12:30pm - 1:30pm


WEBINAR,United Kingdom


Free to attend

Hosted by the CIWEM Central Southern branch

Event description

As a lead up to COP28 taking place in early November in Dubai, the CIWEM Central Southern branch annual seminar series for 2023 will examine the extreme future of water in a period of climate emergency, whether it be having too little or too much of it.

Managing and communicating the risk of a future where we face both an increasing risk of flooding and an increasing risk of droughts is a major challenge for our sector. Over 3 days we will hear from a wide range of experts in their fields about the impacts of too much and too little water on people and the environment, and some of the innovative solutions trying to address this challenge.

All three 1-hour sessions will comprise of short presentations from a range of speakers followed by a facilitated discussion.

Part of the CIWEM Climate Emergency Adaption & Resilience series.

You can register for the whole series by clicking the registration button below, although you can choose to attend individual sessions once registered.

If you have registered previously for the event, you will have received an email with joining instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Woods at barbara.woods@ciwem.org

Register for the series

Part 1: Impacts of too little and too much water

Tuesday 17 October 2023

12:30pm - 1:30 pm

In the first seminar we will look at a range of the impacts of a future with both too much and too little water.

Part 1 will include discussion on:

  • Are your SuDS in a rut? | Jo Bradley, Stormwater Shepherds
  • Climate change: understanding the abiotic impacts and how we can respond | Jon Whitmore, JBA Consulting
  • Anthropogenic intensification of life-threatening rainfall extremes: Implications for flash floods in urban areas | Professor Hayley Fowler, Newcastle University

About the speakers

Jon Whitmore | Technical Director of Hydroecology | JBA Consulting

Jo Bradley | Director of Operations UK | Stormwater Shepherds

Professor Hayley Fowler | Professor of Climate Change Impacts | Water Resource Systems Engineering Group, School of Engineering, University of Newcastle

Part 2: Impacts of too little and too much water continued

Wednesday 18 October 2023
12:30pm - 1:30 pm

In the second seminar we will look at further examples of the impacts of a future with both too much and too little water.

Part 2 will include discussion on:

  • Climate resilient schools in London | Holly Smith, Greater London Authority
  • Estimating the impact of demand restrictions during drought | Lauren Petch, Atkins
  • Reducing the risk of surface water flooding | Jon Chappell, National Infrastructure Commission

About the speakers

Holly Smith | Project Manager (Surface Water Flooding) | Greater London Authority

Lauren Petch | Principal Environmental Scientist | Atkins

Jon Chappell | Senior Policy Adviser | National Infrastructure Commission

Part 3: Innovative responses to water challenges

Thursday 19 October 2023
12:30pm - 1:30 pm

In our final series of seminars we will focus on some of the innovative approaches being used to tackle the challenges of too much and too little water in the future.

Part 3 will include discussion on:

  • Natural and Nature Based Solutions for Climate-Change Adaptation/Coastal Risk Reduction; an International Perspective | Matthew Hoy, Stantec
  • Why our society and planet needs more localised rainwater management | Matt Wheeldon, Wessex Water
  • Empowering communities to improve local climate resilience: the upcoming CIRIA guidance on enabling community maintenance for local flood risk management | Adrian Baudrimont, CIRIA

About the speakers

Matthew Hoy | Chief Engineer, Watershed & River Hydraulics Discipline | Stantec

Matt Wheeldon | Director of Infrastructure Development | Wessex Water

Adrian Baudrimont | Research Manager, Sustainable Water Management | CIRIA

Booking and joining information

This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM.

This webinar will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Please note that registrations will close 24 hours before the event starts. If you have not registered before that time, unfortunately we cannot add you to the event. You will receive an email with joining instructions after you have successfully registered for the webinar and the registration has been approved by our team. If you have any questions about your booking or would like to cancel your attendance, please contact barbara.woods@ciwem.org.

If you have any queries about this webinar series, please contact Lewis Purbrick at lewis.purbrick@environment-agency.gov.uk or Jed Ramsay at jed.ramsay@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

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