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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 to flood risk management practice, and the influence of policy on research and practice will be considered.

There will be opportunities to arrange meetings on the Monday and Friday. If you would like more information on this please email info@floodrisk2012.net. We will be organising technical tours on the Friday and Saturday.

View a detailed programme here. A few changes may still be made to this programme, so check back for the finalised programme.

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Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will take place on Thursday 22nd:

  • 19:00 to 19:45: pre dinner drinks with sponsor speeches and entertainment by Bossa Flor
  • 20:00 to 21:00 dinner


  • 21:00 to 22:00 dessert, coffee and entertainment by Bossa Flor

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


For more information on our special sessions, please visit our specials page.


  9.00 - 10.30 10.30 - 11.00 11.00 - 12.30 12.30 - 13.30 13.30 - 14.00 14.00 - 15.30 15.30 - 16.00 16.00 - 17.30 Evening
Mon 19/11   Coffee break - Networking - Exhibition - Posters   Lunch break - Networking - Exhibition - Posters   Registration Ice Breaker (19.00 - 21.00)
Registration will take place in the Mercurius Hall at the World Trade Center, Rotterdam. (Registration will also be open daily throughout the conference from 08:00) Exchange Hall, World Trade Center, Rotterdam
  VIP Reception (15.00 - 16.30)  
  Welcome - Mr. Achmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam - Town Hall Rotterdam  
Tue 20/11
Opening Ceremony - Rotterdam Hall
Welcome - Harry Baayen, Director of Deltares
Adaptive flood risk management in the UK - David Rooke, Environment Agency Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management
Balancing and managing flood risk and droughts now and in the future - Tommy Strowd, Director of Operations, Maintenance & Construction, South Florida Water Management District
Plenary Session - Rotterdam Hall
Adaptive delta management in the Dutch Delta and its research challenges - Wim Kuijken, Delta commissioner of the Netherlands
Implementing the Flood Directive - challenges in Europe - Mark Adamson, Chair of Common Implementation Strategy WGF
Horizon 2020: The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - Philippe Quevauviller, EC Environmental Policy Officer
Flood Control 2015: Five years of public-private partnership in smart flood control celebratory launch of the Floodcontrol book - Piet Dircke, Chair of the Flood Control Foundation
FloodControl 2015 game presentation Poster sessions Flood Hazard Analysis 1 Coffee break - Networking - Exhibition - Posters Flood Hazard Analysis 2
Sightseeing in Rotterdam
To discuss sightseeing options please contact our partner company Jibe! or visit their desk in the WTC reception area during the conference.
Flood Risk Management 1 Flood Risk Management 2
Flood prediction and early warning 1 Flood prediction and early warning 2
Flood Consequences 1 Flood Consequences 2
FC2015 I: Collaboration for smarter flood control Controlling floods and droughts: integrated river basin management in (trans)national rivers
What's wrong with the other system? New directions for multi-layer safety in a growing complex society The EU Floods Directive Part I: Potential barriers and best practices in science-policy interfacing
Wed 21/11
Plenary Session - Rotterdam Hall
Kick-off - Jaap Kwadijk, Scientific director of Deltares
An Ambassador's retrospective on flood event management of the Bangkok flooding - Joan Boer, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Thailand
The influence of Xynthia on policy and practice - Jean-Philippe Lalande/Anne-Marie Levraut
Impact of flood retention strategies in Mississippi and Missouri - Ed Link, Professor at Maryland University and former USACE staff
Recovery and Resilience - Experience from recent Queensland Disasters - Graeme Milligan, General Manager at the Queensland Reconstruction Authority
Flood Hazard Analysis 3 Imprints video presentation Poster sessions Flood Hazard Analysis 4 Inundation Modelling
Sightseeing in Rotterdam
To discuss sightseeing options please contact our partner company Jibe! or visit their desk in the WTC reception area during the conference.
Flood Risk Management 3 Flood Risk Management 4 Flood Risk Management 5
Flood event management 1 Flood event management 2 Evacuation and Rescue
Flood Defences 1 Flood Defences 2 Flood Defences 3
Governance and Policy Instruments 1 Governance and Policy Instruments 2 Governance and Policy Instuments 3
The EU Floods Directive Part II: Ways forward in improving science-policy interfacing Challenges inflood risk management in Thailand Be prepared! Taking effective decisions with operational forecasting in rivers and coastal areas
Thu 22/11 Flood Risk Analysis 1 Flood Risk Analysis 2 Example of new instruments supporting flood risk governance Poster sessions Flood Risk Analysis 3
Plenary Session & Close - Rotterdam Hall
One of the biggest catchments in Europe: the Danube river basin - Mr. Peter Bakonyi, VITUKI Environmental Protection and Water Management Research Institute
Adaptive urban flood risk management of Ho Chi Minh City - Ho Long Phi, Director of the Center of Water management and Climate Change, Vietnam National University, Hanoi
Where next in flood risk management? - a personal view on research needs - Prof. Paul Samuels, Technical Director of HR Wallingford
Student prize and closing ceremony - Prof. Paul Samuels, Technical Director of HR Wallingford
Conference Dinner (19.00 - 23.00)
Exchange Hall, World Trade Center, Rotterdam
Flood Risk Management 6 Vulnerability & Resilience 1 Vulnerability & Resilience 2
Serious Game Workshop Flood Hazard and Risk Mapping Principles from the international levee handbook
Flood defences 4 - Smart Dikes / UrbanFlood Application of asset management in integrated water management FC2015 II: imagining the next BIG step in smart flood control
Longterm adaptation 1 Longterm adaptation 2 Risk perception and communication
SubCoast: Integrating coastal height-change into flood risk management New instruments supporting flood risk governance  
Fri 23/11 Two excursions:
FRM highlights in The Netherlands
FRM highlights in Greater Rotterdam Area
Partner Excursion Thanksgiving Day Tour (Thursday 22/11)

