Flood & Coast 2018

FLOOD & COAST RETURNS TO TELFORD THIS MARCH

Flood & Coast has become the authoritative annual exhibition and conference for anyone involved in flood and coastal erosion risk management in the UK. We look ahead to Flood & Coast 2018, to be held 20-22 March at the Telford International Centre.

 

Flood & Coast 2018: an event not to miss

Final preparations are in hand for a major annual gathering of UK flood and coastal erosion risk management professionals in March.

Flood & Coast 2018 offers an invaluable opportunity for local authority and government professionals to advance and enhance their knowledge of the latest developments in flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM).

The event – convened by the Environment Agency at the Telford International Centre from 20-22 March – also provides a unique opportunity to network and share ideas with influencers and decision-makers from the FCRM community across the UK, EU and the wider world.

Delegates and visitors will include representatives from the Environment Agency, local authorities and related agencies, water companies, research academics, businesses and manufacturers. Representatives from local communities directly affected by flooding are also expected to attend.

An expected 80-plus exhibitors will bring together specialists from across the supply chain delivering FCRM technology and solutions.

Flood & Coast is “the authoritative event” for flood and coastal erosion risk management in the UK, says Clare Dinnis, Deputy Director Strategy Delivery with the Environment Agency, and Chair of the Flood & Coast 2018 Advisory Committee.

“Flood and Coast offers a single opportunity for individuals and organisations to come together from across so many different geographical and technical areas,” says Clare.

“It’s where they can share ideas, learn about and discuss developments and innovations in flood and coastal erosion risk management.”

The conference will be accompanied by a trade show and exhibition that will showcase practical tools, technologies and innovations, and present unrivalled networking opportunities.

Clare adds: “It’s a fantastic forum for developing partnership working, building and strengthening networks across the community of professionals.”

Flood & Coast 2018 will be the third event of its kind, growing year-on-year to become an essential calendar date for the FCRM community.

 

Programme reflects industry input

Flood & Coast 2018 features an extensive and exciting programme of conference sessions, workshop and seminar live sessions.

The themes underlying this year’s event have been planned not only to follow on from the Flood & Coast events of 2015 and 2016, but also as a direct result of feedback from the FCRM community of professionals.

The conference programme is based around three broad themes:

  • Shared ownership and action: looking at the development and growth of partnership working, responding to shared challenges such as financial pressures, shifting priorities and climate change.
  • Building resilience: looking at approaches to manage risk to local communities and infrastructure, through planning and place shaping and through property level protection.
  • Future challenges and innovation: not just in areas like climate and technology, but wider challenges such as the potential impacts of Brexit.
     

A fourth area cutting across all of these will be the Environment Agency’s National Flood and Coastal Risk Management Strategy.

The Environment Agency feels that now is the right time to start a conversation within the community of professionals on what direction the next strategy should take, what challenges it faces and what it will need to achieve.

Clare Dinnis, Deputy Director Strategy Delivery with the Environment Agency, and Chair of the Flood & Coast 2018 Advisory Committee, adds: “Flood & Coast 2018 is an ideal forum for such a conversation.”

Day 1 sessions, on Tuesday 20 March, will consider partnerships, resilient infrastructure, evidence and innovation and working with communities. Afternoon topics will include natural flood management, international learning and working with suppliers.

Day 2 sessions, on Wednesday 21 March, will explore modern asset management, spatial planning and FCRM, working with communities, and how partnerships can realise multiple benefits. Afternoon sessions will include asset management partner perspectives, planning, FCRM and growth, property flood resilience, and a networking session: women in FCRM.

Day 3 sessions, on Thursday 22 March, will consider FRCM future skills, as well as partnership working in incidents, working with communities and managing climate change. Final afternoon topics include international collaboration, understanding future flood and coastal risk, and supporting communities at risk.

The themes and topics for the three-day event have been chosen by the 16-member Flood & Coast 2018 Advisory Committee, which comprises industry leaders and representatives drawn from across the industry.

Find out more: for full details of the Flood & Coast 2018 programme go to www.floodandcoast.com

Exhibition ideal forum for learning and sharing ideas

Flood & Coast’s exhibition plays a central role in showcasing professional and technical excellence while providing unmissable opportunities for networking.

