Anglian Centre for Water Studies infohackit

Who: Anglian Water
When: August 14&15, 2017
Where: Peterborough, UK

The Anglian Centre for Water Studies is a partnership between Anglian Water and the University of East Anglia (UEA), which aims to ensure that the independent research from UEA has more impact in business and policy. Our infohackit event in Peterborough brought together a diverse group of staff and students for a 1 day Adobe Illustrator training course, followed by a infographics hack the following day.

Check out all the action on Storify

The teams and the graphics

My chemical romance (winning team)

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Staff/Researchers: Natalie Lamb, Cat Thompson
Creatives: Davey Podmore, Dovile Anoskaite

Our winning team worked on informing 16-18 year olds about the use and cost of chemicals in water treatment. The graphic cleverly equates the weight of chemicals to UK landmarks. The team each worked on a different land mark illustration (yes, OK, a haggis isn’t a landmark) and it all came together in the ACWS brand style. The nice details about worldwide comparisons were one of three options the team explored. They conducted a brief survey in the room to make the final decision.

Read about Natalie Lamb’s experience here

Infographic by team My Chemical Romance

Slug Busters

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Staff/Researchers: Iman Hayat Mohamad Ibrahim, Denis Moran
Creatives: Lee Mason, Ricky Wightman

The Slugbusters infographic introduces the concept of “catchment partnerships” where the water and agricultural industries collaborate to inform land management practices. It particularly focusses on the use of pesticides for slug busting! The evil slug appeared early on the Slug Busters’ sketches and made it to the final presentation. The puns were also very strong with this team – “Lettuce leaf a clean trail in the environment”

Infographic by team Slug Busters


Staff/Researchers: Jess Gallacher, Kirelle McManus
Creatives: Charlotte Miller, Ellie Campbell

P-Fection worked on an infographic to inform the general public about the increasing demand for Phosphate fertiliser and the negative effects on our river ecosystem as well as the economy. The infographic delivers it main points with 4 different uses of a peanut character (Peanuts are rich in Phosphate) and draws the viewer through with a waterfall and river system.

Infographic by team Pfection

Blooming Algae

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Staff/Researchers: Holly Wilson, Vittoria Danino, Amie Parris
Creatives: Emma Sheppard

Team blooming algae wanted to communicate the importance of monitoring and managing algae in our reservoirs. The design targeted reservoir users and also explained research methods and impacts. The intended design format was a pull up banner stand. We enjoyed learning about the difference between zooplankton and phytoplankton, and how to count them, as well as hiring about bubble curtains.


Infographic by team Swamp Monsters

UEA E3i Animation Programme

The E3i Animation programme was a 4 day pilot event run at the University of East Anglia’s excellent media suite. The 9 participants were all PhD students from the EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership.

We co-delivered the workshops with Michael Stiff from creative consultancy All is Flux. Michael is an animator who has also attended a previous infohackit event in Norwich. For two of the workshops we were joined by NUA lecturer, animator and film maker Robin Fuller.

On Day 1 we discussed student ideas and created storyboards.

On Day 2, Peter delivered an Adobe Illustrator training workshop, which helped the students prepare assets to animate.

On Day 3, Michael lead an Adobe After Effects workshop and we started to see the students’ work come to life

Two weeks and some hard work later, Day 4 was about completing the films, problem solving and ended with presentations and judging. The winning film was by Claire Powell and is shown below.


“It was nice to think about communicating my research in a different way and produce something that might appeal to a wider audience. Before my PhD, I would always shy away from programmes like Illustrator and Photoshop because I thought they would be too complicated, but it turns out that I actually really enjoy using them.”

Relative Risk infohackit

The relative risk infohackit brought together academics from 5 Global Challenges Research Fund projects from 8 universities across the UK.

The teams were formed around 4 cross cutting themes across the 5 projects and included professional and student creatives who were given 7 hours to create their infographics.

For the first time, our teams worked towards a common output, a relative risk microsite also created on the day.