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    Flooding Conference: Britain under water

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    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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    For more information

    Gemma Speck
    01923 664547


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