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Guangtao Fu (Principle Investigator), University of Exeter, is an Associate Professor in Water and Environmental Engineering at the Centre for Water Systems. His research interests include integrated water systems modelling, risk and resilience analysis, uncertainty modelling. He has managed or involved in a number of research and exchange projects funded by EU FP7, EPSRC, British Council, Royal Society, and Royal Academy of Engineering. Relevant to this project, he is a co-investigator on Safe & SuRe (EP/K006924/1). He has published over 60 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He won the best paper award at 14th Water Distribution Systems Analysis conference in 2012 and the ‘Quentin Martin Best Practice Oriented Paper’ award for 2014 by the ASCE journal of Water Resources Planning and Management as a leading author. He has a lot experience of running activities that build interdisciplinary teams. He was the joint chair for the 13th UK Young Water Professional Conference in 2012 and was a member of organising committees for three international conferences. Currently he runs the weekly seminars at Exeter.


Roy Kalawsky, Loughborough University, is Professor of Systems Engineering and Human Computer Integration. He is Associate Dean (Enterprise) within the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. He has extensive industrial and academic experience in systems engineering spanning over 32 years initially with BAE Systems. He established the Advanced VR Research Centre in the area of synthetic environments to research modelling and simulation environments for systems engineering. Amongst a large number grants from EPSRC, DTI, TSB, JISC and EU, he was PI on the EPSRC funded project ‘Bridging the Mathematical Sciences, ICT and Engineering – enabling a strategic and long lasting alliance between academic research staff at Loughborough University’ (EP/E018521/1, £194,280). Currently he is PI on EPSRC’s UK Systems-NET (EP/K004700/1, £321,202) – enabling a strategic and long lasting alliance to provide coordination and capability shaping in systems engineering.


Monica Rivas Casado, Cranfield Univeristy, is a lecturer in applied environmental statistics with research interests in water engineering and in-channel flood risk. Dr. Rivas Casado is currently leading projects on hydrometry (EPSRC CASE collaborator 01/01/12: Environment Agency), 3D river environmental mapping (KTN Industrial Mathematics voucher 13330004 collaborator: Environment Agency and Magellium Ltd.) and spatio-temporal hydraulic modelling (EPSRC CASE collaborators 01/09/12: Environment Agency and The Parks Trust). Previously, she has led research activity on geostatistical science and UAV technology for river surveying (EPSRC CASE no. 08002930 collaborator: Environment Agency). Her work has been used as a reference for best practice guideline development and policy implementation. She is a Chartered Forestry Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Scientist.

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Zoran Kapelan, University of Exeter, is Professor of Water Systems Engineering and Academic Lead of the Water and Environment Group. He is an IWA Fellow with over 25 years of experience in water engineering including risk and resilience based water systems design and management. He was awarded more than 20 EPSRC, EU and industry research grants worth over £4M since 2005. He has over 250 technical publications and proactively participated in two EU COST Actions (IC0806 and C19) addressing issues related to critical infrastructure systems.

Peter Ashwin, University of Exeter, is Professor of Mathematics. He is PI of CliMathNet ( and RECoVER. He has much experience of designing and running activities that build interdisciplinary teams in this area. As Co-I of “Bridging the Gaps: The Exeter Science Exchange” (, he was responsible for designing and running a funding scheme that successfully invested in over 60 projects over a very wide range of activities of the project. He is currently deputy director of the MAGIC project ( which is a coalition of 19 UK universities for advanced mathematics training.

Dragan Savic, FREng, is Professor of Hydroinformatics at the University of Exeter. His research interests cross traditional boundaries of water/ environmental sciences, informatics/ computer science and environmental engineering. Prof. Savic is Director of the new EPSRC CDT “Water Informatics: Science and Engineering”

Simon Pollard, Cranfield University, is Professor of risk management. He is PI of NERC CDT DREAM in “Risk and Mitigation: Using Big Data”. He was Director of Risk Centre jointly funded by Defra/EPSRC. His interest is in risk science and practice, with significant contributions to the professional and learned societies including to the HMT Infrastructure Engineering and Interdependency Expert Group, the Beringer Review of the Institute for Animal Health and the former UK Interdepartmental Liaison Group on Risk Assessment. His work has influenced the practice of risk management and policy within Government, among its regulatory agencies and within the international water utility sector.

Fiona Lickorish, Cranfield University, is Head of IEHRF. She is a leading international expert in strategic foresight techniques, including horizon scanning and futures research. Fiona led Defra Horizon Scanning and Futures function (2005-2011), working with the Chief Scientific Advisor and Defra Management Board to apply futures analysis to departmental policy and strategy. Prior to that, her roles included leading research programmes for the Countryside Agency to inform rural policy and programmes, Director of the Herefordshire Nature Trust. Internationally, she collaborates with the EEA, the International Risk Governance Council and EPAL.

Suraje Dessai, University of Leeds, is an internationally recognised expert on the management of climate risks and the science-policy interface in climate change science, impacts and adaptation. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Science and Global Environmental Change. He was an IPCC Lead Author on the chapter “Foundations for Decision-making” for IPCC Working Group 2 – Fifth Assessment Report and also serves on the IPCC’s Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA). He is the recipient of a European Research Council Starting Grant and on the Editorial Advisory Panel for Nature Climate Change.

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