29 September, 10.00-17.00
Bristol – Waterfront Meeting Rooms
A team of PhD students from across the GW4 are leading an exciting new conference. Working with WSA and The Flow Partnership, their event will bring together practitioners working with communities across the world, and researchers, working in fields spanning climate change, water scarcity and resource management, flood risk and policy, to explore this vital ‘knowledge flow’.
The call for abstracts is open for PhD, masters and research staff from all disciplines, with an interest in water security issues. Take part in the Flash Talks or participate in Poster Presentations.
Conference speakers announced:
Water Research Institute
Considered one of the world’s leading applied freshwater ecologists, Steve Ormerod’s research focuses on the effects of global change on freshwater ecosystems.
He is Deputy Chairman of Natural Resources Wales, Member of the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Chairman of the invertebrate charity ‘Buglife’ and Vice President of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. In his spare time, he is Professor of Ecology at Cardiff University.
The Flow Partnership
Minni Jain is the Operations Director of the Flow Partnership, an NGO working globally on community driven decentralised water management, catchment and landscape restoration.
Her skills are in partnership building at all levels and together, achieving shared community objectives. Through setting up a water school, she is making accessible to communities globally, nature-based methods of managing droughts and stopping flooding.
Natural Flood Management Advisor
The Mersey Forest
Mike Norbury is a project manager in natural flood management at the Mersey Forest that has delivered around 60 different interventions with contractors, farmers and hundreds of volunteers. Together a wider public-private-charity partnership has created wetlands, living engineered log jams, piped clay bunds, wet woodlands and de-culverted streams (removed a buried pipe) in over 7 different catchments above communities at flood risk. More is set to be delivered, and two PhD candidates are investigating the effects.
Mike has supported the Environment Agencies Working with Natural Processes and US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering with Nature Atlas, through submission of evidence on scheme appraisal methods and the use of living materials to slow the flow. As part of the EU Urban GreenUP initiative, 150 trees in deep urban Liverpool are being planted where roads once were, to tackle polluted road runoff entering the River Mersey. 29 of these are SuDs enabled, and 8 are being closely monitored with a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Liverpool, where Mike is an honorary research associate.