UDG Annual Conference Digital Series

The Urban Drainage Group Annual Conference, previously known as the UDG Autumn Conference, is the culmination of a year of highly regarded events across the whole industry, attracting speakers and delegates both nationally and internationally.

This autumn we are hosting a virtual technical conference. We know how this community values getting together and sharing its ideas on best practice, innovation and partnership working in urban drainage. We cannot wait to meet you all again in person but at the moment this is unfortunately not possible. We hope you will enjoy participating in this virtual event instead.

The event will run as a series of three digital sessions featuring keynote addresses, technical papers and panel discussions. We believe this format will be popular and sufficiently flexible for you to participate around your other commitments. The conference will include award of the WaPUG Prize in a new format.


Dates and themes:

Session 1: Tuesday, 17th November 2020 | Storm overflows and water quality

Session 2: Wednesday, 18th November 2020 | Urban flooding

Session 3: Thursday, 19th November 2020 | Digital technologies in urban drainage management


Call for Papers

We invite expressions of interest from people interesting in presenting on one of these themes. Perhaps you have a strong reaction to recent media interest in the prevalence of storm overflows and their impact on water quality? Perhaps you are developing long term strategies to reduce flooding and pollution risks as part of the DWMP process? Perhaps you are wanting to explore the practicalities of creating new inland bathing waters? Perhaps you are using data analytics to understand system dynamics and detect operational problems in real-time?

We would love to hear your perspective whether you work for a water company, a consultancy, a local authority, a technology business, a university, an environmental charity, or a regulator. Our members are active across the United Kingdom and Ireland but we are also interested in perspectives from beyond these islands.

If you would like to make a presentation you should send an abstract to events@ciwem.org not later than 30 September 2020 for consideration in the programme. This must be no more than one side of A4 and take the following format:

1. Paper / presentation title

2. Presenter(s) and affiliation (maximum 2)

3. Any other authors and affiliation

4. Contact details for corresponding author

5. Paper outline - be concise and clearly state any novelty or innovation and who will be interested in the paper and why.

If you previously submitted an abstract for the (Covid cancelled) Spring event on ‘digital urban drainage’ we will automatically reconsider it for this programme.


Cost to attend

The price per session is £25+VAT per person. You can register for each session by clicking the registration buttons below.

Sponsorship is £750+VAT and includes a three-day pass for two delegates, profile throughout the event and in digital post-event report. Please email events@ciwem.org for sponsorship details.


Tue, 17th Nov 2020, 10:00am - 12.00pm

Session 1: Storm overflows and water quality

Register for session 1



Wed, 18th Nov 2020, 10:00am - 12.00pm

Session 2: Urban flooding

Register for session 2



Thu, 19th Nov 2020, 10:00am - 12.00pm

Session 3: Digital technologies in urban drainage management

Register for session 3

Booking and joining information

This digital conference will be hosted on the Zoom platform. The payment system is supported by PayPal, but you don't necessarily need a PayPal account and can make the payment using your debit or credit card. Successful registrants will receive a separate email with joining instructions, including the access link and password.

If you have any questions about your booking, please contact events@ciwem.org.

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