Achieving Sustainable Flood-Risk Management in the UK

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 - 5:30pm
Royal Geographical Society

Join this expert panel discussion, chaired by the BBC's Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin, to discuss how the UK can move towards a comprehensive strategy for sustainable flood-risk management for the next 25 years.

Drawing on significant insights from geography and other disciplines, the panel will question:

  • How can we effectively manage flood-risk in the UK’s urban environments and farmed landscapes?
  • How can we build resilience within communities and what role should central and local government play in this?
  • What insights can geographical research bring to flood-risk management?

The panellists are Martin Rogers (National Farmers Union); Carly Rose (Mary Dhonau Associates); Professor David Sear (University of Southampton); Professor Colin Thorne (University of Nottingham), Professor Sarah Whatmore (University of Oxford) and Hazel Durant (Head of Water and Flood Integration at Defra).

The Society will also be launching a summary report of policy recommendations following an expert flooding round-table held in May 2016.


This event welcomes all professionals in the broad field of flooding, including from practice, consultancy, policy and research.

For more information about the panel and to book a place, please visit:

Tickets cost £10 (or £7 for RGS-IBG members). £7 tickets for Chartered Environmentalists and Chartered Scienstis are available – please email: 


5:30 pm - 6:00 pm:  Refreshments upon arrival

6:00 pm - 7:45 pm:  Expert panel discussion including audience Q&A

7:45 pm - 9:00 pm:  Networking drinks reception (complimentary drink included)


Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Who to contact

Rhianna Jarvis

Events & Training Lead

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