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December 2012: Survey - Photos - Proceedingsclick to view

Survey - Photos - Proceedings Image

One month ago Rotterdam became our home for a week, as the World Trade Center hosted FLOODrisk 2012. Now we have all had time to settle back into our daily routines, we'd like to invite you to share your experiences, photos, thoughts and suggestions, so we can make FLOODrisk 2016 even better!

Survey

Our online questionnaire consists of 14 questions, mainly multiple choice, and should take no more than 3-4 minutes to complete. To evaluate FLOODrisk 2012 and have your say, please click here. If you would like to provide us with more detailed feedback you may email us at info@floodrisk2012.net.

Social Media

Whether you attended FLOODrisk 2012 or not, you may be interested to see the large collection of photos that were taken by the official photographer and also upload your own to our Google+ event here. Search for yourself, tag yourself and share with others all from the same page.

Thanks to Dr. Ian Pattison at Loughborough University, FLOODrisk 2012 also has a Storify page, providing a social timeline of the event, day by day. To view this social overview please click here.

Proceedings

The proceedings were part of every delegates pack but if you'd like to order additional copies, or you weren't able to attend FLOODrisk 2012, then you may order copies from our publisher, Taylor and Francis, by clicking here.

From all of us at FLOODrisk 2012 may we wish you a very happy holiday season and New Year!

November 2012: FLOODrisk 2012 has ended, looking forward to FLOODrisk 2016click to view

FLOODrisk 2012 has ended, looking forward to FLOODrisk 2016 Image

The FLOODrisk 2012 conference has now come to an end and we are already looking forward to the next event in 2016.

The conference came to a close last night with the conference dinner that was accompanied by Brazilian Jazz music played by Bossa Flor.

The event was a great success by all accounts. It had over 500 participants, from 37 different countries covering all regions of the world. They participated in 34 technical sessions, 13 special sessions and 4 plenary sessions, as well as 3 poster sessions and some very exciting interactive games in the Game Room everyday. Participants also had the opportunity to visit the stands of our 20 exhibitors and be informed of some remarkable new developments, new technologies and new research and research findings by a number of European projects.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors: 

And of course the organisers of FLOODrisk 2012:

Please note that we will be keeping the LinkedIn Discussion Group and Twitter account open to allow people to continue discussions.

The final word should come from our participants who in final discussions confirmed that after this conference flooding is now definitely not just about water! 

We hope to see you all in 2016!

November 2012: Highlights in Greater Rotterdam Area Tourclick to view

The Highlights in Greater Rotterdam Area Tour will be leaving the World Trade Center at 12.45 on Friday - Details below

Flood Risk Management Highlights in Greater Rotterdam Area

The Mills at Kinderdijk are not only a marvellous feat in the Dutch polder history, they are also a significant cultural historic landmark. On this tour you will see the mills in all their glory.

The city of Dordrecht is sometimes called the "bathtub", referring to its low lying polder and its surrounding waters. The city is extremely active in persuing optimal flood safety for now and in the future and it doesn't shy away from innovative measures. Visit this wonderful historic town with small typically Dutch streets.

On a clear day, it is possible to see the city of The Hague from the Euromast and if the weather is cooperative in the days after the conference, then you will have a chance to see all the waterworks in the Rotterdam area from the height of 185 meters above the ground.

Participation will be on Friday 23rd November and will take place from 1pm - 7pm.

Cost: €55.00


November 2012: Highlights in the Netherlands Tourclick to view

The Highlights in The Netherlands Tour will be leaving from The World Trade Center on Friday at 9.45. Details below.

Flood Risk Management Highlights in The Netherlands

See some of the sublime highlights of Dutch Flood Risk Management, The Maeslantkering. The Storm Surge Barrier New Waterway formed the final piece of the Delta works and thanks to the storm surge barrier, about one million people in South-Holland are protected from the sea. The Maeslant barrier is indispensable, in many ways and will probably become increasingly important to the protection of Rotterdam and its surroundings in the near future, as the sea water continues to rise.

The Oosterscheldekering is a turning point in Dutch history with water. Never before had so many institutions collaborated to complete this massive building project. The storm surge barrier of the Oosterschelde is, without doubt, the most impressive storm surging structure in the Netherlands. Other flood barriers can be found in the 'Hollandsche IJssel' and the 'Nieuwe Waterweg'. Enjoy this tour in the company of other FLOODrisk 2012 attendants and expert guides who will accompany the tours. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Participation will be on Friday 23rd November and will take place from 10am - 6pm.

Cost: €70.00

November 2012: Be prepared! Taking effective decisions with operational forecasting in rivers and coastal areas click to view

Be prepared! Taking effective decisions with operational forecasting in rivers and coastal areas  Image

Probabilistic flood and storm surge forecasting constitutes an improvement over deterministic forecasting. Inherent uncertainties are made explicit, the forecasted probabilities provide a necessary ingredient for risk-based decision making and allow for a clear separation of responsibilities between forecaster and decision-maker. In real-time forecasting systems, probability forecasting is becoming increasingly common, either by use of ensembles or by statistical postprocessing. The value of such systems has been recognized across a wide range of sectors and users, including river basin authorities, public agencies and private enterprise.

In this special session, an example of such an operational forecasting system and how it is being used in practice will be presented. In addition, the participants can experience what it means to make a decision given uncertain forecast information through a gaming exercise. This will inspire a discussion on this topic between forecasters, scientists and the public attending this special session.

Session time and location: Wednesday, 4 - 5:30pm in room 6!

Introduction Albrecht Weerts - Deltares

Forecasting at the Flood Forecasting Centre in the UK David Price - FFC

Gaming exercise on probabilistic forecasting Schalk Jan van Andel - UNESCO-IHE

International Experiences in probabilistic forecast use Jan Verkade – Deltares, Delft University

Panel discussion with David Price - Schalk Jan van Andel - Jan Verkade

 

Organised by UNESCO-IHE and Deltares

 

November 2012: International Conference on Flood Resilience: Experiences in Asia and Europe click to view

International Conference on Flood Resilience: Experiences in Asia and Europe  Image

We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Water Systems who are coordinating the FLOODrisk 2012 partner FP7 project, CORFU, will be organising the International Conference on Flood Resilience: Experiences in Asia and Europe in Exeter, United Kingdom 5-7 September 2013.  

The aim of this event is to gather professionals to present and discuss the latest research advances and practices in the development and implementation of resilience measures and flood management plans.

 The focus on cities in Asia and Europe is motivated by the approach applied within CORFU that investigates differences in flooding problems and solutions in a number of case studies in these two continents.  

More information can be found on www.icfr2013.org 

The conference will be held at the University of Exeter - The Sunday Times University of the Year in the UK. Situated on an attractive campus close to the city centre, the conference will be held in the Peter Chalk Centre. The city is well-served by transport links, with its own international airport.  

The International Conference on Flood Resilience will provide the opportunity to meet flood risk management professionals from around the world. An exhibition area where you may be interested in presenting your organisation to a wide audience will be offered.  

If you would like more information about how you can become involved with the ICFR, please contact the organisers at icfr@exeter.ac.uk.

November 2012: Join us at the FLOODrisk 2012 Science-Policy-Interfacing special sessionsclick to view

Join us at the FLOODrisk 2012 Science-Policy-Interfacing special sessions Image

FLOODrisk 2012 Special Session: The EU Floods Directive: Potential barriers and best practices in science-policy interfacing 

Knowledge development on flood risk management and protection of the built environment has taken big steps forward, driven by the strategic goals of the Floods Directive and support from FP7 initiatives. Various barriers have been identified which could stand in the way of effective utilization of the knowledge developed for implementation of the Floods Directive.

Session 1 on Tuesday 20th November focuses on Science-Policy-Interface issues that may hinder implementation of the Floods Directive.

Session 2 on Wednesday 21st November explores possible solutions and actions to over come these issues.

The conclusions from this work will be integrated into a position paper from the conference, feeding back to the EU in support of the Horizon 2020 research programme.

If you are unable to attend the conference or the special sessions, you are able to give your views and contribute to the position paper through the following short online survey: http://www.floodprobe.eu/FLOODrisk2012/survey.php

For more information on how to participate in the conference special sessions or the online survey click here or contact Karin Stone (Deltares) Karin.Stone@deltares.nl or Mark Morris (HR Wallingford) Mark.Morris@samui.co.uk

November 2012: Special Session: 'Asset management of hydraulic structures' Friday 23rd November 2012 click to view

Special Session: 'Asset management of hydraulic structures' Friday 23rd November 2012  Image

Rijkswaterstaat (Agency for Public Works in The Netherlands) is offering a special session to those participants of the flood risk congress who are interested in the application of asset management methods in the daily practice of decision making. It will specifically focus on optimizing budgets for maintenance and replacement of hydraulic structures given societal demands.

If you would like to participate in this session, please let us know before November 19th. by sending an email to saskia.ligthart@rws.nl We can also assist you in arranging transport from Rotterdam to the Krammer sluices and back.

The program contains the following sections: 

Visit to the Krammer sluices

The Krammer sluices are part of an important shipping route between The Netherlands and Belgium (Rotterdam-Terneuzen). In addition, these sluices play an important role in the supply of fresh water by reducing the leakage of salt water to other parts of the Dutch water system. 

Presentation and discussion on inspection methods of Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) for hydraulic structures

Rijkswaterstaat distinguishes three specific inspection processes with respect to hydraulic structures; (1) regular monitoring, (2) risk based inspections which are carried out once every six years as a basis for the planning of maintenance and (3) additional specific inspection programs. In this section the last two inspection methods of Rijkswaterstaat will be presented and illustrated with information on the Krammer sluices. The participants visiting us form other countries, especially our guests from the Environmental Agency from the United Kingdom (UK) will be asked to give their comments and share their experiences on this issue. 