Some 80 exhibitors are expected at Flood & Coast 2018 and comprising a who’s who of flood and coastal erosion risk management professionals.

Attended by representatives from national and multinational companies, local authorities, government departments, water companies, RFCCs, regulators and other national agencies, as well as community Flood Action Groups, the exhibition adds a vital dimension to the event.

“The exhibition space last year really had a fantastic buzz and I look forward to the same atmosphere in 2018” says Clare Dinnis, Deputy Director Strategy Delivery with the Environment Agency, and Chair of the Flood & Coast 2018 Advisory Committee.

“After being inspired by what they’ve heard and learned at conference sessions, delegates can see in the exhibition some of the practical tools, technologies and innovations on offer.

“It’s also a great place to network and further that learning whether you attend the conference sessions or not.”

Last year’s event illustrated this throughout, with many of the themes from the conference being enthusiastically explored afterwards in the exhibition, which featured an impressive range of skills, technology and innovation.

If the conference is the ideal forum for building on professional and technical excellence, the exhibition is a brilliant opportunity to share ideas.“It’s a safe space where people can bring along new ideas and innovations and test them with people across all sectors of the professional community,” adds Clare.

And the winner is…

One eagerly anticipated element of Flood & Coast 2018 will be the Environment Agency’s Project Excellence Awards dinner, sponsored by AECOM.

Winners of the prestigious awards will be announced at the dinner and networking event on Wednesday 21 March.

The awards celebrate best practice in projects completed during 2017 that contribute to improving flood and coastal risk management and building local flood resilience, and that demonstrate a direct outcome with public benefits realised.

The 2018 awards aim to identify and recognise best practice in:

  • programme and project delivery
  • working in partnership
  • asset management
  • leading innovation
  • making the most of every pound
  • sustainability
  • community leadership.
     

One of two new categories for 2018 - Inspirational graduate of the last decade - has sought to identify individuals who have played a key role in any work that has contributed to any of the wider categories in the award scheme.

A second new category will identify and recognise projects that demonstrate international excellence.

The Project Excellence Awards are one of many invaluable networking opportunities offered throughout the three days of Flood & Coast 2018.

These range from the formal networking reception on the opening day to informal networking in the exhibition area throughout the event.

To find out more and book tickets, please visit www.floodandcoast.com

A look back to Flood & Coast 2017

Working in partnership, integration and communicating effectively emerged as key themes and collective learning from last year’s Flood & Coast.

Over three days, more than 300 conference delegates attended plenary sessions, workshops and panel sessions.

They listened to, learned from and took part in debates about themes covering shared ownership and action, building resilience and future challenges and innovation.

Speakers were drawn from the highest levels of government, local authorities, water companies, the insurance industry, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the National Farmers’ Union as well as Environment Agency Chair, Emma Howard Boyd, and other senior figures from the EA.

Early in the conference strong themes emerged around the importance of flood risk information being communicated in a way that is not only understood and trusted by recipients, but that also inspires people to take action.

Speakers also explored the value of continuing strong relationships among professional bodies and partners, rather than collaborative working only when problems arise.

The conference heard calls for more wide-reaching collaboration that linked national and local planning with not just flood risk, but also housing, infrastructure and economic growth.

Speakers discussed resilience in greater detail, with calls for proactive working to make flood resilience the norm, reducing the devastating effects of flooding on communities.

Presentations and debates from plenary sessions were backed up by conference sessions that included practical examples of flood management and lessons learned in recovery from flooding.

Global sessions provided fascinating insights from international partners, with presentations on the benefits of sustainable urban drainage systems, lessons from Chinese Sponge Cities, and contrasting – and complementary – approaches to flood risk management in the UK, the US and Europe.

 

Take part in Flood & Coast 2018

When:

  • Tuesday 20 March 2018: 0830-1830 (networking reception 1730-1830)
  • Wednesday 21 March 2018: 0830-1800 (conference dinner 1800-2300)
  • Thursday 22 March 2018: 0830-1600 (exhibition closes at 1430).
     

Where:

How: Register online and more information at www.floodandcoast.com

Single-day and three-day conference passes are available. The exhibition and exhibition-floor seminar programme are free to attend.

Date: 
Mar 20 2018 to Mar 22 2018
Venue: 
Telford International Centre, Shropshire

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