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Flood & Coast 2017


The second edition of Flood and Coast will take place in Telford, 28-30 March 2017. Led again by the Environment Agency, under the chairmanship of Alison Baptiste, the event will draw together key stakeholders from the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM) community, including local authorities, infrastructure owners, consultancies, contractors, businesses, community groups and universities. Join more than 1500 fellow professionals to exchange a broad range of perspectives on innovation and best practices in FCRM.

Event Type:
Workshops/Training Courses
Mar. 28-30, 2017
Telford International Centre (TIC)
Telford , UK

Flood and Coast is a unique event that advances the debate about flood and coast erosion risk, resilience and response between government bodies and local authorities with business, major infrastructure and asset managers, as well as affected communities. Embracing the concept of “a changing climate” the event draws on expertise and experience from different geographies – not only within the UK.

The event brings together the specialists in the supply chain that deliver technology and solutions to control the increasing risk of flood and rising sea levels around our coasts to spread best practice, discuss new ways of working and to deliver excellence in FCRM.

A three-day programme of workshops, presentations, debate and panel sessions tailored to the topics selected by the government and industry panel is accompanied by a trade show and exhibition which allows all stakeholders unrivalled networking opportunities, creating a real business benefit for the service and product providers to engage effectively with contractors, consultants and project owners.

  • Convened by the Environment Agency, Flood & Coast 2017 will be the authoritative event to tackle the big questions and challenges in FCRM delivery – looking at risk, resilience and response in a changing climate.
  • Draws in all the key players in the FCRM community to accelerate collaboration and support better delivery.
  • Fosters the collaborative spirit in FCRM by enabling interactive input from all attendees.
  • Furthers debate and partnership working between infrastructure providers and the FCRM community.
  • Provides a high profile conference, bringing a global perspective to FCRM delivery discussions by sharing international best practice and learning.
  • Offers cost-effective and flexible packages for attendees.
  • Benefits from a Midlands venue which is easy to access.
  • Reaches out to graduates of the last decade and young professionals.
  • Promotes industry awareness of issues via proactive dissemination of event content to other parties after event takes place.

  • Environment Agency
  • Local Government (County Councils, Unitary Bodies, District Councils)
  • Infrastructure Owners (roads, rail, electricity, gas, telecoms, water, sewage, schools, hospitals, airports, ports)
  • Civil Engineers
  • Consultants – Engineering/Risk Assessment/Software/Safety & Environmental
  • Emergency Services
  • Internal Drainage Boards
  • Water Companies
  • Related Agencies/Associations – Flood Protection Agency, National Flood Forum
  • Research Academics
  • Community Groups
  • Planners
  • Ecological and Environmental Managers
  • Environment Agency ‘Climate Ready’ Business Partners
  • Landowners
  • Architects
  • Manufacturers
  • Building and Maintenance Managers
  • Engineering Managers
  • Water Treatment Engineers
  • Property Developers

Abstracts are invited for presentations at the Flood & Coast 2017 conference on the themes below. Abstracts should be submitted online using the form which can be accessed through the links on this page. Deadline for submissions is Friday 9th September 2016.

Topics for Call for Abstracts:
Infrastructure and Cities:

  • How can we ensure our cities are more resilient to flooding in the future?
    • Recent case histories from cities experiencing flood events
    • “Future proofing” in city planning and development
    • Risk assessment and mitigation planning
    • International and UK perspectives
  • Key infrastructure
    • How do we ensure our utility, highways and communication services networks are appropriately “stress tested”?
    • HS2 and flood risk management
  • Utilities and digital infrastructure
    • Risk, resilience and consequences.
    • Interdependence of infrastructure - our cities depend on good communication, data links, internet and the continuity of utilities (electricity / gas / water etc). Are these key services suitably protected?
    • International and UK examples
  • Flood risk and integrated economic development
    • Safeguarding infrastructure and working with local enterprise to drive economic development.
    • How can we work together to manage risk and realise the full economic potential of an area – particularly where there is a flood risk?

