Bournemouth International Airport

Bournemouth International Airport offers flights to and from many European cities including Alicante, Barcelona (Girona), Faro, Malaga, Murcia, Palma (Mallorca) and Pisa with Ryanair.

From the Airport

  • Rail: Shuttle buses travel hourly from the airport terminal to Bournemouth Rail Station, between 7am and 6.30pm, seven days a week, costing £4.  From Bournemouth, trains run direct to Southampton Central station – please see Rail travel in the UK for onward travel details
  • Road: Taxis are readily available from the airport and will cost approximately £40 to Ashurst Lodge.  Several hire car companies operate at the airport, and the 35km drive will take approximately 45 minutes

London Heathrow Airport

Heathrow is the UK's largest international airport with regular arrivals from cities across all continents with most major airlines. The airport is located 22km west of central London, at junction 14 of the M25 motorway.

From the Airport

  • Coach: National Express coaches travel throughout the day to Southampton, a single ticket will cost approximately £15.00 and should be booked in advance at www.nationalexpress.com
  • Rail: BAA's Heathrow Express connects the airport to London Waterloo station, where trains depart to Southampton Central - www.heathrowexpress.com.  Please see Rail travel in the UK for onward travel details
  • Road: Most major hire companies operate at Heathrow.  Join the M25 at Junction 14, and then take the M3 and M27 motorways to Southampton.  Directions from here can be found in Road travel in the UK.  If you prefer to travel by taxi, you should expect to pay a considerable amount

London Gatwick Airport

Gatwick is one of the busiest airports in the UK, with flights from many European cities and other international airports.  A large number of low-cost airlines offer flights to Gatwick from across Europe. The airport is located 45km south of London, and is directly linked to the M23 motorway at Junction 9.

From the Airport

  • Rail: The airport rail station is part of the airport’s South Terminal building, and can be reached by a free transit link from North Terminal.  Direct trains run hourly during the day to Southampton Central station.  For directions from this station, please see Rail travel in the UK
  • Coach:  National Express coaches travel throughout the day to Southampton, a single ticket will cost approximately £22.00 and should be booked in advance at www.nationalexpress.com
  • Road: Most major hire companies operate at Gatwick.  Join the M23 on leaving the airport, and then take the M25, M3 and M27 motorways to Southampton.  Directions can be found in Road travel in the UK.  If you prefer to travel by taxi, you should expect to pay a considerable amount

 Air travel in the UK

Flybe operates regular flights to Southampton International airport from cities across the UK including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Aberdeen.

 Rail travel in the UK

Southampton Central is the closest major rail station to the Wessex Institute.  Direct trains arrive from London Waterloo every half an hour on weekdays, less frequently at evenings and weekends.

From Southampton Central

  • Taxi: Taxis are readily available at both station exits, travel to the Wessex Institute will cost approximately £18
  • Local Bus: Bluestar bus number 6 departs during the day from the station (exit at Platform 1) to the New Forest. A request stop is situated near the turning to the Wessex Institute, between Ashurst and Lyndhurst.  This bus stop is approximately 1km from the Wessex Institute.  A single fare should cost less than £5, and timetables can be found online at http://www.buscms.com/BlueStar2015/uploadedfiles/pdfs/b6timetable/bluestar_6_web_timetable_jun15.pdf Please note that services are reduced considerably at weekends.

From Ashurst New Forest
If you travel to Ashurst New Forest station, it is essential to book a taxi in advance by telephoning +44 (0)23 8029 3399 or 0800 66 66 66 (in the UK only) as taxis do not wait at the station.  The short journey will cost approximately £6.50.  We do not recommend walking from the station to the Wessex Institute.

 Road travel in the UK

The Institute can be reached by leaving the M27 motorway at Junction 3 and joining the M271.  From there, join the A35, signposted to Lyndhurst.  The entrance to the Wessex Institute is approximately 1km past the village of Ashurst and 5km from the Junction of the M271 and A35.  Ample parking can be found at the Institute.