Presentation and discussion on optimalisation methods supporting decision making on maintenance strategies

In recent years the shipping intensity on the route Terneuzen-Rotterdam has increased. The passage time of the Krammer sluices is becoming more and more a problem facing the increased shipping. The special technology reducing the salt leakage is having a negative impact on the passage time. Furthermore, the device has been deteriorating and performing on a lower level than desired. As a result, the salt leakage is now tenfold the level the device was designed for. In addition, the costs for maintenance of the current system are increasing.

During this second section, Rijkswaterstaat will present a cost optimisation method which is being developed to advice on cost effective maintenance strategies. The central question is which investments in which hydraulic structure within the regional water system the Krammer sluices form part of is wise, given societal demands for fresh water and shipping and existing policy agreements on these issues. The participants visiting us from other countries, especially our guests from the Environmental Agency from the UK will be asked to comment on the method that is presented.

November 2012: Flood Modelling themed issue - Free to readclick to view

Flood Modelling themed issue - Free to read Image

In line with the FLOODrisk 2012 conference, ICE Publishing has made the Water Management themed issue on Flood Modelling free to read until 14th December  2012. Paper copies of this issue will also be available at the conference.

Browse and download for free

Flood modelling - themed issue
Water Management, Vol 165, issue 10

Available until 14th December 2012

  1. Sign-in, or register at http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com
  2. Click on the 'my account' tab underneath the sign-in box, then click on 'subscribed titles'
  3. Enter the code 'WAMAISSUE' to claim your free journal access

If you have any problems accessing this issue or would like to subscribe to the journal in 2013, please contact marketing@icepublishing.com

November 2012: Welcome Reception - Additional Spaces addedclick to view

Welcome Reception - Additional Spaces added Image

We are delighted to announce that we have been able to make additional places available for the welcome reception (ice breaker) event on Monday 19th November. This event had been booked up early with limited numbers available but we have negotiated an option to extend numbers and would like to offer others the opportunity to attend.

The welcome reception is FREE for delegates and will take place at the World Trade Center, 19.00-21.00 giving you an opportunity to network and enjoy this pre-conference event in a relaxed atmosphere. Refreshments will also be provided.

To book your place either select the welcome reception option, when registering for the conference or email info@floodrisk2012.net to request this event is added to your current registration details.

October 2012: Technical Tours - spaces still available, partners welcome!click to view

Technical Tours - spaces still available, partners welcome! Image

To take full advantage of your stay in Rotterdam, we have put together a programme of technical tours that will accompany the FLOODrisk 2012 conference. Once the conference has ended you will undoubtedly be inspired by its numerous presentations and findings and you will not want to miss the great examples of modern day flood risk in practice in The Netherlands.

The tours are not only open to delegates but also to partners, colleagues and friends. To secure spaces on any of these tours please enter the number of participants during the registration process or, if you have already registered, please log into your account details to apply here.

Flood Risk Management Highlights in The Netherlands

See some of the sublime highlights of Dutch Flood Risk Management, The Maeslantkering. The Storm Surge Barrier New Waterway formed the final piece of the Delta works and thanks to the storm surge barrier, about one million people in South-Holland are protected from the sea. The Maeslant barrier is indispensable, in many ways and will probably become increasingly important to the protection of Rotterdam and its surroundings in the near future, as the sea water continues to rise.

23rd November 10.00-18.00

For more details of this tour please click here.

Flood Risk Management Highlights in Greater Rotterdam Area

The Mills at Kinderdijk are not only a marvellous feat in the Dutch polder history, they are also a significant cultural historic landmark. On this tour you will see the mills in all their glory.

23rd November 2012 11.00-18.00

For more details of this tour please click here.

Flood Risk Management Highlights in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is at the forefront of developments in Climate Proofing cities. Some of the most innovative ideas have been implemented here and you will see some of these feats as we take you around the city on the water and even up into the sky! The Floating pavilion is an innovative concept, it shows what it would actually mean to live in a floating environment. There's a great exhibition centre and it's located in the beautiful old harbour in the city centre.

23rd November 2012 13.00-18.00

  • Visit Paviljoen
  • Visit Euromast (lunch on arrival)
  • Visit Dakpark
  • Visit RDM Wharf

For more details of this tour please click here.

October 2012: Dinner and Brazilian Jazz music to close the conferenceclick to view

Dinner and Brazilian Jazz music to close the conference Image

Conference Dinner

We are happy to announce that the conference dinner will take place on Thursday 22nd in the Exchange Hall at the World Trade Center:

  • 19:00 to 19:45 pre dinner drinks with sponsor speeches, networking opportunities and entertainment by Bossa Flor
  • 20:00 to 21:30 dinner
  • 21:30 to 22:00 dessert, coffee and entertainment by Bossa Flor

Menu

The catering staff at the WTC have put together an attractive menu, including a vegetarian option and regional specialties.

Menu
Starter
Beef Carpaccio with vintage farmer's cheese and a creamy truffle dressing
&
Pheasant pâté with apple, pieces of hazelnuts and preserved figs
Main Course
Guinea-fowl supreme with a light honey and thyme, potato muslin and a clafouti of cauliflower
Dessert
Panna cotta with a purée of raspberries on a base of pistachio biscuits

Vegetarian Menu
Starter
Salad of various mushrooms (shiitake mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and Chestnut mushrooms) with a light soy vinaigrette
&
Roll of goat cheese, spinach and various kinds of nuts with tomato chutney
Main Course
Stuffed vegetables (peppers with risotto, zucchini with pecorino cheese, eggplant with bleu d'Auvergne and tomato with potato / rocket mousseline)
Dessert
Panna cotta with a purée of raspberries on a base of pistachio biscuits

Bossa Flor

The Bossa Flor band gathers musicians passionate about Brazilian music, and in particular about Bossa Nova and Brazilian jazz. It is composed of Philippe QUEVAUVILLER (guitar, vocal), Pamela SCHMID (vocal), Sergio Valente (piano), Berny HOSTE (buggle), Jose Alvaro GONÇALVES (bass guitar) and Jacques GILLET (drums). View a demonstration

 

Book your space now by either registering if you haven't done so before or amending your existing registration on www.floodrisk2012.net/registration.asp 

October 2012: Exhibition Space still availableclick to view

Exhibition Space still available Image

FLOODrisk 2012 is now 5 weeks away. There are still a few exhibition spaces available, but 80 percent of the exhibit hall is already booked, as industry leaders worldwide secure a place at the biggest conference on floodrisk management in 2012.

What's more, 10 companies and research projects have agreed to sponsor the three-day event, including overall event sponsors and sponsors of specific activities. Close to 400 people from 43 different countries including industry leaders, key influencers and policy makers, have also already registered to attend the event.

FLOODrisk2012, scheduled for 20th to 22nd November 2012, will be held at the World Trade Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 

Please visit http://www.floodrisk2012.net/sponsorship.asp for the latest information on sponsors and exhibitors and for the latest floorplan.

If you are interested in exhibiting at FLOODrisk2012, please contact us on info@floodrisk2012.net.

October 2012: Poster Sessionsclick to view

The details for the poster sessions have now been released online and you can view them here - http://www.floodrisk2012.net/posters.asp. We will have over 100 posters on display to compliment the full programme already available during the conference sessions. If you haven't yet downloaded a copy of the detailed programme please do so from here - http://www.floodrisk2012.net/programme.asp

 Schedule

The poster sessions will be between 13.30-14.00 on each day of the conference. During this time there will be 3 concurrent groups who will be given a 2 minute presentation from each poster author selected for that session. Posters have been grouped into topics to allow the sessions to provide consistent themes for the interested viewers.

Author Guidlines

Each poster has been allocated a presentation slot as listed on the website here - poster sessions. There will be 3 concurrent presentation sessions each day.

Please ensure you have read and follow these guidlines:

  • Posters must be of A0 size.
  • An allocated space will be provided to ensure posters are grouped by topics.
  • Posters must be brought along and put up by the author, either on the day of the presentation or on the day of arrival.
  • Posters may be taken down at any time but posters remaining after the conference will not be returned.
  • The presenting author will have a 2 minute speaking opportunity to present the content of the poster to the interested viewers.

Registration

Full and one day registrations are still open with a one day pass costing €350.00 and a full conference pass costing €750.00. Students may also take advantage of the one day reduced rate of €150.00. Registration must be made online at http://www.floodrisk2012.net/registration.asp. As part of the registration process you can also choose to extend your stay in Rotterdam and participate in one of our 3 technical tours. The tours range from visiting relevant locations for Flood RIsk Management in the Netherlands and Rotterdam itself.

September 2012: Countdown to FLOODrisk 2012click to view

Countdown to FLOODrisk 2012 Image

We now have less than 8 weeks until FLOODrisk 2012! If you haven't yet registered for either the conference or a hotel you ave until this Sunday to take advantage of the special rates. From Monday 1st October our registration fee will be rising from €650.00 to €750.00 and we will no longer be able to guarantee hotel rooms.

Our detailed programme is being updated all the time with more information regarding the special sessions so if you haven't seen it yet please visit http://www.floodrisk2012.net/programme.asp to download your copy.

Tours

I'm pleased to see the expressions of interest in out technical tours is being matched with uptake, if you haven't already registered or seen details of our tours please visit http://www.floodrisk2012.net/tours.asp for full details on how to book.

Should you have any questions during these final weeks please email info@floodrisk2012.net and we will be happy to help.

September 2012: International workshop on IMPLEMENTING THE EU FLOOD DIRECTIVE IN FLASH FLOOD PRONE AREASclick to view

International workshop on IMPLEMENTING THE EU FLOOD DIRECTIVE IN FLASH FLOOD PRONE AREAS Image

We are pleased to announce that our partner and exhibitor at FLOODrisk 2012, IMPRINTS, will be organising an International workshop on IMPLEMENTING THE EU FLOOD DIRECTIVE IN FLASH FLOOD PRONE AREAS in BRUSSELS on 27th SEPTEMBER.

 The aim of this workshop is to show advanced scientific and technical tools oriented to support the implementation of the directive in basins where flash floods are the main cause of the flooding events, and to encourage discussions between experts, stakeholders and risk management authorities about the challenges of Implementing the EU Flood Directive in these areas.

