The Wessex Institute (WIT) was founded by Professor Carlos A. Brebbia in 1986 as a centre for the creation of new scientific knowledge and to advance its transfer to industry internationally. These objectives have been met through a number of activities such as the: organisation of international conferences; publication of journals and books; coordination of short courses; supervision of PhD students; and entering into academic agreements with a large number of universities and research centres all over the world. Since then, WIT has acquired a sound reputation as an institution of high calibre and has generated a widespread community of WITonians who collaborate with WIT.
The Institute has a publishing branch, WIT Press, which provides support for the dissemination of scientific advancement through the WIT Transactions and International Journals that are indexed in most relevant databases. WIT Press also publishes books on emerging topics and in consolidated fields authored by well know experts. After the passing of Professor Brebbia, my father, WIT enters into a new epoch. This period will not see any change to the objectives of the Institute. WIT has had an advisory body since its inception who assist in determining WIT’s strategic direction. Both I and this Board of Directors, which is composed of outstanding academics and experts coming from industry, are committed to continue to pursue the Institute’s stated objectives.
Additionally a new position has been created, that of Chief Academic Officer, who will lead the overall activities of scientific research alongside the conference and publishing activities. I am pleased to announce that Professor Santiago Hernandez, has agreed to fulfil this role to which he brings his renowned expertise as a researcher as well as his deep knowledge of WIT, having collaborated on many conferences and short courses in addition to having been a member of the Board of Directors for many years.
I want to send a message of acknowledgement to the large number of people who have participated in WIT activities in the past and reassure them that the Institute will continue to pursue its founding objectives with the same vigour and enthusiasm as it has in the past.