Local Hotels

Below are a selection of local hotels you may wish consider if visiting Ashurst Lodge.  Please consider the distance from each hotel to Ashurst Lodge before making a reservation.

New Forest

The Crown Manor Hotel, Lyndhurst    https://www.crownhotel-lyndhurst.co.uk/

Forest Lodge Hotel, Lyndhurst    https://www.newforesthotels.co.uk/forest-lodge-hotel/

Ormonde House Hotel, Lyndhurst    https://www.ormondehouse.co.uk/

Lime Wood Hotel, Lyndhurst    https://www.limewoodhotel.co.uk/

Stag Hotel, Lyndhurst    http://www.stag-hotel.co.uk/

Rosedale B&B, Lyndhurst        http://www.stag-hotel.co.uk/

Reepham House B&B, Lyndhurst    http://www.reephamhouse.co.uk/

Penny Farthing Hotel, Lyndhurst        http://www.pennyfarthinghotel.co.uk/

Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst    https://www.balmerlawnhotel.com/

Careys Manor, Brockenhurst    https://www.careysmanor.com/

Woodlands Lodge, Woodlands    https://www.woodlands-lodge.co.uk/



Grand Harbour Hotel    http://www.grandharbourhotel.co.uk/

Ibis Southampton Centre Hotel    https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1039-ibis-southampton-centre/index.shtml

Novotel Southampton Hotel    https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1073-novotel-southampton/index.shtml

Holiday Inn Southampton Hotel    http://www.hisouthamptonhotel.co.uk/

20170709 144038The WIT Campus
Ashurst Lodge is the home of the Wessex Institute and is located in the New Forest, an outstanding National Park which borders the South Coast.It is attractive to those who enjoy walking, horse riding, cycling, sailing and fine landscapes.

Wessex Institute is a centre of excellence for a variety of disciplines ranging from technology to ecology. Ashurst Lodge is an ideal venue for conferences, courses and seminars.


Ashurst Lodge offers a wide variety of first-class accommodation, ranging from two to five bedroom cottages to individual rooms. Visitors living on Campus can use some of the services in the main building, as well as sporting facilities on the grounds.

Main Building
lodgewestcu.jpgRooms are available for those who prefer to be accommodated in the main building of the Institute. The accommodation, on the second floor, has the advantage of being within easy reach of  facilities which are open to the residents.

Kitchen facilities and lounge are all located on the ground floor of the main building.

Residents and their visitors may leave their cars in the main car park of the Institute.


Trevelyn Cottages
Each of these five cottages are totally self-contained with gas central heating and a well equipped kitchen . The attractive cottages are newly-built and offer comfortable fully-furnished living areas.  The Trevelyn cottages are set in parkland, 100 metres from the main building, and are ideal for families or two to three single people.


Madryn Cottages
These are two large houses, suitable for families, offering four or five bedrooms. Each house provides spacious living areas, modern amenities including a fully equipped kitchen, independent utility services including gas, and plenty of parking space. They are located 50 meters from the main building.


Rawson Cottage
Rawson Cottage has recently been completely modernised and has three bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen, as well as a comfortable living room and dining room. There is ample parking in the front and a private garden at the rear.


Conference Facilities
Wessex Institute has a series of well equipped rooms for lectures, conferences and social functions. The main Lecture Hall (Chubut) can accommodate up to 100 people. The Fairbairn Lecture Hall holds up to 40 delegates and several other rooms are well suited for smaller meetings, ranging from 10 to 20 participants.

The Chubut Building
This is a large building used for lectures and social functions, as well as a variety of other activities. It has its own kitchen facilities and a large room on the first floor for general use.


The Fairbairn Lecture Hall
The Fairbairn Lecture Hall is equipped with modern visual aids and is perfectly suited for courses, seminars and special lectures. It can accommodate up to 40 people and computer facilities can be provided as needed. The room is well suited for group activities requiring interaction between participants and lecturers.

Residents at Ashurst Lodge have access to computer and other facilites. There is an indoor swimming pool, as well as an outdoor all weather tennis court. Table tennis, snooker, gym equipment, volleyball and others are also available.