The Workshop will be held at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (Brussels).

More information, including the full programme and registration information, can be found on http://imprints-fp7.eu/finalWorkshop/

Participants are kindly invited to present Posters of their work or reflections on the subject. Posters can be submitted on: http://imprints-fp7.eu/finalWorkshop/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=125&Itemid=117&lang=en

Participants are also invited to a Cocktail Party including Dinner and live music concert the night before the workshop.

 

IMPRINTS is also organising the International Course on Tools to support THE EU FLOOD DIRECTIVE implementation in Flash Flood plone areas: The IMPRINTS Platform - on 26th SEPTEMBER in BRUSSELS

The aim of the course is to present the tools included on the Flash Flood Early Warning IMPRINTS Platform to the different actors involved in this kind of Risk Management (researchers, water agencies, emergency institutions, water enterprises and other stakeholders).

A number of experts involved in the development of the IMPRINTS Platform will present the details of the forecasting and warning algorithms which run the platform. The course will be based on Computer Practices over the platform tools and will enable participants to better understand and get familiar with these algorithms and tools as well as interact with the tools' developers.

The Course will also be held at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (Brussels).

More information can be found on: http://imprints-fp7.eu/course/

As the Course will have a limited number of participants, there will be a selection of the applicants based on their CV and the letter of motivation (both must be submitted during the registration process).

September 2012: Sponsorship opportunities still available for FLOODrisk2012click to view

Sponsorship opportunities still available for FLOODrisk2012 Image

The FLOODrisk 2012 conference will be the biggest Conference on Flood Risk Management in 2012. Becoming a sponsor of the FLOODrisk 2012 Conference will reinforce your organisation's position as a leading player in flood risk and flood risk management, and provide you with access to a high quality audience of industry leaders, key influencers and policy makers.

Our major Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors will be recognised with widespread visibility at the Conference, including branding opportunities, exhibition stand, promotion in all our publicity material, email and social media marketing, and acknowledgement on the Conference website.

Other sponsorship opportunities are also available, for example you may choose to sponsor:

  • Delegates bags, conference folder, lanyard: which will allow you to maintain exposure after the event as delegates re-use each item

  • Advertising within the conference handbook: (full, half and quarter page adverts available) and your own flyer included in the delegates pack 

You may also wish to exhibit at the event:

  • exhibition spaces are selling up fast , however spaces are still available (see the latest floorplan).  We have endeavoured to position all booths so that they can attract maximum amount of visitors, throughout the day as delegates circulate through the hall during lunch and coffee breaks.

For information about sponsorship opportunities for FLOODrisk 2012, please contact us, or view our PDF sponsorship brochure.


Confirmed sponsors and partners:

KvK  corfu  FloodProBE  IMPRINTS  SMARTest    FRMRC2  

  Helpdesk WMO  Room for the River  Grundfos  BFDS  HR Wallingford  

September 2012: Technical Tours - FLOODrisk 2012click to view

Technical Tours - FLOODrisk 2012 Image

Once the conference has ended, and after being inspired by its numerous presentations and findings, you will not want to miss the great examples of modern day flood risk in practice that you can find in and around the host city of Rotterdam. FLOODrisk2012 has compiled four tours, one aimed at accompanying persons and then three special technical tours which provide a unique chance to see Dutch science and policy in action.

The registration process is now available online so book your place today!

How Do I Register?

If you haven't yet registered for the conference then you can simply select the tour you wish to attend during this process. You may register more than one place and for more than one tour but please keep in mind that the technical tours will all take place on the same day, making attendance to only one technical tour possible.

If you have previously registered for the conference and would now like to register for a technical tour you may confirm your interest by accessing your registration details here, logging into the booking details and selecting the 'Tours' tab. You will then find details of each tour including the costs, and be able to indicate the number of registrations you'd like to make and 'Apply'. Should you require any assistance please email info@floodrisk2012.net.

Details of the tours on offer can be found on our website here or below.

Thanksgiving Day Tour

This tour is aimed at accompanying persons but is open to all and includes a seat at the conference dinner. This tour will take place on Thursday 22nd November and consists of the following itinarary:

  • 2 hour tour of Leiden, including a guide and a visit to the Pelgrim Museum
  • Lunch in Leiden
  • Visit to Hotel New York with a short talk about the history of the America Line.
  • Watertaxi tour of Delfthaven
  • A seat at the conference dinner
  • Drinks and snacks will be available during the day.

Cost: €160.00

Flood Risk Management Highlights in The Netherlands

See some of the sublime highlights of Dutch Flood Risk Management, The Maeslantkering. The Storm Surge Barrier New Waterway formed the final piece of the Delta works and thanks to the storm surge barrier, about one million people in South-Holland are protected from the sea. The Maeslant barrier is indispensable, in many ways and will probably become increasingly important to the protection of Rotterdam and its surroundings in the near future, as the sea water continues to rise.

The Oosterscheldekering is a turning point in Dutch history with water. Never before had so many institutions collaborated to complete this massive building project. The storm surge barrier of the Oosterschelde is, without doubt, the most impressive storm surging structure in the Netherlands. Other flood barriers can be found in the 'Hollandsche IJssel' and the 'Nieuwe Waterweg'. Enjoy this tour in the company of other FLOODrisk 2012 attendants and expert guides who will accompany the tours. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Participation will be on Friday 23rd November and will take place from 10am - 6pm.

Cost: €70.00

Flood Risk Management Highlights in Greater Rotterdam Area

The Mills at Kinderdijk are not only a marvellous feat in the Dutch polder history, they are also a significant cultural historic landmark. On this tour you will see the mills in all their glory.

The van Oord shipyard is an impressive workplace where some of the largest and most powerful dredging ships of the world are built. After their completion they set off on a voyage to exotic places such as Dubai.

The city of Dordrecht is sometimes called the "bathtub", referring to its low lying polder and its surrounding waters. The city is extremely active in persuing optimal flood safety for now and in the future and it doesn't shy away from innovative measures. Visit this wonderful historic town with small typically Dutch streets.

Participation will be on Friday 23rd November and will take place from 11am - 6pm.

Cost: €55.00

Flood Risk Management Highlights in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is at the forefront of developments in Climate Proofing cities. Some of the most innovative ideas have been implemented here and you will see some of these feats as we take you around the city on the water and even up into the sky! The Floating pavilion is an innovative concept, it shows what it would actually mean to live in a floating environment. There's a great exhibition centre and it's located in the beautiful old harbour in the city centre.

The RDM Wharf used to be a dry dock, where many of the great ships of the 1950's and 60's were built. Nowadays it serves as a hotbed for the younger generation, with the establishment of the INHOLLAND college, an incubator for young start up companies. It may even be a floating Olympic Village for the 2028 Olympics! The Dakpark is a unique collaboration of the municipality of Rotterdam and the waterboard. Here an extension of the dike has been converted to make room for a large park on top of it. Below the park is room for some of the larger retail shops in Rotterdam.

On a clear day, it is possible to see the city of The Hague from the Euromast and if the weather is cooperative in the days after the conference, then you will have a chance to see all the waterworks in the Rotterdam area from the height of 185 meters above the ground.

Participation will be on Friday 23rd November and will take place from 1pm - 6pm.

Cost: €45.00 

Terms & Conditions

  • If you cancel your tour registration before 1st October 2012, your tour registration fee will be refunded in full.
  • Tour registrations cancelled between 1st October 2012 and 1st November 2012 will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.
  • Registrations cancelled on or after 1st November 2012 will not be refunded.
  • Substitutions will be accepted at any time.
  • Payment must be received within 30 days of submitting this form to ensure your place is confirmed.
  • Failure to fulfil these criteria will result in your provisional tour registration being cancelled.

September 2012: Detailed Programmeclick to view

Detailed Programme Image

It gives us great pleasure to announce the detailed programme for FLOODrisk 2012 is now available to download on the FLOODrisk 2012 website here. We have combined 169 presentations, 9 poster sessions, 13 special sessions, 11 keynote speakers, 3 technical tours, 1 partner excursion, a welcome reception and conference dinner into 3 full days to give you the very best flood risk management experience of 2012.

The presentations have been split into one of the following sessions:

  • Flood Hazard Analysis
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Flood Prediction and Early Warning
  • Flood Consequences
  • Flood Hazard Analysis
  • Inundation Modelling
  • Flood Event Management
  • Flood Defences
  • Governance and Policy Instruments
  • Flood Risk Analysis
  • Vulnerability & Resilience
  • Longterm Adaptation

The sessions will run with up to 6 in parallel at any one time with special sessions providing a more interactive approach to the topics. The parallel sessions may have up to 6 presentations at one time giving you up to 18 presentations in a day as well as keynote speeches and posters. 

Keynote Speeches

To encapsulate our international theme we have brought together keynote speakers from around the world. They will share with you experiences and impacts of flooding, management of flooding and policies implemented to deal with flooding. Our keynote speakers are:

  • David Rooke, Environment Agency, UK
  • Wim Kuijken, Delta Commissioner of The Netherlands
  • Mark Adamson, WGF, Ireland
  • Philippe Quevauviller, Environmental Policy Officer, EC
  • Joan Boer, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Thailand
  • Jean-Philippe Lalande / Anne Marie Levraut, The Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development & Energy, France
  • Ed Link, Maryland University, US
  • Graeme Milligan, Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Australia
  • Peter Bakonyi, VITUKI Environmental Protection and Water Management Research Institute
  • Ho Long Phi, Centre of Water Management and Climate Change, Vietnam
  • Paul Samuels, HR Wallingford, UK

Special Sessions

FLOODrisk 2012 will not be a conference of presentations alone. We have teamed up with leading FRM projects and organisations to bring you interactive sessions led by experts in the field. Sessions from our co-organisers, Flood Control 2015, as well as sessions about the EU Floods Directive and the International Levee Handbook will be run to follow on from presentations about similar topics. A view of future challenges are a theme for a number of our sessions with Thailand and New Orleans examples of case studies being discussed. Each session will be run in it's own style, so for specific information please refer to our website http://www.floodrisk2012.net/programme.asp

Technical Tours

Once the conference has ended, and after being inspired by its numerous presentations and findings, you will not want to miss the great examples of modern day flood risk in practice that you can find in and around the host city of Rotterdam. FLOODrisk2012 has compiled four tours, one aimed at accompanying persons and then three special technical tours which provide a unique chance to see Dutch science and policy in action.

