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Young Professionals Network Events

CIWEM Welsh Branch Annual Dinner, March 2015 

On the 6th March 2015 some YPN members had the opportunity to attend the CIWEM Welsh Branch Annual Dinner. It was a fantastic opportunity for networking within the water and environmental fields, to learn about the benefits of professional accreditation through CIWEM, and to get to know other members. We would like to thank CIWEM for supporting us by offering a discounted price for YPN members.

Moreover, we had some fantastic news as the CIWEM Micro-Presentations Event organised by the YPN in collaboration with the CIWEM Welsh branch and held in Cardiff University was awarded with the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management Welsh Branch Award for Best Presentation of the Year.


YPN – CIWEM Micro-Presentation evening, December 2014

In collaboration with CIWEM Welsh Branch, the Cardiff Young Professionals Network (YPN) organised a micro-presentation event that allowed Ph.D. students and Research Associates from the Cardiff University Hydro-environmental Research Centre (HRC) to present part of their research in a 5-minute-’elevator-pitch’ style.  

There were in total 10 presenters, 7 Ph.D. students, 2 research associates and a visiting research associate from Tottori University, Japan. The event started with a welcome speech from the CIWEM Welsh Branch representative, Dr. Robert Keirle from WRC plc. An event booklet, prepared by the Cardiff YPN was handed out to the attendees. Overall, this micro-presentation event was a huge success thanks to the attendance of over 40 water engineering enthusiasts, including students, staff and people from industrial partners, like Atkins and Celtic Technologies Ltd. Special thanks to Dr. Robert Keirle and the committee members of the Cardiff YPN for making this event happen.

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YPN – Dr. Robert Keirle CIWEM Chartership talk, September 2014

On the 25th of September we had the opportunity to listen a talk from Dr. Robert Keirle on Chartership and CIWEM membership. The event started with a talk from our vice-president Sam Bray about the Young Professional Network, giving an overview of the IAHR YPN for Robert and also for the new PhD students in the group.Afterwards, Robert gave a presentation on what Chartership represents and its benefits for us as we begin our careers in the Engineering and Environmental sectors.

He talked through the different ways to achieve Chartered status, different organizations offering it and the types of Charterships available. This sparked a very interactive and lively workshop-style session, where we discussed the specifics of CIWEM membership, how to complete the mandatory competencies for Chartership and more generally how to make our CVs stand out for prospective job applications. This was another rewarding and useful event where we were able to draw on Rob's significant experience to gain much insight into our future professional paths.


YPN - CIWEM Welsh Branch Annual Dinner, March 2014 

On the 21st of March, to coincide with the Annual Dinner of CIWEM Welsh Branch, Mike Summersgill, President of CIWEM, was invited to the University to be introduced to the YPN. As in previous events, we had a full YPN presence with members from the Hydro-environmental Research Centre at Cardiff University, as well as colleagues from Arup and CH2MHILL. On this occasion we were also joined by fourth-year undergraduate students with a particular interest in the fields of water engineering and environmental management.

The YPN President, Rhodri Lucas, started the session with a presentation about the YPN formation and recent activity. Afterwards, the President of CIWEM gave a talk about CIWEM activity and answered some questions about the involvement of CIWEM on some of the main environmental issues we are facing these days. We also had the opportunity to listen to the Head of the School of Engineering, Prof, P. J. Bowen. Some of the PhD students as well as a colleague from Arup presented posters during the coffee break, which, as usual, was a great opportunity to get to know each other socially and discuss and get feedback on current work within the HRC. Following this session, Mike Summersgill received a tour of the hydraulics labs from Prof. Falconer and some of the YPN members. You can find some pictures of the visit in our "Technical Visits" section.

In the evening some members had the opportunity to attend the CIWEM annual dinner. It was a fantastic opportunity for networking within the water and environmental fields, to learn about the benefits of professional accreditation through CIWEM, and to get to know other members. We would like to thank CIWEM for supporting us by offering a discounted price for YPN members.


First YPN event, November 2013

The first event as a part of the Cardiff University Young Professional Network kicked off on November 26th, 2013. This event was attended by members from Arup, CH2M HILL, and several PhD students and academic staff of Cardiff University.

After the welcome speech by Rhodri Lucas (president of CU-YPN), Prof. Roger Falconer (President of the IAHR), Mr. David Evans (Arup), and Mr. Kishan Patel (CH2M HILL) spoke about the benefits of being involved in YPN. In particular, the advantages of having a platform for interaction and collaboration between researchers and working professionals was briefed upon. Following this, one of our students, Tom Harries presented part of his PhD work on tidal power: "Physical modelling of Carbine - a vertical axis tidal trubine" and Miss Louise Ellis & Mr Chris Ellis from Arup presented details on one of their projects: "Water Sensitive Urban Design - Llanelli & Gowerton Catchement Strategy".

Finally the event concluded with a poster display session which presented an opportunity for everyone to interact in a more relaxed atmosphere, providing an ideal situation for networking.   


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