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There are a number of primary and secondary schools nearby which are of a good standard. For older children, there is a pre-university College in Brockenhurst, which has high standards and a good national reputation. There are Universities in Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth and several Colleges of Higher Education in Southampton, Winchester and other cities in the neighbourhood.

Chairman: Professor Carlos A. Brebbia 

Carlos was born in Argentina where he completed his first engineering degree. He spent two stimulating years after graduation as part of a small team setting up an Institute of Applied Mechanics. Following this, he registered at the University of Southampton in England for a higher degree, arranging to carry out his research partly at MIT. This experience, which he found most rewarding, established the basis for his long and close association with the USA.carlos

After obtaining his PhD at Southampton he worked for the Central Electricity Research Laboratories in the UK, a leading research establishment at the time. He left the Laboratories to take an academic position at the University of Southampton where he rose from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer and Reader. During his time at Southampton he took leave to become Visiting Professor at many other universities, including an academic year at Princeton University. After having been appointed Full Professor of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, he decided to resign his position and return to the UK to set up the Wessex Institute.

Carlos is renown throughout the world as the originator of the Boundary Element Method, a technique that generates important research work at Wessex Institute. He has written many scientific papers, is editor of many volumes and is the author or co-author of thirteen books. His current interests are in the field of strategic planning and research management and looking after all the activities at Ashurst Lodge to ensure that Wessex Institute continues to grow and develop in the right direction. He is founder of several international journals.

Carlos has continued to be in charge of the scientific conference programme at WIT and arranges important courses and training seminars in different locations throughout the world. He promotes research on Boundary Elements and Meshless Techniques. Carlos is also responsible for the publishing programme of the Institute which includes, in addition to the conference proceedings, a series of monographs and edited books by some of the foremost scientists in the world.

Another important activity is his membership of the International Committee for the award of the highly regarded Prigogine Medal for Ecological Systems Research.

He has helped the Institute to develop academic links with first class institutions around the world. This work has resulted in many more research programmes and collaborative projects. Carlos is responsible for implementing the strategic aims of WIT which include the extension of research activities into ecological, environmental and sustainability issues. This is reflected in the range of new initiatives taken by WIT in the last few years.

Members of the WIT Board of Directors  


CasaresJuan J Casares-Long

Professor Juan Casares-Long’s academic career mainly took place at the prestigious University of Santiago de Compostela in his native Galicia, where he started his studies in chemistry. He was Director of the Supercomputing Centre of Galicia and of the Environmental Information and Technology Department of the Galician Regional Government before becoming Rector of the University.

Juan is author and editor of several books and has published many papers in the field of atmospheric sciences, chemical engineering and environmental and ecological problems.

He has collaborated in many WIT activities in the past, including organisation of courses and conferences, publications and EU research projects.



Geoffrey Broadbent

Professor Geoffrey Broadbent has contributed widely to the architectural profession for many years and has written more than 150 papers. He has authored or co-authored eight books on various topics related to architecture and architectural design during his distinguished career. Prof Broadbent has been a member of the WIT Board of Directors for a number of years and, as such,  involved in the strategic running of the Institute.





Alexander Cheng

Alexander Cheng is Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi. He is also a Fellow of the Wessex Institute. He is a renowned expert on Boundary Element Methods and has written numerous books, well over 100 refereed journal papers and a similar number of papers for international conferences. He has recently been awarded the prestigious George Green Medal for his work on Boundary Element Research. The Medal is co-sponsored by Elsevier.




Jerry J Connor

Professor Jerry Connor is WIT’s representative in the Boston (USA) office and Adjunct Professor at Ashurst Lodge. He is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is internationally renowned for his work in software engineering and analytical techniques. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute.

He collaborates in many of WIT’s activities in addition to research, such as publications and conference scientific and technical organisation.


Patrick de WildePatrick

Professor Patrick De Wilde from the Free University of Brussels is an expert in Structures and Material Sciences. He has been associated with WIT for many years in addition to being a member of its Board of Directors. He has written many scientific publications in the areas of computer-aided engineering, finite element methods, composite materials and structures. He continues to collaborate closely with WIT and chaired many conferences, among other activities.



