Training

QUICS has provided the EU with leading environmental scientists and engineers who have skills and knowledge to develop integrated catchment management techniques that explicitly incorporate uncertainty. These sought after individuals will enhance decision making for the investments needed to achieve WFD compliance throughout the EU, minimising costs as well as environmental impacts.

As an Initial Training Network, QUICS had a strong focus on the training of ESR and ER fellows. Upon appointment all ESRs and ERs completed a Professional Development Plan (PDP). This involved the researchers, in collaboration with supervisors and staff at the host institution, conducting a Training Needs Analysis.

The ESRs and ERs collaborated with industrial partners to gain knowledge of the regulation that covers water quality in surface waters and how public and private organisations are involved in planning and implementing investment to achieve the goals of the WFD.

Technical and complementary training was provided through: existing training programmes at the host institutions, network level training events, and secondments and supervision of the individual projects by the host institutions.

Network wide training events

Six network wide training events were originally planned, although a seventh was added. Details of the training events are shown below.  Click the event title to see a report.

No. Title and Details Location Planned Date
1

Introductions to QUICS. Rural and Urban Hydrology.

Project introduction & organisation; Rural hydrology; Urban hydrology and drainage networks; Scaling issues in hydrology: local urban runoff modelling; Large scale hydrology; Workshop on PDP preparation, outreach and dissemination plans, use of online media and outreach to schools.

Justus Liebig University Giessen 26th & 27th November 2014
2

Remote Sensing, Data Collection and Data Validation.

Remote sensing and rainfall monitoring, uncertainty in weather radar rainfall; Methods for sampling design optimization, automated data validation; Monitoring volume & substance flows in sewer networks; ‘Data validation’; Geostatistical interpolation and methods for up- and downscaling, Spatial uncertainty propagation analysis

Fellowss present their preliminary findings and plans, group discussion on each other’s plans.

Lultzhausen, Haute Sûre, Luxembourg, organised by LIST (formerly CRP Henri Tudor) 15th to 19th June 2015
3

Water Quality Modelling (the academics versus the real world)

‘The academics’: Solute transport; Particulate based transport; Diffuse pollution.

‘The real world’: Introduction to uncertainty assessment, a UK case study; Industry case studies on water quality modelling.

Discussion in small groups, how to implement uncertainty assessment.

Policy, Asset Management and Outreach and Dissemination.

Asset Management methods; Policy and Regulatory System; Communication between academics, industry & development of public policy, media engagement; Implementation of research in Practice. Outreach and Community Based programmes; Academic and commercial writing; Presentation skills.

University of Sheffield 19th to 24th October 2015
4

Modelling Techniques and Uncertainty Analysis Frameworks

Model calibration ‘Urban’ sophisticated methods versus industrial UK urban drainage standard, WaPUG procedure; Model calibration ‘Rural’, incl. Bayesian calibration; Modelling & control of integrated urban wastewater systems; Predictive control approaches; Uncertainty analysis frameworks; Bayesian uncertainty analysis methods; Model error reconstruction, joint parameter and state estimation.

Group discussions: practical applicability of frameworks, using integrated model case studies, describe implications for research projects.

Delft University of Technology 25th to 29th January 2016
5

Presentation and Research Dissemination Training

Mini conference where all ESRs and ERs presented their work, followed by panel discussion with External Advisory Board and work-package break-out group discussions.

Aquafin 15th & 16th June 2016
6

Transferable Skills Training (Additional event)

This additional event was added to provide the fellows with some transferable skills training which was noted as being a useful addition at the project's mid-term review.  It also provided a good opportunity for all of the fellows to meet and discuss ideas in the long gap between training events 5 and 7.

University of Coimbra 11th & 12th May 2017
7

Final Dissemination Event

All ESRs and ERs presented their work to a group of end users.

Amsterdam International Water Week 2nd November 2017