IEA Challenge Workshop

Institute for Environmental Analytics
November 13, 2019 - 10:00 to 16:30

Oxford e-Research Centre, 7 Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3QG

  • Workshop
  • Registration required

An opportunity for IEA Partners to meet face-to-face to develop new collaborative projects to have ‘in the bank’ ready idea and consortia when opportunities arise. Building on known user needs the project outputs will be those all important 2 page descriptions to engage and consult with funders.
The challenges to be presented have been selected to take advantage of known user needs, expertise & capabilities among the Partners and known or common funding opportunities that often have short application windows.

By the end of the day a first draft 1 or 2-pager will have been prepared on each challenge, ready for a funding bid with a ready-made consortium. This will be followed up post event by the teams that have self identified.

The workshop will:
➢ Clearly define each challenge

➢ Include Data Cube training led by Deimos & relevant to the challenges

➢ Scope out the problem

➢ Brainstorm high level ideas around solutions in small groups

➢ Present these ideas back to the workshop group for review

➢ Write a 1 or 2-pager that describes each idea, ending with 3 concrete outputs.

Challenges / opportunities:
Road infrastructure can have impacts that are beneficial to the environment; how can we identify & maximise the benefits?

Potential User: DFID, Oxford County Council, Thames Valley LEP

Water quality in rivers and on coastlines. Using the citizen science methodology successfully used in Ocean Sampling Day to collect and test water samples to track effluent releases after extreme weather events and, longer term, to track the spread of antibiotics.

Potential User: Water suppliers, Environment Agency, CEH, Water Regulator

Can Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) act as a biodiversity lifeboat, showing landowners how the biodiversity of their sites compares to other sites that are more clearly labelled SSSIs.

Potential User: Network Rail

Concept of the Data Cube & how Deimos is using it, led by Deimos

Draft programme:
09:45 Registration, arrival coffee

10:00 Introduction to the day, aims, outcomes etc

10:15 Challenge presentations

10:45 Data Cube

11:00 Break

11:15 Participants each identify challenge to engage with

11:30 Identification of core problems from the challenge (3 parallel groups)

12:15 Report back 5 mins per challenge group

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Identify contributions possible from participants for challenge (3 parallel groups)

14:30 Report back 5 mins per challenge group

14:45 Draft points for solution 2 pager (3 parallel groups)

15:15 Draft 2 pager (3 parallel groups)

16:15 Report back to group on core solution ideas.

➢ decide on whether the group as a whole wants to take all challenges forward

➢ identify a lead champion for each challenge

16:30 Close

The workshop is hosted and organised by Oxford e-Research Centre & Prof David Wallom

More information and registration available at