Urban Drainage Group Conference within Flood & Coast 2022

CIWEM Urban Drainage Group (UDG) is thrilled to be hosting its traditional Spring Conference within the Flood and Coast event at Telford on the 8th June 2022. We are particularly excited as it is our first time at Flood and Coast and our first physical event in nearly 2.5 years.

As ‘an event within an event’ we expect to benefit from additional delegates to join our sessions from Flood and Coast and our delegates and speakers will have access to the complete Flood and Coast experience. As such, this spring, our event draws on the synergies between Flood and Coast and urban drainage themes to bring together professionals from across the urban drainage management and flood risk communities to share best practice, innovation, and particularly collaborative experiences.

Across our three sessions we will have papers on Rainfall, Flooding and Extreme Events, and the Development of BlueGreen Partnership Solutions. Our speakers will draw on their extensive experience, provide a formal presentation and contribute to panel discussions.

Flood & Coast will run from 7 - 9 June 2022 at Telford and will attract exhibitors, speakers and visitors from around the world to advance the debate about the impacts of climate change on flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM).

Spaces are available for the UDG Conference on 8th June followed by the Flood & Coast Excellence Awards Dinner.

There's no separate registration for the UDG Conference. Anyone who has a valid conference pass for Day 2 will have access to the UDG Conference. If you haven't got a ticket yet, book it now!

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UDG Conference Programme

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11:45 – 11:50 Welcome by Kieran Downey | CIWEM UDG Chair

RAINFALL SESSION chaired by Karen Murrell | WRc

Our understanding of changing rainfall, its impact on asset operations and failure, and ability to design robust solutions to address current and future challenges is evolving quickly. This session hears from speakers covering many aspects of this topic with the latest research and improvements in prediction and application of climate changed rainfall and innovation in proactive management of rainfall/ runoff to mitigate its adverse impacts.

11:50 – 12:10 Rainfall paper 1: Climate Change and Rainfall presented by Murray Dale | JBA

12:10 – 12:30 Rainfall paper 2: Time to Save the Rain presented by Dr. Neil Sewell | SDS

12:30 – 12:45 Discussion

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch

FLOODING SESSION chaired Jonathan Cutting | WSP

Managing and mitigating flooding has always been central to the Urban Drainage Group’s interests and activities. We are all increasingly aware of the complex interaction of storm water management, particularly in our urban areas with our current thinking is defined in our Integrated Urban Drainage Modelling Guidance. Three papers will share interesting experiences tackling a range of these interactions, drawing on the skills of the wider community of water professionals.

13:30 – 13:50 Flooding paper 1: Improving Customer Experience - Proactive Escape Prevention Through Near Real-time Alarm Monitoring presented by Marvin Dohm | RPS

13:50 – 14:10 Flooding paper 2: Working in Partnership to Understand & Mitigate Flood Risk presented by Simon Gilliland | WSP

14:10 – 14:30 Flooding paper 3: New Plymouth Modelling Project - Sharing Global Practice presented by Claire Watson | Binnies

14:30 – 15:00 Discussion

15:00 – 15:15 Break

PARTNERSHIP AND BLUE GREEN SOLUTIONS SESSION chaired by Anthony McCloy | McCloy Consulting

The speed of transition from traditional ‘grey’ single system solutions to holistic management of flood risk within catchments is accelerating. We have 4 papers which demonstrate the ambition and delivery of such schemes, outlining their approach, technical challenges and ultimate successes. Focussing on Case study examples progressing through project life cycles from planning, to construction and operation of schemes we will hear of the benefits in terms of both flood risk but also more widely within the communities involved.

15:15 – 15:35 Blue Green paper 1: Blue Green Plan for Hull and Haltemprice presented by Gwen Rhodes | Stantec

15:35 – 15:55 Blue Green paper 2: Northumbrian Integrated Drainage Partnership - Taking a Collaborative approach to Solving Flooding presented by Andrew Daugherty | Environment Agency

15:55 – 16:15 Blue Green paper 3: Mansfield Sustainable Flood Resilience Programme presented by John Brewington | Severn Trent

16:15 – 16:35 Blue Green paper 4: St Marys Dundee: A Case Study presented by Neil McLean | Stantec

16:35 – 17:15 Discussion

17:15 – 17:30 Closing remarks

Information displayed about the conference programme is as accurate as possible but the organisers reserve the right to change the programme without notice.

Prices and sponsorship enquiries


  • Single day ticket for 8th June: £275 + VAT
  • Full ticket for all three days: £550 + VAT
  • Individual seat at the dinner on 8th June: £95 + VAT
  • Table of 10 at the dinner on 8th June: £950 + VAT
  • Visitor ticket | access to the exhibition and free side events for all three days: Free
  • Sponsorship opportunities: from £1,500 + VAT

For sponsorship enquiries, please email ciwemevents@syonmedia.com


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 discussions
  • Speed-network and arrange meetings with new colleagues

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