The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Split in Croatia recently celebrated the launching of a new book published by WIT Press on "Electromagnetic Modelling of Wire Antenna Structures" by Dr Dragan Poljak of that University. This is one of the many joint initiatives between that Faculty and the Wessex Institute of Technology under the framework of the link agreement recently signed by both Institutions.

Prof Carlos Brebbia was unable to attend the celebration but he sent a CD ROM with a message and a series of images of the Lodge. An edited version of the message is given below.

"It gives me great pleasure to be able to address my colleagues at the University of Split in Croatia on the occasion of the launching of the new book by our friend Dragan Poljak which has been produced by the publishing arm of our Wessex Institute of Technology and is not only an outstanding work but also an important contribution towards cementing our links with colleagues at Split.

"The problems of radiation and scattering from antenna structures are very important research topics at present. There are numerous applications, some of them ranging from transmission lines and grounding systems to interaction of the human body with electromagnetic radiation. The launching of this book sets the basis for further research collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering of Split on electromagnetic problems in general and especially on boundary element methods, a technique that has important applications in electrical engineering.

"Our Wessex Institute of Technology has achieved a world-wide reputation in the solution of practical engineering problems while providing a link between advanced research and industrial needs. This has been possible due to our work on computational methods and, in particular, boundary elements.

"In order to improve competitiveness, industry must continuously improve its products and processes and reduce adverse effects in the environment. Computer simulation of the type presented in Dragan's book and developed at our Institute, can significantly improve product design, reduce and eliminate testing and standardise product manufacturing.

"Although these types of computational methods were originally developed to improve engineering design, the same techniques are the most effective tools available to study the impact of many engineering problems and prepare optimal prediction and remediation strategies. The techniques studied by Dragan result in cheaper, faster and safer products and can be applied to a wide range of applications.

"WIT, in association with the University of Split, is in a position to take advantage of this research and, in the next academic year, we hope to be able to increase our joint research work either with the support of industry or of international bodies, such as the European Community.

"As part of our collaboration with the University of Split and, in particular Dragan Poljak and Professor Vesna Roje, we are arranging two important conferences in Split in 2003. One is on the topic related to the book being launched today, ie Computational Methods for Electromagnetic Applications and the other is a topic also of excellence at the University of Split, ie Advances in Boundary Element Research. We hope that these meetings will also result in other ideas and mechanisms for collaboration.

"Dragan's book has been published by our own press, which is now producing 50 books per year, some due to our own effort and as a result of our conferences, but most of them the fruit of our links with renown researchers from all over the world. Dragan, who is also one of the Series Editors for books on Electrical and Electromagnetic Engineering, will in this manner be looking after some of our associates in this important field.