Wessex Institute or WIT are simply two shorter names for the Wessex Institute of Technology. The WIT offers higher degrees as a research and educational institute located in the South of England at Ashurst Lodge in the New Forest National Park.
The goal of the WIT is met through a vast range of activities. This is achieved by the Institute’s ability to develop many knowledge transfer mechanisms. These mechanisms are aimed to the exchange of information between professionals and academic users within the industry.
The WIT was started by Professor Carlos Brebbia in 1986 and had come five years after the Computational Mechanics Institute that was formed in 1981. WIT’s activities are split into 3 major areas which are Research, Conferences and Publishing. The research programs are funded by Research and Industry Organizations just as they have right from the start. These organizations include the University of Siena, Italy, UniCAMP, Brazil, the University of Granada, Spain, and many other prestigious locations.
There is an annual event during the WIT’s conference program which awards the Prigogine Medal. This medal was founded in the memory of Ilya Prigogine, Nobel Prize in Chemistry. It has been awarded each year since 2004 while collaborating with the University of Siena, Italy.
Another award given is the George Green Medal. This award was first given in 2014on Boundary Elements and Mesh Reduction Methods. It was done in conjunction with the University of Mississippi and WIT. George Green was self-taught and recognized through his backwater knowledge and his windmill near Nottingham that relates to his trade.
There are at least 25 Wessex Institute of Technology conferences held each year in various locations. The WIT Press serves the publishing needs of WIT and also publishes the conference proceedings.