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20-22 March 2018

Telford International Centre, UK

Call for Speakers

Flood & Coast 2018 is inviting speaker proposals on the 3 key themes for the conference taking place at Telford International Centre 20-22 March 2018. Speakers are invited to submit brief details of their contribution to the conference using the submission form below. The deadline for receiving proposals is 22nd September 2017. Selection for the programme will be made by the advisory committee and you will be contacted by mid December latest if your proposal has been accepted.

Speakers named on the proposal will be expected to attend the event and present in person – substitutions will not be accepted unless agreed with the organisers in advance. If you are making a proposal on behalf of someone else, this must be made clear at submission stage. Joint submissions (where more than one speaker is proposed) should also be made clear now.

You are strongly advised to obtain permission to present from your management/project partners etc as may be required – in advance of making the submission.

The requirement is not only for technical/academic papers (although these are welcomed!) – the committee would like to invite more general speaker submissions which match the themes and challenges described below.

If selected, speakers will be required to submit a short written summary (approx. 500 words) in January 2018.

Submit a proposal on the themes below:

THEME 1

SHARED OWNERSHIP AND ACTION

Partnership Working:

  • How is the flood and coast community building and maintaining partnerships to reduce national flood risk, manage coastal erosion and meet future challenges?

  • What are the examples of new and innovative partnerships – how are flood and coast partners working across sectors and across Government? 

  • What are the new and innovative approaches to funding FCRM solutions? How can we bring in new sources of investment?

Planning and Response:

  • How well is the flood and coast community working together and with others (e.g. communities, emergency services, businesses) to plan for and respond to flood risk and coastal change?

  • Are we communicating risk in a way that inspires action and what can we learn from others? What support do communities need? How can we lead and support behaviour change?

  • What lessons have we learnt from recent flood and coastal events?

Efficiency and Effectiveness:

  • How can the flood and coast community improve approaches to delivery and asset management; what can we learn from other infrastructure sectors?

  • How is the flood and coast community using new technologies, open data, and knowledge management techniques to achieve new efficiencies?

  • Where are there opportunities to align and/or integrate planning and delivery with other sectors? How do we overcome a ‘silo mentality’?

National Strategy:

  • As the Environment Agency reviews the National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Risk Management what are the key issues and challenges that it should seek to address?

  • How can the Environment Agency, in its strategic overview role, enable partnership working and shared ownership across the flood and coast community?

  • What can we learn from other countries on their approach to managing flood and coastal risk and improving resilience? And what do we want to share with them?

Submit Proposal

THEME 2

BUILDING RESILIENCE

Planning and Place Shaping:

  • How is the flood and coast working effectively with communities and local partners to reduce flood risk and respond to coastal change through planning and development?

  • What role is the flood and coast community playing in economic growth and development?

  • How does investment in flood and coastal risk management benefit the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and support the creation of great places to live? How can we quantity this and inform local planning and delivery?

Property Flood Resilience:

  • What are the challenges to improving the resilience of homes and businesses and how are these being addressed? What are the opportunities?

  • What can we learn from other countries on their approach to improving the resilience of homes and business?

  • How well is the flood and coast community listening to local people and what they need to improve resilience of their communities?

Resilient Infrastructure and Industry:

  • How resilient is our critical infrastructure, industry and farmland to flooding and coastal erosion?

  • How is the flood and coast community working collaboratively with business, infrastructure owners/operators, planners, farmers and land managers to manage flood risk?

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THEME 3

FUTURE CHALLENGES AND INNOVATION

Future Challenges:

  • How is our knowledge and evidence base (including approaches to modelling and forecasting) growing to take account of future challenges (climate change/ growth/ demographic change) facing the flood and coast community?

  • What does Brexit mean for the flood and coast community; where are there opportunities to take a more integrated approach to water, flood and land use management?

  • What can the flood and coast community learn from international approaches to adapting to climate change? What can the UK share with others?

Building a Shared Understanding:

  • What do we know about the impacts of flooding – on local economies and places, as well as on health and wellbeing, and how can we use this information to improve resilience and generate investment?

  • What do we know about the role of natural flood management and working with natural processes in reducing flood risk; how can we communicate and share the evidence?

  • How are we making our data and information more accessible and what are the challenges?

  • What are the opportunities around new technologies, open data, and knowledge management techniques to improve delivery and asset management across flood and coastal risk management?

Current Skills and Future Requirements:

  • How are future skills needs being addressed by the flood and coast community what can we learn from other sectors?

  • How is the flood and coast community engaging with the next generation, including schools?

  • How diverse is the flood and coast sector and what can we do to make the sector more representative of the communities we support?

  • What does Brexit mean for the flood and coast community; what are the opportunities and challenges around the availability of skills and expertise?

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