Emergency Planning and Response and Recovery:

  • Collaborative response and multi-agency working
    • Examples of multi-agency working, particularly collaboration between Category 1 and 2 responders and also working with the military in planning for, responding to or recovering from a flood emergency.
  • Working more widely: communities, charities and volunteers
    • How can communities and charities better help themselves and help the statutory authorities in preparing for, responding to or recovering from a flood emergency?
    • Community-based warning solutions, planning and flood response
    • Innovative approaches to involving local communities in flood emergency planning or recovery work
    • Examples of successful collaboration with the charitable/third sector
  • ‘Under Pressure’ – responding to a flood emergency
    • It’s 3 AM, you’ve been up for 16 hours and there’s a risk that 100 houses will flood before sunrise. What do you do next?
    • What is it like to be involved in the response to a flood emergency? Real life experiences of responding to floods in the UK or abroad, whether at Gold, Silver, Bronze or on the front line
    • Making big decisions in low confidence / high impact events - escalating at the right time
    • Techniques and tools to handle the event
    • Managing uncertainty
    • Lessons learned from previous flood events
  • Managing a flood of information
    • How do you collect information to help with planning, response and recovery and how do you avoid being overwhelmed by information?
    • How do you get the messages across in a crowded media field?
    • How to use social media to help with flood emergencies
    • Visualising flood risk and impact – new tools and techniques
    • Maintaining ‘one version of the truth’ in a multi-agency response
  • Recovery – after the flood subsides
    • What happens after the water’s drained away and the media have all gone home?
    • Sustaining and truly embodying multi-agency action – how to put political and organisational differences aside to work at pace and unlock funding streams
    • Business, transport or homes? Prioritising recovery work, managing expectations and re-building communities – re-instatement and resilience
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of flood response and learning lessons

Flood Alleviation and Water Management:

  • Catchment management
    • How can we best apply the both natural and engineered solutions to manage water from sky to sea
    • Exploring the wider benefits of water management in our catchments
  • Innovation
    • New systems and tools for monitoring and managing flood risk assets
    • Understanding the benefits of natural flood management
  • Understanding the benefits and incentivising investment
    • Who are the wider beneficiaries of catchment management and how do they get more involved?
    • What role does Natural Capital play?
    • What’s the economist’s or investment manager’s view?
  • Planning policy
    • How can we work more effectively with planners in relation to flood risk and water management


  • Delivering sustainable or water sensitive infrastructure/development on the coast
    • What does resilience / sustainability look like on the coast?
    • Coastal located infrastructure such as ports, airports, power stations, road and rail - how do we make them resilient to coastal extremes and adapt them to future threats?
    • How can we plan and deliver coastal infrastructure to be resilient and sustainable?
  • Innovation, efficiency and integrating outcomes:
    • Smart approaches to delivering nature driven design and building multifunctional coast and coastal structures
    • Delivering value and ecosystem services in our design, construction and emergency response
    • Delivering multiple benefits for the wider land and water management, people and wildlife
  • Whole life management of coastal flood and erosion risk assets:
    • Key developments in consistency in coastal asset inspection, monitoring and recording
    • Using data to reduce the risk of failure and improve operational plans, maintenance, repair/refurbishment, upgrade and replacement
  • Working together on the coast: delivering an integrated approach to coastal management
    • Sharing the experience of partnership working: merging of teams and integrated working
    • Good practices across coastal communities, coastal local authorities and coastal land and infrastructure owners - what are the challenges and how can they be overcome?
    • What role do Shoreline Management Plans and Coastal Change Management areas (CCMA’s) play?
    • What are the strategic models for coastal planning and coastal adaptation?

Partnerships, People and Communities

  • Expectations vs reality –what have we learned; what is the way forward?
    • Lead Local Flood Authorities and partners - What has worked well? What still needs to be done in terms of delivering the requirements of the Flood and Water Management Act?
    • Delivering results - roles and responsibilities, partnerships, working with communities, capacity and capability.
    • How can we better support community resilience for those that are suffering from poor development decisions and designs of the past?
    • Partnership working in localities – to what extent is it really happening and are we seeing the benefits? What needs to improve and how do we make it work?
  • Community ownership of flood risk – where is it working, what’s stopping it?
    • Do we underestimate the community’s ability to lead partnerships?
    • Why & how do communities partnerships work? What are the barriers and what needs to happen to overcome them?
    • Defra flood resilience community pathfinder. What more can we learn?
  • Business resilience in communities at risk of flooding – what are the issues and how can we address them?
    • How does repeated flooding affect business and local economies and what can be done about it?
    • What strategies do businesses find most useful? What support would they find most helpful?
    • The role of Businesses in the Community resilience and flood risk management.
  • Better recovery – health, wealth and resilience: what can we expect people to do; what should people be expecting of the industry?
    • How can local authorities and partners capture and respond to the issues that flooding creates? (for example: non-insured, tenants, health, financial deprivation, literacy impairment, everyday living, language barriers)
    • Health. What do we know about the impact of flooding on health? How should we prepare for flooding and support following incidents? What is the role of Health and Wellbeing Boards?
  • Communities and Planning
    • What are communities concerned about and why?
    • What are the issues for communities involved in the planning process?
    • What do communities want from us to support them?