  • Thanksgiving Day Tour - view details
  • Flood Risk Management Highlights in The Netherlands - view details
  • Flood Risk Management Highlights in Greater Rotterdam Area - view details
  • Flood Risk Management Highlights in Rotterdam - view details

 

To register for FLOODrisk 2012 you must complete the online registration process here. If you have any questions about this conference please email us at info@floodrisk2012.net

August 2012: Registration and Hotelsclick to view

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Finding a reputable accommodation in an unknown city can be a daunting task but we have teamed up with Jibe! Destination Management to provide you with the very best rates across a range of hotels to suit all budgets. The reduced rates have been negotiated to end on the 30th September and so we urge you to take advantage of this offer whilst you still can. This really does provide you with the cheapest option for accommodation in a competitive city centre.

We have also decided to extend the standard registration for this conference to fall inline with the hotel offer so you can now return from your Summer holidays and enjoy September knowing your registration and accommodation will remain at the lowest rates possible.

How Do I Register?

Registration for both the conference and hotels are carried out on the FLOODrisk 2012 website in one process, no money for hotels is required until you check out but please do check the terms and conditions regarding any cancellations.

What If I Have Aready Registered?

It's not too late to arrange your accommodation with us and still take advantage of the special rates. Simply contact Marjolein from Jibe! at marjolein@jibe-group.com mentioning you are registered for the FLOODrisk 2012 conference and would like to book a hotel room.

Where Should I Stay?

Rotterdam is a vibrant city with many attractions on offer, including the Euromast and the Port of Rotterdam. Our hotels are situated in locations that provide easy access to the conference venue and the city centre either by walking or using one of the many public transport options available.

Inntel Hotel 

The hotel that the FLOODrisk 2012 organisers have chosen to stay in is the luxurious Inntel Hotel Rotterdam Centre, located in the centre of Rotterdam, on the waterfront and at the foot of the Erasmus bridge. A metro station and tramstop are right in front of the hotel, which makes it an ideal base for exploring every corner of Rotterdam.

The hotel has 263 rooms which can be described as modern, warm and comfortably furnished. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a laptop-safe, mini bar, seating area and wireless internet connection. The ninth floor of the hotel accommodates the Health & Wellness Centre including a swimming pool, sauna and fitness facilities.

The Inntel Hotel is a 10 minute walk from the World Trade Center.

  • Free WiFi
  • Views of Erasmus Bridge
  • No smoking

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Maritime Hotel

Centrally and uniquely located, the Maritime Hotel is situated in the heart of Rotterdam on the banks of the Maas River. Not only guests from the maritime world, but also tourists and business people enjoy staying in the historic ambiance of this maritime hotel. The Maritime Hotel is a spectacular feat of architectural achievement, built atop the Zeemanshuis city monument. The hotel offers 165 well-furnished rooms for one, two, three or four persons, all with a shower and toilet.

From the Maritime hotel it is a 20 minute walk to get to the World Trade Center.

  • Front rooms have a view over the Maas river (15 front rooms available)
  • Free WiFi
  • A bar with atmosphere!
  • Cheaper rooms may be available on request

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NH Atlanta Hotel

The NH Atlanta Rotterdam is surrounded by the city's top destinations for sightseeing, shopping and nightlife. Constructed in the 1930's, this charming, art-deco structure provides a captivating contrast to the sleek and ultra-modern World Trade Centre conveniently located across the street. With a scenic, 15-minute walk guests can reach the Erasmus Bridge and the largest harbour in the world. The hotel's proximity to public transportation puts the famous Ahoy Arena, the Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo and Euromast - the largest tower in the Netherlands at your doorstep. With their concierge at the service of your guests 24 hours a day and a tourist office around the corner, guests will be able to access everything Rotterdam has to offer with complete ease - whilst the conference venue World Trade Center is only a few steps away.

  • Friendly staff
  • Breakfast with views of the city

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Eden Savoy Hotel

Eden Savoy Hotel Rotterdam is ideally located in the very heart of Rotterdam. A four-star Hotel which luxury and comfort allows you to experience your stay in main port Rotterdam even better! Being close to several corporate headquarters, office buildings, shops, famous architecture, congress centres and the old harbour, the Eden Savoy Hotel Rotterdam is sited on a top location.

Eden Savoy Hotel Rotterdam has 94 spacious, comfortable rooms, all of which are air conditioned. You will find all the comfort that you may expect from a modern hotel room. If you want to indulge your guests even more you want to book a Superior Room, where not only breakfast is included but where you can make unlimited use of internet and pay TV and enjoy fresh fruit, mineral water, extra bathroom amenities, use of a robe and slippers.

  • Free WiFi (in the lobby)
  • Fitness suite and meeting room
  • Cocktail barmen in the evening!

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For terms and conditions and more information please visit our website or contact Marjolein from Jibe! at marjolein@jibe-group.com

August 2012: BFDS confirmed as Silver Sponsorsclick to view

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We are delighted to welcome BFDS as Silver Sponsor to FLOODrisk2012

BFDS takes the lead as the first company in the Benelux providing intelligent solutions to flood risk created by the actual fast growing climate changes. Due to our range of advanced and innovative flood defence products, we can offer tailor made solutions against flood-risk, perfectly adapted to the specific needs of our customers.

Our area of expertise can be divided in 3 levels:

  • Private property & Company buildings: The FloodAngel range consists of a variety of products protecting wall openings, walls and the sewer system. All these products are certified and protect houses and companies against the danger of flooding.
  • Communities and urban areas: The SCFB (Self Closing Flood Barrier) is a unique, passive flood defense system that works on the power of the rising water. This fit-and-forget system will protect a property, city or community without electricity, nor human intervention.
  • Civil protection: The Watergate is a highly efficient temporary water dam for rapid intervention which can be deployed  in minutes with a proven efficiency. With heights from 15cm up to 150cm the Watergate is versatile and easy to use.

As a pioneer in the Benelux, BFDS wants to develop its activities based on three basic pillars:-

  • Researching the increasing damaging effects of flooding.   BFDS considers it to be a personal challenge to map the different causes of flooding and to find effective solutions and resources together with the different parties concerned.
  • BFDS want to continue to Innovate in order to find solutions to existing and new flood problems.
  • We have the ambition to Sensitize the European market and to prepare people and communities for the damaging effects of flooding, and we want to develop a social conscience towards the new alternatives we can offer to the traditional inefficient and heavy sandbags.

"Our customers should no longer stay powerless and watch their precious possessions  repeatedly being destroyed by heavy rainfall and flooding. Therefore we engage ourselves to offer them budget-friendly and efficient tailor made solutions. By installing our products, high costs, claims and inconveniences can be avoided".

To get a first impression of our products we invite you to take a look at our website www.bfds.be or contact us for more detailed information or an appointment at info@bfds.be.

Oliver Fémont: "Sponsoring Floodrisk 2012 was the most obvious choice for our company. As the first company in continental Europe, BFDS focusses solely on protecting our fragile community against the problem of flooding. We hope to inform the participants on the different options and innovating systems that we bring to market and meet the key stakeholders to join forces and to stride forward into a future with less water where it doesn't belong."

Sponsorship Opportunities

As Silver Sponsors, BFDS will have maximum exposure prior to, during and after the event and will have the opportunity to communicate to an international audience of industry leaders, key influencers and policy makers. Tangible benefits include a free exhibition stand and free delegate passes, promotion in all FLOODrisk2012 publicity material (online and offline) and direct mailshot to registered attendees.

There are still sponsorship opportunities available: FLOODrisk2012 offers a wide range of exhibition and sponsorship options that can be tailored to your requirements and to suit your budget. The exhibition has been designed from the outset to be an integral component of the Conference and exhibitors can be assured of high exposure.

We kindly refer you to the attached prospectus and the website on www.floodrisk2012.net where you will find information on the event and options you have to support the conference as well as the most important dates and deadlines.

August 2012: A SERIOUS CHALLENGE FOR STUDENTS!click to view

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The 2nd European Flood Risk conference will be the place for the professionals to discuss recent developments in water safety, flood control and flood risk management. But what about the professionals of the future? Will there be any place for young, innovative brains to participate? Yes, because students from all disciplines and countries are very welcome to visit Rotterdam and develop new ideas or improve existing concepts for flood preparedness, response and recovery!

You, as a student or young professional, will be challenged to develop a creative product to simulate a flood event or crisis situation which can be used for having interaction or as a training tool. This will be no paper work assignment, but hands on work and a lot of fun! During a 24-hour Pressure Cooker you will design or develop a concept for a serious game with the help of professionals. A serious game typically reproduces a simplified version of reality while being educational and fun at the same time.

Who?

Students from all disciplines and all (applied) universities worldwide are welcome to send their ideas and motivation to join. More precisely, 3rd or 4rd Bachelor students and Master students are encouraged to join the competition. Graduated BSc/MSc students or PhD students with not more than 2 year work experience are also welcome. The most creative and motivated students will be part of this exciting contest.

Why?

Student Game

Participating in this event means that you will have the unique opportunity to present your innovative ideas to professionals from the field. Together with them you will strengthen your plans to a concrete and potentially marketable concept in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team. The winners of the competition will be supported for longer time by experts to completely develop their concept to a final product for an interested client. Additionally, they will receive an interactive tablet to visually support the development of their serious game! Of course nobody will be left emptied handed: all participants receive free access to the conference on the 22th of November. You will have ample opportunities to strengthen your CV, to network with professionals from all over the world and to learn more about flood risk management.

