Whither engineering hydrology, Loughborough

13 September, 2017 | 10:00 - 16:00

The water cycle.
The water cycle.

About this event

Many of the global challenges facing us in the 21st Century relate to water and hydrology e.g. flooding of cities, supplying developing countries with safe water. However, the role of hydrologists in solving these issues has never been more uncertain.

The traditions of Engineering Hydrology, focussing on the Physics of water movement and Hydrological Processes have been diluted as the discipline has expanded into other topics such as Eco-hydrology and Socio-hydrology.

This meeting will bring together both academics that are responsible for teaching the next generation of hydrologists and industry who manage hydrological issues on a daily basis.

The meeting is intended to take a debate format, through which we can identify the needs and priorities for Hydrology and the BHS in the 21st Century.

Invited speakers include; Thorsten Wagener (Bristol), Chris Kilsby (Newcastle), Duncan Faulkner (JBA Consulting), representative from CEH, Environment Agency and UK Water Industry.


£60 BHS members
£45 Students/Retired
£90 Non-BHS members

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Preliminary BHS National Meeting Agenda.

9:45-10:00 Refreshments

10:00-10:10 Welcome – Ian Pattison (Loughborough University)

10:10-11:15 Session 1: Views from Hydrologists on the state of the discipline

10:00 Introduction – Geoff Petts (Westminster University)
10:10 Thorsten Wagener
10:20 Chris Kilsby
10:30 Duncan Faulkner
10:40 Environment Agency
10:50 Water Industry
11:00 Discussion

11:15-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-12:30 Session 2: "Too much biology has diluted our science...let's put the physics back!"

12:30-13:00 Lunch Break

13:00-13:30 BHS AGM

13:30-14:45 Session 3: "Generic managers can't solve hydrological problems. We need more technically trained Engineering Hydrologists".

14:45-15:00 Coffee Break

15:00-15:45 Session 4: Views from Hydrologists and discussion of future direction for discipline

15:45-16:00 Close of Meeting