Wessex Institute of Technology, is a research and educational institute that offers higher degrees. The institute is located at the Ashurst Lodge within the New Forest National Park, that is in the South of England. The aim for the Wessex Institute is developing a series of mechanisms for knowledge transfer, more specifically directed toward the exchange in information between professional and academic users within industry. This aim is achieved through a range of various activities. The Wessex Institute was established by Professor Carlos Brebbia in 1986, after succeeding
the Computational Mechanics Institute formed during 1981. The activities that are focused on by the Wessex Institute are divided through 3 core areas, these areas are Research, Conferences and Publishing. Research at the institute has continued to be funded by Research and Industry Organizations, some of these organizations include Universita di Milano in Italy, Universidad de Granada in Spain, and UNICAMP in Brazil. Some of the awards that the Wessex Institute has received are the 2004 Sven Jorgensen, University of Copenhagen in Denmark, the 2006 Bernard Patten for the University of Georgia and the 2009 Emilio del Giudice from the University of Milan in Italy. The Wessex Institute has organized a programme of at least 25 conferences throughout the year, and has been held in a variety of different locations in association with other
universities and organizations. The publishing service within the Wessex Institute of Technology is known as the WIT Press. All of the proceedings following a conference are published in one of the transaction series and are then archived online within the WIT Press eLibrary. Transaction Series include the WIT Transactions on the Built Environment, WIT Transactions of Ecology and the Environment and the WIT Transactions on Engineering. The WIT Press has also produced 8 International Journal, some of which include the International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering, International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements and the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics. Along with the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics, The Wessex Institute of Technology organizses a conference focusing on Design and Nature, both of these have attracted the attention for the subject matter within some of the papers that have been published and presented.