Daniele De Wrachien

Daniele de Wrachien is Professor of Irrigation and Drainage at the Department of Agricultural Engineering of the State University of Milan from where he graduated in Geology.

His research interests are water resources management; irrigation and drainage technology; modelling of transport processes in porous media; debris and hyperconcentrated flow simulation; flood control and mitigation measures; desertification and environmental impacts of climate change.

Daniele is author of many papers in his field of interest and he has participated in numerous scientific conferences. His activities at WIT have included the organisation of special seminars and conferences on water resources, flood and debris flow.

Among his many distinctions, he has been President of EURAgEng (European Society of Agricultural Engineers) and member of the Executive Board of ICID (International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage).


Santiago HernandezSantiago

Professor Santiago Hernandez from the University of A Coruña, Spain, frequently visits the Wessex Institute where he lectures in courses on Bridge Design and Optimisation Techniques. He is a leading expert in structural engineering and has acted as Co-Chairman of many conferences organised by WIT. He is an Adjunct Professor, as well as a member of the WIT Board of Directors. Santiago has numerous scientific publications and has written many books.




Ted Hromadka

Ted Hromadka is Professor at West Point and Principal at Hromadka & Associates, Costa Mesa, California. His expertise includes designing master plans for surface water hydrology and the development of computer systems. In addition, he has written plans for water quality enhancement, sediment and debris protection, and runoff management. Dr Hromadka has written more than 20 books on various topics related to hydrology. He is an Adjunct Professor at WIT, as well as a member of the Board of Directors.





Stefano Mambretti 

Stefano Mambretti is Associate Professor of Hydraulic Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches and carries out research.

His field of expertise is hydraulics and hydrological models, topics in which he has numerous publications. Stefano is also internationally renowned for his work on debris flows, urban water flood systems and flood prevention, management and recovery.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the Wessex Institute, where he teaches seminars and short courses. Stefano has organised several WIT International Conferences and is Associate Editor of two Journals published by WIT Press.



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Giorgio Passerini is Associate Professor at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e Scienze Matematiche at the Universita Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy. His research team has focused on the following three areas: air pollution assessment and remediation; the evaluation of airborne pollutants due to the treatment of organic fraction of municipal solid waste; Smart Cities and management and optimisation of municipalities with special attention to energy consumption. He has been associated with many training, research and publishing activities at WIT.



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George Pinder is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

His area of research is the development and application of applied mathematics, especially numerical methods to solve groundwater contamination and supply problems.

George is author of several books and many scientific and technical papers. He has also acted as consultant in many important projects.

He became associated with WIT when it was first started and has participated in many training and publishing activities. One of these initiatives was the launching of the Journal of Water Resources, now published by Elsevier.


Dragan Poljak Dragan

Professor Dragan Poljak from the University of Split, Croatia, is an international expert on electromagnetic radiation and carries out research in this field. He is a Member of the WIT Board as well as Adjunct Professor at WIT. Prof Poljak has been awarded the National Prize for Sciences by the Croatian Committee of Science and Technology, sponsored by the National Parliament. He has numerous publications in his field, including several well known books.




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George Rzevski

George is Professor Emeritus at The Open University, UK, where he develops his research on Complexity Science and was Director of the Centre for the Design of Intelligent Systems.

George is a founder of a network of advanced technologies ventures which include a series of companies throughout the world.

Prof Rzevski has published widely and delivered keynote addresses at numerous conferences. Throughout his academic career, George has acted as a consultant for private companies, government administrator and EUR or various issues related to information technologies.

George has collaborated in many WIT initiatives, including the organisation of courses and conferences and through different WIT Press activities, among them the launching of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence, now published by Elsevier.


Eckart SchnackEckart

Eckart Schnack is Professor of Solid Mechanics at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He is an expert in numerical methods of continuum mechanics and on experimental methods of mechanics. He has over 200 publications to his name and has obtained many prestigious awards throughout his career. He has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at WIT due to his high level of collaboration with this Institute.