When?

The 24h Pressure Cooker will take place from 20th-21st November 2012 in Rotterdam. Participants are also granted free access to the Flood Risk 2012 conference on the 22nd November, where the winning group will receive their awards.

Costs

The participation in the contest is free of charge and the contestants will be provided with drinks, meals and snacks during the 24h Pressure Cooker. After the 24h Pressure Cooker session you can stay over for one night at a modest hostel for free. The organization does not cover travel costs to Rotterdam or back home.

Application

Do not miss this unique opportunity! To join the Serious Challenge we invite you to submit your contact details, Curriculum Vitae (CV) and motivation letter before 17thSeptember 2012 to 24hpressurecooker@floodcontrol2015.com Your motivation letter (max. 750 words) should include your motivation for joining and a proposal for a concept of a serious game concerning flood risk management for your own city or delta.

The students with the best proposals will be selected by a jury to participate in the Serious Challenge, based on their motivation and on the relevance and creativity of their solution. The selected students will be contacted by e-mail in the first week of November 2012.

More information: www.floodcontrol2015.com or www.floodrisk2012.net

August 2012: Innovation contract signed, Flood Control 2100 takes shaoeclick to view

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On April 4th, both public and private stakeholders in the Netherlands presented their 'Innovation contract' for water related business sectors. This finalises months of preparation and anticipation. Now, the preparations for start-up of the Flood Control 2100 can start. First line of action will be the preparation of the R&D plan for 2013.

Under the name 'Flood Control 2100', new solutions will be developed for flood risk management ranging from protection to disaster risk reduction and spatial planning. New in this approach will be the even more explicit partnership between public and private entities. Dutch public organisations will take more risks with innovative approaches in their project, while companies and research institutes will align their innovation goals with these projects. The Netherlands will become more safe at lower costs, while functioning as a showroom for Dutch solutions to flood risk challenges.

As co-organisers of the FLOODrisk 2012 conference, the initiators of Flood Control 2100 will present several solutions at this event, as well as launch an international community to extend the initiative across our borders. Anyone interested in his community is invited to join at FLOODrisk2012!

July 2012: Grundfos first Silver Sponsorclick to view

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We are delighted to welcome Grundfos as our first Silver Sponsor.

Grundfos is the world's largest pump manufacturer and a full-line supplier of pump solutions within water supply, wastewater, buildings services, and industry.

With 80 sales companies in more than 55 countries and more than 250 partners, Grundfos offers local presence and know-how anywhere in the world.

Grundfos

Experts in flood control

With a portfolio of innovative and reliable flood control solutions Grundfos can go further than most to prevent or reduce the consequences of flooding in a financially and environmentally sustainable way. This insight is applied to address key issues of safeguarding people, crops, business and the entire infrastructure.

Solutions you can rely on

Through a combination of technical know-how, industry leadership and solution-oriented product development Grundfos has the pumps and control solutions to cope with these heavy demands.

Grundfos' expertise has been built up, through a policy of working with locally-based consulting/design engineers that possess the knowledge and know the rules of the game in their markets.

Pumps protect people

Limiting the potential damage of coastal and inland flooding requires a pump solution that can be trusted. In terms of flood control, there's a lot at stake - initially, the protection of people, their homes, production facilities, crops, and livestock. And in the longer term, proper flood control solutions can prevent contamination of drinking water supply systems, damage to infrastructure and the potential risk of epidemics or famine.

FLOODrisk 2012

Pumps that do the job

Flood control pumping is characterised by a requirement for pump solutions with high flow and low head. The powerful Grundfos range of axial and mixed-flow pumps for flood control is specifically designed for durable use in pumping stations, harbour management and storm water tank solutions.

Global experience

With successful flood control projects in some of the world,s most vulnerable cities in Korea, Dubai, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, India, Belgium, Denmark, USA, and many more, Grundfos experts know the challenges and how to deal with them - and equally competent at serving customers in both 50 Hz and 60 Hz markets globally.

Expertise in every phase

Using advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations at the planning and design phases, Grundfos can tailor pump solutions that can cope with the heavy demands of moving vast flows of surface or storm water - and guarantee that it works.

Grundfos can supply the specialist expertise to help meet any performance objective, from the initial identification of needs, design,recommendations on duty set up and strategy, installation, operation, and maintenance of the pumping solution.

Sales Development Manager, Jim Rise, from Grundfos Water Utility Competence Centre in Copenhagen says: "As a sponsor of FLOODrisk 2012 we hope to put focus on innovative pump solutions as an immediate and reliable option to minimise the consequences of flooding. FLOODrisk 2012 is an opportunity for Grundfos and the other organisations here to meet face-to-face with relevant customers and reach new levels of flood risk management ".

To learn more about what Grundfos has to offer, please come and visit our flood control experts at the Grundfos booth at FLOODrisk2012 - Or visit: www.grundfos.com/flood-control.


Sponsorship Opportunities

As Silver Sponsors, Grundfos will have maximum exposure prior to, during and after the event and will have the opportunity to communicate to an international audience of industry leaders, key influencers and policy makers. Tangible benefits include a free exhibition stand and free delegate passes, promotion in all FLOODrisk2012 publicity material (online and offline) and direct mailshot to registered attendees.

There are still sponsorship opportunities available: FLOODrisk2012 offers a wide range of exhibition and sponsorship options that can be tailored to your requirements and to suit your budget. The exhibition has been designed from the outset to be an integral component of the Conference and exhibitors can be assured of high exposure.

We kindly refer you to the attached prospectus and the websiteon www.floodrisk2012.net where you will find information on the event and options you have to support the conference as well as the most important dates and deadlines.

July 2012: Ruimte voor de Rivier / Room for the River first Bronze sponsorclick to view

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We are delighted to confirm Ruimte voor de Rivier / Room for the River as first Bronze sponsors for FLOODrisk2012.

The goal of the Dutch Room for the River Programme is to give the river more room to be able to manage higher water levels. At more than 30 locations, measures will be taken that give the river space to flood safely. Moreover, the measures will be designed in such a way that they improve the quality of the immediate surroundings. The Room for the River programme will be completed by 2015.

What is happening?

With rivers losing space, flood hazards are increasing in the Netherlands. The rivers are sandwiched between ever higher dykes ? sheltering growing populations. Meanwhile, the land behind the dykes is subsiding apace. And with rain becoming both heavier and more frequent, there is more water for the rivers to handle. This means rising water levels and a greater chance of flooding ? add to this a major impact on residents, livestock, infrastructure and the economy.

1995: a quarter-million evacuees

Extreme levels and the borderline floodwaters of1993 and 1995 in the country?s river region were a serious warning signal: 1995 in particular marked a narrowly averted disaster. A quarter of a million people and a million head of livestock had to be evacuated.

New approach to flood protection

Higher dykes are not enough to avert the increasing danger of floods. Water levels must be reduced. To this end the Dutch government is taking action to better protect the river region from flooding. At more than 30 locations rivers will be granted more ?elbow room?. Together these measures form the national Room for the River programme. This unique programme involves Rijkswaterstaat (Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management), municipalities and provincial executives ? with the aim of ensuring safety for four million residents. The end result will be a safe and attractive river region in 2015.

Economic motor

Alongside safety, Room for the River is also good for the economy. On one hand the programme creates local potential ? like the new leisure openings at the Millingerwaard. Meanwhile in Nijmegen, river widening is part of an urban leisure plan in the region. In Overdiep agricultural restructuring is promoting more profitable operations ? and at the Avelingen industrial park there is a boost for sustainable transport on the river. On the other hand the national economy is welcoming a lift from the order book for the hydraulic construction sector for real project realizations.

Managing-director Ingwer de Boer from the Room for the River project says: "As well as sponsoring FLOODrisk 2012, we are also organising the International and Scientific Conference ?Room for the River : An international benchmark for a new governance approach in flood risk management?? on the 19th November just ahead of the FLOODrisk conference and will be holding a special session during the conference. We chose to associate with FLOODrisk 2012 because it enables us to reach a high quality international audience of industry leaders, key influencers and policy makers".

To find out more about Room for the River, visit: www.roomfortheriver.nl

Sponsorship Opportunities

As Bronze Sponsors, UrbanFlood and IJkdijkRuimte voor de Rivier / Room for the Rive will have maximum exposure prior to, during and after the event and will have the opportunity to communicate to an international audience of industry leaders, key influencers and policy makers. Tangible benefits include a free exhibition stand and free delegate passes, the opportunity to make a short presentation during the event, promotion in all FLOODrisk2012 publicity material (online and offline) and direct mailshot to registered attendees.

There are still sponsorship opportunities available: FLOODrisk2012 offers a wide range of exhibition and sponsorship options that can be tailored to your requirements and to suit your budget. The exhibition has been designed from the outset to be an integral component of the Conference and exhibitors can be assured of high exposure.

We kindly refer you to the attached prospectus and the websiteon www.floodrisk2012.net where you will find information on the event and options you have to support the conference as well as the most important dates and deadlines.

June 2012: Early Bird Registration - Last Chance!click to view

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Early Bird Registration - Last Chance!

The early bird registration period has only hours left.. You can take advantage of this special rate until 14th June 2012, so for just €575 you will have access to the technical sessions, poster sessions and exhibition for all 3 days. You will also receive the full conference proceedings. Lunches and refreshments are included and for an additional €40 you can also attend the conference dinner on the evening of Thursday 22nd November.

Provisional Programme

To view details of who will be there and the sessions that will be run, we are pleased to announce that the provisional programme for FLOODrisk2012 is now available on the website - http://www.floodrisk2012.net/programme.asp. We will continue to add more detail to the programme as we get nearer to the start of the conference. In particular the specific paper sessions will be made available once the final submission process has been completed.

How Do I Register?

