Aqua Fence Sponsor of the Keynote Theatre 2

Keynote Hall 2 - Sponsored by Aqua Fence

Awarded highest level certification for flood protection barriers.

Globally, AquaFence protects more than $10 billion worth of real estate, production facilities, cities and public utilities.

AquaFence was awarded the highest level of ANSI Certification in 2013 after a year-long testing of the system by the US ARMY Corps of Engineers as well as parts testing and production review by FM Global.

The line-up for 2018 will be released soon...

Wednesday 12th September

Thursday 13th September


11.00 - 11.30

Ina Lambert

UNFCCC: An international perspective on climate change adaptation and flood risk

The presentation will look at adaptation to climate change from an international perspective. It will first highlight the current status of climate change from a scientific view and then talk about the global efforts under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Paris Agreement. It will then focus on the topic of adaptation to climate change and zoom in on some significant examples of adaptation to flood risk. Lastly, it will look at where adaptation under the UNFCCC is headend and pinpoint what would constitute successful adaptation by the year 2020.


11.45 - 12.15

Simon Crowther

Is the Flood Protection Industry Heading in the Right Direction?

Simon Crowther, a 2007 flood victim, and award-winning engineer shares his experience of the flood protection industry, looking at what is being done well, along with where improvements are required. Increased awareness and education of flood risk are hugely important. Simon has a strong focus on working with communities and believes this could be key to helping improve the country’s flood resilience.


12.30 - 13.00

Mary Dhonau OBE

The Cumbrian Flood Resilient Showcase Project - the final story

The presentation will conclude the presentation given at last years Flood Expo which depicted the start of the project. Mary will describe in detail, the journey made to complete the project.


13.15 - 13.45

Andy Lee

DEFRA Flood Rescue Concept of Operations Review

Andy's presentation will include both: - DEFRA Flood Rescue Concept of Operations Review - Flood Rescue - A Multi-Agency Response


14.00 - 14.30

CIWEM Panel session

Visions for a Flood Resilient UK by 2050

The Committee on Climate Change have warned that the number of people in the UK living in areas at significant risk of flooding could rise from 1.8 million today to 2.6 million by 2050, under a 2oC climate change scenario. How must our towns and cities evolve and adapt? How and where should we be building? And what needs to change to deliver a fully-integrated approach where the range of responsibilities is complex?


14.45 - 15.15

Chris Griffiths, SuDS Marketing Development Manager

Stop flooding before it starts: understanding the water management hierarchy

There’s clearly no panacea when it comes to mitigating flood risk. This presentation explores the different methods, techniques and products available to us, from natural flood management to heavy duty precast pipes, which can be combined to create effective flood mitigation systems. It will also discuss how cross-catchment thinking is essential to achieve the best results.


15.30 - 16.00

Daniel M. Rosenberg

Green Infrastructure, River Restoration & Flood Protection - Flex MSE® Vegetated Wall System

Using reinforced earth principles, alongside unique geotextiles combined with patented interlocking plates, can allow for strong and easy-to-install geomodular block structures. Installed on 7,500+ projects worldwide, recommended for use on SSSIs by the Environment Agency, Daniel will discuss how Flex MSE is formed into near-vertical vegetated flood berms, green retaining walls and erosion-resistant riverbanks. Flex MSE, exhibited by Gravitas, was the winner of the Flood Expo 2017 Innovation Award.