Note: Special sessions are smaller, interactive sessions of varying formats concerning a range of current challenges in flood risk management.



Co-ordinators of
FLOODrisk 2012 include:
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FloodProBE logoKnowledge 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. Effective implementation, however, is dependent upon effective interaction with stakeholders, including policymakers. Two special sessions at the FLOODrisk 2012 conference are specifically set up to promote discussion, interaction and feedback on this topic.

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 overcome 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 programme with recommended actions for the short, medium and longer term relevant to (i) policy makers; (ii) researchers and (iii) research project and proposal coordinators.

In addition to the special sessions held during the FLOODrisk 2012 conference, there will also be an opportunity to provide feedback online. This will be available for a week prior to, and during the conference.

For more information on how to participate in the conference special sessions or online, please follow this link.

By combining expertise and tools from different fields, flood control will become smarter. In the Flood Control 2015 programme, several building blocks of such an integral approach have been built. But further developments are necessary. In this session, we will discuss the potential for smarter flood control by exploring two themes: flood forecasting systems and decision making during crises. The topics will be introduced by experts who will present achievements from the Flood Control 2015 program. Get to know which challenges can be tackled in the field of flood control already and go home with some handy mobile apps!!

Oranjewoud logoDifferent countries deal differently with the flood risk. Some countries focus on prevention of flooding (first layer) with low probabilities and strong governmental responsibilities. A second strategy focuses on spatial planning and disaster management (second and third layer): limiting the consequences of flooding. Using insurance-measures often are part of this strategy. In this strategy responsibility of safeguarding against flooding is delegated to owners and civilians. In this session, The Netherlands and England will defend their methods to each other and the audience.

The European Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive require a joint six-year evaluation and report. This is difficult because there are conflicts in implementation of the two Directives, difficulties in managing measures for drought and floods in the whole catchment of national or transnational rivers and also issues of financing. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a platform to identify these conflicts and look for improvements for the future. The exchange of ideas in this workshop can lead to possible EU subsidised projects (INTERREG, FP or others).

Knowledge on flood risk management and protection of the built environment has been driven by the strategic goals of the Floods Directive and support from FP7 initiatives. Effective implementation, however, is dependent upon effective interaction with stakeholders, including policymakers. This topic is the subject of two special sessions at FLOODrisk 2012 specifically set up to promote discussion and feedback between the conference participants. Part I focuses on encountered Science-Policy-Interface issues within the scope of implementation of the Floods Directive. Part II explores solutions and possible actions to overcome these issues. Conclusions will be integrated into a position paper, feeding back to the EU in support of the Horizon 2020 programme.

Thailand was hit hard in 2011 with floods inundating vast areas and even parts of Bangkok. Apart from human suffering, widespread damage was caused to industrial estates. The World Bank valued the total losses at 40 billion US$, ranking this disaster fourth in terms of flood damages in history. What can Thailand do to avoid such disasters in the future? What solutions does the international community have to offer? What can we learn from the events in Thailand? Do you want to contribute your ideas or just learn from this real-world case? Come to this session and discuss with our panel members who will introduce the main issues in short presentations.

Probabilistic flood and storm surge forecasting constitutes an improvement over deterministic forecasting. In real-time forecasting systems, probability forecasting is increasingly common, either by use of ensembles or by statistical postprocessing. Their value 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 a system and how it is being used will be presented. In addition, the participants can experience what it means to make a decision given uncertain forecast information through a gaming exercise and discussions between forecasters, scientists and attendants.

