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Flooding Conference: Britain under water - This event has already finished

20 March 2014
BRE, Watford

One day conference and exhibition on flood resilience - learn about the latest research and help shape future policy

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Devastating floods in Carlisle, Upton-on-Severn, York, Cockermouth and elsewhere in recent years, and of course the extraordinary scenes over the south west this winter (which have occurred since this event was first planned), bring into sharp focus the need to strengthen flooding resilience by further implementing the Flood and Water Act 2010 and the need to understand key recommendations on how to prepare for more extreme weather.

The consequences of flooding can be disastrous in both human and property terms. There are also many cases, particularly associated with infrastructure, where flooding has caused major destruction to our economy, taking many years to recover. Nevertheless flood protection has been well down the list of UK investment priorities, perhaps because it is seen as a 1:50 or 1:100 year occurrence and therefore not worth investment.

However, 2014 is a pivotal year for stakeholders with secondary measures of the Flood and Water Act due to be implemented and EU Directive deadlines to be met. Delegates will need to learn how to develop a robust flood risk management strategy for the 2015 deadline.

Why attend?

This event provides the latest information about flood resilience policy, practice and research, bringing together leading experts in the field and enabling discussion and debate about the realities of flooding.

Delegates will also be able to contribute to the development of a policy paper prepared by BRE, which will include the recommendations on how to avoid flooding disasters at individual, community, commercial and national levels.

As such the event aims to be a milestone in the battle to take flood protection up the priority list.

What will you gain from attending?

  • Establish the realities of the situation
  • Understand the latest in flood resilience policy
  • Contribute your own views and recommendations
  • Hear the inputs and responses of the discussion panel members
  • Suggest ways and means of meeting the objectives
  • Visit the Innovation Park to see examples of surface water management

Your involvement in this key event is important to enhancing the defence of the UK against the ravages of flooding.

Event programme

09:00 Registration exhibition & networking  
09:30 Welcome & Introductions

Guy Hammersley, Chief Executive of BRE Ventures Ltd

09:40 Keynote Address Craig Elliott, Environment Agency
10:00 Session 1: Flood resilience of the built environment Chair: Douglas Barnett, AXA 
10:05 Incentivising Flood Resilient Behaviour Dr Mary Stevens, Defra 
10:25 The case for Resilient Repair – is it a “no regrets” solution Jessica Lamond, Senior Research Fellow, UWE Bristol
10:45 Panel Session 1 (including above speakers)

Paul Cobbing, Chief Executive, National Flood Forum


Katharine Knox, JRF 


John Robinson, Newcastle County Council

11:30 Refreshments, exhibition & networking  
11:55 Session 2: Flood resilience of infrastructure Chair – Justin Butler, Ambiental

Working together to manage urban flooding – encouraging the uptake of designing for exceedance

Chris Digman, MWH Global 
12:20 Practice Tom Saville, ARUP 
12:40 Panel Session 2 (including above speakers)

Mary Dhonau, Flood Protection Association 

    Jim Barrack, Tilt Dam
13:30 Lunch and exhibition  
14:15 Session 3: Innovation in flood management Chair: Paul O'Hare, Manchester Metropolitan University 
14:20 Flood surface water mapping Neil Hunter, JBA
14:35 FRe technology - policy and practice Dr Stephen Garvin, BRE
14:50 International perspective Prof. Slobodan Djordjevic, University of Exeter
15:05 Panel Session 3 (including above speakers) Adrian Rushworth, Environment Agency  
    John Alexander, Aquobex 
15:50 Reporters summing up, Final Q&A Dr Stephen Garvin, BRE
16:00 Event close  


Intended audience

Lead local flood authorities; Local resilience forums; Police, fire and rescue and ambulance services; Strategic partnerships; Flood risk management teams; Emergency planning teams; Insurance teams; Utility and Infrastructure Providers; Central Government Agencies; Private and Voluntary Sector

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Conference Exhibitors:

  • Alumasc Exterior Building Products
  • Aquobex
  • British Geological Survey
  • Flexseal
  • Isothane Ltd
  • Tilt-Dam Ltd
  • Whitehouse Construction

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For more information:
Gemma Speck
01923 664547


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