Innovation in Flood Risk Management in the UK

This seminar will cover the benefits and approaches to innovation in flood risk management. This includes innovations in engagement with communities and stakeholders, as well as the planning, design and maintenance of flood risk management infrastructure.

Innovation in flood risk management can improve resilience and deliver better and additional outcomes from our limited funding. Set this within the context of funding for flood risk management not increasing at the same pace as flood risks innovation pretty much becomes vital. “Business as usual” is unlikely to deliver the level of flood risk management this country needs and we need to look at managing our flood risk from a variety of sources differently.

Innovation is not something that just happens. Organisations and partnerships need to have the right environment, culture, processes and technology to facilitate innovation. This seminar explores the role of innovation in flood risk management in terms of influencing what is built, as well as how it was cost effectively planned, designed and managed. The seminar will also explore the innovations used in developing effective partnerships and engagement with communities to help them manage and become more resilient to flooding.

Why attend?
This event will:
  • Provide an overview of the flooding implications of the recent climate change risk assessment
  • Discuss the role of innovation in flood risk management and approaches to securing better and more outcomes.
  • Highlight innovations in engagement, partnership working and integration of local government functions
  • Present the approach and benefits of innovation in the engagement of communities and businesses around flood risk management and resilience
14:00    Registration, refreshments and networking
14:30    Chairman’s introduction
             David Balmforth, MWH
14:40    Managing flood risk and delivering innovation
             Daniel Johns, Climate Change Committee
Daniel will highlight the UK’s flood risk, the context for greater resilience
             and the need for innovation in the planning, design and management of
             flood risk management infrastructure.

15:00    Innovation in delivering multiple benefits from flood risk management
             Fola Ogunyoye, Royal Haskoning DHV
             Fola will provide an overview of the approach and value of designing and
             building flood risk management infrastructure that provides multiple
             benefits both in the UK and internationally.

15.20    Building bridges and grass roots change
             Francis Comyn, Rochdale Borough Council
Francis will explain their approach to engage communities and business
             in the Rochdale and Heywood pathfinder project and how the innovations
             have provided a longer lasting legacy for improved flood resilience.

15.40    Networking break
15.55    Innovation from the Thames
             Matthew Kuhn, TEAM2100 / CH2M
Matthew will present some of the innovations being developed
             for the Thames 2100 project and how they can help with the asset
             management of infrastructure managing risks from various flooding

16:15    A new way of working - Calderdale Flood Commission
             Steve Barnbrook, Calderdale Council
Steve will outline some of the innovative proposals that have developed
             from the work of the Flood Commission setup following the winter
             flooding of 2016.

16.35    Discussion
16.55    Chair’s closing remarks
17.00    Close

Who should attend
Those responsible for managing any part of the flood risk management cycle. The seminar should be of interest to those involved in the assessment, planning, design and maintenance of flood risk management infrastructure as well as those engaging with stakeholders and partners prior to and following a flooding event.

October 2016
14.30 -17.00 (Registration from 14.00)

CIRIA, Griffin Court, 15 Long Lane, London, EC1A 9PN

FREE to CIRIA members 
£75 + VAT for all other attendees 

If you are having problems registering for this event online please contact Patrick Williams on 020 7549 3300 or email
04/10/2016 - 04/10/2016
Griffin Court
15 Long Lane
London, EC1A 9PN

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