9:00am - 5:00pm


The Eastside Rooms, Woodcock St, Birmingham B7 4BL


£535.00+VAT - Delegate ticket | Early bird rate

CIWEM’s Urban Drainage Group Annual Conference and Exhibition is the industry’s main event of the year.

The conference is a forum for presenters, showcasing work, ideas, processes and discussion of the latest knowledge, techniques and research to more than 300 industry delegates.

This year the conference will be taking place in the heart of Birmingham - the Eastside Rooms from 12 - 14 November 2024.

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Themes of the conference 

As ever we will deliver engaging and thought-provoking content through presentations, roundtables and workshops addressing the critical challenges of:

WAPUG 40 and UPM 30 – In a year when we celebrate two significant milestones in the understanding of sewerage assets performance and their interaction with the wider environment, it is timely to both reflect on achievements and, more important, look towards the future of urban drainage management.

Drainage and Wastewater Management Plans - In England and Wales, can cycle 2 DWMP provide a framework to deliver the infrastructure needed over the next 40 years?

Storm Overflow Discharges - Successful Solutions – Our industry continues to gain significant public interest, which rapidly translates into the expectation of action. As we begin delivering in AMP8 it is critical to share best practices and innovation to deliver our programmes and society’s expectations.

Resilience – Sewerage infrastructure is increasingly tested by more frequent high-intensity rainfall, and our customer base has increasing expectations of our ability to perform regardless. How do we maintain and manage a cost-effective and resilient network? How can partners plan and design together to protect our homes from surface water flooding?

Utilising technology throughout the project and asset life cycle – Whether AI, machine learning, optimisation, active system control or high-performance computation, we have a wide range of tools and technologies to support planning, design and operations. Sharing experience of the benefits and challenges of implementing new approaches at scale supports moving our industry forward.


You can already book your accommodation in the hotel next door: Aloft Birmingham Eastside

Last day to book at £165.00 per night (breakfast included): Monday October 14, 2024

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Call for papers 2024 

We are inviting our community to come forward with their ideas for content or to express an interest in speaking at the event – deadline Sunday 4th August 2024.

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CIWEM UDG Annual Conference Awards

The CIWEM UDG WaPUG Prize and the Adam Dean Award will be held again at the Urban Drainage Group Annual Conference.


Awarded to a person or team who has either:

  • an established history of distinguished service in the field of urban drainage;
  • made a lasting contribution to urban drainage practice, through development of tools or process, or the delivery of enhancements;
  • exhibited leadership and inspiration to other urban drainage practitioners;
  • influenced urban drainage issues and policy on a national level;
  • delivered a significant urban drainage solution, demonstrating innovation and excellence;
  • delivered innovation that has led to a step change in the way urban drainage issues are approached.

Candidates should submit their nominations via email to the CIWEM Urban Drainage Group honorary secretary, Mark Russell at mark.russell@yorkshirewater.co.uk by Friday 31 July 2024 at the latest.

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The Adam Dean Award

Adam was passionate about encouraging people starting out in their careers to get involved in their profession by sharing their knowledge and experience through papers and presentations. He saw it as an important step in building self-confidence, communication skills and engaging with the wider profession.

The Adam Dean Award is aimed at encouraging those yet to take the big step of presenting at a conference to develop a poster presentation to be displayed and presented to a judging panel at the CIWEM UDG Annual Conference 2024.

Applications are invited from those with under four years experience who are yet to present a paper, and should take the form of a 200 word summary.

The selection of the finalists will made using the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate clear understanding of the project needs and benefits to client, environment or community;
  • Understanding of technical challenges and / or any innovation;
  • Outline individual’s direct contribution to the project;
  • What has the individual gained from their involvement and how will they apply this in their careers.

The closing date for applications is Friday 9th August 2024. All enquiries and entries should be emailed to jonathan.cutting@stantec.com. Finalists will be notified in early September.

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For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact:

Ian James | SYON Media

+44 (0)203 9000102



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