What and why are we disseminating?
As an Initial Training Network, the key aim of QUICS was to train engineers and scientists for future careers, but part of that training involved research into the uncertainties involved in the numerous sources of data and different models that go into integrated catchment studies. This knowledge was then developed into tools and guidance on quantification and management of uncertainties.
It is only through wide dissemination that various stakeholders become more aware of uncertainties and how these can be managed and understood in order to provide more robustly designed solutions to meet the needs of the water framework directive.
How did we disseminate?
QUICS dissemination aimed to target all levels of society and was split into four general categories: Outreach, Journal publications, Conference papers and presentations, and Reports and Guidance documents.
Each of the categories below has a page which lists the outputs and links to materials such as presentations, posters and papers (unless subject to copyright restrictions).
Outreach events were targeted at non-specialists including school children, the general public, university students and practitioners. Each QUICS fellow was required to participate in at least two outreach events each year, some of which were aimed at groups of school children and will involve most fellows, others were, for example, when the fellow visited their home country and gave a presentation at their local university.
Academic outputs are written into scientific articles / papers which are reviewed by peers for their content and originality before being published in journals relevant to the subject area. Each fellow was expected to be involved in writing several journal papers while working within the QUICS project. Publishing articles in recognised academic journals was important to ensure the work of QUICS had a wide and long lasting impact.
Academic and professional conferences and workshops are a great way of taking research out to a wider audience and also making contacts within the subject area. Each fellow presented at at least one international level technical conference each year.
While journal papers give outputs from QUICS academic rigour, they may not be accessible or give sufficient detail for end users (including regulators, water authorities and consultants) to apply the methodologies in the real world, and hence QUICS produced a number of reports and guidance documents. These reports and guidance documents were published in stages from the mid-point of the project in June 2016 until the end of the project in May 2018.
During their research, fellows produced software tools and code to carry out various tasks related to uncertainty in integrated catchment studies. Where these are likely to be useful to others they have been shared.
We also have set up a ResearchGate project page for QUICS to which fellows are encouraged to link their work to.
A Zenodo community for QUICS enables fellows to add their work to an enduring repository, and gain a DOI for reports, etc.