Located in central southern England, within the New Forest National Park, sits Ashurst Lodge, home to the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT), both an educational and research institution. Created by Professor Carlos Brebbia in 1986, WIT succeeded the Computational Mechanics Institute established in 1981.The Institute’s activity is three-pronged: Research, Conferences and Publishing. It is through these areas that their aim of developing an information exchange between academics and professional users within industry, prompting trans-disciplinary research, are met.
This is done by knowledge transfer mechanisms, serving the international science community.Wessex holds 20 to 25 conferences a year in conjunction with other universities and organizations. The Prigogine Metal is awarded yearly during the WIT conference program. This award was began in memory of Ilya Prigogine, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry.The publishing arm of the Institute is WIT Press which publishes journals, specialized research papers, edited works and conference happenings.