Deltares is a leading, independent, Dutch-based research institute and specialist consultancy for matters relating to water, soil and the subsurface. Deltares applies advanced expertise to help people live safely and sustainably in delta areas, coastal zones and river basins. The essence of our work is the development, application and sharing of knowledge. We develop knowledge in partnerships with universities, other research institutions and the business sector, not only in government research programmes but also in contract research.
The themes (preventive) Flood Risk Management and Flood Emergency Management are core business. Deltares aims to match innovations and scientific developments in these themes with practice and policy development. It is for these reasons that the management of Deltares has agreed to take the lead in the organisation of the FLOODrisk 2012 conference. The focus of the conference matches very well with what Deltares stands for. Together with HR Wallingford, we chose the timing carefully: 4 years after the successful international FLOODrisk2008 conference in Oxford. This makes it an ideal venue for the final conference of various European research projects and it allows experience and progress in flood risk research to be incorporated into National flood risk management plans by 2015.
A team at Deltares is involved in the organisation of the conference. Annemargreet de Leeuw chairs the organising committee. Derk van Ree, project manager of FloodProBE and participant in many other European research projects, takes care of coordination with partnering projects. Frans Klijn and Timo Schweckendieck take care of all actions of the scientific committee, which consists of 48 well-known scientists from all over the world. Nicki Villars is starting up the Advisory Board. Astrid van Bragt takes care of communication and Niels Eernink takes care of specials in the conference program.
HR Wallingford is an independent research and technology organisation based near Oxford in the UK. Our objectives include promoting, carrying out and disseminating research in hydraulics and related fields, for the study of the natural and built environment. At HR Wallingford we inform and support scientifically sound decision-making through our use of up-to-date knowledge, information and techniques. Our research supports a diverse range of consultancy projects and clients, with more than 50% of our turnover coming from projects outside of the UK.
Our activities cover all things aquatic - from the headwaters of a river catchment, out to the shelf sea. Our work varies from exploring new ideas with the academic community through the development of models, guidance and manuals, to the provision of specialist and often bespoke solutions for industry. We have undertaken substantial programmes of research relating to water engineering and water policy funded nationally by the British Government Departments and Environment Agency and also internationally. The Company has coordinated many research projects for the European Commission (EC) and has participated in over 40 projects in the EC Framework programmes.
A vital and distinctive role of our organisation is to be a conduit for knowledge and understanding developed in the academic sector, to be transferred into practice for the greater public good. Thus we are committed to working in partnership with others on the implementation of new methods and techniques, and also to broad dissemination of the research. As coordinators of the EC project FLOODsite, (see www.floodsite.net ) HR Wallingford promoted the FLOODrisk 2008 conference; we are now pleased to be a partner in the organisation of its successor FLOODrisk 2012. From our Flood Management Group, Paul Samuels chairs the FLOODrisk 2012 International Scientific Committee and he and Andy Tagg are supporting Deltares in their work as the lead organiser of the event
Samui Design & Management was established in 2000 to meet the growing needs of organisations developing and implementing their business through a combination of printed, web and new media. Samui has worked for over 100 different Clients covering both private and government sectors, in the UK and internationally.
Whilst working in a wide range of sectors, from retail to the environment, Samui has developed specialist skills in the provision of services supporting technical and research project management, team communication and research dissemination. Samui provides a range of services that integrates marketing, design, web development and programming expertise.
The expertise that Samui brings to FLOODrisk 2012 is in the planning and management of the event and the design and development of procedures and systems supporting project management and effective dissemination. This includes promoting the event through a combination of traditional, internet based and social media marketing to ensure that the conference brand is highly visible and easily recognisable. Samui is also providing intuitive and effective systems to facilitate the submission and review of papers, the management of partnerships and sponsorship opportunities and the registration and coordination of delegates, speakers and VIP participants.
Estelle Morris, Director, is the coordinator for both Marketing and Sponsorship and can be contacted at email@example.com. Richard Holmes. Development Manager, is coordinating Delegate, Accommodation and Venue liaison as well as managing general enquiries.
Flood Control 2015 is a Dutch public-private partnership for crisis management during flood alerts. Nine experts in water specialists and, among other fields, ICT, are developing innovative, integrated and modular solutions that can be used worldwide with existing processes and systems.
Flood protection is primarily about strong dikes. Even so, the most promising way forward is a smarter
approach to the entire system: the dike, the people and the locality. Flood Control 2015 integrates these three factors in advanced forecasting and decision-making systems, making flood protection more transparent, faster and better. This enhances safety levels and reduces the costs of managing water systems at the same time.
As one of the co-organisers for FLOODrisk 2012, we would like to invite you to imagine your idea of smart flood control. We invite researchers to share their latest findings and contribute to our collective toolbox. We invite practitioners to share their challenges and discuss the value of new tools and insights. And we invite policy makers to assist in transboundary flood risk issues and regional co-operation. In short: to close the gap between science, policy and practice!
"A really substantial improvement in operational flood protection worldwide. That is the mission of Flood Control 2015."