While human beings are very capable of designing everyday games, it becomes a different story if a more complex game needs to be thought of. The design process is especially complex for games that attempt to be meaningful about a particular aspect of reality. To give the needed experience and the specific knowledge and skills for designing these so-called serious games, the Serious Game Design Workshop was setup. During this hands-on workshop participants work on designing concepts and not on the technology or aesthetics. To structure the workshop and to enable participants to get experience with a certain technique or approach, the workshop makes use of the Triadic Game Design approach.

Subsidence is a significant problem in many densely populated areas in the world. The SubCoast project aims to provide a wide range of users with information relating to past, present and future ground motions in coastal lowlands. The SubCoast consortium invites participants from the flood risk community and interested parties to gain an insight into the SubCoast project and engage in open dialogue to help sculpt the SubCoast products according to their requirements.

Asset management is a systematic process of operating, monitoring, maintaining, and upgrading assets cost-effectively. An important issue in asset management in integrated water management is coping with aging infrastructure and adapting to long term developments. Questions that will be discussed in small groups, are: 1) How to connect climate change adaptation scenario’s with infrastructure investment strategies? 2) How to deal with uncertainties in strategies for asset management? 3) Which data, information, models and tools are needed/available/to be developed to evaluate infrastructure replacement strategies? Intended outcome is the formation of an international community of practice with respect to the application of improved asset management methods in integrated water management.

Flood risk governance is much more than technology. It includes managerial, institutional, legal, financial and economical aspects and communication with the stakeholders. New instruments are available to support this, including serious games and social media. Serious games facilitate the training and decision-making for flood prevention and disaster management and contribute to developing new strategies in multi layer safety. An example will be shown for the Rotterdam area. Social media serves as a valuable source of information during disasters. The lessons learned from the Brisbane floods are translated for the Netherlands and other countries. In this session new instruments will be introduced to the audience in an interactive way.

The International Levee Handbook will be a compendium of good practice, offering comprehensive guidance on the design, construction, maintenance and improvement of levees and describing the international state of the art on these matters. At the time of FLOODrisk 2012, the Handbook will be in final draft form, but we offer you the opportunity for 1) Expanded dissemination of the work, 2) Discussion around cross cutting themes such as failure modes, hydraulics-geotechnics integration. Feedback from group discussion can then be integrated into final editing of the Handbook - a workshop will later be held in the USA at which all feedback will be discussed.

Meet the future! How can we prevent flood in densely populated urban areas with the uncertainties in climate behaviour? What will be the new opportunities in a world driven by information and breakthroughs in genetics, nanotechnology and robotics? Think about the next BIG step in Smart Flood Control. Contribute your own ideas to enable resilient Flood Control in 2100! This session is meant to inspire the solutions of the next decade. How will ‘Apps’, ‘Big Data’ and ’the cloud’ influence flood protection? What’s the next BIG step? Delta Cities from around the globe will pose propositions on future challenges. The session will bring together different solutions as food for thought.

Analysis of probability and magnitude of flood hazards from rainfall events, in rivers or along coasts, including hazard mapping.

Assessment, prioritisation and planning of flood risk management measures and instruments, considering e.g. tolerable risk, cost-effectiveness, technical and political feasibility, etc.

Prediction of imminent flood events such as storm surges, river floods or tsunamis aimed at early warning and event management, including meteorological and hydrological forecasting.

Estimation and assessment of individual and societal consequences of actual or potential flooding, including direct and indirect economic damage, loss-of-life and losses of imponderables.

Modelling of the flooding process and assessment of relevant parameters, such as flood depth, flow velocities, etc. Examples: flooding of protected areas after embankment breaching or of floodplains after dam breach.

Development and assessment of measures and instruments to mitigate the consequences of imminent flooding, e.g. by flood fighting or evacuation.

Design, reliability analysis, monitoring and maintenance of structural flood protection measures, such as embankments, dams, barriers, dunes, etc.

Governance of flood risk management as multi-actor and multi-stakeholder challenge. Design and evaluation of management policies. Joint planning.

Learning form past events, and planning future evacuation and rescue operations, with emphasis on feasibility and effectiveness.

Designing and planning FRM strategies for the long-term in view of uncertain climate change and socio-economic developments; adaptative capacity, robustness, etc.

Assessing the susceptibility of people, communities, economies and areas to floods, their vulnerability and recovery potential.

Public and expert perception of (flood) risk, and its implications for communication to raise awareness and preparedness. Effectiveness of risk communication in influencing people's behaviour.

Integrated analysis of flood probability and consequences, accounting for uncertainties. Or equivalently in terms of flood hazard and vulnerability. Typical outcomes are fatality risk or economic risk.