2017 CDT Conference

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems is holding its annual conference on the 8th November 2017. The conference is an integral part of the CDT’s annual programme of events and is organised and facilitated by current first year students.

The conference held in November 2016 focused on Sustainability in Action and was a great success attracting students and academics from other CDT’s.  It was also well attended by our partners in industry including QinetiQ, TRL, SSE, Southern Water and the Environment Agency.

The 2017 conference will be;

Infrastructure and the Environment



The conference will be addressing the following key issues.


Water is arguably the world’s most essential natural resource; however, freshwater systems are under threat from human activities, resulting in habitat modification and loss of biodiversity.

Man-made infrastructure has, and will continue to, modify waterways and have complex effects on the hydrological cycle. These occur through a number of means including; water extraction, dams, agriculture, leisure activities, industrial contamination and transport infrastructure.

Managing the freshwater environment is a priority, balancing human resource use and ecosystem protection.




Passengers and freight movement has entered an era of high-speed traffic where swiftness, energy efficiency, safety and comfort are key strengths that give vitality to the transportation mode. Nowadays, vehicles are becoming faster and heavier which demands more energy, and results in higher carbon costs. A successful transport project should bring along socio-economic and environmental benefits by increasing the number of passengers and reducing delays through the decongestion of highways, and the enhancement of urban and regional industrial competitiveness. The aim of the transport research group is to investigate new forms of environmentally friendly transport infrastructures that rely on sustainable energy while meeting passengers and freight demand.




As the global demand for energy increases, the sustainability of energy generation and distribution becomes more important.  The transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy technologies requires a large-scale integrated and interconnected energy infrastructure.  This should be developed by means that reduce the environmental impact compared to current methods while also optimising cost and resilience. Renewables and novel energy storage systems are the key to control carbon emissions and decelerate climate change.

This section focuses on the development and implementation of sustainable energy systems within the environment, and the infrastructure that accommodates them.



Presentations on each theme will be made by students, academics and industry partners. The day will also included question and answer sections and poster presentations over lunch.

If you are interested in attending or if you would like to submit an abstract for presenting, please can you contact cdtconf@soton.ac.uk


Poster and talk abstract DEADLINE: Friday 1st September 2017.

Abstract acceptance to be announced within 2 weeks of the deadline.


Abstracts: 300-400 words.

Biography: 100-150 words.

Keywords: 5 keywords/terms.
Picture: If you wish, send us a professional picture of the speaker to include it in the final conference booklet.

Talks: Length will be decided upon number of applicants. It will be between 5 to 20 min (i.e. 5-20 slides, including the title slide; references/ acknowledgments may be included on additional slides). Questions are to be directed to all speakers and invited chair panel for comments at the end of each section.

Posters: A1 sized and vertically orientated (59.4 cm x 84.1 cm).

This event will be ticketed at a later stage, however presenters will not be subject to this charge.

A catered lunch will be provided and prizes for the best talk and poster from each discipline on the day are to be awarded at the end of the conference over social drinks at the University of Southampton Bridge Pub in Highfield campus.

How to find ushttp://www.southampton.ac.uk/about/visit/getting-to-our-campuses.page#highfield