Registration is a simple 5 step process and must be made online. Registration is compulsory for authors presenting papers at the conference. To register visit http://www.floodrisk2012.net/registration.asp and either log in, if you have previously registered with us, or start the registration process by entering your email address in the Register box. You will then be guided through the step by step process. Payment may be made online via PayPal or you can choose to pay by postal cheque, bank transfer, invoice or credit card over the phone. Confirmation of your place at the conference will only be made once payment has been received.

Should you have any questions regarding the registration process please feel free to email us at info@floodrisk2012.net where we can answer any of your questions.

FLOODrisk 2012 promises to be the Flood Risk Management conference of the year with this early bird rate making it the ideal opportunity to book your place. We look forward to seeing you in Rotterdam.

June 2012: Provisional Programme and Early Bird Registration - 2 Weeks To Go!click to view

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Provisional Programme

We are pleased to announce that the provisional programme for FLOODrisk2012 is now available on the website - http://www.floodrisk2012.net/programme.asp. We will continue to add more detail to the programme as we get nearer to the start of the conference. In particular the specific paper sessions will be made available once the final submission process has been completed.

Early Bird Registration - Closing soon!

The early bird registration period has only 2 weeks left.. You can take advantage of this special rate until 14th June 2012, so for just €575 you will have access to the technical sessions, poster sessions and exhibition for all 3 days. You will also receive the full conference proceedings. Lunches and refreshments are included and for an additional €40 you can also attend the conference dinner on the evening of Thursday 22nd November.

Who Will Be There?

Our call for papers proved to be overwhelmingly popular with over 350 abstracts submitted. The standard was so high that we accepted over 210 for oral presentations and over 160 for poster presentation. Over 40 countries have been represented demonstrating this conference extends beyond its European setting. As well as the 350+ authors who will be present at the conference we are targeting a number of keynote speakers, who will be announced in time. Confirmed so far are:

  • Mr. Joop Atsma, State Secretary of Water Affairs in The Netherlands will open the congress.
  • Mr. David Rooke, Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency UK, will speak about adaptive flood risk management in the UK.
  • Mr. Wim Kuijken, who is the Delta Mommissioner of The Netherlands, will discuss the research challenges of adaptive delta management in the Dutch delta.
  • Mr. Mark Adamson, Chair of Common Iimplementation Strategy WGF, will be highlighting the challenges in Europe for implementing the flood directive.
  • Mr. Philippe Quevauviller, the EC Environmental Policy Officer will be presenting Horizon 2020: The EU framework for research and innovation.
  • Mr. Joan Boer, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Thailand, who will provide a valuable insight into an ambassadors retrospective on flood event management of the Bangkok flooding
  • Prof. Ed Link from Maryland University (US) who will be addressing the congress on the topic of the impact of flood retention strategies in Mississippi and Missouri.
  • Mr. Graeme Milligan from Queensland Reconstruction Authority who will present the recovery and resilience experiences from the recent Queensland disasters
  • Mr. Ho Long Phi, Director at the Center of Water Management and Climate Change, Vietnam National University HCMC, who will discuss the adaptive urban flood risk management of Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Prof. Paul Samuels from HR Wallingford (UK) will present a keynote on the research challenges in Europe.

What Can You Expect?

On top of the unrivalled access to a significant network of FRM colleagues you will be able to participate in a variety of presentations and discussions across the 15 topics of this conference. Along side the conference programme will be a number of side events providing a more interactive focus on the topics and will challenge the 'bridging the gap between science and policy' concept of the conference. A large exhibition area will provide ideal networking opportunities along with the conference dinner. Conference proceedings will be available in the form of a CD with the book of abstracts, included in your registration.

A number of technical tours are also being lined up to allow you the opportunity to experience FRM in Rotterdam and The Netherlands. The tours are not included in the registration fee but will provide a great practical experience and worthwhile addition to your stay. For more information and to express an interest in one or more of the tours please follow the registration process here.

How Do I Register?

Registration is a simple 5 step process and must be made online. Registration is compulsory for authors presenting papers at the conference. To register visit http://www.floodrisk2012.net/registration.asp and either log in, if you have previously registered with us, or start the registration process by entering your email address in the Register box. You will then be guided through the step by step process. Payment may be made online via PayPal or you can choose to pay by postal cheque, bank transfer, invoice or credit card over the phone. Confirmation of your place at the conference will only be made once payment has been received.

Should you have any questions regarding the registration process please feel free to email us at info@floodrisk2012.net where we can answer any of your questions.

FLOODrisk 2012 promises to be the Flood Risk Management conference of the year with this early bird rate making it the ideal opportunity to book your place. We look forward to seeing you in Rotterdam.

April 2012: UrbanFlood / IJkdijk First Gold sponsors for FLOODrisk2012click to view

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We are delighted to confirm UrbanFlood and IJkdijk as first joint Gold sponsors for FLOODrisk2012.

 

UrbanFlood is a European funded project under the EU 7th framework Programme investigating the use of sensors within flood embankments to support an online early warning system for real time emergency management. Application of the concepts to support routine asset management, which includes the regular inspection of dikes, is also considered.

The UrbanFlood project is creating an EWS framework that will be used to link sensors via the Internet to predictive models and emergency warning systems. The data collected from the sensors are interpreted to assess the condition and likelihood of failure; different models can be used to predict the failure mode and subsequent potential inundation in near real time. Through the Internet, additional computer resources required by the framework are made available on demand. UrbanFlood will validate the EWS framework and method for implementation in the context of dike performance (failure) in an urban environment, but it can also be applied to monitor other possible disasters.

UrbanFlood started in December 2009 and runs for 3 years; the final UrbanFlood workshop will be held during the FLOODrisk2012 conference. Partners of UrbanFlood are TNO Information and Communication Technology, the University of Amsterdam and STOWA (Dutch acronym for the Foundation for Applied Water Research) from the Netherlands; HR Wallingford in the UK, ACC Cyfronet AGH in Poland and OOO Siemens in Russia.

The IJkdijk is an international test setup for new inspection and monitoring technologies for water barriers. The purpose of the IJkdijk is to look into whether these inspection and monitoring technologies can be used to improve the inspection of levees in order to gain a clearer understanding of their behaviour. The ultimate aim is to establish the current strength of levees so that the authorities in the Netherlands can intervene sooner and more reliably should that prove necessary. The levee of the future is being designed and tested by the IJkdijk.

The IJkdijk foundation is an initiative of N.V .NOM, STOWA, Stichting IDL, Deltares and TNO; the test dikes are situated in a small polder near Nieuweschans, Groningen, the Netherlands, in the management area of Waterschap (water board) Hunze en Aa?s

Ludolph Wentholt from STOWA says: "We are delighted to be sponsoring FLOODrisk 2012 because it provides us with an international platform to promote and disseminate the important work carried out by both UrbanFlood and IJkdijk. Our involvement in FLOODrisk 2012 will not stop at sponsorship though, we also plan on submitting several papers and sending over 50 participants to the event

To find out more about UrbandFlood, visit www.urbanflood.eu. To find out more about Ijkdijk, visit www.ijkdijk.eu

Sponsorship Opportunities

As Gold Sponsors, UrbanFlood and IJkdijk will have maximum exposure prior to, during and after the event and will have the opportunity to communicate to an international audience of industry leaders, key influencers and policy makers. Tangible benefits include a free exhibition stand and free delegate passes, the opportunity to make a short presentation during the event, promotion in all FLOODrisk2012 publicity material (online and offline) and direct mailshot to registered attendees.

There are still sponsorship opportunities available: FLOODrisk2012 offers a wide range of exhibition and sponsorship options that can be tailored to your requirements and to suit your budget. The exhibition has been designed from the outset to be an integral component of the Conference and exhibitors can be assured of high exposure.

We kindly refer you to the attached prospectus and the websiteon www.floodrisk2012.net where you will find information on the event and options you have to support the conference as well as the most important dates and deadlines.

March 2012: Invitation for FLOODrisk 2012 Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunitiesclick to view

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The FLOODrisk2012 International Scientific Committee invites you to support the 2nd European Conference on Flood Risk Management in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 20-22 November 2012 to share your research, services and products with researchers, policy makers and practitioners from across the world with a direct interest in flood risk and flood risk management.

We are expecting over 500 international delegates from across industry, government and academia to what will be the biggest European meeting on flood risk management since 2008. The Event Organising Committee has already welcomed a number of partners to support the event organisation and programme, including FloodControl 2015, CORFU, FloodProBE, IMPRINTS SMARTest, URBANFLOOD, FRMRC2, Helpdesk WMO and KvK.

Sponsorship of FLOODrisk2012 provides your organisation with the opportunity to communicate to an international audience of industry leaders, key influencers and policy makers. FLOODrisk2012 offers a wide range of exhibition and sponsorship options that can be tailored to your requirements and to suit your budget. The exhibition has been designed from the outset to be an integral component of the Conference and exhibitors can be assured of high exposure.

Our aim is to ensure that the conference maintains a high profile from now to beyond the event itself. We will be achieving this through a combination of traditional and digital marketing, including project branding, press release, direct marketing, internet and social media marketing. Our communication plan will ensure that partners, sponsors and exhibitors' profile is publicised to our wide network of contacts both throughout the period leading to the event, but also during the event and beyond the conference itself, thus ensuring maximum exposure for all sponsors and exhibitors of FLOODrisk2012.

We kindly refer you to the sponsorship prospectus that you can download from the website on www.floodrisk2012.net where you will find information on the event and options you have to support the conference.

We aim for long-term relations with our partners and therefore welcome ideas and suggestions for supporting the event that may not have been presented in this document.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

March 2012: Registration Now Open!click to view

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The early bird registration period has now opened and you can take advantage of this special rate until 14th June 2012. For just €575 you will have access to the technical sessions, poster sessions and exhibition for all 3 days. You will also receive the full conference proceedings. Lunches and refreshments are included and for an additional €40 you can also attend the conference dinner on the evening of Thursday 22nd November.

Why Register?

