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The second edition of Flood and Coast conference and exhibition is seeking involvement from all civil engineers and engineers involved in flood and coastal defence in what promises to be the largest gathering of thought leadership in the UK.
Led again by the Environment Agency, the event will draw together key stakeholders from the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM) community, including local authorities, civil engineers, infrastructure owners, consultancies, contractors, businesses, community groups and universities.
Clare Dinnis, Deputy Director, Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency and Chair of the Advisory Committee said:
"It was great to see such a strong presence from the infrastructure and utility providers at the 2016 event. We would like to build on this and tie it in with our new themes for the 2017. We are particularly keen to reach out to more local authorities and broaden the conference content to cover the range of activities that they are responsible for."
"Many of these relate to flooding even though they're often managed separately. This might include development planning that reduces flood risk, social services that help communities to be more resilient and of course emergency response, But we also want to consider those services communities need and often turn to their local authority for even if it's not their responsibility – like resilient infrastructure such as water supplies, telecoms and road networks. By bringing the range of partners responsible for these together under the banner of Flood and Coast Risk Management , we hope to strengthen the support that we collectively"
Elaine Hulse, Event Director said "Our first Flood & Coast event in 2016 featured 170 speakers, over 100 exhibition stands and attracted 1500 people over the three days. Flood & Coast 2017 will build on this success giving all those involved in managing flooding and coastal erosion the chance to swap ideas, meet and discuss issues with key personnel from stakeholders such as The Environment Agency, conference attendees, speakers and exhibitors."
"We will also be showcasing the latest thinking from academics leading research at our top universities, as well as from the practitioners and specialists who deliver FCRM excellence on the ground. If you have a story to tell about your research or how you've applied new technologies or approaches to FCRM problems we want to see you at the event!"
The event, will host fellow professionals to exchange a broad range of perspectives on innovation and best practices in FCRM.
Conference programme is now available on www.floodandcoast.com.