Stavros Syngellakis 

Professor Syngellakis has a long career in teaching and research in solid and structural mechanics. He has published well over 100 papers on advanced applications of analytical and computational techniques to a wide range of structural engineering and material technology problems. His novel numerical work is mainly based on the Boundary Element Method and he also has considerable experience in the use of general purpose finite element codes for advanced micromechanical, bioengineering, fatigue and fracture mechanics simulations. He has supervised many doctoral programmes to completion and participated in various industry-sponsored projects.



Antonio Tadeu

Professor Antonio Tadeu from the University of Coimbra has collaborated with the Institute in many conferences and publications. He is an expert in computational modelling and has applied techniques for the solution of structural, acoustic, fluid dynamics and many other problems. He has recently been awarded the prestigious George Green Medal for his research into Boundary Element Methods.


Carlos_smiling.jpg Welcome to the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT).

You will be aware that WIT is internationally recognised for advanced sciences and engineering research and provides an environment in which your capabilities can be fully developed. The rapid advances in sciences require a substantial number of researchers and postdoctoral fellows to be trained. As a WIT trained researcher you will be in demand and be able to fulfil your professional ambitions to a better degree than those who have not been trained in a similar environment.

WIT's reputation is based on solid achievements. Our commitment to advanced research of the highest quality has resulted in a series of innovations emanating from WIT and now being used by industry. It is indeed our close collaboration with other research institutes and industries across the world which differentiates us from other university institutes. We see ourselves as providing a link between academia and industry.

We are fully committed to research and postdoctoral training. This means that our researchers and visitors work in an atmosphere of close collaboration. Researchers at WIT discuss their projects with advisors practically on a daily basis, as research and supervision are the essential functions of our academic staff. Courses and seminars, which are held at frequent intervals, are tailored to the specific needs of the researchers.

WIT achievements have been recognised by industry and other organisations and the Institute is supported by research organisations. This results in our researchers working on projects which are highly valued by industry and business in general.

WIT is amongst the best engineering institutes for research studies and its high reputation is reflected in the number of our researchers who are now in positions of responsibility, in both academia and industry.

The record of high achievement at WIT is testimony to the quality of the work carried out at the institute. Your stay at WIT will give you a unique experience as you will work in an environment that produces the best results and is conducive to highly productive research. You will be able to develop to your full potential in collaboration with our highly qualified staff.

Prof. C.A. Brebbia

Curriculum Vitae of Prof. Brebbia

Wessex Institute Career Opportunities

Located amid the beautiful New Forest National Park in Hampshire, the Wessex Institute aims to develop a series of knowledge transfer mechanisms, particularly directed towards the exchange of information between academics and professional users within the industry.

The Wessex Institute organises an extensive annual conference programme, held in many different locations around the world. These meetings are a product of the many formal international links and scientific contacts that the Institute has. Originally focused on physical sciences and engineering, the range of topics covered by the meetings has expanded to cover a wide variety of fields.


Current vacancies

Marketing Coordinator

Responsible to: Marketing Manager

Location: Wessex Institute, Ashurst, New Forest National Park, UK (SO40)

Hours: 3-5 days (09:00 – 17:00)

Type: Permanent

To provide marketing support to its conference department, the Wessex Institute is seeking to employ a part-time or full-time Marketing Coordinator.

Responsibilities and Duties

Working with the Marketing Manager to promote the Wessex Institute conference programme and publications. Including:

  • Creating and scheduling HTML marketing emails and managing mailboxes
  • Management of Social Media pages and blogs
  • Database and website updates, maintenance and enhancements
  • Marketing direct mail
  • Producing regular marketing reports
  • Collecting and analysing customer feedback
  • Creating and editing promotional material, including use of Photoshop and InDesign

Qualifications and Skills

Experience of HTML, Google Analytics, Social Media and website CMS is highly desirable for this role.


Due to our location, possession of a driving license and own car would be preferable.

If you think your experience fits this role then please apply with your covering letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..