11:00am - 4:00pm


Hilton Metropole Hotel - NEC Birmingham Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, West Midlands B40 1PP United Kingdom


See booking page for prices Early bird tickets available up to 15 August 2022

CIWEM Urban Drainage Group Annual Conference 2022

CIWEM’s Urban Drainage Group continues it long traditional of hosting its annual conference in the autumn as the culmination of a year of highly regarded events including our first time hosting our Spring Conference in conjunction with our colleagues at Flood & Coast.

CIWEM UDG ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2022 will be taking place at HILTON BIRMINGHAM METROPOLE from 8th -10th November.

With Urban Drainage making headlines in the popular press and generating emotive debate in the House of Commons it has never been more timely for us to return to an in-person event and come together to continue to share best practice, emerging techniques and technologies, and debate how to address numerous fast approaching challenges.

In confronting these challenges this year we will focus on 3 main themes:

  • Delivering on societies expectations for overflow spill reductions and mitigating wider environmental impact – including, and spanning well beyond, the modelling implications of achieving both interim reductions in frequency and ultimately 10 spills per annum whilst maintaining the serviceability of the network
  • Sewerage Planning - with the Drainage and Wastewater Management Plans coming to a conclusion and the Periodic Review for England and Wales in full swing numerous aspects of our evolving approaches to managing risk, asset health, and future change will be considered against the backdrop of stakeholder engagement
  • Partnership Outcomes - Recognising that concrete alone can not offer viable solutions to all flooding and overflow reduction ambitions the importance and benefit of partnership working is ever increasingly. With schemes now successfully operating it is opportune to reflect on both successes and lessons learnt.

To support these themes, we are delighted to be welcoming a number of guest speakers from across the spectrum of opinion and continuing to build on recent successes will be hosting a series of round tables to explore viewpoints, test the status quo, and provide direction to our Urban Drainage community to tackle the upcoming significant changes.

The event offers a range of formal papers and workshops spread across 3 days, an expected 200 plus delegates, an exhibition space, and the Conference dinner which will include the announcement of the winners of the WaPUG Prize and Adam Dean Award.

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We are inviting our community to come forward with their ideas for content or to express an interest in speaking during the event by 8 August 2022.

Submit your paper for the conference

The WaPug Prize 2022 and the Adam Dean Award will be presented at the CIWEM UDG Annual General Meeting on 10th November at 13:00 in Hilton Birmingham Metropole during the CIWEM UDG Annual Conference 2022.

WaPUG Prize 2022

The CIWEM Urban Drainage Group's WaPUG Prize celebrates our rich heritage of UK urban drainage management, as well as honouring leaders and technologies of the future.

The winner will be invited to the CIWEM Annual Dinner in 2023 and our annual conference in November in 2023.

The closing date for nominations is 21 August 2022.

Find out more about the WaPUG Prize

The Adam Dean Award 2022

The Adam Dean Award is aimed towards 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 2022.

Applications are invited from those with under four years experience and should take the form of a 200 word summary. The selection of the finalists will made using the following criteria:

  • Demonstrating clear understanding of the project needs and benefits to the client, environment or community;
  • Understanding of technical challenges and/or any innovation;
  • Outlining the individual’s direct contribution to the project;
  • Describing what the individual has gained from their involvement and how it will apply in their careers.

The closing date for applications is 21st August 2022. All enquiries and entries should be emailed to katherine.allsop@wsp.com,

First Prize: £400

The closing date for applications is 21 August 2022.

Prices and sponsorship enquiries


EARLY BIRD Full ticket | closes on 15 August
(Includes: conference pass for all three days and dinner)
£485.00 + VAT = £582.00
EARLY BIRD Dinner only | closes on 15 August
(Wednesday evening)
£90.00 + VAT = £108.00
(Includes: conference pass for all three days and dinner)
£535.00 + VAT = £642.00
(Wednesday evening)
£95.00 + VAT = £114.00

Accommodation: Please note accommodation is not included in the above rates. You can see available options and book your accommodation here.

Booking instructions: This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM. Bookings must be made through 'My CIWEM'. CIWEM members will need to register using their member login details. Non-members will need to create an account.. To book your place click on the BOOK NOW button. Bookings are only confirmed once you have clicked ‘proceed & submit’ in the cart and received a confirmation email. Please note there is limited capacity at this event. Should you be unable to attend the event after booking, please cancel to allow other delegates to take the place. If you have any questions about your booking or would like to cancel your attendance, please contact events@ciwem.org

For group bookings please email events@ciwem.org

For sponsorship enquiries please contact: Lee Morris, Sales Director, Syon

+44 (0) 203 900 0102, ciwemevents@syonmedia.com
  • SPONSORSHIP EARLY BIRD Rate | closes on 15 August 3,000 + VAT (Includes: exhibition space and 2 x conf pass and 2 x dinner ticket)
  • SPONSORSHIP Standard Rate 3,300 + VAT (Includes: exhibition space, 2 x conf pass and 2 x dinner ticket)

CIWEM Business Partners are eligible for discounts on CIWEM event sponsorship.

To find out more please contact Jane Boland, Partnerships Manager

+44 (0) 207 269 5931, jane.boland@ciwem.org

CIWEM UDG Annual Conference Programme

Please click on the + for the programme outline. The full programme and speakers will be announced in early September.

We are inviting our community to come forward with their ideas for content or to express an interest in speaking during the event by 8th August 2022.

Please make your sumbission here: CALL FOR PAPERS

Day 1 - Tuesday 8th November

09:00 – 11:00 Registration and coffee morning

11:00 – 18:00 Exhibition open hours

14:00 – 15:00 Networking lunch for delegates and exhibitors

15:00 – 17:30 Meetings

Day 2 - Wednesday 9th November

08:00 – 10:00 Registration and coffee morning

09:00 – 18:00 Exhibition open hours

10:00 – 11:15 Sessions

11:15 – 11:45 Networking coffee break

11:45 – 13:00 Sessions

13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch for delegates and exhibitors

14:00 – 15:30 Sessions

15:30 – 16:00 Networking coffee break

16:00 – 17:30 Sessions

18:00 – 18:30 Pre-dinner drinks

18:30 – 22:00 Dinner

Day 3 – Thursday 10th November

08:00 – 10:00 Registration and coffee morning

09:00 – 16:00 Exhibition open hours

10:00 – 11:15 Sessions

11:15 – 11:45 Networking coffee break

11:45 – 13:00 Sessions

13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch for delegates and exhibitors

14:00 – 15:45 Sessions

15:45 – 16:00 Closing remarks

Why attend?

  • Join CPD-accredited panel sessions and live presentations with recognised industry leaders
  • Discuss the latest industry developments
  • Meet and interact with speakers, exhibitors and delegates
  • Participate in group workshops and discussions
  • Network and arrange meetings with new colleagues

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