Willis Research Network Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary

Event planned on September 22nd to showcase the Network’s decade long contribution. Registration open.

September 21, 2016

LONDON, 21 September, 2016 -The Willis Research Network (WRN), the academic research network managed by Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), the leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, is celebrating 10 years helping develop research and solutions to meet the challenges of understanding risk and resilience.

The WRN was formed in 2006 to forge practical links between science, policy and industry and to tackle key risks facing the global re/insurance industry. Through the WRN, Willis Towers Watson has teamed up with more than 50 world-leading institutions to develop dynamic and innovative solutions to the challenges of risk and resilience. It continues to build on the strength of the WRN’s ability to develop multidisciplinary, global and collaborative ground-breaking research programmes with specific and applied products.

Since inception, the WRN has sponsored dozens of Research Fellows worldwide and released hundreds of peer reviewed articles and publications.  The Network pioneered award winning research which has helped the industry and wider professions better engage  a wide range of risk themes and research capabilities including extreme tornados, Asia-Pacific tsunami, global climate models,  flood mapping, economic risk scenarios and casualty analytics.  Over the decade the WRN has partnered in major industry initiatives including the Global Earthquake Model, OASIS and Engineering for Climate Extremes and served on public science agencies, Academy working groups and research councils.

As part of the celebrations, a number of events are being planned showcasing the significant contribution of Willis Research Network.  On September 22nd, clients and partners attend an afternoon of insight and discussion with the WRN in the London Lime Street building, including presentations about the science of seasonal hurricane forecasting and European windstorm modelling.

Commenting on the anniversary, WRN Chairman, Rowan Douglas CBE, said: “Since 2006 we have all become a little older, and a lot wiser, through the thousands of participants in the WRN’s programmes and activities. We hope we have played a part to deliver more secure, resilient and efficient insurance markets; inspire an emerging generation of talent between industry and academia and making the world a safer place, protecting lives, livelihoods and shelter.

Our first decade is an important milestone and a welcome opportunity to acknowledge and thank all those who have been part of this unique journey:  academic members, industry partners and Willis Towers Watson colleagues past and present for all their immense support and significant contributions.  We are looking forward to our next ten years, building upon our experience and evolving with new demands and environments.

More information on the Willis Research Network is available at www.willisresearchnetwork.com. Registration is open for the September seminar. Please email wrn@willis.com to secure your place.


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