Modelling and Forecasting:

  • Operating authorities – how to ensure a robust practice:
    • Do we understand the size of the challenge, the targets being aimed for and the current performance of our models and forecasting capability?
    • The issues, developments and the approach being used to address the challenges
    • Sharing best practice where efficiency savings have been effective.
  • Community benefits and community detection led forecasting:
    • Case studies of systems and arrangements at a community level
    • Innovation in practice beyond the Defra Pathfinder projects
    • The potential of communities and the science that supports them. How can we communicate and engage with communities more effectively?
    • Examples of tailored forecasting approaches or products that address specific flood risk challenges for the public for example, rapid response catchments with little lead time
  • The challenges of improving flood estimation
    • Is our data ‘good enough’? What potential is there to improve?
    • How good are we at translating weather to flood predictions?
    • What are our model limitations and what should we do about this?
  • Predictive uncertainty – risk modelling to support decision makers
    • examples from insurance industry & natural hazard risk modelling
  • Integrated systems – the flow from science to reality
    • How effective are we at integrating modelling systems for the benefit of decision makers? E.g. flood estimation integration with water resources, transport or energy derived outputs. Or, combined predictions from all sources of flooding e.g. sewer networks, groundwater, surface water, river and sea.
    • Is there data from different but related systems that can further support us?
    • How does Building Information Modelling (BIM) best sit in the context of forecasting?

The proposed event – convened by the Environment Agency - will bring together specifiers and buyers of flood and coastal protection equipment and services together with the manufacturers and service providers. Buyers will comprise government agencies, local authorities, consultants, businesses, engineering professionals and asset owners.

The event will not only bring buyers and sellers together: it creates a vital new forum for branches of the public sector and industry to come together, to exchange best practice, and to source, specify and see products and services specific to managing Risk, Resilience and Response in the Flood and Coast community.

Exhibitors may include:

  • Civil Engineering Contractors
  • Engineering Consultants
  • Storage Tanks
  • Lifting Equipment
  • Hydrants
  • Risk Assessment Contractors
  • Ground Water Monitoring Services
  • Flood Analysis Software
  • Flood Forecast Systems
  • Borehole Drillers
  • Test kits
  • Test Equipment
  • Water Treatment Chemicals
  • Insurance Services
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Leak & Pipe Detectors
  • Bailers
  • Corrosion Inhibitors
  • Heating Oil Separators
  • Dosing Equipment
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Life Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Safety Equipment
  • Waterproof Clothing / Boots
  • Amphibious Vehicles
  • Waste Removal Services
  • Conductivity Monitors
  • Diggers / Earth Moving Equipment
  • Hoses
  • Flocculants
  • Cables / Connectors
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Filters
  • Reservoirs
  • Monitoring Services (levels, flow rates)
  • Automation Systems
  • Flood Resilience Products (barriers, electrical sockets, air bricks)
  • Filtration Equipment
  • Disinfection Equipment
  • Aeration Equipment
  • Couplings
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Heaters
  • Sewage & Water Pumps
  • Valves
  • Piping
  • Adsorption Agents
  • Environmental Testing Products / Services
  • Flood Barriers
  • Dewatering Equipment
  • Water Treatment Services

A central UK location provides opportunities for exhibitors to meet attendees from throughout the UK and further afield.

You can expect to meet and network with specifiers and purchasers from government agencies, local authorities, consultants, engineering professionals and asset owners. And, at the same time, you can showcase and present new technologies, services and products to an enquiring, specialist audience.

Opportunity for a variety of participation formats:

If you don’t have equipment but want a branded place to meet, discuss, present and network with attendees? A lounge/meeting room/presentation package will be ideal for you.

Or, if you have technology or products to show/demonstrate, then a purpose-designed shell stand package will be most appropriate.

Exhibition Stands and Pricing

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