Co-organised by Deltares and HR Wallingford, FLOODrisk2012 will bring together world leading organisations and experts in the field of flood risk analysis and management, addressing issues relating to research, policy and practice.  The conference programme combines a wide range of papers with selected keynote speakers, special topic sessions, extensive poster and exhibition displays.  Special sessions will take a variety of forms to facilitate participant interaction in key debates.

The conference is aligned with a series of national and international research initiatives such as Flood Control 2015 and a number of European research programmes all of which are making advances in flood risk research and practice.  The interface between science and policy, and how this can affect practice, will provide a focus for some of the special sessions. Experience from the USA and more recent flood events in Thailand will add to the variety of practical issues presented, making FLOODrisk 2012 the ideal platform to showcase and debate the latest advances in flood risk research, policy and practice.

Who Will Be There?

Our call for papers proved to be overwhelmingly popular with over 350 abstracts submitted. The standard was so high that we accepted over 210 for oral presentations and over 160 for poster presentation. Over 40 countries have been represented demonstrating this conference extends beyond its European setting. As well as the 350+ authors who will be present at the conference we are targeting a number of keynote speakers, who will be announced in time. Confirmed so far are:

  •  Mr. Joan Boer, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Thailand, who will provide a valuable insight into an ambassadors retrospective on flood event management of the Bangkok flooding
  • Prof. Ed Link from Maryland University (US) who will be addressing the congress on the topic of the impact of flood retention strategies in Mississippi and Missouri.
  • Mr Ho Long Phi, Director at the Center of Water Management and Climate Change, Vietnam National University HCMC, who will discuss the adaptive urban flood risk management of Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Prof. Paul Samuels from HR Wallingford (UK) will present a keynote on the research challenges in Europe. 

What Can You Expect?

On top of the unrivalled access to a significant network of FRM colleagues you will be able to participate in a variety of presentations and discussions across the 15 topics of this conference. Along side the conference programme will be a number of side events providing a more interactive focus on the topics and will challenge the 'bridging the gap between science and policy' concept of the conference. A large exhibition area will provide ideal networking opportunities along with the conference dinner. Conference proceedings will be available in the form of a CD with the book of abstracts, included in your registration.

A number of technical tours are also being lined up to allow you the opportunity to experience FRM in Rotterdam and The Netherlands. The tours are not included in the registration fee but will provide a great practical experience and worthwhile addition to your stay. For more information and to express an interest in one or more of the tours please follow the registration process here.

How Do I Register?

Registration is a simple 5 step process and must be made online. Registration is compulsory for authors presenting papers at the conference. To register visit http://www.floodrisk2012.net/registration.asp and either log in, if you have previously registered with us, or start the registration process by entering your email address in the Register box. You will then be guided through the step by step process. Payment may be made online via PayPal or you can choose to pay by postal cheque, bank transfer, invoice or credit card over the phone. Confirmation of your place at the conference will only be made once payment has been received.

Should you have any questions regarding the registration process please feel free to email us at info@floodrisk2012.net where we can answer any of your questions.

FLOODrisk 2012 promises to be the Flood Risk Management conference of the year with this early bird rate making it the ideal opportunity to book your place. We look forward to seeing you in Rotterdam.

January 2012: Happy New Year!click to view

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May I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

This will be a very exciting year, for flood risk management, with the FLOODrisk 2012 conference being the place to be in November! The response to our call for abstracts lead us to receive over 350 abstracts from over 40 countries and the initial signs suggest the standard of the abstracts is very high. The review process is due to close in a couple of days and we hope to notify authors from 16th January 2012. Registration for the conference will also begin at this stage.

As I'm sure you're all planning for the year ahead I thought I'd provide you with a list of key dates for your diaries:


  • 16th January 2012: Notification of acceptance
  • 16th January 2012: Early registration opens
  • 16th March 2012: Full paper submission
  • 15th June 2012: Final papers deadline
  • 15th June 2012: Standard registration begins
  • 31st August 2012: Late registration begins
  • 20th - 22nd November 2012: FLOODrisk 2012 conference

Please also be advised that we have a number of sponsorship opportunities for this conference and we're pleased to say our first GOLD sponsor has been confirmed. We shall be announcing this in due course. For more sponsorship information please visit - http://www.floodrisk2012.net/sponsorship.asp.

On our LinkedIn page you may also vote in our poll to let us know if you will be attending the conference, please click here to vote - http://lnkd.in/wfUqDk

November 2011: Thank You!click to view

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Submissions of abstracts for the FLOODrisk 2012 conference has now officially closed. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many authors who have submitted their abstracts and those who are in the process of doing so after requesting a short extension.

With over 300 abstracts registered so far from authors in 38 countries including Australia, Canada, China, across the EU, India, Japan, New Zealand, and the USA, FLOODrisk 2012 will be the leading flood risk management conference in 2012 for researchers and practitioners alike.

We would also like to emphasise that we are currently in discussion with several journals including the JFRM, JRBM and the Journal of Environmental Hazards & Policy Dimensions to agree special editions for publication of some of the most relevant papers following the event.

Even if you did not submit a paper, please do register your interest in FLOODrisk 2012 now at http://www.floodrisk2012.net/registration.asp. This will ensure you are kept up to date with news from the conference, the exhibition and any sponsorship opportunities, and in particular the opening of the conference delegate registration process at discounted rates for those who book early for the event.

October 2011: 1 Week To Go!click to view

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If you haven't already submitted your abstract, you have just 1 week left! The deadline is by the end of day on Monday 31st October 2011.

We understand that writing an abstract, this far in advance, does mean leaving it to the last minute, but should you feel the deadline is too soon for you, please do let us know a date you feel more comfortable with and we will try and accommodate such requests. To contact us please email info@floodrisk2012.net, where you will find a friendly assistant on hand. If you'd like to speak to someone, please call +44 (0)1865 823153.

As we are expecting the online submission system to have heavy usage this week, we have ensured that any enquiries can be dealt with quickly, either by email or on the phone. If you are in any doubt about how the submission system works please feel free to contact us.

Although we have carried out an extensive marketing campaign, promoting this deadline, that has reached across the world, it is possible some people haven't yet acknowledged the deadline is fast approaching and I would like to ask that you pass this to any colleagues you feel will benefit. Our LinkedIn group and twitter feed are also good ways to keep up to date with the conference progress.

October 2011: Meet the Organisers - Part 4: Samuiclick to view

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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 sponsor@floodrisk2012.net. Richard Holmes. Development Manager, is coordinating Delegate, Accommodation and Venue liaison as well as managing general enquiries. Should you have any questions for any of the team please email info@floodrisk2012.net and we look forward to meeting you all in Rotterdam next year.

Key Dates:

  • 31st October 2011 - Online Abstract Submission Closes
  • 16th January 2012 - Notification of Acceptance
  • 16th March 2012 - Full Paper Submission
  • 15th May 2012 - Notification of Review Results
  • 15th June 2012 - Final Papers Deadline
  • 20th - 22nd November 2012 - FLOODrisk 2012 Conference

 

October 2011: Meet the Organisers - Part 3: Flood Control 2015click to view

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Flood Control 2015
Solutions for

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."

For more information: www.floodcontrol2015.com

Meet Flood Control 2015 at Aquaterra 2011
November 1-3 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Aquaterra is the conference on delta's, coasts and rivers. The International Water Week Conference will present over 30 varied sessions and 70 international top level speakers. It offers practical solutions and innovative concepts and implementations in delta regions worldwide. With over 800 participants from science, policy and practice, the programme integrates the full range of disciplines: finance, research, policymaking and engineering.

The Flood Control 2015 programme will organise a thematic session on Smart Flood Control. We invite representatives from vulnerable delta's worldwide to join this session and start discussions on implementing smarter solutions for flood control and flood management.

From keynote speakers to roundtable discussions, the session will provide a starting point for an international community on flood control best practices.

More information: http://www.aquaterraconference.com/nl/en/Pages/deltascoastsandrivers.aspx

Are you interested in joining this community? Please contact info@floodcontrol2015.com

Key Dates:

  • 31st October 2011 - Online Abstract Submission Closes
  • 16th January 2012 - Notification of Acceptance
  • 16th March 2012 - Full Paper Submission
  • 15th May 2012 - Notification of Review Results
  • 15th June 2012 - Final Papers Deadline
  • 20th - 22nd November 2012 - FLOODrisk 2012 Conference

 

October 2011: Meet the Organisers - Part 2: HR Wallingfordclick to view

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"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.

We look forward to meeting you in Rotterdam at the FLOODrisk2012 conference."

Key Dates:

  • 31st October 2011 - Online Abstract Submission Closes
  • 16th January 2012 - Notification of Acceptance
  • 16th March 2012 - Full Paper Submission
  • 15th May 2012 - Notification of Review Results
  • 15th June 2012 - Final Papers Deadline
  • 20th - 22nd November 2012 - FLOODrisk 2012 Conference

October 2011: Meet the Organisers - Part 1: Deltaresclick to view

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This week I will be offering a short insight into each coordinating organisation for FLOODrisk2012. The first organisation in the spotlight is Deltares, NL, who are taking the lead with this conference.

"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.

We are looking forward to meeting you at the FLOODrisk2012 conference."

Please be reminded that the abstract submission deadline is 31st October.

Key Dates:

  • 31st October 2011 - Online Abstract Submission Closes
  • 16th January 2012 - Notification of Acceptance
  • 16th March 2012 - Full Paper Submission
  • 15th May 2012 - Notification of Review Results
  • 15th June 2012 - Final Papers Deadline

 

September 2011: Welcome Back!click to view

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With the Summer break now well and truely over, I thought I'd take this opportunity to welcome everyone back and update you all on progress with the conference.

Abstract Submission

The next key date for the conference is approaching us, as abstract submission closes on 31st October, which is just under 6 weeks away. Abstracts have been coming in and I hope you are finding the online submission system easy to use but should you have any questions about any part of the abstract submission system please let me know at info@floodrisk2012.net. You could also start up a discussion on linkedIn detailing the abstracts you have or intend to submit!

