Santiago Hernandez, Chief Academic OfficerThe Wessex Institute is planning another year of intense academic activity in 2020. The Institute has organised 20 international conferences for this year, in a wide variety of disciplines. This demonstrates the broad range of scientific interests of our Institute, which has always sought to be engaged in the relevant challenges of our times. All of our meetings are supported by renowned academics as part of the International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC), which guarantees the scientific relevance of each conference. In addition, each meeting has an assigned WIT Conference Coordinator who ensures the smooth running of the entire event.

Papers submitted to WIT conferences are always peer-reviewed and those accepted are published in the WIT Transactions which are indexed in Scopus. The Institute is also involved in the publication of a number of international scientific journals to which conference delegates are invited to submit an enhanced version of their conference paper, thereby increasing the opportunity for the dissemination of their research.

WIT meetings have a time-honoured tradition of being exceptional occasions for the presentation of new ideas, communicating with colleagues and for the interchange of initiatives. Each conference is attended and chaired by a senior WIT Board member who would welcome the opportunity to discuss ideas for various types of academic collaboration, including the organisation of short courses at WIT, new conferences or joint research projects.

Several short courses are also scheduled during this year on various topics. They have an average duration of three days and the lecturers are prominent and well known experts who provide the attendees with the most up to date methodologies in the field.

The Institute is located in the beautiful New Forest countryside, near Southampton, and its outstanding facilities make it a very appropriate location for senior researchers to spend part of their sabbatical leave or for graduate students who wish to spend some months abroad during their PhD years.

We would like to encourage you to attend our conferences, to register for our short courses and to find out more about WIT’s activities, as well as to discuss any initiatives you may have in mind for collaborative projects.

My very best regards


Santiago Hernández
Chief Academic Officer
Ashurst Lodge