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SEE host Environment Agency Symposium

Jun 28, 2019

The Environment Agency held a symposium in the Lady Hale building Tuesday 18th and Wednesday, 19th June. Guests attended from Defra, the Welsh Government, SEPA, NIEA and Natural Resources Wales, as well as Environment Agency agents from Area offices and National Permitting Service. Staff from the School of Science, Engineering and Environment joined the sessions and took the opportunity to catch up with the industry and government representatives during coffee and lunches.

Symposium guests greatly enjoyed tours of the Energy House, the THINKlab, and the Acoustics Laboratories. The guests were suitably impressed by the fully climate-controlled Energy House research facility and the multidisciplinary team dedicated to world-leading commercial research investigating the issues of energy use within buildings. In the THINKlab, specialists from the Air Quality Modelling and Assessment Unit experienced how virtual reality training environments were being used by their Flood Resilience colleagues at the Environment Agency to exploit the power of gaming technologies to enhance learning through play. In the Acoustics Labs, a well-informed and highly engaged group appreciated the world class facilities and discussions with commercial staff and researchers.

Thanks go to Richard Fitton and Diyar Alen for the Energy House overview, Simon Campion and Simon Hadfield for the THINKlab demonstration, and Andy Moorhouse, Jos Meggitt and Danny Wong-McSweeney for the Acoustics tour and discussions. The event was organised as part of the launch the Environment Agency’s National Noise Team Training Programs by David Waddington, Associate Dean Enterprise and Engagement for SEE.