Keynote Theatre

Keynote Theatre 18 - Sponsored by Aqua Fence

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Day 1

Day 2


10.15 - 10.45

Piet Dircke

An overview of global best practices in coastal resilience

Piet will discuss the most recent and innovative global developments on coastal flood resiliency and urban climate adaptation. He will talk from his personal experience about recent flood event and hurricanes, describe the impacts and discuss measures taken. Piet will give his personal vision how cities can turn the challenges of coastal resilience and climate change into opportunities. He will also discuss possibilities for funding urban flood resilience.


11.00 - 11.30

Geordie Palmer

Solving the challenges of location in emergency response with what3words

For those delivering emergency assistance, knowing exactly where they are going is crucial and this can be a challenge when address information isn’t available. What3words provides a solution, its system gives every 3x3m in the world an address of 3 simple words, allowing precise locations to be described very easily. Hear how it is being already used for effective emergency response in the UK and how it could help you.


11.45 - 12.15

Mary Dhonau OBE

Case studies of homes and businesses who have made flood resilient adaptations to their properties

Flood Risk management is like a jigsaw of many pieces, all working together to reduce flood risk. Mary makes no apology for always focussing on the ‘bit in the middle’, our homes and businesses. It is our homes and businesses that are devastated by being flooded, with much loved possessions and memories destroyed forever. It is a well-known fact that recovering from being flooded is worse than the flood itself. Mary's presentation will highlight case studies of homes and businesses that have made adaptations to help them to get back home or open their businesses sooner after a flood.


12.30 - 13.00

Dapeng Yu

Surface water flood forecasting in an uncertain climate

This seminar will focus on surface water flood forecasting in a changing climate where weather is becoming increasingly untypical and uncertain. It will start with an evaluation of rainfall forecast for surface water flood prediction, followed by the recent developments in real-time surface water forecasting. The seminar will finish with an evaluation of different approaches to communicating uncertain surface water flood risks to stakeholders in different sectors.


13.15 - 13.45

Alastair Moseley

A New Code of Practice

The Code of Practice for Property Flood Resilience will launch in Autumn 2019 and is mentioned specifically in the Government’s 25 -Year Plan for the Environment. Alastair will explain the key elements of the Code, how to access it and the huge benefits that it will bring to installers, insurance companies and millions of property owners alike throughout the UK.


14.00 - 14.30

David Nash

Building Community Flood Resilience – tackling a multi-dimensional challenge

Communities are a complex system and to effectively build resilience requires a multi-dimensional approach. David Nash from the Zurich Foundation will share the work of Zurich’s Flood Resilience Alliance in building a system-based methodology, which goes beyond grey infrastructure solutions. He will show how their approach creates locally relevant actions, helping communities globally develop in a climate-smart and risk-informed way, and show how we can measure resilience as a result.


14.45 - 15.15

Judith Kaspersma

Innovation in flood risk management in the Netherlands

Overview of current innovations in flood risk management in the Netherlands, tools, approaches and models.


15.30 - 16.00

Daniel M. Rosenberg

Green Infrastructure, River Restoration & Flood Protection - Flex MSE® Vegetated Wall System

Using reinforced-earth engineering principles, alongside unique geotextiles combined with patented interlocking plates, can allow for strong and easy-to-install geomodular block structures. Installed on 8,000+ projects worldwide, recommended for use on SSSIs by the Environment Agency, Daniel will discuss how Flex MSE is formed into near-vertical vegetated flood berms, green retaining walls and erosion-resistant riverbanks. Flex MSE, exhibited by Gravitas, was the winner of the Flood Expo 2018 Innovation Award.