Privacy Policy


This privacy policy sets out how Wessex Institute of Technology collects, uses and protects any information that you give us when you use our website or contact us directly. As the data controller Wessex Institute of Technology is committed to ensuring that the privacy of your personal information is protected.


1. The information we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • Your name, address and the name and address of your organisation.
  • Additional contact information including email address and telephone number.
  • Information about your professional areas of interest and details of any article, paper or book submissions you have made to us, including any biographical information.
  • Information specific to your visits to our websites including the IP address of the computer used, the browser used and pages visited.


2. How we use your information

Your information will be used to provide any services you have requested from us and to notify you of any events, activities or publications that we believe are within your area of interest.

Our preferred contact method is email, but we may also contact you by post or telephone.

We do not make use of automated decision making but endeavour to send you information based on your area of work, past attendance or interest in our events, activities or publications.

With the exception of our publisher “WIT Press” we will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we are required by law.

We may analyse the information specific to your visits to our websites in combination with other visitors to our websites to monitor and improve our websites.


3. Legal Basis for processing your personal data

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679) requires that your personal data is only processed if there is a legal basis for the processing, the legal basis under which we are processing your data are:

a) Contract, if we are supplying you with a service, such as attendance to a conference or course you are entering into a contract for our services, and in order to fulfil our obligations under this contract we must be able to store and process your data. This will also apply if you make an enquiry or submit a request to attend a conference or course but do not make payment or do not attend.

b) Legitimate Interest, we are pursuing our legitimate interest to promote Wessex Institute of Technology stated objective to enable knowledge transfer by informing specific contacts about events that we believe will be of interest. This does not infringe your rights below which can be exercised at any time by contacting us.


4. Your rights

The GDPR sets out a number of rights that you have regarding your personal information.

a) The right to be informed. We will review and update this privacy policy from time to time to ensure that it remains accurate. Please review this privacy policy on a regular basis.

b) You have the right to access the personal information we hold about you. You may request a copy of your data, for which a fee is not normally charged, by emailing us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or writing to our registered address below.

c) You have the right of rectification. If you believe that any information we hold on you is incorrect or incomplete, please inform us as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

d) You have the right to erasure. If you no longer wish us to hold your personal information we will fully comply with this request except for any invoices or other data that is necessary to fulfil any services that have been previously requested or may be required for accounting or other legal and regulatory purposes.

e) You have the right to limit or restrict processing of your data. Please note that this may cause issues with delivering services to you. Please contact us to discuss any concerns you have regarding the processing of your data.

f) You have the right to data portability. You may request that data we hold about you is transferred to another organisation. Please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to our registered address below with details of the transfer required.

We will always endeavour to uphold your rights regarding the processing of your personal data and address any concerns you have regarding the processing of your data. However, if you feel that we have not complied sufficiently with your requests please contact the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) who is the supervisory authority for all data issues in the United Kingdom.


5. Security

Wessex Institute of Technology is committed to ensuring your information is protected and held securely. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect. However, the internet is not a secure medium and Wessex Institute of Technology cannot accept responsibility for security of an e-mail during transmission or for non-delivery of that e-mail.


6. Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, if you use these links you will leave our website and you should note that we do not have any control over the accuracy of the information presented or the processes implemented by other websites. Therefore we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting other websites and such websites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.


Registered address:

Data Officer
Wessex Institute of Technology
Ashurst Lodge
SO40 7AA
United Kingdom

Wessex Institute of Technology
Ashurst Lodge
SO40 7AA

Telephone: 44(0) 23 80293223
Fax: 44(0) 23 80292853


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How to Find Us

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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
  • Rail: BAA's Heathrow Express connects the airport to London Waterloo station, where trains depart to Southampton Central -  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
  • 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 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

Forest Lodge Hotel, Lyndhurst

Ormonde House Hotel, Lyndhurst

Lime Wood Hotel, Lyndhurst

Stag Hotel, Lyndhurst

Rosedale B&B, Lyndhurst

Reepham House B&B, Lyndhurst

Penny Farthing Hotel, Lyndhurst

Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst

Careys Manor, Brockenhurst

Woodlands Lodge, Woodlands



Grand Harbour Hotel

Ibis Southampton Centre Hotel

Novotel Southampton Hotel

Holiday Inn Southampton Hotel

AlexBrebbia Speech

The Board of the Institute recently held its first meeting since the death of its founder, Professor Carlos Brebbia. Gathering together at Ashurst Lodge, the Board was in strong and unanimous agreement that the Institute’s programme of conferences and research should continue in the same format as in previous years. Members of the Board will attend the conferences as representatives of the Institute. They will be available and would welcome the opportunity, to discuss future collaboration and ideas with our friends and colleagues who attend WIT conferences.

WIT Press, the publishing arm of the Institute, will continue its three WIT Transactions series - Ecology & the Environment, Engineering Sciences, and The Built Environment. All of which are indexed in Scopus and other leading databases. The series of journals initiated by WIT Press will continue to be published. Three of these journals are indexed in Scopus and it is expected that those more recently launched will also be indexed as they become more established.

The Board remains committed to maintaining the high academic quality of the Institute’s activities and the appointment of a new permanent head of staff is being discussed. Further updates will follow on this in due course.

Finally, the Board members are looking forward to the start of the 2018 programme and to meeting you at one of our conferences. Any questions regarding the conferences can be addressed to the conference secretariat whose contact details can be found on the conference web pages


Alexander Brebbia

May 2018

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The 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.


Main Building Accommodation
Ashurst Lodge offers a number of high-quality individual rooms. The accommodation, on the second floor, is within easy reach of the main building services and facilities which are open to the residents. Visitors can also make use of the sporting facilities in the grounds.

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


Residents at Ashurst Lodge have access to computers and other facilities. There is an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor all weather tennis court, as well as other sports equipment. 

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Founder: 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.


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, of which he was the Founder and Director.

Carlos is renowned 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. He founded several international journals.

He established two International prizes, the highly regarded Prigogine Medal for Ecological Systems Research, co-sponsored by the University of Siena; and the George Green Medal, supported by Elsevier and co-sponsored by the University of Mississippi.

Carlos ran a successful WIT programme of international scientific conferences in different locations throughout the world. He helped the Institute to develop academic links with first class institutions around the world, which has resulted in many more research programmes and collaborative projects. He was 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.

Chairman: Alexander Carlos BrebbiaAlexBrebbia Speech WebRes

Alexander Brebbia graduated as an engineer before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.  Since then he has spent over 20 years as a private equity investor sitting on the Boards of numerous businesses including those in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.



Members of the WIT Board of Directors  


CasaresJuan Jose 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 was 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, chairing 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, is a leading expert in structural engineering, Bridge Design and Optimisation Techniques. He is Co-Chairman of many WIT conferences, 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 run-off 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, has organised several WIT International Conferences and is Associate Editor of two Journals published by WIT Press.



Giorgio PasseriniGiorgio

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 represents WIT at many of our conferences, and has been associated with many training, research and publishing activities at WIT.



pindersmall 1George Pinder

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.

He 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 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.