WaterRA students abroad

June 29, 2018

As part of a WaterRA PhD scholarship, students receive support for overseas travel - to attend a conference or visit a laboratory of relevance to their project. Cameron McPhail has sent us this report on his recent trip.

Cameron's project "Combining engineering experience and formal optimisation for designing water systems under climate uncertainty" commenced in 2016.

As a WaterRA student, I have been in the very fortunate position of travelling to Europe for my PhD research. I visited Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands and Politecnico di Milano in Italy, both of which are well-regarded engineering universities that I have collaborated with in the past. During my time at TU Delft I was able to meet many people from my field, give a seminar on my research, visit some case study sites, and get started on a new paper with one of the academics there. At Politecnico di Milano, I again visited a case study site, and furthered the research for a new paper with two of the academics there. I also presented at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) conference in Vienna, Austria, which had over 15,000 attendees, where I again had the chance to continue discussions with other academics and meet many new people.

By the end of the trip I had given a conference presentation, visited two universities, given a seminar at one of the universities, visited multiple case study sites, and gotten started on a new collaborative paper which will include three authors from Europe.

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