FLOODrisk2012 Partners

In the coming weeks I will be introducing the partners for FLOODrisk2012 via our website and news alerts. Please make sure you are subscribed to receive news alerts by visiting our website here - http://www.floodrisk2012.net/subscribe.asp. This system will also be used to update you on every step of the conference preparations, including reminders about key dates and registration.

FLOODrisk2012 Sponsorship

If you would like to be a part of the FLOODrisk2012 conference we have a number of sponsorship opportunities available which you can find by downloading the sponsorship brochure from the website - http://www.floodrisk2012.net/sponsorship.asp. Exhibition space is also available and we are currently negotiating exhibition space with a number of organisations which I hope to announce soon.

LinkedIn

Our linkedIn group now has a community of over 300 and I'm delighted to see people have been engaging in and creating discussions. Please do continue to use this group as a means of communication amongst like minded members. This could be a great way of instigating discussions about your abstracts or papers before the event has even taken place!

July 2011: 2nd Announcementclick to view

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Theme

The FLOODrisk2012 conference will bring together policy makers, researchers and practitioners from across the world to share experience and progress in flood risk research, policy and management practice.

There will be sessions on progress made, lessons learned and best practice. Policy makers, scientists and practitioners will share how recent floods in Europe, the USA, Australia and Japan influence discussions in the political, management and scientific arena and how these experiences might lead to new or common approaches towards flood risk management.

FLOODrisk2012 will include contributions from a variety of national, European and international flood related initiatives.

Programme

An extended list of topics in the areas of Flood Risk Assessment and Flood Event Management will be addressed in thematic or special sessions during this three-day conference.

In addition to platform presentation sessions, the conference will also include interactive workshops and special sessions. The focus of these sessions includes:

  • Implementing the European Flood Directive, (methods and techniques for hazard and flood risk mapping);
  • Adaptive flood risk management under climate change (holistic approaches, strategies and measures, prioritising, risk communication and risk perception);
  • Governance aspects of flood risk management (financing and sharing cost, insurance models, cost benefit analyses);
  • Preparing for flood events (information systems, early warning systems, inspection, reliability, flood emergency management);
  • Dealing with flood events and recovery.

Call for abstracts

FLOODrisk2012 welcomes submissions from all areas with relevance to flood risk. Prospective authors can submit abstracts on the topics outlined via the conference website; www.floodrisk2012.net/author/ until 31st October 2011. Authors will be notified of acceptance for either oral or poster presentation by 16th January 2012. Abstracts that contribute to the theme of the conference are especially encouraged. Both oral and poster presentations will be published as full-length papers in the proceedings.

Key dates

16th May 2011 - online abstract submission open
31st October 2011 - abstract submission deadline
16th January 2012 - notification of acceptance
16th March 2012 - full paper submission
15th May 2012 -full paper review results
15th June 2012 - final paper submission deadline

To recieve information and reminders on key FLOODrisk2012 dates, please register on the conference website at. www.floodrisk2012.net.

Pricing

There are different fees for attending the conference

Full conference pass (3 days):

registration before 15th June 2012

575 euro

registration before 31st August 2012

650 euro

late registration after 31st August 2012

750 euro

1 day pass:

standard rate

350 euro

student rate

150 euro


The conference website will be open for participant registration from 16th January 2012.

Sponsors

FLOODrisk2012 is the perfect place to meet with colleagues working in Flood Risk Management and Assessment. The conference includes a large exhibition area in which you can represent your organisation, products and services. There are different exhibition and sponsorship packages available.

Besides sponsorship, it is possible to become a partner in the conference and support the event organisation and programme. A full list of partners is available on the FLOODrisk2012 website.

If you would like more information about the sponsorship packages or if you are interested in becoming a partner of the FLOODrisk2012 conference, please contact sponsor@floodrisk2012.net

Venue

FLOODrisk 2012 will be held in the World Trade Center in Rotterdam.

The city of Rotterdam is situated in the Maas delta and is close to some of the most impressive flood defenses in the Netherlands. It therefore provides an excellent meeting place to discuss all issues related to flood risk assessment and management and to organise technical tours. For more information on the venue and on travelling to Rotterdam please visit the conference website.

International scientific committee

We are proud and grateful that 46 internationally respected scientists have agreed to join the Scientific Committee led by:

Prof Paul Samuels (Chair), HR Wallingford, UK and
Dr. Frans Klijn (Co-chair), Deltares, NL

Details can be found on the conference website.

Advisory committee

The local organising committee is advised by an international committee of highly ranked officials and practitioners in the field of flood risk management. For more information on the committees visit our website: www.floodrisk2012.net/committees.asp

Contact

Richard Holmes
FLOODrisk 2012 Secretariat
Telephone +44 (0)1865 823153
Email: info@floodrisk2012.net
Web: www.floodrisk2012.net

July 2011: Sponsorship, Partnership & Exhibitionclick to view

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Become part of the conference by joining our sponsorship and exhibition programme. We have a number of packages to suit a range of requirements including partnerships with other projects. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs and will be happy to accommodate your ideas where possible. For more information or to download the brochure please visit http://www.floodrisk2012.net/sponsorship.asp.

A summary of what the brochure offers can be found below, including the relevant contact details.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship of FLOODrisk2012 provides your company with the opportunity to communicate to an international audience of industry leaders, key influencers and policy makers.

FLOODrisk2012 offers a wide range of exhibition and sponsorship options that can be tailored to your requirements and to suit your budget.

To discuss the opportunities in more detail contact:
Estelle Morris on +44 (0)1865 823153 or sponsor@floodrisk2012.net

Partnership Opportunities

The Event Organising Committee has already welcomed a number of partners to support the event organisation and progamme.

If you would like to find out more about partnership opportunities please contact Derk van Ree on: +31 883358075 or derk.vanree@deltares.nl

Exhibition

The exhibition has been designed from the outset to be an integral component of the Conference and exhibitors can be assured of high exposure.

A floor plan depicting the location and configuration of exhibition space is included in the attached brochure.

May 2011: Abstract Submission Now Openclick to view

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I'm please to announce that the abstract submission for the FLOODrisk2012 conference is now open. The deadline for submitting your abstracts is 31st October 2011.

Abstracts and paper review is essential to maintain the overall standard of the conference, and to ensure high quality and relevant discussion. All abstracts submitted to the conference will be independently assessed by members of the International Scientific Committee (ISC). They will grade the abstract on relevance, originality, breadth, completeness and clarity.

Authors will be notified of the preliminary acceptance of their submission for either oral or poster presentation by 21 January 2012. The distinction between oral and poster presentation will amongst others be based in practical and interdisciplinary relevance. Those authors invited to present a paper at the conference must submit a draft version for review by the ISC by 30 April 2012. The review will identify whether the paper still fulfils the promise of the abstract; whether it is original; complete; clear and correct. Reviewers will, as required, feedback comments and suggestions to the author which should be addressed prior to final paper submission. Authors must submit camera ready copies of final papers by 1 July 2012.

For more information or to submit an abstract please visit our paper submission page on the website - http://www.floodrisk2012.net/paper-submission.asp . If you have any questions regarding the submission process please email info@floodrisk2012.net.

March 2011: Social Media Presenceclick to view

FLOODrisk 2012 has been growing a social following with the introduction of a twitter and linkedIn account! We'd like to invite you to join our growing community to keep up to date with all the latest news for this conference. With the website being the central source of information, you may also like to select one of the options below to follow us on the move!

LinkedIn

Twitter

RSS Feed




LinkedIn - Our LinkeIn community is heading towards 200 members, allowing you to communicate and discuss topics, of the conference, with others who have similar interests and expertise to you. We believe LinkedIn will provide the organisers of the conference with knowledge of participants requirements, which will have a direct affect on the programme of events.

Twitter - Twitter is approaching 50 followers now! This method of communication allows us to provide short updates on the conferences progress as well as offering carefully selected news from other flood related tweeters.

RSS Feed - The RSS feed provides a method of viewing the latest news from FLOODrisk 2012 on the move, at home or at work, without the need to visit the website. There are several RSS feed programmes that you can use either as standalone software or online tools.

News Subscription - If you prefer to recieve the news directly to your inbox, then please make sure you have subscribed via the website for updates. - http://www.floodrisk2012.net/subscribe.asp

The next few months will see a lot of activity for FLOODrisk 2012, with the sponsorship programme due to be released very soon, before the abstract submission process opens in May. To be sure you hear all the latest news, make sure you are subscribed to one or more of our social media accounts!

February 2011: 1st Announcementclick to view

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Following the successful FLOODrisk 2008 conference held in Oxford (UK), FLOODrisk 2012 will bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners from across the world to share experience and progress made in flood risk research and policy and management practice.

FLOODrisk 2012 will include contributions from a variety of national, European and international flood related initiatives as well as wider international practice. In particular, the applicability of flood risk research to flood risk management practice, and the influence of policy on research and practice will be considered.

Conference Topics

FLOODrisk 2012 welcomes contributions, and especially interdisciplinary approaches, on the following topics:

  • flood hazard analysis and flood probabilities
  • vulnerability and societal resilience
  • assessment of economic damage and loss-of-life
  • preventive flood risk management measures
  • integrated flood risk management planning
  • civil protection and emergency planning
  • flood defence and technical and non-structural flood control
  • policy instruments, zoning and regulation measures
  • flood event management
  • flood prediction and early warning
  • evacuation and rescue
  • risk communication
  • disaster risk reduction
  • recovery issues
  • ethical issues and responsibility

FLOODrisk 2012 welcomes submissions from all areas of science with relevance to flood risk.

Venue

The FLOODrisk 2012 conference will be held in the World Trade Center in Rotterdam. The city of Rotterdam is situated in the Maas delta and symbolised by the famous Erasmus Bridge. Thus Rotterdam provides an excellent meeting place to discuss all issues related to flood risk management.

Contact

For more information please contact:

Richard Holmes
FLOODrisk 2012 Secretariat
Tel / Fax: +44 (0)1865 823153
Email: info@floodrisk2012.net

 


Co-ordinators of
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