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Institute for Environmental Analytics Challenge Workshop


Department of Engineering Science

Date & Time

Wednesday 13 Nov 2019 - Wednesday 13 Nov 2019


Registration required - please contact for information on eligibility

An opportunity to meet face-to-face to develop new collaborative environmental projects and create ‘in the bank’ ready ideas and consortia for when opportunities arise.

Building on known user needs, the project outputs will be those all important two-page descriptions to engage and consult with funders.

The challenges to be presented have been selected to take advantage of known user needs, expertise & capabilities among IEA Partners and known or common funding opportunities that often have short application windows.

By the end of the day a first draft 1 or 2-pager will have been prepared on each challenge, ready for a funding bid with a ready-made consortium. This will be followed up post event by the teams that have self identified.

The workshop will:
➢ Clearly define each challenge

➢ Include Data Cube training led by Deimos & relevant to the challenges

➢ Scope out the problem

➢ Brainstorm high level ideas around solutions in small groups

➢ Present these ideas back to the workshop group for review

➢ Write a 1 or 2-pager that describes each idea, ending with 3 concrete outputs.

Challenges / opportunities:
* Road infrastructure can have impacts that are beneficial to the environment; how can we identify & maximise the benefits?

Potential User: DFID, Oxford County Council, Thames Valley LEP

* Water quality in rivers and on coastlines. Using the citizen science methodology successfully used in Ocean Sampling Day to collect and test water samples to track effluent releases after extreme weather events and, longer term, to track the spread of antibiotics.

Potential User: Water suppliers, Environment Agency, CEH, Water Regulator

* Can Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) act as a biodiversity lifeboat, showing landowners how the biodiversity of their sites compares to other sites that are more clearly labelled SSSIs.

Potential User: Network Rail

*Concept of the Data Cube & how Deimos is using it, led by Deimos


Draft programme
09:45 Registration, arrival coffee

10:00 Introduction to the day, aims, outcomes etc

10:15 Challenge presentations

10:45 Data Cube

11:00 Break

11:15 Participants each identify challenge to engage with

11:30 Identification of core problems from the challenge (3 parallel groups)

12:15 Report back 5 mins per challenge group

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Identify contributions possible from participants for challenge (3 parallel groups)

14:30 Report back 5 mins per challenge group

14:45 Draft points for solution 2 pager (3 parallel groups)

15:15 Draft 2 pager (3 parallel groups)

16:15 Report back to group on core solution ideas.

➢ decide on whether the group as a whole wants to take all challenges forward

➢ identify a lead champion for each challenge

16:30 Close


The workshop is hosted and organised by Oxford e-Research Centre and Professor David Wallom